Posts Categorized: christmas

christmas + holiday + Projects / Wednesday, 18 Nov 2015

Favorite project from Christmas past

Oversized holly garland

The analytics and photos have spoken and you, dear readers, have claimed this oversized berry and holly garland your favorite Lars holiday project of all time. To celebrate, I’m sharing some additional photos of the project as well as some reader photos of their own re-creations.
Oversized holly garland

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christmas + collaborations + Design + holiday + Life / Tuesday, 27 Oct 2015

Holiday cards 2015 with Modify Ink

Holiday cards 2015 with Modify Ink

I’ m super duper pumped to introduce you to our new line of holiday cards with Modify Ink. It’s a secret I’ve been sitting on for some time anxiously waiting for the holidays so I could scream it from the rooftops: 2 custom photo cards are here! The line is called Jolly Holiday because I believe these are some pretty happy cards that you’re going to want to deliver to all your friends and family.

And here’s the thing about Modify Ink. You have the ability to create your own custom color palettes. I created my own palettes here with their web-based software, but YOU can change it to whatever you want! Want some pretty blues and purples instead?! Change it! Want green, red, orange? Change it! I made a few palettes on the site that you can use too if you’d prefer to go with that too. And then you simply change the text and photos and you’re good to go!

Holiday cards 2015 with Modify InkHoliday cards 2015 with Modify Ink

For the line I was inspired by Scandinavian folk design and my time spent in Denmark, where I learned that Scandinavians LOVE Christmas. It’s the best time of the year. People gather to make cookies and sit by the fire. Christmas luncheons last all day to a set of traditional foods. Christmas elves and hearts decorate grocery stores and homes. It’s all so hyggelig (the best, most ubiquitous Danish word roughly meaning cozy and convivial).


Modify Ink allows YOU to customize the colors to whatever you’d like them to be. I spent some time creating a ton of color palettes for you to choose from but you can also create your own! It’s so therapeutic! I personally love the blue below.

Check out the rest of the line below and head over to Modify Ink to see the line as well as the rest of their holiday cards! 

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christmas + DIY + Pattern Hack + Projects + sewing / Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014

Christmas dress pattern hack

Last month I asked if you’d be interested in dress patterns from Carli and I got a great response! However, we realized that it’s not feasible at this point to be making all sizes so what we’re going to do is take an existing pattern that you can buy and then adjust it in a few simple steps. We’re calling it Pattern Hack.
I realize it’s rather late to be making a Christmas dress at this point in the game, but it’s still so adorable that you will want to make it and have it in your wardrobe. I’ve already worn mine three days in a row.
And with that, I’m off! Merry Christmas! Enjoy the beautiful holiday. I’ll be taking off a few days but I have a couple of New Year’s ideas coming atcha!
See the full instructions below.
This post was sponsored by our favorite place to buy fabric, Online Fabric

Materials: Basic pattern (this one is great!), scissors, ruler, pencil, paper
Step 1: Choose your pattern size and adjust pattern for your measurements
Step 2: Lay out your dress front piece. If wrinkled, iron on a warm dry setting.
Step 3: Lay a piece of paper over your pattern and trace cutting lines, notches, darts, and any important markings.
Step 4: Based on your intended design, draw in the seam lines. Since the pattern is placed on the fold, you will be drawing for half of the front. At the neckline, I made a mark 1 inch from the fold line. At the hem I made a mark 8 inches from the fold line. I then take a long ruler and draw in a line between your marks.
Step 5: In the middle of your line draw in a notch (a single notch on the front dress piece and a double notch on the back dress piece) to mark where to join the fabric together later.
Step 6: Cut the pattern piece on the line.
Step 7: Add 5/8 inch at the line to both pieces. This is for seam allowance. Remember to keep your notches in the right place.
Step 8: Label your pieces (dress front center cut 1 on fold, dress front side cut 2)
Step 9: Repeat steps 2- 8 for dress back
Step 10: Cut out and sew up!
The great thing about this technique is that it doesn’t alter the size/shape of the dress, but gives you the ability to be creative with a store bought pattern! You can design endless dresses with one basic pattern!
As this is our first time doing this column, let us know if you have any questions so we can clarify and make it a fluid experience for you!

