Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen Central Park New York

One of the most well known Danish persons internationally is our beloved fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen.

His fairy tales have been translated in almost all languages. Including the Ugly Duckling fairytale, which is what we have picked as our company name and reference.

The image here is from a statue located in Central Park, New York.
Our founder Rikke spent many years living in New York and loved this statue and the local arrangements with fairy tales being read aloud throughout the summer for all to enjoy.

Back in 1861 Hans Christian Andersen created the first woven paper heart for his sweetheart. Through the years, it has become a Danish and Scandinavian tradition to make similar red and white woven heart baskets for Christmas. The hearts can be filled with candies or home-baked cookies and enjoyed everywhere, most often in Denmark as Christmas tree ornaments.

Read the full Ugly Duckling fairytale right here

Braided heart

Braided Heart Tutorial: How to Create a Stunning DIY Braided Heart

As a special gift to you, download our braided heart tutorial as a PDF here.

For those who love DIY projects, check out our DIY gift box. It includes everything you need to create your own braided hearts. Feel free to also check out some of our other heart products on the front page.

Start crafting and enjoy the timeless charm of braided hearts!

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)
Scissors
Glue

Optional Embellishments:

Glitter
Ribbons
Stickers
Markers

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.

Conclusion

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.