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Topic: Danish Christmas Hearts - including printable template (Updated)  (Read 57888 times)
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« on: October 28, 2010 09:58:36 AM »

"Julehjerter" are traditional Danish Christmas decorations woven from paper. They can be filled with sweets or candies if desired or just hung on the tree or just about anywhere as decorations.

To make the process easier I've made printable pdf templates which can be printed onto A4 craft paper, getting rid of the boring part. The Basic Heart Template produces the hearts pictured in the step by step photo instructions, and the diagonal Heart template produces the hearts pictured above, but it's the same process used for each.

Basic Heart Template

Diagonal Heart Template

1.Print the basic heart template onto two contrasting coloured sheets of A4 paper, for the diagonal heart template print page 1 on one colour and page 2 on the other colour.
2.Cut along the black line to create 3 rectangular strips from each piece of paper
3.Fold along the dashed line
4.Then cut out along the lines to create a shape, consisting of a square with a semi circle at the end.
5.Cut along each black line to the line that runs along the top.
6.Unfold each shape, and refold so that the inside is now the outside so the printed lines will be hidden on the inside
7.Weave the strip from one side, between and then over the strips on the other side
8.Thread each strip in turn
9.Make sure the strips go through and over, not under and on top
10.As you get nearer the end, it gets trickier to thread the paper
11.The finished article, the final step is to attach a handle made of paper or string
12.The heart can be opened out and filled with sweets if desired or just hung on the tree

Central Star Template as pictured below

« Last Edit: November 01, 2010 10:21:55 AM by ebygomm - Reason: New template added » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2010 12:37:37 PM »

Those are beautiful!  Thank you for sharing that.   Smiley
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2010 05:22:00 PM »

I really like the diagonal hearts!  I've only seen the basic kind before.


« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2010 11:49:27 PM »

There are lots of other designs , I hope to update with printable templates for some of the following designs too.


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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2010 07:36:39 AM »

these are so pretty would love to see templates on the others too!! ty!
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2010 10:23:22 AM »

I've added another template for a different design

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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2010 09:55:30 AM »

Awesome! I'm always on the lookout for little gifts I can give to my many relatives. Thanks for the template!


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« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2010 06:34:35 AM »

These hearts are so beautiful, I'm in awe! Especially since I had a go at one... Wink I started with just the basic heart, and it was more difficult than I had expected! By the time I got to the last row for some reason the final strip wouldn't thread through, so I resorted to chopping a bit off it  Roll Eyes You can't tell in the finished version though. Have you got any tips to make the weaving a bit easier?!

« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2010 09:35:42 AM »

Difficulty depends on the complexity and also the weight of paper you use. I find paper which is around 130gsm best (normal printer paper is around 80, card is around 240).

You can make it a little easier by cutting ever so slightly (5mm max) beyond the line when you are cutting the design (step 5). If you cut too far beyond though, the finished heart ends up a little loose.

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« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2010 09:17:11 AM »

Ebygomm, thank you for sharing your templates!
I used the traditional one for making Christmas cards (that can be used as ornaments too).
I made them single, instead of double, out of cardstock. I glued white cardstock to the back, so we could write on them.

Thanks again!

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