The next project on 40 Projects Just For Fun is a pink straw himmeli. I've always thought himmelis were beautiful and realized it'd be really easy to make one from some of the pink straws we always seem to have in our cupboard. This project took about 20 minutes including taking photos and cost about $2.00. I found these straws in an assortment pack at Target but you could use any kind of patterned or striped straws or spray paint them upon completion to get the look you want.
1. You'll need 20 ft. of twine, 20 straws, and a pair of scissors. 2. Cut twelve straws just under the bend, cut the other eight 2" shorter. The size of your straws will change the shape of your himmeli so you can vary your silhouettes easily. 3. Cut your twine into four 5' sections. Take two and two and tie them in the middle. 4. Stick one of the longer straws over each of the four sections. 5. Take one strand from from one of the sections and another strand from an adjoining section and stick them through one of the short straws in opposite directions as shown. Repeat for the next three sections. 6. You should have the shape shown above. You have four new sections. 7. Add one long straw to each new section. 8. Repeat step five with the next layer of short straws. Finish with the last layer of long straws and bring all of the twine together at the top in a knot. Hang with another length of twine.
Himmelis are fun sculptural elements to hang in a corner of your favorite space, make beautiful modern ornaments at Christmas time, or a sweet mobile for a child's room. I think I'm going to make a bunch of miniature versions for our tree next December in gold.
What have you been working on lately?