The Dala Horse is a centuries-old Swedish symbol originating the the Dalarna region, once characterized by small villages surrounded by forests. As horses were highly prized and respected, small hand-carved horses were given to children as gifts. The earliest Dala horses were said to be plain, but as their popularity spread among the regions, people would paint the horses with folk designs and other sources of inspiration. I love the form of the Dala horse and thought they would be a lovely way to personalize my gift tags for Christmas this year. I took inspiration from a hand-painted Swedish box I have, as well as some lovely, historical prints and drew them onto my tags with pen and marker. I attached them to my gifts with simple twine. I created a Dala Horse PDF here which you can print onto cardstock and make your own!