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How to make a Schultüte (Bastelanleitung)

| September 4, 2012 | 29 Comments

Today, I will be a little “daring” and write this post in German AND English.. mainly because “Schultüten” are essentially a Germanic thing – but they are increasinly becoming popular or known as “Kinder Cones” or Kindercones in other parts of the world. Just in case you are, I will write in both languages.

Firstly.. what is a Schultüte or a Kindercone? In Germany and Austria, children starting school for the first time, receive a Schultüte, filled with treats and stationary to “sweeten” the first day of school. Awe, lovely little tradition, no? I still remember the one I received, so I really wanted to repeat the experience for my children. As I live in the UK, I decided that I would have to make my own! So here is a “How to Make Your Own “Schultüte” or Wie bastelt man eine Schultüte?

Make a Kindercone Schultüte

DIY Schultuete (Kinder Cone) Olaf


Two years later and it is Pip Squeak’s turn. I made the Schultuete in exactly the same way…. just with blue paper and printed out an Olaf for it. I think I got a bit carried away and it ended up quite, ahem, BIG!!!!



Wie schon erwaehnt, wir sind ein Oesterreichisch/ Englische Familie die in England wohnt. Hier gibt es keine Schultüten, aber mein Sohn faengt naechste Woche mit der Schule an, also musste ich eben eine selber basteln! Ich wollte fuer ihn auch ein “richtig grosse”… und “richtig grosse Pappe” ist schwer zu finden… also dies Idee aus A4 Pappe:

Schultüte basteln

Gebraucht werden: 11 A4 Seiten von buntem Karton, Tesafilm, Klebstoff, 2 A3 Seidenpapier Stuecke, Masche, Schere, Bleistift und Schnur

Anstatt them Karton, koennte man dies auch mit Tapetenreste probieren? Das Hauptproblem ist, das man nicht so “riesen” Stuecke Pappe bekommt – und eine Schulttuete soll ja nicht mini sein!!! Ich habe also 11 Seiten zusammen geklebt. Unsere Schultuete is riesig. Glaube 9 haetten gereicht!

To make a Schultüte / Kinder Cone – you will need:

  • 11 sheets of colourful A4 card,
  • cellotape,
  • PVA glue,
  • 2 x A3 pieces of tissue paper,
  • ribbon,
  • scissors,
  • pencil and string

How to make your Schultüte / Kindercone – Instructions

You could also try using some wallpaper left overs, as a reader suggested to me on Google+. The main thing is, that you need a very LARGE piece of stiff paper or card, which isn’t that easily found in ordinary stores. This is why I sellotaped several sheets together. Thought it looked nice!

Schultüte Kindercone DIY

1) Die 11 Seiten vorsichtig mit Tesafilm auf einer Seite zusammenkleben. Dies wird die Innenseite der Schultuete

1) Cellotape your 11 sheets of card carefully together. This will become the inside of your Schultüte / Kindercone

Schultüte Kindercone Make your own

2) Mit Bleistift und Schnur einen “Zirkel” bilden – Schnur an dem Bleistift festbinden. Das andere Ende der Schnur an der underem linken Ecke festhalten und angespannt einen Viertel-Kreis malen.

2) Using your pencil and string like a compass (tie your string to your pencil. Hold one end to the bottom left hand corner and draw a quarter of a circle across the rest). This will give you the basic shape that you will need for your Schultüte / Kindercone!

Schultüte kindercone how to

Schultüte basteln

3) Viertel – Kreis ausschneiden und aufrollen.

3) Cut out your quarter circle and roll up to form your Schultüte / Kindercone

Schultüte/ kindercone basteln

4) Mit einem Alleskleber festkleben. Mit Gummibaendern bis es trocken ist zusammenhalten.

4) Glue shut and hold in place with elastic bands – until your Schultüte / Kindercone is dry.

Schultüte  kindercone how to make your own

5) Seidenpapier vorsichtig in den Innenrand reinkleben. Masche drauf und fertig!

5) Glue your tissue paper carefully to the inside of your Schultüte / Kindercone, add your ribbon and done!

So, nun mit Suessigkeiten und Federmaeppchen fuellen und das Kind gluecklich machen!

Now fill with sweets and station and delight your child on their very first day of school. Lots of happy memories from receiving your very own Schultüte / Kindercone!!


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  1. That is lovely Maggy. What a great idea. x

  2. Red Ted Art says:

    Awe thanks Emma! And you were quick to comment :-) YAY!

  3. Carolin says:

    I have to dig out the photos of mine. I had Snow White on mine and it was the size of my entire body :)

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Awe you still have yours, how cute!!! That is why in the end I went for HUGE! As the whole point of them is that they are massive. Gosh, Red Ted will be excited to see what is inside!!! :-)

  4. I need to remember this for Christmas time.

  5. Rebecca says:

    Thats a lovey tradition. Is it just when they start school for the first time, or every year?

