Hello everybody! Corinna from For My Love Of here again with a tutorial for a fun and pretty Christmas decoration. If you’re loving the himmeli trend and love shiny things, let’s be friends! Oh, and keep reading for a tutorial for himmeli inspired Christmas decorations.
This creation is my own rendition of the cute himmeli ornaments everyone was making out of cocktail straws last year. Those are really awesome and I’m working on whipping up a few of those, too. But, these are meant more for display in windows so they’ll catch the light (and because they’re a little large to sit in a tree, but they totally could be ornaments, too!)
What You’ll Need:
Inexpensive floral wire, scissors, 5″ cocktail straws, spare Christmas ornaments on the smaller side, fishing line, spray paint
How To Create:
Start by cutting the straws. I’m not really the type to buy fancy tools, so I did this the simplest way I could. Measure out the dimensions (below) and cut with scissors (craft knife worked well, too). The longer half will be the square, the shorter half will be the point pieces. They may not all be perfectly the same size, but I’m not entirely sure it matters, to be honest. 4 cut straws and 4 full length straws, 8 straws total for each ornament.
Once everything is cut, create a square first.
Connect two straws to form a triangle connected to two opposite corners. I did this with separate pieces of floral wire. The straws are quite delicate and ripped when I tried to pull the wire tight. Using separate pieces, instead of trying to pull a long piece of wire through piece after piece and pulling, avoided this.
Connect two more pieces across the other two corners. This will create the point in which the ornament is cradled.
Slide a long enough piece of floral wire for two full length straws and the length of the straw for one of the sides of the square with about 1.5 inches excess through each of the sides of the square. Bend the pieces at the points of the square and slide a straw onto the two wires that will be on each point.
Spray paint everything (except children and animals, please).
Once the paint is dry, place the ornament into the cradle.
Loop the spare bit of the wire into a small hoop.
Hanging fishing line from a curtain rod and hang the decoration in a window.
I used bright blue and a dark teal spray paint and hung the colors alternating.
And used varying colors and finishes of silver and gold ornaments to sit in the himmeli mobiles.
Here’s a few of them close up:
And because I love them so much and took lots of pictures, here’s a few more shots of them with my furniture and decor.
Do you dig himmeli? Are you decorating for christmas yet?