christmas + Crafts + DIY + holiday + Life / Thursday, 4 Dec 2014

Holiday gifts wall art with washi and giveaway (closed)

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with washi tape–I jumped on the bandwagon a bit later than everyone else–so I was thrilled when I heard about the new Fun with Washi book by Jessica Okui of Zakka Life, published by Chronicle. It has 35 washi tape ideas that are all fun and bright, just the way I like ’em. And today Jessica is sharing one of the tutorials and templates from her book, a holiday gift wall art. It’s such a simple and cheap way to decorate for the holidays, which I’m all about. And she’s also giving away two copies of the book. One for you and one for a friend! See below on how to enter.

To win a copy of the book for you and a friend:

1. Follow The House That Lars Built on Instagram @houselarsbuilt
2. Bonus votes if you share this giveaway
3. Leave a comment here telling me how you’ve entered

Contest ends Tuesday, December 9th.

That’s it!

Happy washi-ing!

Get the full tutorial for the holiday wall art below

Materials: washi in complementary colors, 1 square piece of paper 8″, pencil, ruler, scissors, parchment paper

Here are some favorite washi optionssolid gold,  red and gold two packred stripesChristmas colorsgorgeous black and gold stripessilver washi tape

  1. Place the paper square on the wall where you want to put the gift and trace around the edge of the paper square lightly with pencil.
  2. Using the ruler, find the center of each side of the square and lightly mark with pencil on the outside edge of the square.
  3. To make a diagonal pattern with washi tape stripes to cover the entire square, start at the bottom of the corner, placing parallel stripes. Trim the ends of the washi tape stripes with scissors so they line up with the pencil edges of the box.
  4. Using a washi tape of a complementary color, run a piece of tape down the center of the square vertically, and then run a piece of tape horizontally. Trim the edges of the tape so they line up with the box edges.
  5. With four pieces of the complementary tape, make a box around the outer edge of the square. Line up the corners using the mitered corner technique.
  6. Cut ten small pieces of washi tape and place them on parchment paper in the shape of the bow (get the template here). Cut the bow on parchment paper to have rounded edges. Peel off the ten pieces of the bow one at a time  and place them on the wall on top of the box.

Edited: Congrats Kate, you are the winner of the giveaway!

Voila! Now add in some other fun holiday decor and you’re all set!

christmas + Design + gift guides + holiday + Kids + Life / Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014

Holiday gift guide for kids

I may not have kids but that doesn’t mean I don’t have my eyes on some adorable toys and clothes for the holidays (and no, I’m not hinting at anything!). Here are some of my favorite gift ideas for kids for the holidays.

  1. Art print by Merrilee Liddiard
  2. Limited edition stuffed cats
  3. Beautiful covers from Puffin Classics by Anna Bond. It comes in Anne of Green Gables,
  4. Little Princess, Little Women, Heidi
  5. Yellow puffy toggle coat (I want one for me!)
  6. Red pom pom beanie
  7. Playful book by Merrilee Liddiad (the book I styled for!)
  8. Moccasins that I designed for Freshly Picked
  9. Soft crown
  10. Colorful onesie (getting this one for my new little niece!)
  11. Bracelet
  12. Sweater (I also want it for myself!) 
  13. Red knitted tie
  14. Blue suede boots
  15. Stuffed flamingo
  16. Flora and the Flamingo (I LOVE the illustrations on this one!)
  17. Alpaca stuffed apple pillow
  18. Magnolia the Bunny on Walnut Society
  19. Flamingo onesie
  20. Lumi the doll by Le Train Fantome

Illustration by Danielle Kroll