I have seen these awesome himelli projects and have wanted to make one for a long time. At my latest trip to the hardware store I bought some copper pipe and a pipe cutter. It was fairly easy to cut, but hard to get the pieces to a precise length.
While the copper was relatively inexpensive, I wanted to know what I was doing before I got too far into it. So I decided to make a trial version with straws. Thats right, plastic strawss you can grab for free the next time you take your kids for fast food. Or, you can be classy about it and buy some solid colored straws, or even some cute paper straws that are already the color you like.
I decided to go the cheap way, and grab a handful of ugly straws to experiement with. When I was finished I simply spray painted the finished piece with metallic spray paint. It worked perfectly on the plastic straws, and not so perfectly on the paper straws. Just so you know.
To Make Your Own Himelli Diamond You Will Need:
I don’t want to confuse you with the 20 different sizes and dimensions of what I used, because I basically just made it up as I went along. So, I will do my best to explain.
First, cut the straws according to size.
For the flat bottom diamond I used 5 pieces at 5 inches long. 5 pieces at 3 inches and 15 pieces at 2.5 inches. If I were to make another I would have the largest pieces at 4 inches instead, but its just a preference for looks.
I made a video showing how I made this. Its my first time, so be kind to me. I realize sometimes it goes off screen, but it helps more than my descriptions do.
Here it the written tutorial:
Start with the 5 pieces that are 3″ long and string them onto the wire. Join together by twisting lightly.
String two of the longest pieces onto the wire and attach at the next joint. Send the wire back up through the straw and add another piece. Repeat around until all 5 pieces are joined at the top.
Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY Spray Paint project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!
From the top left, they are:
Upcycling Outdoor Home Decor with Spray Paint from Sustain My Craft Habit