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Danish Christmas woven heart

By 3 December 2019November 18th, 2021No Comments

Danish Christmas woven heart

The woven Christmas heart on the Christmas tree is a Christmas tradition that origins from Denmark. However the woven heart originates from Germany but putting a handle on it and using it for hanging on the Christmas tree is a Danish invention.

H.C. Andersen’s Christmas Heart

Denmark’s oldest preserved woven heart is made by H.C. Andersen, and made of green and yellow paper, it was made for a friend’s daughter. It wasn’t used as a Christmas tree decoration and it didn’t have a handle on it. H. C. Andersen weaved the heart in the 1860s.

Paper cutout was very trendy in 18th century Germany. The German pedagogue Friedrich Fröbel even made paper cutouts as an educational tool. He used the cutouts to stimulate children’s creative abilities and to teach them to be patient.

The big Christmas heart mystery

In the late 19th century, the woven Christmas heart was used as a Christmas tree decoration in most homes in Denmark and has stayed part of the Danish Christmas traditions.

How it went from being a heart made as a gift to a friend, to a Christmas tree decoration is an unsolved mystery.

I thought you should have the opportunity to make these Danish Christmas woven hearts, so I have created a little tutorial. 

Please download the template here.

Please have patients it can take a little practice.

You will need:

Glossy paper
Scissors
glue stick

  1. Fold 2 different coloured A4 paper in half, on the inside of the paper outline the shape including the 3 lines in the middle
  2. Cut along the lines
  3. Fold it the other way so the colour side is on the outside.
  4. Start weaving them.
  5. Put glue on the handle and stick it on inside the heart.

That’s it!

All you need to do now is hang it on the tree.