German children receive a Schultüte, or a Back to School Cone full of treats! We love this tradition and using a simple gift to make the First Day of School extra special.

This little gift is a tradition dating back to the early 1800’s and is simply a decorated paper cone full of candy, trinkets, small toys, or school supplies. Use this handy guide to build your own schultüte!

You Will Need:

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers or stickers
  • Tissue paper
  • Small toys or treats


Cut a fan shape out of your paper.


Spread glue on one side.


Fold the cone and press firmly until glue sets.

You can make the cone as big or small as you like. Fill the cone with candy, toys, notes, or school supplies. When it is full, glue or staple tissue paper, tinsel, or ribbons to the mouth for a festive decoration!

Don’t have time? You can build your own schultüte and purchase online.