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Fill ASI with Hearts this Holiday Season

For centuries, Scandinavian families have created woven paper heart ornaments to decorate their Christmas trees. During ASI's upcoming Jul exhibition, An extra/ordinary Holiday in extraordinary Times, we invite you to help fill our lobby with your own handmade creations! 

Find templates for a variety of paper hearts below. Pick your favorite design, create as many ornaments as you wish and send your hearts to ASI. All hearts must be created with inspiration from the templates on the website and measure 4.5 to 6 inches wide. In recognition of ASI’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, we encourage creative reuse of paper bags, books, newspapers or other paper goods.

You can either mail your package to the American Swedish Institute, ℅ Lindsey Tscherne, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407 or drop it off at the front desk during museum hours. We will accept paper hearts October 19 - October 23, 2020. Questions? Email

More on the tradition of Scandinavian paper heart ornaments:

  • It is believed that these ornaments originated in Denmark, and the woven paper heart is the country's most popular Christmas tree decoration.
  • Families fill the paper heart baskets with sweets and hang them on their Christmas tree! 
  • The Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense, Denmark, has the oldest known example of a paper heart in its collection. 
  • As the story goes, Hans Christian Andersen made a green and yellow woven paper heart ornament in the 1860s to give to Mathild Ørsted as a gift.