Back to School "Schultüte"

I am having so much fun participating in Big Picture Scrapbooking’s “Big Idea Festival.”  It’s free and it’s awesome!  Check it out!

On the first day Elizabeth Dillow told us about the German custom of giving new first-graders a “schultüte,” which is a paper cone filled with school supplies and little gifts to celebrate the first day of first grade. Much like a May Day cone, it can be easily made at home with just a few supplies—but what a terrific gift to be remembered for a lifetime!  I couldn’t wait to make one for my son who starts kindergarten tomorrow.  I also made one for each of our two neighbor boys that are also starting kindergarten.



I filled the cones with fun goodies for the boys.  M&Ms, gum, stickers, markers, pencils, silly bands, and a mini notebook.  Fun school like things to keep at home.



To make your own back to school cone round off the edge of a 12×12 piece of paper.  I just cut it free hand, it doesn’t have to be perfect.



Take coordinating cardstock or patterned paper and cut with a border punch.  Make the strips around 2 inches long so that you can arrange them along the rounded edge.



Turn the main sheet over and adhere the cardstock strips along the rounded edge.



This is how it will look on the front side.



Put adhesive on the back side of one straight edge.  Wrap the paper into a cone and seal with the adhesive.  Now you have your cone.



Use any punch, stickers, or SVGs to decorate your cone.  I chose SVGs from the Back to School digicart from SVGCuts.com.  I also made a tag with each boy’s name on it.



The business of the patterned paper makes it a bit difficult to see the embellishments, but I still think it’s a lot of fun.



Punch a hole on each side.  Cut about 24 in of ribbon and string through the holes.  Tie a knot to keep the ribbon from pulling through.



Here is the finished cone.  But not quite done yet.



Now for the fun…adding the goodies!  :)  Such a quick and easy project that I know will bring smiles of joy to those that receive it!

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2 Comments

  1. Jessica
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Sooo adorable! What a fun way to start the new school year. Thanks so much for joining us for our bonus challenge at Practical Scrappers! Scrap Happy – Jessica

  2. Jessica
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    Sooo adorable! What a fun way to start the new school year. Thanks so much for joining us for our bonus challenge at Practical Scrappers! Scrap Happy – Jessica

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