Hobbies: Mark first day of school with festive tote

FamilyFun magazine staff

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

To make one, 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. Place double-sided tape along the outside edge of the cone. Wrap a sheet of tissue paper around the cone, adhering it to the tape. Flip the paper over the top of the cone. Fill the cone with treats and goodies for school, then cinch the top and tie it with ribbon.