  6. Red Ted Art says:

    Just for the very first time they start school. In Germany/ Austria it would be “Year 1”. But as “Reception” is the year everyone considers kids to start school in the UK, I decided to do it now :-)

  7. Nina Arbuckle says:

    We’ve just done ours, ready for first day of school tomorrow. Made it from wallpaper samples with coloured tissue paper and ribbon at the top. It has turned out to be the same size as my boy who’s v excited about the schultuete and it’s contents!

  8. Red Ted Art says:

    Ooh Nina, can’t wait to see the photos!! And great to hear that the wallpaper works. I bet it is beautiful!!!!

  9. amber says:

    love how colorful this is

  10. Sian says:

    What a great idea (not applicable to us strictly as we home ed, but think I will have to make one anyway -sweets a problem too because of allergies but could fill with little biscuits : )
    Lovely for Christmas! – little ones on the tree : )

  11. Red Ted Art says:

    Oh yes, Home Ed kids still deserve a Schultuete!! And love the idea of Mini Christmas ones.. it is all about making your own family memories and traditions!

  12. I spent a summer in Germany and thought that this is a lovely tradition. Your Schultute is very pretty.

  13. Martha says:

    What a great post. We’re an English/German family living in Germany, so will get the Zuckertueten eventually. My two are too little yet (2 years and 10 months) but I look forward to giving them their Schultueten. I also love the tradition and still remember mine with a cuddly toy looking out on top.

    I love how you created your own. Great post, great blog. Thank you.

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Awe how cute! I so remember mine too! I hope my son does – just that here they start school earlier than in Germany – and who knows “when” his memory will start!!! I do hope yesterday’s First Day of school and his Schultuete will be one of them!

  14. Helen says:

    Oh, what a lovely tradition. My girls start first grade, and full-time, next year. I”m going to have to remember for a whole year! Perhaps you’ll remind us all and re-post next year?!!

    Are the things you fill it with need school supplies, or more fun gifts for keeping at home?

    • Red Ted Art says:

      OH yes, do make one, it does make that first day really lovely! And yes, I will most definitely be reminding people next 😉 We filled ours with school supplies (so a pencil case, water bottle, some notebooks) as well as sweets (sweets are part of it, I am afraid!!!). The pencil case etc filled it out nicely. You can also add a little cuddly toy or key rings, erasers, pencil sharpeners – school related nick knacks!

  15. Silke Duncan says:

    Hallo, vielen tausend Dank. Da wir auch in Grossbritanien wohnen und ich es sooo schade finde wenn er keine haette freue ich mich jetzt schon diese wunderschoene Schultuete zu basteln. Ich wusste garnicht das du deutschsprachig bist. ich lese regelmassig the imagination tree. Da bist ja oft verlinkt etc.Danke !!

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Hallo! Freut mich sehr Euch zu helfen!! Wuerde schon gerne mehr auf Deutsch schreiben – im Sprechen bin ich “fluessig” aber im Schreiben hakt es immer ein wenig (schon lange lange her das ich regelmaessig Deutsch schreibe)…. da bin ich faul und halte mich ans Englisch!!! Imagination Tree is eine wunderschoene Webseite und Anna ist wahnsinnig nett, nicht wahr?!

  16. Alexis says:

    Hello! I love this idea! I’m a first year teacher and planning to do this with my students as a culture study on the first few days!

    What were the measurements of the pieces of paper that you used? I wanted to have them pre cut.

    Also thanks for posting in both languages :)

    • Red Ted Art says:

      I used a standard size used here in the UK called “A4”. But to be honest, you can use any card you have. I only used these, as this is what you get here. You could have your students making “mini Schultueten” out of just one sheet of card.

  17. Niki says:

    Maggy I love these! I may never be able to pronounce it, but I love the idea, and will somehow have to remember it for Ethan’s first day of school in a couple of years!

  18. Heather Cooper says:

    Thank you for this tutorial! I found it the easiest and most straight forward of all the ones on Pinterest. My son attends a German immersion school in St. Paul, MN and I want to continue the German tradition with him!

  19. Yvonne says:

    Hallo! Very intersting post! Here in Germany we can get “Schultütenrohlinge” in every stationary shop – maybe you can order them online so you would just have to do the decorating ???? We also have “Bastelsets” that you can buy online for practically every theme you can think of that come prearraged so you just have to fold the cone (it’s not round but “sechseckig”), and do the decorating. “Seidenpapier” seems very delicate. My son Starts Scholl this year and his cone has Krepppapier at the top but I have also Seen felt (Filz) which I like. Nice that you keep the tradition up! Viele Grüße aus Deutschland!

  20. Funkidoo says:

    I’ve had to refer to your post today after deciding to make a shultuete for my middle son starting school this year (and the eldest missed out so I had to make him one too!). Taping the paper together looked too complicated for me so I hit on the idea of using one of those class room posters with the alphabet and numbers on them. Turns out they’re a good size, the ones I found were excellent quality for only £1.99. I’m rather proud of them and they’re now going to have to embark on a treasure hunt to find them.

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