Geometric Air Plant Holders

These minimalistic, geometric plant holders (a.k.a. Himmeli – a traditional Finnish ornament) have always caught my eye. So, rather than forking over $25-$40 (their going rate), I decided to try to make them. Turns out, they’re really easy!

Read on to see how to make them for yourself.

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MATERIALS:

  • 1/8th-inch brass tube (available at hobby stores)
  • Sturdy thread or thin wire
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Cord to hang the ornament (optional)
  • Air plant

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Use the wire cutters to cut your brass tubing to the approximate size of ornament you want to make, gently working the tube back and forth until it comes apart.

I recommend starting with a few tubes, then cutting as you go to make sure they fit as the ornament takes shape.

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2. Use the pliers to squeeze open the flattened end of the cut tube. This may take a few tries to get right. If you simply can’t get it back open, just cut the tube a bit shorter and try again.

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3. Cut a generous length of thread/wire and feed it through three tubes, making the first side of your shape. Make sure everything feels tight, then tie a good double knot.

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4. Use the long end of leftover thread to add two more tubes, tying it off tightly again. If you don’t have enough thread, tie on a new piece. You’ll see your piece taking shape and now you can measure and cut more tube.

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5. Add your last tube and make sure everything feels secure. If you didn’t get a knot close enough, now’s a good time to fix it by cutting the thread and adding a new one.

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6. Once your shape is done, cut off all the extra thread taking care not to cut too closely.

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And that’s it! A beautiful ornamet to sit on a table or hang on your wall.

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The shapes with a flat side hang easily from a nail.

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You can also use a cord to attach to the top of the ornament.

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The shape you make is up to you!

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Happy crafting! And keep these in mind when you need a gift idea. I promise it’ll be a hit, especially if it comes with an air plant.

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