Posts Categorized: DIY

collaborations + DIY + Party + Projects + Scandinavia / Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013

Make a maypole

Midsummer is now behind us, but dancing around the maypole can be done all summer long. And you know what? This maypole is the EASIEST thing to make. Whenever it comes to actually having to construct something, I get really nervous and anxious–the same way I feel about cooking. I was really hesitant to make a maypole just for that reason, but with a little help from my friends at Home Depot, I think I came up with the easiest solution (with a nod to Martha’s maypole) that can be done by yourself for really cheap, which are my two requirements for most things in life.

You will need: 10 foot 3/4″ pole (I got a galvanized metal pipe for $1.59 from Home Depot), a metal circle that fits onto the top of it (I have no idea what the proper term is called, but show them the picture or go to the plumbing section), a wooden circle 8″ (mine is from Joann), nails (with a top that is wider than the 4 small holes in the metal circle), glue that holds metal, white spray paint, thumbtacks, ribbon (I got 18′ ribbon from Joann)

Step 1: Fit the metal circle onto the end of the pole. Make sure the circle is flush with the pole. Mine fit without sliding down, but if yours is sliding a bit, add some glue onto both the pole and circle and leave it to dry over night. 
Step 2: Add some glue onto the top of the metal circle and to the bottom of the wooden circle in the center that fits the width of the metal circle. Leave it to dry.
Step 3: When it’s all dry, add in the nails into the four small holes.
Step 4: Spray paint it all white. Let it sit over night.
Step 5: Find the center of the ribbon and center it onto the wooden circle. Tack both sides of the ribbon onto the circle.
Step 6: Take your next ribbon and do the same. Continue adding on more colors. Each side of the ribbon will be for one dancer.
Step 7: If you’re adding flowers, use a circle flower oasis from the craft store. Use wires to secure it onto thumb tacks.
TO PUT THE MAYPOLE INTO THE GROUND:
Materials: 4′ rebar 1/2″, hammer
Step 1: Hammer the rebar into the ground. Here the ground was so hard we only got it in about 5″, but it was secure! 
Step 2: Slide the pole onto the rebar. If needed, dig the pole into the ground a bit too.

This Midsummer series was a collaboration between Ciara Richardson, the photographer, Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral, and myself. To learn more about how to celebrate Swedish Midsummer, check out last week’s post. And once again, a huge thank you to my helpers: Audrey EllsworthMaurine Anderson, Carla da Silva, Maude Lee, Jenny Ellsworth 

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collaborations + DIY + giveaway + laura ashley + Projects / Monday, 24 Jun 2013

Make a camera strap & Laura Ashley giveaway

Happy Monday! I’m happy to kick this week off a brand spankin new collaboration for Laura Ashley’s blog. I LOVE Laura Ashley and grew up on their florals (didn’t we all?), so this is a perfect marriage. Over the next six months I’ll be creating some DIYs and floral-related posts on their blog to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic brand. Wahoo! First up: a camera strap made from one of their super soft floral scarves. I’ve had my ugly black camera strap for a year now and it was time for an upgrade.
Supplies: scarf, 2 split rings, 2 chain closures, scissors, sewing machine OR needle/thread, scrap of leather, pen
Step 1Draw your shape on the leather with a pen making sure the smallest point at the fold fits through the split ring. You’ll be folding it over, so mirror one side to the other and trace it. 
Step 2: Cut the leather on the folded line.
Step 3: Repeat to create two of these leather pieces.

Step 4: Connect the chain closure to the split ring.

Step 5: Slide the ring to the middle section of the leather.
Step 6: Fold the end of the scarf in an accordion fold, small enough so that it fits into the leather.
Step 7: Stick the leather to the scarf in place.
Step 8: With your sewing machine, stitch around the edge of the leather (as indicated in the picture)
Make sure you have a special needle that works for leather. Otherwise, hand stitch it.

DONZO.

To kick off the series, Laura Ashley is giving away this same scarf to one reader. The iconic floral scarf is 100% modal (modal=so soft) and is lightweight, so it’s a perfect summer scarf.

