HOW TO MAKE… HIMMELI DECORATIONS
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.
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.
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.