scandinavian christmas decor

Scandinavian Christmas decor

Transform Your Home with Scandinavian Christmas Decor

Embracing Scandinavian Christmas Traditions

Scandinavian Christmas decor is known for its simplicity, elegance, and timeless charm. One of the most iconic elements of Scandinavian holiday decor is the tradition of woven hearts, or “julehjerter” in Danish. These delicate ornaments, crafted from paper or fabric, are intricately woven and often adorned with festive motifs. Back in 1861, Hans Christian Andersen created the first woven paper heart as a gesture of love for his sweetheart, inspiring a cherished tradition that continues to enchant homes across Scandinavia.

Exploring Other Famous Scandinavian Decor Brands

In addition to Ugly Duckli, several other renowned Scandinavian decor brands capture the essence of the region’s festive spirit. Ferm Living, known for its modern yet cozy designs, offers a range of minimalist holiday decorations that add a touch of Scandinavian elegance to any home. By Lassen, with its timeless Scandinavian designs inspired by Danish craftsmanship, offers stylish holiday decor that blends seamlessly with classic and contemporary interiors. These brands, like Ugly Duckli, embody the essence of Scandinavian design and craftsmanship & a Copenhagen Christmas.

Honoring Hans Christian Andersen’s Legacy

Hans Christian Andersen, the celebrated Danish fairytale writer, holds a special place in Scandinavian culture. Best known for his beloved tale, “The Ugly Duckling,” Andersen’s stories continue to inspire and captivate audiences around the world. At Ugly Duckli, our company is named in homage to Andersen’s timeless fairy tale, reflecting our commitment to storytelling and embracing individuality.

Experience Authentic Scandinavian Craftsmanship with Ugly Duckli

At Ugly Duckli, we invite you to experience the magic of Scandinavian Christmas with our authentic Danish products and experiences. From traditional woven hearts to high-quality glazed paper ornaments, our handcrafted creations celebrate the beauty of Scandinavian craftsmanship. Designed and manufactured from our office on Frederiksberg, in the heart of Copenhagen, our products embody the spirit of Scandinavian Christmas decor. So, if you ever find yourself folding a paper heart, remember that you’re continuing a tradition that began with the romantic gesture of a beloved storyteller. Join us in embracing the warmth and charm of Scandinavian Christmas decor with Ugly Duckli.


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)

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.