Inspired by traditional Swedish straw ornaments known as himmeli, these modern versions serve as a hanger for your air plants any time of the year. Their geometric shapes and subtle shine make a welcome addition to any room. Crafted of inexpensive brass tubing, these DIY hangers are easy to make for much less than the store-bought variety. Learn how to thread the tubes into an upside-down kite shape, then fill these airy holders with plants. After you’ve mastered the technique, you can make several hangers of different shapes and sizes to display your whole air plant collection.
Using the tube cutters, carefully cut nine lengths of brass tube. Cut six pieces to be 3 inches long and three pieces to be 3-3/4 inches long. Use a ruler and pencil to measure and mark where to make your cuts. These pieces will form the shape of your hanger.
Next, cut your brass wire. (This is what you’ll string the tubes on.) You’ll need one long length of brass wire that’s double the length of tubing used. In this case, we cut 58-1/2 inches of wire. The extra allows for joints between the tubes and a top loop for hanging.
Thread three of the smaller 3-inch tubes together on the wire. Shape into a triangle. Knot the wire at one corner to prevent the tubes from sliding around.
Thread the wire through two more short pieces. Connect them to the first three by feeding the wire through the original triangle again. Thread wire through the last short piece to create the pyramid base. This will be the bottom-pointing section of your hanger.
Thread the end of the wire through two of the longer pieces. Connect them to the base of the pyramid by feeding the wire back through one end of the base triangle. Thread the wire through the last piece of tubing and connect it where the three long pieces meet by tying a knot. This longer pyramid you just formed will be the top section of your hanger. You will have created a three-dimensional kite shape.
At the top of your hanger, fashion a loop with the extra wire. You can make this loop longer or shorter depending on your preference. Tie another knot to secure. Trim any excess wire with cutters or strong scissors.
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