Posts Categorized: Easter

DIY + Easter + paper flowers + Projects + spring / Thursday, 3 Apr 2014

Potted paper Easter lily

Make a potted paper Easter lily
Potted paper Easter lily
Paper Easter lily tutorial
Greetings from California! I’m here on the beaches of Ventura enjoying the crafter’s paradise at Craftcation where I’ll be speaking and doing a workshop (anyone here???), but in the mean time…let’s learn how to make some potted paper Easter lilies, shall we? I think Easter lilies are some of the most lovely, delicate, and pure creatures–the perfect image for spring. Last year I showed some ways to wrap up some real ones to give as host/ess gifts, but how cool would it be to make a paper lily and give as a gift in a pot?!
Click below for full tutorial!

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Easter + Party + Projects + spring / Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014

Mini basket place settings

You know I love me anything oversized, but a good mini project puts me in squeals too. When I came across these mini Easter baskets I had a real cuteness overload moment and had to do something with them. Place settings to be exact. They’re such a quick project you’ll have time to make so many other springtime projects. “Oh goody, more craft projects” you’re thinking, right? Thought so.

It’s so easy squeazy. I bought these mini baskets here and filled them with a bit of moss and robin’s egg peanut butter M&Ms. You might be tempted to buy a slew of other robin’s egg candies, but I bought them all to see which was prettiest and tastiest and these are them. Trust me. I also ate all the bags to find out, so I’m obviously I’m a person with sound judgment.

I created the banners out of leftover wallpaper (from a project I did for Laura Ashley) and curled them so that they twisted a bit. I wrote each name, glue gunned them to the basket, and BOOM!

photography and styling by yours truly

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DIY + Easter + holiday + Projects / Monday, 24 Mar 2014

Handmade Easter planner

I made a Valentine’s Day planner for last minute overachievers because I personally love it when someone tells me how to arrange my schedule. I’m sure you have a better grasp of your calendar, but in case you’re in the same boat, might I suggest a few ideas to try for Easter this year and when to do them? Easter falls on April 20th this year so we have about a month, calm down. They’re all projects from the Lars archives and I’ll be adding more so you can mix and match and customize to your heart’s desire.
  1. 4 weeks before (THAT’S NOW!): Make a bunny topiary wreath for your door. This is especially important if you don’t plan on doing anything else. At least you look festive.
  2. 2 weeks before (might I suggest making it a weekend project? April 5th or 6th): Send a care package to a loved one in a huge marbled Easter egg.
  3. 1 week before (April 12th or 13th). You need to make eggs, right? Make some terrarium Easter eggs with paper flowers.
  4. 4 days before (April 16th). Go ahead and do it. You’ve always wanted to. This is the egging that won’t get you into more trouble like the Biebs. Egg someone with a giant Easter egg at their door. Fill it with lots of goodies.
  5. 3 days before (April 17th). Dye eggs with items from nature for the big day and place them in a lovely basket.
  6. The day of. Bring an Easter lily with you as a host gift. Here are three ways to decorate the wrapping. (Make sure to buy it in advance!)
  7. The day of. Instead of a traditional sit down feast, do something different. We had a Danish Easter picnic back in Copenhagen and ate traditional smorrebrod with lots of yummy toppings.
These are just a few to get you going and to help the procrastinator in you. Or maybe that’s just me….
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DIY + Easter + flowers + Projects / Friday, 29 Mar 2013

3 Ways to wrap a flower

Doesn’t it look like that lily is screaming into my ear?!

I’ve been noticing the lovely Easter lilies at the supermarkets and looking for any excuse to get one, I thought it would be the perfect host gift as we’re going to my brother and sister–in-law’s house for the holiday. Plants from the supermarket always come in tacky foil colors so I thought a quick makeover was in order. You might already have everything you need to make it.

Supplies: I picked up some kraft painter’s paper ($2.50 for the roll!) at the hardware store, scissors, gold paint pen, Easter lilies (they’re cheapest at the hardware store), glue gun

Paint it 
Step 1: Use the square foil that the flowers come in to measure the shape and cut to it.
Step 2: I wanted a starburst type pattern so I started in the corners making circles with my gold pen and coming inwards.
Step 3: To wrap it around the flower, place it in the middle and bring one corner up. Like a napkin, tuck the two sides under so that the corner is in the middle. I glue gunned mine in the creases to make it easier before tying the ribbon.
Step 4: Repeat to all sides.
Step 5: Secure with a ribbon.

Weave it
Step 1: Use the shape of the original foil to cut the strips (however big you’d like but I used about 1″) to that length. Leave a little extra room. Lay them side by side to see that it fits the original square size.
Step 2: Start at one end by going in and out. Continue.
Step 3: When you get to the end, adjust the strips so that they fit snuggly together.
Step 4: I secured mine with glue gun at the edges.
Step 5: To fold, follow the same steps as above.

Cut it
Step 1: Cut the kraft paper larger than the original foil square. Cut two of these.
Step 2: Create your design. I emphasized the corners by making it the shape of a leaf and then scalloped the rest.
Step 3: Make some paper cuts to show off the design.
Step 4: Repeat the same process onto the second piece of paper.
Step 5: Wrap the plant the same way as above. You’ll wrap the second paper around again, but space it out so that the leaf points spread around evenly.

Thank you, Audrey, for your help!

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DIY + Easter + holiday + Projects / Thursday, 28 Mar 2013

How to make a giant marbled Easter Egg care package

Another holiday, another care package. It’s a given. And also a given? Oversized. The egg I used in yesterday’s robin’s egg tutorial came in a 3-egg set so I had to put them all to use. I decided to use the “you’ve been egged” theme again for this care package, because who doesn’t want to get egged in the mail? I didn’t just fill it with paper egg shapes, but I added egg candy too. Don’t fret.
You will need: giant easter egg (got mine at Michael’s and before Easter it’s 40% off so you can stock up for next year too), nail polishes in the shades of your choice, stick, colored paper, bucket
Step 1: Fill a bucket with water, enough to cover the egg with.
Step 2: With the nail polish, add drops to the water. Because the egg is so large you’ll need to add enough drops so it pretty much covers the size of the egg.
Step 3: With a stick or wire or something, swirl the paint around creating the marble look.

Step 4: Submerge your egg in the water. The paint should attach to the egg. 
Step 5: Redip it to cover the areas not covered.
Step 6: Cut out egg-shapes out of the colored paper. Add notes on them if you wish.
Step 7: Create your package: I added in candy and other fun Easter stuff.
Step 8: To make it really secure through the mail (I’m sending it as is, no box!), I glue gunned the two parts together. The recipient will have to use a little force (and possibly x-acto) to open, but I think it’s better to be safe than sorry in the mail.

Thank you to Andrea for helping me with the project.

DIY and photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen

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