In Germany, where I spent most of my school days, it is tradition to get a 'Schultuete' for your first day of entering Elementary school in first grade. Those cones are filled with candy, new pencils, stickers ... it is the most exciting thing ever for a 6 year old.
My children are no longer first graders, nor did they grow up in Germany, but I thought entering Middle School is big enough to deserve this kind of a treat. Of course this cone isn't nearly as cute as mine those many years ago (cute and a boy going into Middle School don't match) ; probably filled with more candy than mine was (colored pencils aren't nearly as exciting at 11 years old); nor is it as large. But I hope it celebrates this exciting day and helps ease away the anxiety .... (now if I could only figure out how to get as fun of a photograph without having to wear a mini skirt)
Cut a quarter circle out of a heavy cardstock. (you can tie a piece of string equal the length to the height you want your finished cone to be to a pencil and use that as a compass). Add heavy duty double stick tape to one side. Roll the quarter circle into a cone shape, peel off the protective paper of the double stick and press down. On the inside of the cone add a thin line of glue, then attach a sheet of tissue paper just along the edge all around. Repeat this process on the top edge of the outside of the cone. (you may want to add a thin ribbon along the outside, to hide imperfections).
Now you can fill the cone and tie off the tissue.
If you'd rather buy an already assembled cone you simply need to decorate, you can find one here.
Happy First Day of School !