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)
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
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.
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.
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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