Danish Things – the paper cone or in Danish “kræmmerhuset”.
You will get some free prints – and a template here: Cones for you
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.
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.
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.
Floral colour”book” cones
Abstract colour”book” cone
Pink and brown cones
Blue, blush and gold
The “old” cones
If you make some of the cones please share on Twitter @DanishThings or Instagram @danish.things or #danishthings