How to make a woven heart basket | video tutorial

How to make a woven heart basket | video tutorial

This blog post shows you the step by step instruction in photos and give you a free (no sign up required) template for a woven mouse.

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How to weave a heart

The woven heart basket is one of the most classic Danish Christmas ornaments. They say the famous fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen made the first one around 1860 and it’s been a beloved Christmas Craft for children and adults ever since.

But I thought it was time for a little update, so I made a book of templates for all kinds of Christmas ornaments to weave – not just hearts.

I would love to show you how to weave a heart basket as we do it in Denmark.

NOTE! If you sign up below, you’ll get the instructions + extra templates in a neat printable pdf.

 

You need:

A template – download the mouse template here.

Paper – glossy paper, wrapping paper, design paper, pages from books and magazines, etc. The paper should not be too heavy, as it will be difficult to bend and weave. If the paper is too lightweight, the ornament will be fragile and easily torn, but you can glue two pieces together or apply fusible interfacing to the back. Glue/apply before cutting.

Scissors
Glue / glue stick
Stapler / tape / pins
String/ribbon for hanging – optional
Craft supplies for decoration, if you like

 

Cut your papers

Print the template.

Cut the template along the dashed line. Cut roughly a bit outside the rest of the outline.

You need two pieces of paper for weaving, preferably in two different colours or patterns.

Place the two pieces on top of each other so you can cut both pieces together. Fold them and place the dashed edge of the template up to the fold. Secure the template with staples, pins or tape. This makes it easier to cut the pieces without the paper shifting around.

Cut the incisions (the grey strokes) first and then the black outline.

 

Weave your ornament

For simplicity, the photos show weaving of a heart, but the same method goes for mice, angels etc.

“Have you ever tried to weave a snowman?
How about an angel or a reindeer?

The book “Scandinavian Woven Christmas Ornaments” has lots of templates and inspiration for woven ornaments inspired by the classic Scandinavian Woven Christmas heart baskets, but in brand new shapes and with ample opportunity to add a touch of your style and personality.

The models are made so beginners can join as well. There are detailed step-by-step instructions for the weaving techniques.

All you need is paper, scissors, glue and Christmas spirit.

Enjoy!”

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DIY – painted quote: The meaning of life…

I love quotes and I love having them around as reminders. This one is currently pinned up right above my computer, and I think it’s gonna stay for a while. As someone who only recently felt brave enough to call myself an artist, this is something that I still need to be reminded of:

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” The meaning of life is to find your gift,

the purpose of life is to give it away”

― William Shakespeare

(Print for sale in my Etsy shop)


To make your own…

You need:

  • a painted paper with lots of bold colours. Mine was a piece of watercolor paper where I’d been playing around with fingerpainting and making marks with bubble wrap etc. but you could also make a collage or find a page in a book or magazine – or anything else with lots of colors. Just make sure that the paper is heavy enough to paint on, or glue it onto a heavier piece .
  • a print of you chosen quote (or feel free to use one of mine – link below)
  • tracing paper
  • pencil
  • two shades of grey paint
  • small brush
  • paint markers (I use Posca pens)

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Step 1: Print out the quote.

Make a sandwich; colored paper, tracing paper and the quote on top.

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Step 2: Start tracing the text, but only the bold letters for now.

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It would look something like this on the painted paper.quote_text_traced


Step 3: Start painting around the letters.

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I used two shades of grey and blended them right on the paper. As you see I left a border of the multicolored background, but if you a going to put the final piece in a frame, I would recommend either no border or a wider one. Mine almost dissappeared as you’ll see in the last photo below.

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Step 4: When the paint is dry, place the quote and the tracing paper right on top of it again and trace the rest of the letters. Paint the text with paint markers (sorry I forgot to take photo, but I’m sure you know what it looks like) . Notice how I made sure to paint the darkest grey, where I knew I wanted to have white text on top.

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Step 5:  I also outlined the bold text with markes and pencil to make them pop. Finally I added a tiny bit of decoration, but feel free to doodle all over the place if you’d like to 🙂

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Step 6:  Now frame your masterpiece if you’d like and enjoy a job well done!

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Download PDF with quote.

 

^ Charlotte

 

 

DIY – Spiral quote on stone

 
I love this quote:

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun”

― Mary Lou Cook

 
It’s such a great reminder of what been creative is all about. Some times  I forget and get all caught up in the end result…

Maybe you need a little reminder too? Writing your favorite quote on a post-it note is fine, but if you are a little messy (like me), they tend to disappear in the mountains of stuff on the desktop. A stone is a little harder to misplace, and a lot more decorative. Without further ado; let’s create!

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You need:

  • a stone, a nice round one with a smooth surface is the easiest to write on
  • a print of you chosen quote (or feel free to use mine – link below)
  • tracing paper
  • pencil
  • tape
  • paint markers (I use Posca pens)

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Step 1: Print out the quote.

Cut out and tape it to the stone.

Insert tracing paper.
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Step 2: Start tracing the text.

If your tracing paper behaves like mine, you’ll need to go right to step 3 before the text on the stone disappears like fairy dust. Now is not the time for a coffee break! quote_on_stone_carbonpaper_hand

 

Step 3: Trace the text with your paint marker.quote_on_stone_hand

 

Leave it like this, or…

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Step 4: Bring out the colors and have fun!quote_on_stone_posca

 

You may want to give it a coat or 2 of varnish if the stone goes outside or if you want a glossy finish.  quote_on_stone_color

Download PDF: Quote_spiral_MaryLouCook

If you want to make your own spiral quote in Adobe Illustrator, download an .ai or .eps file here.

 

^ Charlotte