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Danish Things – make your own paper cones
The paper cone, or in Danish “kræmmerhuset”, is a classic decoration for Christmas.
We hang the paper cones on our Christmas tree, on branches, in lamps, in the windows…
I’ve made some free prints – and a template.
You’ll find them all here: paper cones in different styles.
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 dates to 1866 and has a military decoration – a brave soldier holding a beech branch in the air.
The beech branch is a symbol of Denmark.
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, which is why they are children’s favourite ornaments Christmas eve.
Traditionally a Danish Christmas cone/cornet is made of paper – any paper – from glossy paper, music sheets, and handmade paper to lace-like doilies.
You will make the traditional paper cone by turning the paper into the shape of a cone, and then glueing a handle on it – the handle can be broad 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.
Easy paper cones – for print
Here you will find the first paper cones I made for the blog and a white template.
You can print the Christmas cones by clicking on one of the four photos, or the link below, which will take you to Google Drive, where you can print from.
If you don’t want to download the files from Google Drive, you can use the images of the template or the stalls.
You right-click on the images and save them on your phone/tablet/computer; then, you can print via your image viewer.
You can make as many Christmas cones as you like.
It is free for you as a private person to use the prints and templates I post on Danish Things.
Remember my copyright.
I have put time and effort into the things here.
If you are a teacher or pedagogue, you are welcome to use the materials in school contexts.
Remember a link to this page or Danish Things – danishthings.com.
You only need to cut the paper cones, put some glue on the logo and then assemble them.
The handle can be one of those included on the print, you can also double the handle (then you only have one handle for one cone), and you can make alternatives of glossy paper, gift paper, beads etc.
If you use a paper version, cut out the handle.
The handle is glued inside the cone.
There are also some newer versions.
They are currently available as links before I make blog posts with photos.
I have made a few “colouring book” cones. You will find them here: floral “colouring book” cones.
I’ve made some pink and brown cones and some in blue, blush, and gold.
If you make some of the cones please share on Twitter @DanishThings or Instagram @danish.things or #danishthings