How to Make a German School Cone

I know and I cannot believe that we are thinking about Back to School again. I am never the one to start these conversations, as you can usually find me at the pool feeding my family sandwiches until 9:00 p.m. the day before The Big Day.

As much as it pains me, I think our kids get excited about school and learning the more we do. I have a strong feeling that our children might need something special to think about going into classrooms again.

Here in Germany, I suppose you know it’s time when the Schultütes, German School Cones, start showing up in the store windows like they are now. To know a German cutie is to get to see their First Grade photo carrying a Schultüte (see below). 🙂

They’re not as common in the States, of course, but I think such a cute way to bundle up basic school supplies in a fun way to get excited about starting school.

There’s adorable reusable Schultütes for order online, but I thought I would show you how I made my own the night before First Grade in our family – crazy to think that was a few years ago that we had a Waldorf homeschool in the house!

How to Make a German School Cone

For my German school cone, I got together

cute poster board

a glue stick

and stapler

tissue paper



and lots of little finds to decorate and stuff my cone!

German School Cone Supplies

  1. The first thing I did was use a flat edge to cut my posterboard into a triangle shape so I could roll the paper into a cone. I secured it down the back with my stapler.
  2. Then, cutting a scallop edge along the tissue paper, I folded it and glued it to the inside of the cone with a glue stick.
  3. Then I stuffed the cone with all the treats!
  4. Before closing it up with a ribbon and decorating the outside.

I really loved making this for my girl and her special friend.

It’s easy to get smiles on the front porch for the first day of school when you have a German school cone filled with fun!

Girls Vintage Back to School Dresses

Need something special for your school cone or want to order a beautiful heritage version for your home? Check out my favorite picks for Back to School on Etsy!

Back to School Finds on Etsy

How do you all like to get excited for the big day? I hope you’ll share below!

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