A Back-to-School Tote Tradition

In Germany, it's a tradition to give children a schultute, a giant paper cone filled with treats and supplies, to celebrate their first day of school.

Back-to-School Tote

Girl Holding Back-to-School Tote Photograph by Doug Merriam

To make a tote, roll a sheet of lightweight poster board into a cone, securing it with tape. Trim the top edge with scissors. Roll and tape a piece of wrapping paper around the cone. Trim the top edge, leaving a couple of inches of excess. Cut tabs into the excess paper, fold the tabs down into the cone, and tape them in place.

    Wrapping Tissue Paper Around Paper Cone Photograph by Doug Merriam

    Place double-sided tape along the outside edge of the cone. Wrap a sheet of tissue paper around the cone as shown, adhering it to the tape.

      Flipping Paper Over Cone Photograph by Doug Merriam

      Flip the paper over the top of the cone as shown. Fill the cone with treats and goodies for school, then cinch the top and tie it with ribbon.

      Originally published in the August 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

        Preparing for the First Day of School