Inside there are about 150 Christmas heart patterns. These paper hearts originated as a Danish Christmas ornament, but, filled with candy, flowers or a love note, it makes a great gift for anyone year round.
Typically Norwegians don't put as many decorations on their Christmas trees as Americans, and most Norwegian decorations are hand made. Woven heart baskets decorations are typically made from good quality paper in two contrasting colors (often one of the colors is bright red). A good quality gift wrapping paper is a great material to use. Hang the little baskets on the tree either empty or with a few small treats in them. Virtually every school-age child in Denmark learns to make these woven hearts.
Today, with all the design variation, these can be also be used for Valentine's day, gift-tags, invitations, thanks-you cards, etc. It's fun to try all the various types of shapes that are available.
Here is the basic Christmas heart pattern with instructions on how to weave along with the pattern. Print out the pattern below and use it as your template. The straight edge needs to be on the fold. You will need to cut one of each color. If the pattern is too small you can always enlarge it on a copier.
Interested in learning more about Christmas traditions in Denmark? Visit these websites to learn more:
Family Christmas Traditions
Holiday Traditions in Denmark
Danish Christmas Dinner Menu & Recipes