Following the boy's fox party, I had a bunch of paper straws leftover. I guess most people preferred their beverage sans straw. :) While I was putting them away, I thought that they would be perfect for a Himmeli. A Himmeli is a traditional Finnish Christmas decoration usually made from straw (hay). Using my grey/black/white paper straws made for a modern take on this classic decoration. I also decided rather than make a big Himmeli mobile, I would just make some ornaments. I am thrilled with how they turned out and am excited to use them for our Christmas decor this year.
Here I clustered a few together on one of my new Muuto Dots (I so caved and finally bought some after obsessing over them for more than a year). This is the first one I've mounted thus far and I will show you the others soon once I figure out exactly where they'll go. :) I love how my Himmeli ornaments are just haphazardly hanging there.
I also added some beads to the top of each Himmeli. I used leftover wooden beads from my Easter wreath and painted some black and grey and left the rest natural. I used different combinations of the colours for each of my ornaments and love that each one is a little different.
So for the tutorial I did something different this time…a video. Oh, SO embarrassing, but when I tried taking pictures of all the steps for making this, I found it would be much less confusing to do a video.
DIY Himmeli Ornament:
First, here's what you'll need: paper straws (12 equal-sized pieces for each ornament), twine/string, wood beads, craft paint
Here's the how to video:
and some pictures of the process:
I'm excited to have started some crafting for Christmas. I always have this unending list of Christmas things to do. We'll see how many I get to this year. :)