Much like last year, 2017 continues to embrace geometric figures and metallics. We believe the trend has staying power for several reasons. One, it can be incorporated in to anyone’s style as it helps to blend a multitude of decor concepts. Two, they are easy to decorate with; from shelf sit-abouts to feature lighting statements, depending on your boldness, they can be placed in any room of the home. Finally, they are striking without being overpowering, and are just plain cool!
Gone are the days of heavy accessories that cost a fortune. Today’s fast fashion calls for taking cool concepts such as a himmeli (aka geometric sculpture), and figuring out how to DIY on a dime so when the fad is yesterday’s news, your pocketbook remains intact.
A VERY popular workshop we held incorporated these himmeli structures, which housed a painted pot and succulent. They are easy to make (once you understand the concept) and can be replicated for the home, wedding centerpieces and as gifts!
The supplies are a cinch to come by, so run to your nearest hobby store for the supplies, sit in front of your favorite Bravo show and make these until your heart’s content.
What you will need:
- 5 full length straws. You can use thin cocktail thickness or a regular sized straw as well. Each turn out beautifully.
- 5 straws cut to 4”
- 15 straws cut to 3” (roughly ½ the length of full size straw)
- Floral wire. We prefer 28 gauge.
- Spray Paint
- Small terra cotta pots
- Paint of your choosing
Cut about two wingspans worth of floral wire (scientific, right? :)). Tip: This will not be enough wire to complete the himmeli, but you want to avoid getting a HUGE piece for a few reasons. One, it tends to tangle and take longer to thread. Two, it’s easy to add more, simply wrap the two ends of the wire around each other until they feel tight when you pull. Once you have the floral wire cut, you will want to gather five of the 4″ straws. Thread the wire through all five of the 4″ straws to form a pentagon. Leave about 1″ extra wire in front of the first straw.
Close off the pentagon by twisting and intertwining the extra 1″ wire with the rest of the wire. Tip: You will want your corners to meet pretty snugly without the wire distorting the shape of the pentagon. Twist the wire so all straws and wire are firmly in place to avoid slipping.
Thread one of the full-length straws at a 45-degree angle from the pentagon base using the long end of the wire. You will be threading all five of the full-length straws in the next few steps.
Bend the wire down, and thread another full-length straw. After adding the second straw, thread the wire through the straw of the original pentagon base labeled #1.
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 the blue line and thread in another full-length straw.
Wrap the wire up and over around the point where three straws meet to keep the wire in place and the joints secure. Next, bend the wire down 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. Make sure to wrap the wire after completing the fifth straw to again reinforce. Your wire does not need to end up at the top corner tip. If it does, great! If not, after wrapping simply thread it back through to end up at one of the base corners.
Once you have your wire at the bottom base, you’re going to begin making the facets of the diamond. At this point, you should only have the 3″ straws left.
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.
The last portion of the himmeli involves connecting the triangles you have created in order to form a secure structure. You will thread straws to connect the tips of the triangles. When you get to the each point after connecting wrap the wire over and under the tip to secure in place.
This is what it should look like once you are done. Twist the wire over and under a few times to secure it into place. Now you can trim off the excess.
This view shows it lying flat on itself. Gently pull apart the edges so it then forms the house for the potted plant. Voila! You did it! To get that luscious gold color, simply spray paint with your color of choice. We LOVE Krylon’s brand of metallics, but these also look great black, white, and even in bold colors such as bright pink for a girl’s room!
If choosing to complete the painted pot portion of this project, simply use painters tape to edge and using gold and white paint form small triangles around the pot. Easy as pie! Plant the succulent of your choosing or go for faux if you are not the green thumb extraordinare. No judgment here, either way looks fantastic!
Happy himmeli making!