Julehjerter: Woven Danish Hearts

As the holiday season approaches, many of us find joy in crafting and creating festive decorations to add a festive touch to our homes. In Denmark, one such cherished tradition involves crafting beautiful paper hearts known as “julehjerter.” These delightful hearts, typically made with red and white paper, carry the warmth of the season. 

You’ll need:

Sturdy paper (red and white)


To get started, download the free Danish Hearts Template

Using the template, cut out the required number of heart shapes from both red and white paper. While red and white are the traditional colors, you can use whatever you like including fun scrapbook paper.

Begin weaving the paper hearts together following the template’s instructions. This process may seem intricate at first, but with a bit of patience, you’ll soon master the art of creating these charming baskets.

Once you’ve woven the hearts together, you can add twine and hang them on the Christmas tree or fill them with goodies and gift them to loved ones.

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Apple Kuchen

‘Tis the season for decadently festive recipes! Try this Apple Kuchen – we make it with our very own farm-grown apples!


  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp (1/2 stick) cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • Peeled and sliced apples


  1. Preheat oven: Preheat the oven to 425º F. Butter a 9” x 13” baking pan, an extra-large deep-dish pie dish, or two round 8” cake pans.
  2. Prepare wet ingredients: In a measuring cup, beat together the egg, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and enough milk to make 1/2 cup.
  3. Prepare dry ingredients: In a food processor, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and 3 tbsp sugar. Add cold, cubed butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use the food processor to mix until just combined.
  5. Spread dough: Turn out the dough into the buttered baking pan and gently press it evenly to the edges.
  6. Add apple layer: Peel and slice enough apples to evenly cover the dough. Layer the apples on top of the dough.
  7. Prepare cinnamon sugar: In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup sugar, 2 tsp cinnamon, and 3 tbsp melted butter. Sprinkle this mixture over the apples.
  8. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Enjoy this festive Christmas breakfast treat! You can serve it warm with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra special touch.

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Paper Bag Snowflakes

Transforming your home into a winter wonderland doesn’t have to break the bank! One delightful and budget-friendly way to deck out your house is by creating giant paper bag snowflakes. These whimsical decorations are not only easy to make but also a fun activity for the entire family. With just a few simple supplies and a bit of creativity, you can add a touch of festive charm to your living space. Let’s dive into the step-by-step process of crafting these delightful paper bag snowflakes.

You’ll need:

  • 9 lunch bags (white or natural brown)
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Stapler
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Clothing pins or little clamps
  • String

To make:

Start by gluing the 9 lunch bags together. Apply glue in the shape of a ‘T’ – one thin line at the bottom of the bag and one line going up the center of the bag.

Stack the bags on top of each other, making sure all the open ends face one direction and the bottom folded part faces the other.

Use clothing pins, clips, or clamps to keep the center glue line tight. Alternatively, you can use something heavy as a weight to ensure a secure bond.

Before cutting, open up the paper bag fan to ensure the bags separate and open properly. This step is crucial for the next phase of the project.

Use a stapler to secure some of the top edges, adding extra reinforcement to the structure of your giant snowflake.

On the front of the bag, draw a snowflake pattern of your choice. Get creative and experiment with different designs to make each snowflake unique.

Using strong scissors, carefully cut along the snowflake pattern. If you’re crafting with kids, offer assistance during this step. It’s okay to cut a few layers of the bags at a time if necessary.

Punch a hole or use a hole punch near the top of your giant paper bag snowflake. Attach a string through the hole for easy hanging!

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Toilet Paper Tube Trees

The holidays are a great time to gather up the kiddos and make fun Christmas crafts. The great thing about this particular project is that one of the supplies is abundant in most households: empty toilet paper tubes.

You’ll need:
Paint and brushes
Glitter, puffballs, sequins, or whatever glitzy doodads your heart desires
Empty toilet paper tubes

To make:
Using the pencil, draw out the shape of tree you’d like, make sure that the points of your tree meet at the side. Leave enough room at the bottom for a base.

Carefully cut along the lines (parents can do this for the real little ones). Once your tree is cut out, paint the trees whatever color you or your little ones like. Washable acrylic paint is great for clothes and table tops. 

Once the pain dries, decorate your trees with pain, glitter, stickers, etc. The kids can even stick a photo of themselves on the tree as a cute gift to the grandparents!

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Paint-Your-Own Ornaments

Paint-Your-Own Ornaments

What better way to celebrate the holidays than to get the family involved in a craft or two! Try this Paint-Your-Own Ornaments craft! Kiddos (along with Mom and Dad) can paint their favorite Christmas characters like Santa or Rudolph or glue a photo of themselves onto the ornament as a holiday gift to Grandma and Grandpa!

