Originally used as Christmas tree decorations, this craft finds its roots in Northern Europe, specifically Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Woven heart basket decorations are typically made from good quality paper in two contrasting colors (often one of the colors is bright red). A good quality gift wrapping paper is also a great material to use.
This may look complicated, but I have it on good authority that most school-aged Scandinavian children learn how to make these. Some Danes say it is a symbol of the heart of Christmas (love and respect) and was invented by Hans Christian Andersen in 1867 (or 1860). During Christmas, the hearts were filled with treats (nuts, candy or dried fruit) and these were the only gifts the children received many years ago after their Christmas ring dance with singing around the tree.
With so many other "love" holidays, these paper art crafts make a great addition to any celebration. We "heart" it! (This craft is a bit more difficult than the projects we usually present). But once you get the hang of it....you'll be moving on to more complicated patterns. We guarantee it!
Ready to start crafting? Let's take a look at what you'll need:
- Two different colored pieces of construction paper
- A ruler
- A pencil
- Our template
Instructions:1. Always use our photos for reference.
2. Fold each piece of paper in half. Place our template on each piece of paper with the bottom edge of the template place on the fold line of your paper.
3. Cut along the dotted lines.
4. Place the two pieces of paper at 90 degree angles to one another. (Refer to picture for reference)
5. Start weaving you first row of piece one over and through the first row of piece 2. (refer to picture for reference)
6. Repeat 3 more times.
7. Cut a handle out of your leftover paper and attach with glue to the heart basket
Voila! You're done!
You can change the look of your heart basket by changing the widths on the template, or adding other decorations. You can check out interesting templates by clicking here or here. Once you finish your first basket, you'll definitely want to make more! The baskets can be used in so many ways...for giving small gifts, cards, etc. or imagine a Christmas tree decorated soley with these lovely hearts! Or.... Maybe you have your own ideas for paper art crafts? If you do...share them with us!
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