DIY Himmeli: WTF Is Himmeli?

Oh, well I’m glad you asked! Himmeli is a type of geometric sculpture some clever clogs in Finland dreamed up many moons ago. They’re traditionally made from brass tubing and fashioned into all manner of stars, wreathes and hanging ornaments. They’re also gloriously breathtaking in their simplicity, no? Let’s take a look at some and you can decide for yourself…

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Amiright? I’m right, aren’t I?

I also think they’re just about the perfect decorative touch for the minimalist Christmas I’m planning this year.

I can picture it now: himmeli hanging everywhere, presents topped with white feathers, Philip Glass wafting out of the stereo… It’ll be like the lost Christmas episode of The Killing. You know, if there was a lost Christmas episode of The Killing. What?! It could happen.

Anyway, when it comes to DIY, I’m more than happy to cut corners. Who has time to learn the lost art of brass folding, I ask you? Well, maybe you do but I have to clean the oven, take a bunch of last year’s caftans down to the Salvos and figure out what I’m going to do about the weird squealing noise my car is currently making.

With all that in mind, here’s how’s to DIY a pretend himmeli.

Pretend in that it’s made from paper instead of brass.


All you need is a packet of paper straws, some baker’s twine, scissors and a can of gold spray paint for that no-one-will-know shiny finish. The images pretty much speak for themselves. Just follow them step-by-step and you’ll have completed just about the easiest DIY that ever there was.

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And that’s all she wrote. Leave as is or bust out the gold spray can and get cracking to end up with this. I’d call that a Christmas win. Happy 1st of December, everyone!


All DIY images via The Guardian. Himmeli images via eHow, Nalle’s House and Houzz.

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