Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Danish Christmas Hearts

I am so intrigued by these sometimes extremely intricate traditional paper woven hearts. I think they'd make an excellent Christmas card some year.

Christmas hearts is a unique Danish papercut tradition invented by the well-know Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen around 150 years ago. Basically, a Christmas heart consists of two pieces of folded glossy paper of different colours which are cut in a certain way and then woven together so that they form the shape of a heart. There are boundless numbers of possibilities for designs of these hearts, and I think that is part of what fascinates me about making them.

- Sune Nielsen (author of the book Hjerter til jul, or 'Hearts for Christmas')


  1. Those are so cool. I was reading something recently about Jewish papercuts and now I'm a little obsessed with those.