Papercraft has long been used by storytellers around the world, to turn their words of mystery, magic and far off lands into an art form, using just paper and scissors. For this project I have taken the spirit of papercraft, and created two different stitched heart decorations for your Christmas tree. The theme of my project is not borrowed from Hans Christian Anderson (see blog post), but inspired by ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. The verse starts – On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Two Turtle Doves. 

by Susan Penny 


You will need:

Felt Heart
Cream felt or blanketing for the heart front 15cm x 15cm (6in x 6in)
Red felt for the heart back 15cm x 15cm (6in x 6in)
Red felt for the papercut detail 15cm x 15cm (6in x 6in)
Red machine thread
Two large buttons
Braid or ribbon for hanger
Small amount of stuffing – cut up material, old tights or similar
Pinking shears

Embroidered Heart
Satin fabric for the heart front 15cm x 15cm (6in x 6in)
Fabric for the heart back 15cm x 15cm (6in x 6in)
DMC red Cotton Perle 5
White sewing thread
Garden string
Large beads, jewels or pearls

Find the PDF download trace and instructions here

Above: one of Hans Christian Andersen’s amazing paper cuts at the Odense Museum.

[highlight style=”red”]From The Handmade Blog[/highlight]
When I visited Odense in Denmark a few years ago, I was inspired by the wonderful paper cuts by the writer Hans Christian Anderson. It seems he was an addict to paper. He wrote on it, he drew on it – and he cut it. Just like a potter uses clay or a sculptor uses stone, so he used paper as an expression of his storytelling.
There is no direct connection between his papercuts and his penned stories, but each papercut was accompanied by a fantastic tale, cut using his monstrous scissors and paper taken from a bag that went everywhere with him. At the end of the cutting session, he would unfold the paper and show his amazed audience what he had created.
 Hans Christian Andersen wrote 169 fairy tales in his lifetime. My favourites are: The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Pea, The Snow Queen, The Fir Tree, The Little Match Girl, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Thumbelina.
Although Hans Christian Anderson died in 1875, his stories are still read by parents and children everywhere. His little house in Odense is a wonderful place to visit, and his papercuts, which are truly amazing, can be viewed on the Odense Museum website if you can’t make the journey to Denmark.

Hans Christian Andersen was born April 2nd, 1805 in Odense, Denmark. He died August 4th 1875 in Copenhagen, Denmark.