When I decided to DIY all my Christmas decorations this year I knew I wanted to kick things off with Himmeli. I have seen mobiles and plant holders around the internets but lets be honest, they look really intimidating. Unless you are gifted in the knowledge of the spacial sort, it is a headache waiting to happen.
Luckily for you I have passed all 3 Professor Layton games on the Nintendo DS, so I am sort of an expert at this sort of thing.
One of the biggest problems that I was having was the simple fact that I had no clue what it was called. Skinny geometric tubey hangy things? I never would have guessed the name of this type of art.
That is until someone pinned a gorgeous pendant chandelier that was titled Himmeli Inspired Light. And I was all “What is Heeemelllleeeee?” So I googled it.
And then my life changed forever.
And here we are today.
Traditionally Himmeli is made with straw (like the kind that grows out of the ground) and string. Since straw is not readily available I settled for the next closest thing, cocktail straws. I tried to use string but because I was working with longer lengths of straw the needle was just too short (even the really long ones I bought.) So I switched things up and used 30 gauge floral wire.
To make a basic himmeli polyhedron is simple.
All you need is a package of straws, floral wire, and scissors. I found black cocktail straws at Target and white ones at my local grocery store.
You will need 12 pieces of straw that are equal in length.
Start by cutting a length of wire that is about 15 times longer than your straw length. So if your straws are 4 inches you will want a piece of wire that is about 60”. It is better to have too much than not enough, sort of like money. Can I get an amen?
Take 3 pieces of straw and string them on your wire.
Connect the wire at the end of the straws together to make a triangle.
String on 2 more pieces of straw.
Connect it to make another triangle.
Do this until you have 5 triangles all in a row.
String one last piece of straw on.
Connect your wire to the beginning piece (you will probably still have a little bit of a tail!)
Feed your wire through the side of one of the loose triangles
Use it to connect the tops of both triangle flaps.
TA DAAAAA! You did it!! It was so easy right?! This is the fun part where you can add to your design.