In my days as a preschool teacher, one of the crafts I enjoyed teaching was making woven heart baskets. When one of my granddaughters stayed with me for an overnight visit recently, I thought it would be fun for the two of us to make baskets to fill with chocolates on Valentine's Day. I embarked on a Google search for a suitable template. Within seconds, and much to my surprise, my monitor displayed not just the basic design as seen here, but a large variety of paper hearts. Many had beautiful geometric patterns and others depicted themes such as angels, stars and complex nativity scenes. If you are on Pinterest, this link will show you many examples. Several of the hearts incorporated a heart motif well suited to Valentines' Day gifts, and my granddaughter made several baskets for her family using one of these designs. Traditionally the two sides are interwoven, but she made them separately and stapled them together. She was very happy with her handiwork.
|Two of my granddaughter's heart baskets|
I have a friend, Amy, whose mother is Danish. Thinking that Amy might know about the baskets, I contacted her and found that she followed the Scandinavian tradition and made them for her Christmas tree.
|Amy's Christmas Tree|
I look forward to seeing Grandad's little basket when I next visit my mother, but, in the meantime, I'm weaving paper hearts into a Christmas story plot.
Do you have any special Christmas or Valentine's Day ornaments? Please tell me about them in the comments section below.