Paper cone – a Danish Christmas decoration. Make your own paper cones or find free prints at danishthings.com

Danish Things – the paper cone or in Danish “kræmmerhuset”.

You will get some free prints – and a template here: Cones for you

History

The Danes decorate their Christmas tree with ornaments dating back to the late 1800s.

Denmark lost the war against Austria and Prussia in 1864 and had to part with Schleswig, Holstein and Lauenburg.
That loss changed the way the Danes decorated for Christmas.

The Danes began to decorate their Christmas trees with national and military symbols such as flag garlands with the Danish flag, military trumpets and drums.

The oldest paper cone, which dates back to 1866, has a military decoration – a brave soldier holding a beech branch in the air.
The beech branch is a symbol of Denmark.

Paper cone – a Danish Christmas decoration. Make your own paper cones or find free prints at danishthings.com

The paper cone

In Denmark, we often fill the paper cones (and pleated hearts) with treats, candy or small cookies, and we hang the cones on our Christmas trees, that is why they are children’s favourite ornaments Christmas eve.

Traditionally a Danish Christmas cone/cornet is made out of paper – any type of paper – from glossy paper, music sheets, and handmade paper to the lace-like doilies.

You will make the traditional paper cone by turning the paper into the shape of a cone, and then glue a handle on it – the handle can be wide or narrow – long or short.

You can make cones out of other materials – and the handle could be made of cloth, ribbon or wire.
It is up to you and your creativity.

I have previously made Christmas cones out of felt, with embroidered snowflakes on, and my mother made Christmas cones out of fabric on her sewing machine.

Paper cone – a Danish Christmas decoration. Make your own paper cones or find free prints at danishthings.com

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Cones for you

I’ve made A LOT of paper cones for you, so turn on your printer!

Print, cut and glue the ones you like – or make your own.
You can decorate the plain cones, colour them or use the template to make some paper cones out of wrapping paper, newspaper….

Put the glue on the logo flap – remember, the handle is glued on the INSIDE of the cone.

Paper cone – a Danish Christmas decoration. Make your own paper cones or find free prints at danishthings.com

Floral colour”book” cones

Abstract colour”book” cone

Paper cone – a Danish Christmas decoration. Make your own paper cones or find free prints at danishthings.com

Pink and brown cones

Paper cone – a Danish Christmas decoration. Make your own paper cones or find free prints at danishthings.com

Red cones

Paper cone – a Danish Christmas decoration. Make your own paper cones or find free prints at danishthings.com

Blue, blush and gold

Paper cone – a Danish Christmas decoration. Make your own paper cones or find free prints at danishthings.com

The “old” cones

The template

If you make some of the cones please share on Twitter @DanishThings or Instagram @danish.things or #danishthings

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The paper cone – a Danish Christmas decoration. Make your own paper cones or find free prints at danishthings.com

Paper cone – a Danish Christmas decoration. Make your own paper cones or find free prints at danishthings.com
Paper cone – a Danish Christmas decoration. Make your own paper cones or find free prints at danishthings.com
Paper cone – a Danish Christmas decoration. Make your own paper cones or find free prints at danishthings.com

 

Paper cone – a Danish Christmas decoration. Make your own paper cones or find free prints at danishthings.com Paper cone – a Danish Christmas decoration. Make your own paper cones or find free prints at danishthings.comPaper cone – a Danish Christmas decoration. Make your own paper cones or find free prints at danishthings.com


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