First Day of School Schultuete

I love starting traditions with my girls.  It gives them something to look forward to for each occasion and it allows me to have a consistent idea I can always go back to.  I was excited to see this project for a Schultuete in a Highlights magazine that I had picked up at a thrift store earlier this year.  It seemed like a really cute idea that would make the first day of school a bit more exciting and memorable.

It’s actually really easy to pull together which made it the perfect project to make just before I had to head out to pick up J from her first day of school.

First Day of School Schultuete  {via Highlights Magazine – September 2004}

Materials needed:

  • Colored poster board, I spray painted a white sheet
  • Tissue or crepe paper, or cellophane gift wrap
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors, pencil, glue or tape
  • Small gifts and treats


The 80s called and they want their wallpaper back.

Measure and draw a large triangle on your poster board.  Cut out the shape, then roll it together so the opening of the cone is about 7 inches in diameter.  Glue or tape the seam together.

Glue or tape a 10 inch-wide cuff of crepe paper or cellophane on the outside of the cone opening. Cover the glued or taped area with a 1-inch wide strip of decorative ribbon.  I skipped the ribbon step.

Fill the finished cone with small gifts and treats, then tie the cuff closed with ribbon. 

While this German tradition is typically only given to a child when they start kindergarten, I think this is something that I’d like to continue all the way through grade school. 


  • Mariam E says:

    Best. Mom. Ever.


  • Mona says:

    MashaAllah, really. Just look at her face! Such a nice idea.

    • Amnah says:

      I know!! I love that look on her face and I’m so glad I caught it, Alhamdulilah.

  • Humaira says:

    What a lovely idea! Seriously Amnah, you’re like the crafty big sister i never had, mainly cos I’m the eldest and my older cousins all live abroad, so I get so many idea through you! Thanks for sharing and just look at the expression on J’s face. Priceless! And I can see M peeking through in the background. What a lovely tradition Mashallah!

    • Amnah says:

      🙂 Glad I can inspire you sis. M was quite jealous, but she’ll have her turn.
      Do you live abroad because you’re studying?

      • Humaira says:

        No, I live with my parents in the UK, but most of my family are still in Pakistan. My oldest cousin is like my big sister, but since I only see her very rarely like after years and years, I find myself wishing I had a big sister! And I really love your generosity and openness with your crafty life, inspires me to be more crafty as well.

        • Amnah says:

          I see. It’s very difficult to be away from family. Both of my older sisters live far away and I rarely see them. One lives in Palestine and the other is moving to Malaysia! I’m glad that you can find my blog as a way to connect to someone and be inspired by it. I really, really love my readers and interacting with you all.

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  • Julie says:

    MashaAllah that is such a sweet way to welcome the new school year. I am bookmarking this for when my little ones get to that age. What a great tradition to start. Your girls are blessed to have such a creative, fun mom.

  • Shahirah says:

    LOL @ your sister’s comment. I think you’ve got to be the coolest Mum out there. I hope you get pampered and spoiled by your family! You totally deserve it.

  • michaela says:

    Great Schultuete! And your daughter’s reaction is just precious. 🙂

    • Amnah says:

      Thank you! I know, I love how excited she was. She’s been requesting one for the first day of first grade. Won’t be much of a surprise this time around.

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