How to craft Danish Christmas Hearts

Before you begin, here are some facts about the Traditional Danish Christmas Heart:

  • The oldest preserved heart made of glossy paper dates back to the 1850s and was cut by the Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen, The heart is located in H.C. Andersen's House in Odense.
  • The oldest instructions for weaving two-strip Christmas hearts can be found in Nordisk Husflidstidende 1871
  • The oldest preserved Christmas heart at the Danish National Museum is from 1873.

With this illustrated guide you will make the most beautiful Traditional Danish Christmas Hearts for your tree... 

But start by downloading the complimentary template here

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🎄    Cut the paper

Cut two pieces of paper (one red and one white) measuring 7 x 23 cm and fold the papers in half with (if you are using paper only colored on one side, the colored side should be on the inside).

🎄    Draw the shape

Draw the shape according to the template; two lines and the curve that need to be cut and cut along the lines

🎄   Braid the Heart

Now all you need to do is braid the Christmas heart as shown below and glue on the handle... enjoy!

If you are stil not quite sure how to go about it, Mr. Otter Art Studie has this video explaining the process.

🎄   Guirlande

If you have leftover paper, you can easily make a Danish Guirlande for your tree...