Puzurs and Himmeli.

How cool is this? Gonna have to try, even though it’s a bit hard for me to wrap my head around stuff like this. Rick was quite intrigued.

And this!

And this!

One more thing:


Everyone, go have fun! Drinking straws, yarrow stalks, pasta, whatever you have. Play does everyone good.


  1. rq says

    In the interests of maintaining cultural integrity, I will translate that little paragraph on the left:
    “You can also create a puzurs from a potato by sticking straw, grasses, reeds and feathers into it.”
    The key word here is, of course, potato. You can use a potato for anything, including christmas decorations.

  2. rq says

    P.S. (re: the title, small note on grammar) The singular is puzurs and the plural is puzuri, while puzura is the singular genitive form.
    Unless, of course, you’re using a name that is not at all Latvian. :)

  3. says


    You can use a potato for anything, including christmas decorations.

    Of course you can! Potatoes are a staple of crafts. About the title, I went with Puzura because that’s what is in the video title. It probably would have helped if I knew what it actually said!

  4. Ice Swimmer says

    Now that I think of it, himmeli is kind of neat, very cheap to make and attractive. They are such a normal part of Xmas decorations here, that I’ve been kind of taking them for granted.

    Himmeli is a common metaphor for a complicated and fragile kludge in Finnish.

  5. says

    Ice Swimmer:

    You should see all the videos for Himmeli on youtube! Some really neat ones on making cool geometric wall hangings and other stuff. I was lost over there for a while.

  6. jimb says

    Caine @ 6:

    I was lost over there for a while.

    I can believe that. I watched the second video up there, and I want to watch more. It looks fun and not-too-complicated.

  7. rq says

    I the fractal nature of the puzuri. Individual pieces are easy to make, but they can be arranged in the most complicated forms.

  8. Ice Swimmer says

    Accoriding to Wikipedia, himmeli has come to Finland from Central Europe via Sweden. However, one thing sprang into my mind. People used to spread straw on the floor for Christmas (up to the early 20th century, before the time of fire insurance and threshing machines). So there must have been plenty of material and time to make himmelis and Christmas stars from straw.

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