Make a Hanging Himmeli Centerpiece

These Finnish decorations are traditionally made of straw, but using plastic straws and colorful yarn make these geometric shapes durable and simple to make. Make a grouping of himmeli to form a cool, structural hanging centerpiece.
Modern Himmeli Ornament Centerpiece

Modern Himmeli Ornament Centerpiece

Use black plastic straws and colorful yarn to create a simpler, sturdier version of Finnish Himmeli ornaments, which are traditionally made from straw. Hang a bunch together for a modern, graphic holiday centerpiece.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Andrew McGary ©© 2014 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Andrew McGary, © 2014 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

How to Make Himmeli Ornaments 01:42

Marianne shows how to make himmeli ornaments from nontraditional materials.

Materials Needed:

  • 10 8-inch black straws, per ornament
  • yarn in desired hue
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • single-ended crochet hook, size E4/3.5mm
Modern Himmeli Ornament Project Supplies

Modern Himmeli Ornament Project Supplies

Use scissors, a ruler, black 8-inch straws, colorful yarn and a crochet needle to make a single himmeli ornament. Hang a bunch together for a modern, graphic holiday centerpiece.

From: HGTV Crafternoon

Photo by: Kayla Kitts ©© 2014 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Kayla Kitts, © 2014 HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Instructions:

Step 1: Cut Straws

Using the ruler, cut each straw into two four-inch lengths. (You'll need 12 pieces for each himmeli ornament.)

Step 2: Cut String

Cut a length of yarn about three feet long. Tie the end of the yarn to the crochet needle.

Step 3: Add First Three Straw Pieces

String the first three straw pieces onto the crochet needle. Form the straws into a triangle, then loop the string around in a loose knot. (You want to leave just a little give to allow the ornament to take shape.)

Step 4: Continue Ornament Assembly

Add two more straw pieces, tying off at the tip of the triangle. Add more straw pieces until you have five triangles total.

Step 5: Add Final Straw Piece

Add the final straw. Pull it towards your very first knot to create the top half of the diamond shape. Tie a knot to secure. Trim the ends of the knot.

Step 6: Finish Your Ornament

Using a second length of string, tie the two side triangles together underneath to finish the diamond shape.

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A single himmeli ornament would look great all by itself or hung with several more himmeli for an unexpected hanging centerpiece. Believe us: Once you make one, you won't be able to stop.

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