Thanks to today’s Guest Make and Taker Amanda for filling in while I’m away. Her blog Kiddio is a delightfully crafty site with oodles of creative ideas to make life with kids fun. She’s sharing a family tradition with us that she’s introduced for Back to School.

I love finding quirky/little-known holiday traditions and sharing them with my children–May Day brings May Baskets, St Nicholas’ Day delivers gifts in their shoes, now the first day of school can bring a new tradition with it.  When German children head out for their first day of first grade their parents gift them with a “schultute,” a large paper gift cone filled with sweets, school supplies, and various other goodies.  I was so taken with this fun tradition, I’ve been waiting years to share it with my own children (I was so eager that we did it for Kindergarten!).

We made a smaller version to hold a few treats, small supplies, and the like, but you could easily scale this up to a traditional size using a sheet of poster board.

Supplies for Paper Cones:

  • Two sheets of colored paper or cardstock
  • 6″ wide strip of tissue paper
  • Glue stick
  • Ribbon
  • Pinking shears (optional)
  • Treasures to fill the schultute

Using a compass or large bowl, cut a quarter-circle out of paper and a second one slightly (perhaps 3/4″) smaller out of a contrasting paper.  Lay the smaller one atop the large one and glue together.  This is a good time to decorate the outside.  I glued cut paper decorations on, but you could also use stickers, glitter, markers, etc.

Glue your strip of tissue paper along the inside rounded edge of your paper.  Press to adhere well. Roll the paper into a cone and glue.  This can be tricky, so be patient!

Now fill with small treasures and treats, then tie with ribbon. We used purple curling ribbon and orange seam binding on ours. These would also make lovely party favor or gift bags, or a fun project for a crafty back-to-school playgroup!

These are all too easy and fun for any type of special occasion. I love these for back to school, but I think they might be my new treat bags for friends or teachers. They look so festive. Thanks Amanda for sharing a new tradition. Check out Kiddio for other crafty goodies shared by Amanda.