copenhagen christmas

Discover Copenhagen Christmas with Ugly Duckli

Embrace the enchantment of Copenhagen Christmas, where tradition and sustainability weave together to create unforgettable experiences. Ugly Duckli is rooted in Danish heritage and inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s tales. We invite you to explore the heartwarming customs and iconic sights of Copenhagen during this magical season.

Cherishing Time-Honored Traditions

Copenhagen’s Christmas spirit is alive with the Danish tradition of crafting “julehjerter,” delicate woven paper hearts that symbolize love and togetherness. Originating from Andersen’s own creations, these intricate ornaments decorate the city, bringing stories of the past into our festive celebrations. Discover our handmade “julehjerter” (braided hearts) and other ornaments, meticulously crafted to bring a piece of Danish Christmas tradition into your home.
Explore our products here: Traditional Woven Hearts.

Magical Moments at Iconic Destinations

Experience the festive charm of Copenhagen’s landmarks. Stroll along the illuminated Nyhavn or wander through the enchanting Tivoli Gardens, which is transformed into a winter wonderland. These iconic locations, adorned with lights and decorations, offer a picturesque backdrop to your Christmas adventures. For those inspired by Andersen’s legacy, our tours in the writer’s footsteps offer a unique way to experience the city’s literary history.
Book your adventure here: Copenhagen Insider Adventures.

Sustainable Celebrations with Ugly Duckli

At Ugly Duckli, sustainability is at the heart of our Christmas celebrations. Our commitment to minimizing waste and embracing renewable resources reflects in our carefully designed products and experiences. From eco-friendly ornaments to sustainable tours of Copenhagen, we’re dedicated to making your holiday season both magical and mindful.
Learn more about our sustainability efforts and explore our green product range here: Sustainable Danish Crafts.

Join Us in Celebrating Copenhagen Christmas

This holiday season, let Ugly Duckli guide you through a festive journey filled with tradition, sustainability, and the magic of Copenhagen Christmas. Whether you’re crafting your own “julehjerte” (see our DIY woven paper heart kit), exploring the city’s historic sites, or choosing the perfect eco-friendly ornament, you’re participating in a celebration that honors the beauty of Danish craftsmanship. Get ready to discover the joy of Copenhagen Christmas and make your holiday truly special!

Copenhagen’s Culinary Delights

A Copenhagen Christmas is not just a feast for the eyes but also a culinary journey that delights the senses. The Danish capital is renowned for its Christmas markets, where traditional Danish Christmas treats await. From “æbleskiver” (pancake puffs) to organic gløgg (mulled wine), the flavors of the season are both comforting and exquisite.
At Ugly Duckli, we cherish these culinary traditions and we sometimes offer gourmet tours that introduce you to the city’s sustainable eateries and the stories behind their festive dishes. 

A Festive Copenhagen Christmas Community

Beyond the twinkling lights and festive markets, Copenhagen Christmas is about community and the joy of creating. Ugly Duckli embodies this spirit through workshops that invite you and your loved ones to partake in sustainable craft-making. From weaving your own “julehjerter” to crafting eco-friendly Christmas decorations, these workshops are a heartwarming opportunity to create memories while learning about sustainable practices. By participating, you’re not just making decorations; you’re weaving a part of Copenhagen’s Christmas story into your celebrations.
Discover our workshop schedule and reserve your spot here: Sustainable Christmas Workshops.

This Christmas, let Copenhagen’s festive traditions inspire you. And let Ugly Duckli be your guide to a season filled with beauty, discovery, and sustainable joy. From the culinary adventures that tantalize your taste buds to the craft workshops that ignite your creativity, this is your chance to experience the magic of Copenhagen Christmas in ways that celebrate our traditions.
Embrace the season with Ugly Duckli and make this Christmas unforgettable.

Introduction to Braided Heart Tutorial

Welcome to our braided heart tutorial! In this guide, you'll learn how to create a beautiful DIY braided heart, perfect for gifting or as a charming decoration. Follow our easy steps and get creative with this classic Danish craft.

Materials Needed

Main Materials:

Colored paper (two contrasting colors)

Optional Embellishments:


Step-by-Step Guide to Create a Braided Heart

Step 1: Prepare the Strips

Cut the Paper: Choose two contrasting colors of paper. Cut two strips from each color, each strip measuring 2 inches wide and 8 inches long.
Fold the Strips: Fold each strip in half lengthwise. This will make it easier to weave and create a symmetrical heart.

Step 2: Weave the Braids

Interlock the Strips: Take one folded strip from each color and interlock them at the folds to form a plus sign. Make sure the folds are at the center.
Weave the Strips: Start weaving by inserting the end of one strip under and over the strips of the other color. Continue this pattern, alternating between the two colors until you reach the end of the strips.
Secure the Weave: Apply a small amount of glue at the end of each strip to secure the weave. Press firmly and let it dry.

Step 3: Form the Heart Shape

Shape the Braided Piece: Once the weave is secure and dry, gently shape the braided piece into a heart by bending the sides inward.
Glue the Ends: Apply glue to the ends of the strips to hold the heart shape together. Hold the strips in place until the glue sets.

Tips for Personalizing Your Braided Heart

Add Glitter: Sprinkle glitter on the edges of your heart for a sparkling touch.
Use Ribbons: Attach a ribbon at the top to hang your heart as a decoration.
Customize with Stickers: Add stickers or markers to write messages or draw patterns on your heart.
Experiment with Sizes: Try making smaller or larger hearts by adjusting the size of the strips.


Creating these kind of hearts is a delightful and simple craft that you can personalize in countless ways. It's a thoughtful gift for loved ones and a beautiful addition to your home decor.