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Happy Holidays!

From: DIY Bar

To: You

So it begins. We have our lease signed, our website up, and a social media presence. Does that make it official or what?!

Tis’ the season for gatherings with friends, family, loved ones, and maybe those you don’t care too much about. We wish we could be open this holiday season so you all could come in to make your gifts! But it’s looking like we’ll be opening early 2017. You can keep up to date with us by subscribing to our email list here.

As our gift to you, we would like to offer a simple and inexpensive project: A Himmeli ornament. Himmeli Ornaments were traditionally made from straw and hung over a family’s table from Christmas through summer to ensure the best of a harvest season. Since we don’t live on a farm (unfortunately), we’ve made them from straws of a different sort and painted them to look, oh, so fancy!

If you live in Portland the best way to acquire any of your art supplies in the least wasteful way possible, is to hit up SCRAP PDX. It is the type of place dreams are made of. And, yes they have straws and string right now! (It's what we made this project with.)

Please be sure to share this post with those crafty (and not so crafty) folks in your life!

DIY Bar Final Himmeli

Project: Himmeli

Materials: Straw, String, Gold Spray Paint

Tools: Scissors, Ruler

Duration: 30 minutes

Difficulty: Easy


Step 1.) Cut straws to (4), 5 inch pieces and (8), 2.5 inch pieces.

Step 1.) Cut straws to (4), 5 inch pieces and (8), 2.5 inch pieces.

Step 2.) Gather a piece of string about 6 feet long. String it through (2) of the 5 inch straws with both ends of string coming out equally.

Step 2.) Gather a piece of string about 6 feet long. String it through (2) of the 5 inch straws with both ends of string coming out equally.

Step 3.) Thread the piece on your left through a 2.5 inch straw and another 5 inch straw forming a triangle between the two longer pieces and one shorter piece. Tie the pieces together at the top tightly.

Step 3.) Thread the piece on your left through a 2.5 inch straw and another 5 inch straw forming a triangle between the two longer pieces and one shorter piece. Tie the pieces together at the top tightly.

Step 4.) Thread the piece on your right through a 2.5 inch straw to form a triangle and tie it tightly at the bottom.

Step 4.) Thread the piece on your right through a 2.5 inch straw to form a triangle and tie it tightly at the bottom.

Step 5.) Using the string coming out of the top, connect it to another 5 inch piece then another 2.5 inch piece. Connect them to create your third triangle and tie it off at the bottom.

Step 5.) Using the string coming out of the top, connect it to another 5 inch piece then another 2.5 inch piece. Connect them to create your third triangle and tie it off at the bottom.

Step 6.) Cut a NEW piece of string about a foot long and thread a 2.5 inch straw. Tie a knot leaving about 4 inches of string where the knot connects.

Step 6.) Cut a NEW piece of string about a foot long and thread a 2.5 inch straw. Tie a knot leaving about 4 inches of string where the knot connects.

Step 7.) Attach the newest 2.5 inch straw on the left, to the bottom triangle piece on the right creating a square at the base.

Step 7.) Attach the newest 2.5 inch straw on the left, to the bottom triangle piece on the right creating a square at the base.

Step 8.) Now you should have (4) pieces of string coming off the base of the square. Take (1) of these strings along with (2) 2.5 inch pieces of straw and thread them on the same string. Attach the string to the opposite corner creating a triangle.

Step 8.) Now you should have (4) pieces of string coming off the base of the square. Take (1) of these strings along with (2) 2.5 inch pieces of straw and thread them on the same string. Attach the string to the opposite corner creating a triangle.

Step 9.) Now on the opposite end do the same as Step 8.

Step 9.) Now on the opposite end do the same as Step 8.

Step 10.) Cut off the excess string from all of the connections. Tie the two bottom triangles together with another piece of string.

Step 10.) Cut off the excess string from all of the connections. Tie the two bottom triangles together with another piece of string.

Step 11.) Spray the straws with gold spray paint to look, oh, so fancy!

Step 11.) Spray the straws with gold spray paint to look, oh, so fancy!

Step 12.) Attach another string to the top pyramid for it to hang from. Put it over your kitchen table (or anywhere really) to bring you tasty meals for the rest of the year!

Step 12.) Attach another string to the top pyramid for it to hang from. Put it over your kitchen table (or anywhere really) to bring you tasty meals for the rest of the year!