TO ENTER:
1. Check out the Laura Ashley site and “follow” The House that Lars Built on Instagram (@HouseLarsBuilt)
2. Leave a comment here on the blog telling me that you’ve entered.
3. Bonus votes if you share this giveaway.

The giveaway will end one week from today, Monday, July 1st.

Good luck!

project and photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen

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DIY + gift wrapping + holiday + paper + Party + Projects / Thursday, 13 Jun 2013

Father’s Day gift wrap

My dad works in finance and says that the best gift we can give him is no gift at all. I’m ALL about that–I’m totally cheap. But, I’m guessing there are some fathers out there who love a good gift and this gift wrap idea takes the form of a card too, so consider it part of the gift. My dad’s really good at putting up scanned photos of us as kiddies on Facebook, so I just collected them and printed them off in black and white. Bada bing, bada boom.

Supplies: box, kraft paper, pictures of your dad (make sure you shrink them down to a small size that will fit the size of the hole you create–I made mine 2×2″), scissors, x-acto, circle template, tape

Step 1: Cut the kraft paper to the size of the box and wrap it to find out where you should put your holes. You don’t have to wrap it all the way.
Step 2: Using your circle template (I used the cap of a Mod Podge bottle), trace onto the kraft paper and repeat for all the photos you want to use.
Step 3: Cut out half of your circle with an x-acto knife and crease the circle over so it opens half way.
Step 4: On the back side, select a photo and affix it into the frame of the half circle.
Step 5: Secure it with tape.
Step 6: Repeat for all the circles.
Step 7: Finish it off with a ribbon.

Donzo.

Isn’t it so fun?! It’s like a trip down memory lane AND a gift all in one. I’m a big fan of this pop-up method and I can envision it for so many things. Remember the Valentine’s hearts? The fun never ends.

Happy Father’s day to all you dads! And a special early Father’s day to the original Lars.

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DIY + Party + Projects + Wedding / Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Make a tassel boutonniere

Here’s my latest for Brooklyn Bride. I created an alternative to a traditional boutonniere inspired by military epaulettes–in the wake of Memorial day and all.

For full instructions, check out Brooklyn Bride.

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DIY + Projects / Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Sewing kit DIY & template

Here’s the deal (or “dill” as some Utahns like to say): Last year I attended the blogger’s conference in Berlin, The Hive. As I recall, the hem of my vintage dress was unraveling and I was overjoyed when I found a sewing kit in the bathroom. Someone was thinking ahead! Because I love nothing better than multitasking, I decided to take the kit with me and sew it while I was listening to the speakers. I’m classy like that. Well, that turned into me putting it in my bag, which turned into me taking it home that night. Which then turned into me taking it home with me to Copenhagen. Nice, Brit. Well, needless to say, I felt horrible. I told the organizers of the shindig and they said something along the lines of how we should make a new one and pass it down each year. Like a spirit stick at summer camp. I was all about that. So, here it is! You can even download your own sewing kit, but don’t worry, it won’t have the same confessional on it. 
Supplies: sewing box (I found one that’s magnetic so the pins stay, perfect for traveling! Get it from Amazon here), muslin bag 8×5″ (from here), travel scissors, mini sewing kit with needles and thread, measuring tape, safety pins, big safety pin, patches, hem tape, templates, iron-on transfer paper for light fabrics (from Amazon here), sticker printer paper (from Amazon here)
Step 1: Print out your templates. The Inside template goes on the box and you can print that on sticker paper (see supplies list above for recommendation). The outside template goes on the muslin bag and can be printed on an ink-jet printer.
Step 2: Trace the paper to the size of the box and cut it out.
Step 3: Stick it onto the box.
Step 4: Insert your materials into the kit. The metal objects will stick to the magnet for easy transport.
Step 5: Follow the directions on the package for the iron on transfer. My tip: Make sure you don’t hold the iron on too long like me and burn it a bit. And cut completely around the parts of the text.

I hope someone has a need for it this year at The Hive. Wish I could join you, ladies! Have a wonderful time! 

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