HOW TO MAKE… HIM­MELI DEC­O­RA­TIONS

Mollie Makes - - Mollie Makes - Claire Porter Claire is a de­signer-maker based in Glas­gow. After fill­ing her flat – and the homes of her friends and fam­ily – with her Scandi-in­spired cre­ations, she de­cided to open her own on­line store. www.geo­home­decor.etsy.com

MA­TE­RI­ALS

White 15cm (6") straws Ny­lon thread White thread The word him­meli has its roots in the Ger­man or Swedish ‘him­mel’, mean­ing heaven or sky, and th­ese di­a­mond mo­biles have long been part of Christ­mas dé­cor in Fin­land.

Tra­di­tion­ally made with straw and hung over the din­ing ta­ble, pair th­ese geo­met­ric shapes with green­ery to com­plete the look.

Sym­met­ri­cal di­a­mond

01 Cut 12 6cm (23/ 8") pieces from the white straws.

02 Feed a length of ny­lon thread through three straws to cre­ate a tri­an­gle. Pull tightly to se­cure the shape and knot the ends twice.

03 Us­ing one side as a base, add two straws to make an­other tri­an­gle. Re­peat, creat­ing a row of four tri­an­gle shapes, then join the two op­po­site ends to make a half-di­a­mond shape.

04 Add the four re­main­ing straws to the bot­tom of the him­meli to cre­ate the other half of the di­a­mond shape, then use a length of white thread to make a loop for hang­ing.

Long di­a­mond

05 Cut five 4cm (15/ 8") pieces of straw, five 5.5cm (2 ") pieces and five 9cm (35/ 8") pieces, mak­ing 15 straws in to­tal.

06 Feed a length of ny­lon thread through two 9cm (35/ 8") straws and one 4cm (15/ 8") straw to cre­ate a long tri­an­gle.

07 Adding two straws at a time and work­ing clock­wise, cre­ate five more tri­an­gle shapes, all with their point in the same place. Pull the thread tightly and knot to se­cure.

08 Pull the five tri­an­gles to­gether to cre­ate a half-di­a­mond shape, then add the re­main­ing five straws to the bot­tom to cre­ate the other half of the shape. Make a loop for hang­ing from white thread. Com­plex di­a­mond

09 Cut four 4cm (15/ 8") pieces of straw, four 9cm (35/ 8") pieces and eight 5cm (2") pieces, mak­ing 16 in to­tal.

10 Feed a length of ny­lon thread through two 9cm (35/ 8") straws and one 5cm (2") straw to cre­ate a long tri­an­gle. Pull the thread tightly to se­cure the shape and knot twice.

11 Work­ing in a cir­cu­lar mo­tion, add two straws at a time to cre­ate four more tri­an­gle shapes.

12 Pull the tri­an­gles to­gether to cre­ate a half-di­a­mond shape, then add the re­main­ing four 5cm (2") straws to cre­ate the bot­tom half of the di­a­mond.

13 With the re­main­ing four 4cm (15/ 8") straws, cre­ate an ad­di­tional point in­side the di­a­mond, us­ing the hor­i­zon­tal straws around the cen­tre of the shape as a base for each of the four tri­an­gles, as shown. Make sure the top point faces to­wards the long half-di­a­mond, then pull the thread to se­cure and knot twice. Add a white thread loop for hang­ing.

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