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.
- 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.
- Use a snipping tool to cut around the image (I use the free Microsoft snipping tool).
- Copy-Past the image into Microsoft word. Change the size to your desire. I use about 9×13 cm (in 3.5×5).
- 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.
- Align the two patterns.
- 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.
- 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.
- Now braid
- Remember to attach a handle.
- Fill it with treats and hang it from the Christmas tree.