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: A Timeless Symbol of Danish Tradition and Sustainability

Embrace the Heart of Danish Heritage with Ugly Duckli

Discover the enchanting allure of the Braided Heart, a quintessential emblem of Danish culture, reimagined by Ugly Duckli. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, our ornaments celebrate the timeless tradition of pleated hearts, a cherished pattern deeply rooted in the heart of Denmark and Scandinavia.

Sustainability Meets Heritage

Ugly Duckli is committed to sustainability, intertwining the essence of Danish heritage with the future. Our Braided Hearts are meticulously crafted from 100% durable, high-quality metal, ensuring that they are not only a nod to tradition but also a step towards a kinder future. As a testament to our dedication, Ugly Duckli has embraced numerous initiatives, including minimizing waste and focusing on high-quality, reusable products, to reduce our carbon footprint and uphold our green ethos.

Braided Hearts: A Tribute to Hans Christian Andersen

Inspired by the legendary Hans Christian Andersen, our Braided Heart ornaments pay homage to a tradition that Andersen himself cherished. These ornaments, traditionally crafted from glossy paper and filled with sweets or affectionate notes, now find a new expression in durable metal, ready to adorn your Christmas tree and create memories for generations to come.

Choose Your Symbol of Love and Tradition

Ugly Duckli offers the Braided Heart in two sizes:

Why Ugly Duckli's Braided Hearts?

  • Sustainable Luxury: Crafted from durable metal, our ornaments are a sustainable alternative to disposable decorations.
  • Deep-Rooted Tradition: Each Heart is a celebration of Danish heritage, bringing the warmth of Scandinavian Christmas to your home.
  • Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen: Embrace the fairy-tale charm with decorations inspired by one of Denmark’s most beloved storytellers.

Join us at Ugly Duckli in celebrating the magic of Christmas with a touch of Danish tradition and a commitment to a sustainable future. Explore our collection and find the perfect Braided Heart to adorn your festive celebrations.


Even more Braided Heart guidance for you.. smiling. 
Here are some additional external links that you might find helpful:

  1. Jolablot - Braided Christmas Heart | How To Make Them - Step by Step: A guide on how to make traditional Danish decorations. Visit Jolablot.
  2. Sweet Distance - How to make Danish braided Christmas heart decorations: Offers a template and instructions for making Danish decorations. Visit Sweet Distance.
  3. Mama In The Now - How to Make a Woven Danish Christmas Heart Craft: A detailed guide on creating woven Danish Christmas heart crafts, perfect for involving kids in the tradition. Visit Mama In The Now.

Please also refer to our Ugly Duckli guidance on how to fold a paper heart.

These links provide tutorials and insights into  braiding hearts, a beautiful and traditional Scandinavian Christmas decoration.

Easy inspiration...

Scandinavian Christmas heart

Small flat woven heart ornament

Scandinavian Christmas heart

Large flat woven heart ornament

Scandinavian Christmas heart

Small woven heart basket

Scandinavian Christmas heart

Large woven heart basket

Scandinavian Christmas heart

Golden eight pointed star

Scandinavian Christmas heart

Drum with drumsticks

Scandinavian Christmas heart

Cone with woven imprint

Scandinavian Christmas heart

DIY woven paper heart kit


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