Earlier today I toured Minneapolis' American Swedish Institute's A Nordic Christmas exhibit with my boyfriend. We are gearing up to decorating our homes for the holidays, and we wanted to get some inspiration. The exhibit was great: different rooms decorated based on a Nordic country's traditional Christmas ornamentation.
Although I was inspired by many of the rooms, the one thing that I knew I would be able to DIY was Denmark's paper heart ornaments. Traditionally, these paper heart ornaments form a paper basket that you can hang from your Christmas tree. It is a great project to do with your kids (if you are a parent) or with your friends (if you do not). In Denmark, children learn how to make these ornaments in kindergarten, which explains their ubiquity in Danish homes during Christmastime. These ornaments are traditionally made of white and red paper (Red and White being the colors of the Danish flag).
I ran a search for how to instructions to make these ornaments, but being a visual person, the how-to map included in this post from http://www.folksy.com/items/82982-Woven-Paper-Christmas-Hearts-Decorations">Haabet made the most sense to me. I tried making them with scratch paper, and sure enough, very simple to make.
Hope you have fun making these ornaments!
Images: 1. Haabet, 2. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, 3. Folksy