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It’s time for Christmas decorations again – this time it’s the Christmas heart.
The pleated (or weaved) Christmas heart is a classic decoration.
The Danes are hanging the hearts on their Christmas trees.
The hearts are traditionally pleated in our national colours – red and white.
Now you can make the hearts out of all kinds of paper, in all sorts of colours
– all the colours that fit this year’s Christmas theme.
History: The first documented pleated heart is made by the famous storyteller H. C. Andersen in 1861, it is braided/weaved in green and yellow paper and without a handle.
Pleated Christmas hearts to hang on Christmas trees was seen from the 1870s.
I’ve made a few A4 pdf. files.
One with templates for making your own Christmas hearts, and one where everything is ready to cut out and assemble.
You get 3 sheets to print and cut with 2 different Christmas harts on each.
There is a simple heart with three “tabs/fingers” and a more complicated one with 7 “tabs/fingers”.
I have made the versions you see in the pictures – one in “silver glitter” and white with dots, one in “gold” with dots and a red pattern and an all-white version for you to decorate.
You can mix and match the papers – as long as the number of “tabs/fingers” are the same.
(I actually do not know what the parts to pleat/braid is called – for now I call them “tabs/fingers” – but please enlighten me.)
You, your child, or another loved one, can decorate the white paper before you cut your Christmas hearts out.
It makes the hearts extra special – remember to put the date inside!
AND please share photos of your own Christmas hearts ❤ tag me on Instagram @danish.things and #danishthings
I have a few tips for you – if you haven’t made a pleated Christmas heart before:
- Remember to place the template with the straight edge close to the fold of your paper.
- Print a few sheets out of the ones I have made and practice on the easy hearts. 🙂 Or practice on parchment paper/baking paper before using the nice paper.
- Start to pleat/braid from the inside out.
- Be patient – the more complicated herats, or those with many “tabs/fingers” can be quite tricky.
- If you want nice straight lines use a ruler and a scalpel instead of a scissor.
- You can enlarge or reduce templates, by using Adobe Reader and set your print size, or resize using a copy machine.
- You can decorate your heart with ribbons, glitter, stamps, stickers, washi tape … yes everything your heart desires 😉
The white templates are difficult to see on my white background but easy to use if you print it on A4 paper.
All the photos are hyperlinks – so choose a template and go straight to the pdf.
I know that I have my logo all over the pdf.’s. I did that so you could find my website at a later date – if you should need new prints 🙂