Lots of interesting Danish Christmas Hearts!

Lots of interesting Danish Christmas Hearts!

It’s the day before Christmas Eve and we’ve been decorating! One of the things I’ve done since I was a child is make woven Danish Christmas Hearts (Julehjerter). The story goes that these were invented by H.C. Anderson in the 1860′s and they’re a firm Danish tradition. As kids, all of us would make at least one every year, and even though I’ve shall-we-say matured I still love to do these. So, I figured I would mark this day by sharing a piece of my history while giving you a super-easy, super-fun (and most importantly super-compact -> great for RV storage) Christmas decoration that anyone can make & share. You can hang these around your rig, on your Christmas tree (we always do) or even fill them with sweets for the kids.

Now, Danish Christmas Hearts can get pretty complicated, but I’m going to share the most basic version and then you can always expand and get more creative on your own. You only need 5 basic items for the project:

1/ Piece of cardboard (to make a template)
2/ Colored paper (shiny stuff is nice)
3/ Scissors
4/ Tape
5/ Ruler

A sister in a Cookie Monster T-shirt is also super-helpful, but not a firm requirement.

With all your “stuff” gathered bring in the whole family, sit down and get started

1/ Make A Template

Making a cardboard template is not a requirement, but it really helps if you’re planning on making a bunch of hearts, plus it keeps everything symmetrical. The key to the template is to create a square base with equally-spaced “legs” and a rounded top. You can use any rounded item to trace the top semi-circle (we used the tape casing) and any straight edge to make the sides. I’ve given you the exact dimensions we used in the bottom pic, but you can make ANY size heart your heart desires :)

1. Draw the top curve of the heart (we used the side of the tape-measure)
2. Draw the straight sides
3. Measure out equal spaces for the “legs”
4.-5. The final template -> the bottom part is a square

2/ Cut Out Your Heart Pieces

You need two folded pieces of paper cut to the dimensions of the template. Choose different colors and make sure the folded side of the paper is aligned with the bottom straight edge of your template. This is the part where the sister in the Cookie Monster T-shirt comes in handy.

Hearts2 (JPG)

1. Choose your paper. Two contrasting colors, preferably.
2. Fold your paper in half
3. Draw around the template making sure to keep the folded edge of the paper aligned with the bottom (straight edge) of the template
4. Cut out the pieces
5. And voila…you’re ready for step 3

3/ Weave Your Heart Pieces Together

This is probably the trickiest piece of the puzzle, but once you get the hang of it, it’s really, really easy. You want to weave the “legs” of your hearts together starting at the top side and working your way down. The key to the weaving is to insert the “leg” of the 1st piece completely inside the “leg” of the 2nd piece and then do the reverse (insert the “leg” of the 2nd piece completely inside the 1st piece). Keep going until you’ve finished one whole “leg”, then push it up and move onto the next one. If you’ve done this correctly the finished heart should open up like a clam. Hopefully the pics explain it better than my writing does.

1. Start weaving at the top end of your two pieces 2. Make sure to insert the "leg' of the 1st piece completely inside the "leg" of the 2nd piece

1. Start weaving at the top end of your two pieces
2. Make sure to insert the “leg’ of the 1st piece completely inside the “leg” of the 2nd piece
3. The first “leg” complete
4. Move the first “leg” up and continue weaving the 2nd leg
5. Keep going until the entire heart is done.
6. Cut a thin piece to act as a “hanger” and tape it onto the inside of your heart
7. As an added fun thing write your name and year
8. There it is!!! The final woven heart

 

And that’s it folks. If you make one each year and write the date inside you can look back 30 years from now and have 30 love-filled memories. From my heart to yours…how much better does it get than that? Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël and Glædelig Jul everyone!!!

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38 Responses to Easy RV Mod -> Make Danish Christmas Hearts!

  1. MonaLiza says:

    Wow, that’s pretty interesting. Do you hang it on your Christmas tree?
    Looks like you are having a blast this Christmas season, in France no less.
    Steve and I wishes you a joyful Christmas and a great year ahead.

    • libertatemamo says:

      Yup, we typically hang them all over the Christmas tree. We’ve got hearts from the past 35 years that we use to decorate the tree. Always fun!
      Nina

  2. John and Pam says:

    Very cool project! Thanks for sharing:)
    Merry Christmas!!

  3. Gunta says:

    Yay! You got the images into the email!
    Priecīgus ziemas svētkus! :D

    • libertatemamo says:

      Well…kind of. I used my “old” method of posting pics (not the gallery) . Sadly the gallery issue still has the same email bug.
      Nina

  4. Bob Nuttmann says:

    Thank You. Nice project to do with my grand kids.

  5. Debby says:

    The pics came thru on the email!!

    • libertatemamo says:

      Yeah, I “cheated” on the pics. Still don’t have a solution for making them work with gallery mode, but the directly inserted pics do fine.
      Nina

  6. Peg Bird says:

    Thank you so much for the Danish Christmas hearts. Being of Danish descent, the child in me (@ 74) was thrilled and especially for the instruction. Many thanks for the memories.

  7. Else says:

    God Jul til deg, Nina. Takk for at du minnet meg om hjertene. Har ikke laget de siden jeg bodde i Norge. Mange takk. Else

  8. Very cool, indeed, and it looks super easy. I’m going to cut and past your instructions to make these with the GrandKiddles. Thanks! And a Very Merry Christmas to you and your family. :)

  9. charlene malone says:

    I’ve been following you for awhile.Love your information and copied your hearts to share with grandkids. Thanks for your energy & wisdom. Hailey, Idaho heading to Arizona 1/7

    • libertatemamo says:

      Wonderful! Hope it’s not too cold in Idaho. Have a good trip to the desert in Jan! Maybe we’ll see ya down there.
      Nina

  10. Jil says:

    Brilliant…just brilliant…have a wonderful holiday…

  11. Sherry says:

    These are great Nina. I just love the idea of hearts for the holidays. It’s all about love after all. After I do your simple one, I’m going to look for a book with patterns for others like those gorgeous ones you showed first. Many thanks! And happy happy Holiday to you and to Paul out there in the desert!

    • libertatemamo says:

      Yup, I totally agree. The holiday is all about love. That’s one of the things I really enjoy about making these. It’s a sharing of that sentiment!
      Nina

  12. LuAnn says:

    I love your Christmas hearts Nina. What a wonderful way to decorate the tree. The very best to you and Paul for a Merry Christmas and a blissful 2014!

  13. Merry Christmas! Found these woven hearts last year researching Danish traditions. Made a bunch for my tree and family. They are fun to do. thanks for sharing!

  14. Best wishes to you and yours for a very Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year. Thanks for sharing so many fun and interesting things this year.

  15. Dawn On Camano Island says:

    Thank you, Nina! These are such fun to make! I’m curious how the process differs if you want to make some of the more complex designs? A very Merry Christmas to you, Paul & your family!

  16. Steve says:

    Nina,
    I hear you are having a storm in the south of France. Merry Christmas and thanks for a great year of bloging. On to 2014!

    • libertatemamo says:

      Yup, we’ve had some pretty crazy winds here. LOTS of winds in the NE and pretty hard winds in the southern mountains. It’s not been too bad here, but we’ve definitely seen some dark and stormy days.
      Nina

  17. Dan Richter says:

    I understand you were at the state park outside Alamogordo, New Mexico. What was your impression of it ? Which archive issue of wheeling it can I look up your thoughts ?

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