If you keep up with us on Instagram, you might already know my Sunday night consisted of sock weather, a lit fireplace and a pile of Slurpee straws as I worked out a prototype for this year's Christmas tree topper. Little did Tim know it would mean he'd need to climb up into the cold attic to retrieve one of our faux Christmas tree topiaries for a little early holiday staging, ha!
Himmeli-style decorations originated in Finland, are typically crafted from straws and hang as ornaments or mobiles. I'd gotten hooked on the Himmeli process for making geometric sculptures when tackling these diamond mobile shapes to use a decorations for a good friend's baby shower over the summer. We took the same basic concept and turned it up a notch by using brass metal tubing to construct a more durable and permanent decoration.
We're both really happy with how it turned out. I made it using brass tubes and wire from the hardware store, and was able to detail out the full process, which can be found in our latest project post for eHow.
During the off-season, this star design could work just as well as a modern geometric sculpture to display on a desk, mantle or entryway.
Head on over to eHow to see more pictures of how this Himmeli star turned out with step by step instructions for making one of your own.