DIY Brass Himmeli AirPlant Holders

by Barbara-
himmeli-airplant-holders
 The last couple of months I have been spotting Himmeli structures all over Pinterest which really got me interested on how they are made. I attempted one a couple of months ago with drinking straws. You can sort of see it in a previous post here. It turned out pretty well for a first attempt. Since then, I’ve wanted to try my hands at more. Below I have created a guide on how to make your own airplant holder and I hope it is clear enough.

What You Need

What you need

-brass tubes. I purchased 1/8″ D x 12″L tubes. You need 9 tubes per sculpture.
-Mini Tube cuter
-Ruler/measuring tape
-Scissors/wire cutter (if using a wire)
-Wire, monofilament fishing line or yarn – The first one I made, I used a wire. I cant explain why but it was pretty hard to work with this. The second sculpture I tried to use yarn because it seemed like it would be easier. Unfortunately, the diameter of the tube was way too small and it was difficult getting a needle (which was 2 cm short of the length of the tube) through the tube every time (obviously didn’t think that one through). I finally settled on using a fishing line. It was so much easier because I could tie knots at the ends to keep the tubes from sliding all over the place (you will find out what I mean once you start working on it.)
-Airplant(s)

Steps

1. Cut your tubes

Decide how big you want your sculpture to be. I wanted the base of the sculpture to be a different size than from the top so I cut 6 tubes (which would be the base), 6 cm in length and three tubes 12 cm (the top) for the first sculpture. The second sculpture I did, I cut 6 tubes 6cm, 2 tubes 12cm and one piece 14 cm. I will explain why later on. Mark on your tubes the desired length with a sharpie and cut them with the mini tube cutter.

Ruler

Since this was my first time using the mini tube cutter, it was a challenge but after I cut a couple of tubes, I got the hang of it. My tubes are square and not round, which made it harder to cut. Normally, once you place the tube in the cutter, you just tighten it using the knob and keep turning the cutter around until it cuts all the way through. There are videos on YouTube on how to use the mini cuter. Watching someone use it is so much better than trying to grasp how to use it from just reading. Because my tubes had straight edges, I couldn’t rotate the cutter so I would only cut through one side and then use my hands to break it off. This meant jagged edges but I was careful.

mini cutter

2. Cut your wire/yarn/twine/fishing line
Cut your fishing line so that you end up with three pieces that are at least more than three times the length of your tubes when you double them. You won’t need all that length but it will give you enough so you can make a knot at the end.

3. Loop all three Lines
Loop all three lines to make a knot in the middle like in the picture below.

knot

4. Thread the lines through the tube
Once you’ve made the loop in the middle, separate each doubled up line so you have three sections. Then thread them each through the tubes. It should look like the picture below.

Loop

Now this is the tricky part. Separate the two lines coming out of each tube. Then take one of those lines and thread a tube through one end from left to right. Then take another line coming out of the nearest tube and pass it through that same tube through the right end to the left. It should look like the picture below.

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Repeat this step 2 more times so that you have 6 tubes threaded once done. Now pull the lines taut at the top and what will be the base of the sculpture will magically take shape. At this point I tie knots at each end of the lines to keep the base shape intact even when you let go of the lines. It should look like the picture below.

Now you should have 3 sets of two lines coming from each point of the base as pictured below. Simply thread the tree sets of lines with 3 tubes and this will for the top part of the sculpture. Tie a knot at the top and voila! Done. Place them on the wall with a nail and fill them with airplants of your choice.

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Now, I wanted to have these attached flat on a wall as wall scones instead of hanging down from the ceiling for example. With the first sculpture I made, I learned that having all the same length prevented all the parts from laying flat on the wall. Only the top or base of the sculpture would lay flat on the wall but not both. So with the second sculpture, the top part had 2 tubes of 12cm and 1 tube 14cm. How I came by that length of 14cm was from a rough estimate. I could have been more accurate and used Pythagorean theorem to figure it out but what can I say… didn’t want to do the math.In the end though it worked well.

Himmeli Airplant Holder

You can clearly see that the top Himmeli structure lies totally flat on the wall, while the second structure has the top part lying flat on the wall while the bottom part lifts off. In any case they both turned out well.

sign off

Barbara

Hi, I’m Barbara and I’m a little obsessed with house plants. I share my house plant adventures in the hopes of inspiring you to continue to enjoy the greens in your home. And if you have no plants (yet!) I hope this blog inspires you to add some green to your home. So go on! Try it! I think you might quite like it. And who knows? You may end up being … obsessed too.

5 Comments

  1. Darryl Cheng

    Question: where did you get the brass tubing?

    08 . May . 2015
    • Barbara

      Look for them in local hobby stores or hardware stores. I got mine from a local hobby store. I tried looking for them at hardware stores, but no luck with this small size. You can also get them online, like amazon. Where do you live?

      08 . May . 2015
      • Darryl Cheng

        I’m in Toronto…yeah, I’m sure I’ll find them in local hobby stores.

        08 . May . 2015
  2. Darryl Cheng

    Thank you so much for this post: when I first saw these metal wireframe planters, I assumed it would require welding. But now that you’ve revealed that it’s just tubing with wires…this is definitely going on my DIY list!

    08 . May . 2015
    • Barbara

      Glad I could help 🙂 Have fun doing them and let me know how it goes.

      08 . May . 2015

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