Himmeli Candleholders

Hi! I wanted to share these fairly simple Himmeli candleholders that I made last week that might be just the thing for your Thanksgiving table. I had some mini fishbowls (is that what these are? Some seriously mini fish…) so I decided to spruce them up a bit with a cool “copper” Himmeli pattern. The catch? Forget tubing and use cocktail straws!
Materials:
Thin wire – you can use string/yarn but I found it was annoyingly difficult to string the straws on the yarn. Plus the wire added a bit of structure
Cocktail straws
Mini fish bowl – I think this 6″ glass bubble bowl is what I used
Copper spray paint
First I cut 25 2 5/8″ lengths of cocktail straw. (I went on to make a second candleholder with 2 3/4″ pieces. You can see what a difference it make in the picture above. I think the absolute best would be something between the two, but I was having trouble getting precise enough lengths.)
I then cut two “wingspans” worth of wire – about 9 feet. To start the Himmeli design, I took 5 pieces of straw and wired them together to form a pentagon at one end of the wire.
Thanks for your help, Mr. Brass Lobster. My other loyal sidekick, Charlie, was doing a SUPER good job of eating pieces of cocktail straw.
Next, I threaded 4 more pieces onto the wire.
To make another pentagon, I threaded the wire back through the closest side of the adjacent pentagon and the connecting side of the new pentagon. That sentence is basically useless; here is a picture.
Which gave me this
I repeated that step to get another pentagon.
Aaaaand one more. Once I had a row of four pentagons, I added one additional piece of cocktail straw. This became the magical fifth pentagon.
I pulled the wire back through the far side of the first pentagon I made, like so:
And then I added two more straws and threaded the wire in at point A and out at point B which gave me this. I SWEAR this sounds way more complicated than it is.
At this point I put the fishbowl into the basket I made to make sure it would fit. Phew, it did. I added a piece of straw to the wire and started connecting the points, just looping the wire forming the point as I went.
This is what I had once all of the points were connected.
I did not tie it off here though. Instead I slightly loosened the whole thing, took the bowl out and spray painted the straws copper. It sounded easier than spraying the straws in advance. Once it was dry, I put the bowl back in and tied off the last point.
OK, I am also going to tell you what I did on the second bowl because it is slightly neater, but a little more complicated and if I had pictures this post would be about a million years long. On the second bowl, I connected the first two points, then went through the next two straws before coming out at the next point over and connecting that to the next one. Like this:
Pop a candle in and watch the cool shadows!
Happy Thanksgiving
XO,
Julia
Julia Fabens
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  • MyDecor8Craft MyDecor8Craft on May 09, 2017
    This is absolutely stunning! You made the simple clear glass bowl into an amazing piece. Thanks for sharing such a great idea. Loved it!
  • Glenda Glenda on Nov 18, 2019

    I am impressed! So neat and so attractive. I plan to try this - hope I can do as well as your did..

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