Danish Woven Christmas Hearts – patterns made with Microsoft office tools

The woven Christmas heart is a Danish tradition founded by H.C. Andersen in the 1860s. The kindergartens helped spread the hearts (around 1910), as it was used to strengthen the children’s creative skills, patience, fine motor skills and self-discipline.

Danish Christmas hearts are woven with two pieces of folded glossy paper traditionally in red and white, but you can chose whatever colors you like.

I find it a lot easier and faster to print the pattern directly on the glossy paper than the old fashioned method where you first make a cardboard template.

  1. Find a template (on google images) that you like. If you are doing this with children or are a beginner or just not that patient, choose a simple classic pattern.
  2. Use a snipping tool to cut around the image (I use the free Microsoft snipping tool).Skærmbillede 2015-11-16 09.58.27
  3. Copy-Past the image into Microsoft word. Change the size to your desire. I use about 9×13 cm (in 3.5×5).Skærmbillede 2015-11-16 10.02.50
  4. Paste the pattern twice to Microsoft paint. Right click on one of the patterns and rotate it 180 degrees. Depending on the pattern you may need to also mirror. If your are making a simple pattern and want to cut with scissors, you only need to paste the pattern once.Skærmbillede 2015-11-16 09.59.15
  5. Align the two patterns.Skærmbillede 2015-11-16 09.59.40
  6. Print the template directly on glossy paper with the lowest quality (you don’t want the ink showing through the finished heart). Make sure that you are printing on the backside of the paper.
  7. Cut out the pattern with a pair of scissors (you can fold the template in the middle for easier cutting) or with a scalpel which is necessary when your are making more advanced hearts.
  8. Now braid
  9. Remember to attach a handle.
  10. Fill it with treats and hang it from the Christmas tree.

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Merry Christmas

 

Mason Jar Animals – Doing It Right

You’ve probably noticed the infinite possibilities with mason jars. Personally I am very fond of the ones with glued on animals and knobs.

mason jar knob

You can find several tutorials on the web already, but I’m sorry to say……they kind of suck. They will tell you that you only need a glue gun and some spray-paint and you’re good to go. I promise you that you will regret it.

Nooo….. you do need more than just a glue gun and some spray-paint

This is what you have to do if your are planning on gluing plastic animals on the lids:

  1. Sand the lids lightly
  2. Wash the lids using basic cleaner
  3. Sand the bottom of the animals feet and be thorough. The greater the contact area is between animal and lid, the better the glue will do its job.
  4. Clean the animals with a toothbrush and basic cleaner.
  5. Remember: After cleaning don’t touch lids or animals before your are completely finished with the project. Any grease will make sure the paint doesn’t stay in its place. Wear clean rubber gloves.
  6. Glue the animal on the lid using super glue (cyanoacrylate seems to work well) – not an ordinary glue gun.
  7. Spray on a base coat of primer – otherwise your paint may slide right of
  8. Spray-painting several thin coats with dry time (about 15 min) in between will give a nice result. Raise the lid above surface of the table so it doesn’t stick.

If you are attaching knobs just do step 1-2, 7-8. Use a drill to punch through the lid and saw of the excess knob screw with a hacksaw.

Remember to spray with the bottle upside down (outside) in between each coat so it dosn’t clog.

 

Mason Jar Dog

I’m using these jars for toys and dog treats.