Hi everyone! I’ve been seeing a lot of these himmeli geometric sculptures around, either as a hanging ornament or a desktop decorations. Himmeli is a traditional Finnish Christmas decoration, but I guess these forms have been popularize as new modern, sleek decor.
I’ve seen a tutorial using copper tubing, but I wanted something even easier than cutting tubing, so I decided to make these with straws! The straws are easy to cut with scissors and you can spray paint them any color you like after.
First I am going to show you the basics. You don’t need to do this step, you can just follow along so you get the idea. This is how you would form a triangle: First, thread the wire through three straws.
Now that you get the basic idea, we will move onto how I made this diamond piece! You’ll need 5 full length straws, 5 straws cut to 4″, and 15 straws cut to 3″ (which is roughly half the length of a full size straw, so you can just cut them in half too). You will also need to cut a long piece of wire. I started with approximately 4′ of wire, but you can always add on or cut off the wire if needed.
After you have threaded the wire through Straw #1, it should come out of the area marked with the red circle. Now, bend the wire upwards so it matches my poorly-drawn dotted blue line and thread in another full-length straw.
This is what it should look like at this point. Wrap the wire up and over around the tip to keep the wire in place at the tip. Now bend the wire downward again, thread another full-length straw, and repeat the steps above until you’ve threaded all five of the full-length straws.
This is the shape you should end up with after threading all five of the full-length straws. Your wire does not need to end up at the tip like mine. In fact, I had to thread my wire through one of the full-length straws to get the wire to the bottom base.
Form a triangle at the base using two of the 3″ straws. When you get back to the base at the bottom, wrap the wire over and under to secure into place. Then repeat the steps all the way around so that you’ve created five triangles around the base.
I love seeing these geometric sculptures next to succulents. For instructions on how I made these crepe paper succulents, click here!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial. I know some parts can be difficult to understand and it is hard to get a clear photo when the objects are so small and thin! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me! If you decide to give this project a go, don’t forget to tag me on social media, because I’d love to see your work!