If you've not heard of himmeli, chances are you've probably seen it. This geometric Scandi decor has been taking over Pinterest in the form of mobiles and plant holders, but classically it was a straw decoration hung above tables during the holidays in Finland. These small decorative ornaments are a perfect holiday craft — hang them from your tree or around your home for a touch of modern charm.
As a DIY project, himmeli can look a little intimidating, but these geo sculptures are really simple to make with our step-by-step guide.
Things You'll Need
Brass pipe, for amounts, see Step 1 (it all depends on how many ornaments you want to make)
Fine string or thread
We sourced pre-cut pipe in two different lengths, 2 inches and 3 1/2 inches.
To make a small pyramid (as seen in our photos), you'll need seven pieces of 2-inch pipe. For a larger ornament, you'll need seven pieces of 2-inch pipe, plus three pieces of 3 1/2-inch pipe.
Note: You can buy long lengths of himmeli pipe and cut them yourself. You'll just need a small hacksaw or pipe cutter to do this.
Thread three pieces of 2-inch brass pipe onto your thread. If you struggle to push the thread through the pipe, thread a needle onto one end, which will help.
Pull the pipes into a triangle shape and knot the thread to secure.
Rethread your needle, and thread two more sections of pipe onto one side of the existing triangle.
Pull the thread tight and secure with a knot to form a second triangle.
Repeat Step 4 to create a third triangle shape. Then, thread through the longest side as shown in the image below.
Pull the thread together to create a pyramid shape and then knot to secure.
You can hang this ornament as it is or you can add more pipes to make a larger design!
To make the ornament bigger, thread two longer pieces of brass pipe onto one existing piece of the smaller pipe.
Pull the thread together to create a long triangle shape and then knot to secure.
Thread one longer piece of pipe onto one existing longer and shorter piece along the same side.
Pull the thread together and tie to finish the ornament.
Simply tie some string through one end to hang the ornaments from your tree.
TIP: You don't have to use brass to make himmeli ornaments — you can make this same project using paper drinking straws, which can be a super fun project for kids.