Paper Lebkuchenherzen (German Gingerbread Hearts) 4,739 views

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One of my favorite parts of visiting Germany was attending several open air markets. Vendors sold food and goods, and people visited with each other as they shopped. Lebkuchenherzen, or gingerbread heart cookies, are common sites at German markets. These large cookies are decorated with colorful frosting and strung onto ribbon so they can be worn like necklaces.

This tutorial will let you decorate and wear your own Lebkuchenherzen. Just do not try to eat them; they are made from cardstock and paint! Make up several for yourself or give them to friends and family to show them how much you care.


“Schatzi” is a German term of endearment meaning “treasured one” or “little treasure.”
“Ich liebe dich” means “I love you.”
“Gruß aus Deutschland” means “Greetings from Germany.”
“Danke” means “Thank you.”

Paper Lebkuchenherzen (German Gingerbread Hearts)


  • Lebkuchenherzen printables Download
  • HP printer
  • Tan cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glitter glue or puffy paint
  • Craft glue
  • Embellishments like rick rack and buttons
  • Yarn or ribbon
  • Hole punch


  1. Print the Lebkuchenherzen printables (Download) onto tan cardstock using your HP printer.
  2. Cut out the hearts on the black lines.
  3. Use glitter glue, paint, or embellishments to decorate the hearts. Google photos of real Lebkuchenherzen for reference.
  4. Allow the glue and paint to dry overnight.
  5. Punch two holes near the top of each heart.
  6. Thread yarn or ribbon through the holes and tie the ends together to create a necklace. Paper Lebkuchenherzen (German Gingerbread Hearts)
  7. Display your Lebkuchenherzen or give them to a loved one!

Paper Lebkuchenherzen (German Gingerbread Hearts)

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Jessica Hill

Jessica is the creative force behind the blog Mad in Crafts. Mad in Crafts is a source for crazy Learn More

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