You’ll need:

Wooden ornaments
Acrylic paint
Photos and glue if making a photo ornament
String to hang

To make:

Prep a work area to keep the paint off any furniture. Give your kids the materials and let ’em have at it!

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Dried Orange Garland

Dried Orange Garland

You’ve picked the perfect Christmas tree. Now it’s time to trim it! Beautiful ornaments don’t have to be store bought and original tree garlands were often made from natural items such as dried fruit, cinnamon sticks, popcorn, etc. Try this easy garland made of dried orange slices and ribbon!

You’ll need:

  • 2 medium oranges
  • Thin ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Cooling rack

To make:

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Cut the oranges into 2 cm slices. Blot the slices with paper towels to remove some of the moisture (this will help them dry faster). Place the orange slices on a cooling rack. Turn the slices every half hour for 2-3 hours. 

Using the yarn needle, poke a hole near the top of the orange and run the ribbon through. That’s it! Time to decorate your tree!

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Toilet Paper Tube Ornaments

Toilet Paper Tube Ornaments

You can’t beat handmade Christmas ornaments. They’re a fun craft the whole family will enjoy and they can often be made with items lying around the house. This DIY ornament repurposes empty toilet paper tubes. Kind of fitting for 2020, no? Giggle.

You’ll need:

Empty toilet paper tubes
Paint brush

To make:

Paint outside of tube and allow to dry
Paint inside of tube and allow to dry
Using a ruler, draw a ½  inch thick around the middle of the tube.
On one side of the tube, cut equal strips (should wind up with eight) and cut those into triangles.
On the other side of the tube, do the same making sure strips are slightly off set.
Fold triangles towards middle of tube.
Tie string around middle of the tube.

Mom Tip: Lay down wax or parchment paper to save your table for little paint-covered hands.

Hang on the Christmas tree and enjoy!

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Hot Cocoa With a Kick

Hot Cocoa With a Kick

Winters here in Tennessee can be chilly which makes the special ingredient in this hot cocoa so perfect! A touch of chili powder gives this traditional cold-weather beverage a  bit of kick!

You’ll need:
2 ½ cups milk
½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon vanilla (pure or extract both work)
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon chili powder
Pinch of nutmeg
Sugar to taste (optional)

To make:
Combine all ingredients into a saucepan and heat over medium heat until the chocolate is melted and nearly simmering. Stir frequently. Taste and add sugar, if necessary. 

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Salt Dough Ornaments

What better way to trim your farm-fresh Christmas tree than with homemade ornaments! Kids will enjoy seeing their fun creation hanging on the tree for years to come. Here’s a simple ornament made from common household ingredients! 

You’ll need: 

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 ½ cups warm water

Parchment paper
Rolling pin
Cookie cutters
Baking sheet

Forks, stamps, lace, or anything else to make a pattern
Straw or toothpick (to poke a hole to hang the ornament)
Baking sheet
Paint, glitter, etc.
Mod Podge or Polyurethane spray (for sealing/preserving)
Ribbon or twine for hanging ornament

To Make:

Mix flour and salt in a large bowl until well combined. Slowly stream in warm water while stirring. Keep stirring until all water has been added. 

When it gets to a point where the dough is too thick to stir with a spoon, put it on a lightly floured surface and knead until it’s smooth and pliable.

Put the dough down on a sheet of parchment paper and cover with another sheet of parchment paper. Roll until about 1/8 “ thick (reduces likelihood of air pockets and future breakage). 

Remove the top sheet of parchment paper and, keeping dough on top of the bottom layer of parchment paper, use cookie cutters to cut out ornament shapes.  

Once all shapes have been cut, peel away all the excess dough, leaving shapes on the parchment paper. Use a straw or toothpick to poke a hole where the ornaments will hang. If you’re going to add texture elements to your ornaments, now’s the time to do it.

Move your ornaments and parchment paper onto a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for an hour. Allow to cool thoroughly before decorating. 

After you’ve decorated your ornaments, paint with a layer of Mod Podge or spray with Polyurethane to preserve.

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Christmas Pot-Pourri

Christmas Pot-Pourri

The holidays are a time for twinkling lights, the invigorating scent of farm-fresh Christmas trees, and a general sense of togetherness. One of our favorite ways to bring on the holiday coziness is to heat up some stove top pot-pourri!

You’ll need:

1 orange, sliced into rounds
1/4 cup fresh cranberries
tablespoon of whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 whole bay leaves
1 star anise pod

Put it all in a pot and cover with water. Turn the heat up until the mixture comes to a gentle boil and then turn it down to a simmer. Your whole house will smell of holiday cheer!

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