Monday, November 14, 2011

~Handmade Holiday Tradition/Esty Greetings Blog Hop: How To Make Danish Christmas Hearts~

Are you like me and have a lot of scrapbooking paper?  I have been looking for different and creative ways to utilize my papers especially the scraps.  Recently my in-laws went to DenmarkMy mother in-law knows how much I love to craft with paper so she brought me back this book: 
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.
IMGHere 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:
Visit Denmark
Family Christmas Traditions
Holiday Traditions in Denmark
Danish Christmas Dinner Menu & Recipes

Sit back, relax and take a stroll though our Holiday Traditions Blog Hop. You'll find poignant stories, yummy recipes and great holiday printables.  Click the arrows above to go to the next blog in the hop. There's no time limit so feel free to browse our blogs - maybe you'll find a new tradition to start with your family!
Interested in more Danish Christmas heart patterns?  Become a fan of the Sno Valley Greetings facebook page and watch for more patterns to try out.


Handmade in Israel said...

I LOVE these hearts! I don"t celebrate Christmas, so no tree, but I am going to have a go at making some anyway!

katy said...

I love these too and am imagining all sorts of Valentine uses! Thanks so much for the idea!

Cheers from FarFlungCards

Susan ~ Killam Creative said...

Me three! I adore these hearts and the weaving in general. Very cool!


Linda said...

Love the heart ornaments, thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Maria J Black said...

Those are wonderful! I'd love to make these with my kids once they are a little older. Thanks for sharing.

artbycarolann said...

I love the heart ornaments!

Terri said...

Love the heart ornaments. Thanks for sharing how to make them. These would be great for Valentines Day too.

Molly said...

Cute! Thanks for sharing!

AnastasiaC said...

what a great creative craft project! they look great on the tree!

Fiona Designs said...

I have always loved these hearts!!!

Adorebynat said...

Fantastic! Love the woven heart idea. It's nice to learn a little bit about Norwegians and their Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

Birdcage Cards said...

Awww, I love those cute little woven hearts. And I agree with Terri, they would be great fun to make for Valentine's too!

Thanks for sharing,
-Kate ♥

ij said...

i love these too. i'm going to have my very first christmas tree this year in my apt and i don't know what to decorate it with. maybe i'll use these to decorate the whole tree! along with my few penguin ornaments.

one year, my grandma made a bunch of red velvet bows and we decorated the tree with them. they looked awesome.

thanks for sharing!

Wonderful Jewelry said...

Great. Thank you for sharing