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Paper heart basket crafts

Updated on August 29, 2015

Heart basket templates and crafting guide

Ever wondered how to create a woven heart basket? In this lens I will show you step by step how to craft a paper heart that can be used for decorating your christmas tree, brighten up your window or maybe act as gift label. Heart baskets can be used for many purposes.

The paper heart crafts featured in this lens are so easy to make that you can do it with your children and they will enjoy making many different colour heart baskets for your christmas tree or for decorating your home. I am sure they will even be able to find creative new uses for the paper hearts.

I have stuck to the basic heart basket to begin with, however as I get into my own christmas crafting I might add more. :)

Heart baskets are a traditional danish christmas tree ornament and is a must have on a danish christmas tree. If you are interested in reading more about other danish christmas traditions, you can check out my lens Christmas Traditions in Denmark. Enjoy and now let's get crafting! :)

What do you need for crafting woven paper hearts?

Here is the full list of everything you need to make your very own heart basket for your christmas tree.

Step one to creating a heart basket - the template

Draw Around the form from the template

Your first step to craft a paper heart basket is to create a form to draw around. You can find my template for the paper heart at the bottom of this lens or you can create one yourself. It is best to make the form from cardboard as it is more durable.

If you are creating one yourself you will need a ruler and a round glass or a cup. Use the Glass to create the rounded part of the heart and then use the ruler to make sure the sides are straight. Make sure that the width of the form and the incisions for the "legs" for the weaving are the same dimensions, this is important for the pieces to fit together. The incisions needs to be slightly longer than the combined width of all three "legs".

Once you have your form for the heart basket, take a piece of paper and fold it with the design inside out. Then place the form and place the flat part at the edge of the fold (as shown below) and draw around it.

Picture © Mistel

Step two to creating a heart basket - cut the pieces

Cutting the pieces for the paper heart basket

In step one you drew the shape of the heart basket piece, now cut it out and repeat the process once more for the second part of the paper heart. I strongly recommend using two different looking paper as the weave will stand out much more on a heart made of paper with different designs.

Once you have both pieces cut out turn them inside out (or outside in if you will) so the design is now on the outside as seen below.

Picture © Mistel

Metallic crafting paper - Perfect for making your Christmas tree sparkle

Step Three to creating a heart basket - weave the pieces together

Weaving the basket

Now you start the weaving of the paper heart. Take the left most "leg" of one piece and stick in the right most "leg" of the other piece.

See below.

Picture © Mistel

More weaving

Now the next step gets a little trickier. After you have the left "leg" from the right piece inside the right "leg" from the left piece you need to take put the right "leg" from the left piece inside the the left "leg" from the right hand piece. You then end the row by once more putting the left "leg" from the right piece inside the right "leg" from the left piece. Tada, you finished the first row of your woven heart basket and should have something that looks kind of like the picture below.

Picture © Mistel

Step Four to creating a heart basket - weaving all the rows

Weaving the second row

Second row is pretty straight forward. You start opposite of what you did with the first row so second "leg" of the left piece goes inside the second "leg" of the right piece and so forth.

Picture © Mistel

Weaving the final row

The final row of a woven heart basket can require a bit of fiddling to get right. The concept of the weaving is the same as described above, but there is left space. If you made sure to make the "legs" a tiny bit longer than the with of the pieces, you should have no major trouble though as shown below.

Picture © Mistel

Step Five to creating a heart basket - finishing touches

The woven heart

Voila! Your paper heart should be done and look something like this.

Picture © Mistel

Adding the handle to the heart

All that is left to do now is to cut the handle and glue it to the inside of the heart basket. And then you are ready to decorate your Christmas tree.

Picture © Mistel

Heart Basket Paper Kit - Buy a danish christmas kit for woven paper hearts

Heart Basket Paper Kit
Heart Basket Paper Kit

If you want to get started fast and don't want to mess around with templates you can buy this heart basket paper kit. It comes with 15 already cut hearts in 3 different sizes.

This kit is perfect if you want everything prepared and ready to go for a fun crafting session and if you have younger children it will enable them to get going without them having to handle scissors.


Heart basket templates

Here is a template for a woven paper heart. You are welcome to use it to craft the hearts. Please don't repost the template anywhere without my permission.

Picture © Mistel

If you want a heart with a smaller weave in the middle then you can use this template

Picture © Mistel

You can also create a heart basket with the name of your children, loved one or a happy Christmas Greeting. Use this template generator to create your own customized woven heart basket.

Instructions are in danish, but it is pretty simple: Type your text into the text box, You can indicate a space with "." and a line change with ":" Grey areas are indicating something you need to cut out. Cut around the solid lines and fold at the broken ones.

Please note that the more letters you add, the harder it becomes to weave the basket.

Heart Basket stickers

Danish Heart Basket Stickers
Danish Heart Basket Stickers

These cute little paper basket stickers are perfect for adding a little extra to a christmas card envelope or maybe as an addition to a wrapped gift. You get 66 stickets so the these should last you a christmas or two.


Make the heart basket edible

A traditional danish Christmas tradition is to hang heart baskets on the christmas tree. Back in the days the paper hearts would be filled with raisins or small christmas cookies and once all the singing and dancing around the tree was over and done with the children could "plunder" the tree for the treats hidden in the heart baskets.

Whatever you chose to use your heart baskets for I hope you will have fun with the paper crafts and hopefully you and your children (if you have any) can enjoy making woven paper hearts together.

Did you know about heart baskets before reading this lens?

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    • MelRootsNWrites profile image

      Melody Lassalle 

      6 years ago from California

      Oh my goodness, these bring back so many memories. We made something similar in elementary school. Thanks for sharing!

    • psiloveyou1 profile image


      7 years ago

      I have seen these in craft magazines before but never tried to make one. I might have to now that I have a pattern.

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      7 years ago

      Very nice step by step instructions. Must try this with my kids. Thanks.

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      7 years ago

      Oh, I will have to have the grandkids try this when they visit next. Cute ideas and lovely lens.

      Merry Christmas and Blessed.

    • darciefrench lm profile image

      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      Brilliant! I am going to try this when my daughter comes home from school - our tree could use some lovely paper hearts.

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      This is a Christmas tradition that I have enjoyed for many years.

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      7 years ago

      I distinctly remember making one of these in third grade, to bring my valentine cards home in. It's such a classic craft for kids, and I'm anxious to share it with my granddaughter. Thanks for a beautiful lens!

    • GonnaFly profile image


      7 years ago from Australia

      Lovely clear instructions. I will have to make some of these!

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      7 years ago

      I just might give these a try! Very cute.

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      7 years ago

      Yes, I knew about them, but never knew how to make them. Thanks for an informative, easy to follow lens!


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