Posts Categorized: paper flowers

Events + Life + paper flowers / Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013

Crafting at West Elm

I’m milking this paper amaryllis for all its worth. How many blog posts has it been now?! I’m sure you’re tired of them, but I had to share proof that I’m not the only doing them. In fact, there were MANY West Elms across the country that made paper flower amaryllis last week including the event I led in Salt Lake City. There were 75 people who RSVPd and I prayed that only 12 would show up. 12 is optimal: 12 months, 12 apostles, 12 days of Christmas, 12 years a slave, 12 monkeys. A happy medium showed up: 30. 30 is a party and I certainly adhered by the “It’s my party and I’ll dance if I want to.” Have I ever revealed that I have a problem with not knowing when I dance in public? It just happens. Jessica Peterson was kind enough to come snap some shots. Thanks Jess! 
I secured some vintage stamen so we could add some real classiness to our flowers.
I have to comment on Melinda. I’m going to do a blog post about Melinda some day. She’s the smartest dresser I know (and many other non-superficial qualities). That night she showed up in all black and then this magical photo happend. BOOM.
It’s the ciiiircle, the circle of life:
This one here celebrated her birthday making paper flowers with us! I felt so honored that she chose to be there and no force was involved.
Met some new friends.

Don’t they look good?! We had such a great time. Thanks everyone for coming! And thank you West Elm, both at headquarters and at SLC for being so great to work with. You guys are da bomb.

photography by Jessica Peterson
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DIY + paper flowers + Party + Projects / Monday, 18 Nov 2013

DIY holiday amaryllis

I go back and forth between sharing my flower patterns. I’d much rather you learn it in person with me in a workshop chatting and crafting over an open fire. But seeing as how you live in North Dakota, Nepal or  or Neptune, it probably won’t happen anytime soon. AND, this is a time of generosity and gratitude and I AM after all a DIY blogger, so I thought I’d spread the amaryllis joy so you can recreate it for you holiday festivities. It’s the one I did for the West Elm shoot and event (check out more photos here). And if you do create it, I’d love to see it! Put it on Instagram and tag it with #larsflowers

Materials: red paper (I used Canson pastel paper in tomato red), green double sided crepe paper from Castle in the Air,  scissors, glue gun, wooden dowel ½” for each flower,  stamen pieces (I bought mine vintage but you can use this here) or you can improvise with rolled up crepe paper…like a joint…sorry, that’s the only metaphor I have), paper wrapped wire 18 gauge like this  (one per flower), chipboard to cut out the templates, template (download here)

1.     Trace the petals onto red paper (there are two sizes, cut 3 of each)
2.     Cut out the petals
3.     Fold the bottom half of the flower length-wise.
4.     Curl the upper half of each petal with a paintbrush or pen or pencil or something.
5.     Add a dab of glue to the (smaller sized) petal in the bottom crease and immediately add on a piece of wire.

6.     Add a dab of glue onto the right edge of the next petal and attach it to the first petal.
7.     Add glue to both the left and right side of the last smaller-sized petals and connect it with the first and middle petals so it becomes a circle.
8.     With the larger petals, add glue onto both sides at the bottom of the petal and spread them around the back of the first petals evenly.
9.     Glue the end of the stamen bits and add them into the center of the flower.
10. Cut a 1” strip of crepe paper that’s about the length of the whole piece (about 2’) going against the grain
11. Cut out your leaves (if you want leaves) going with the grain
12. Stretch out the leaf a bit at the bottom and at the top to give it some shape.
13. Stretch out the crepe paper (but careful because it’s fragile)
14. Add glue about ¼” above the end of the base of the flower and wrap the crepe paper around all the way and start winding down the wire.
5. Add in the dowel to give the flower stem some thickness about  1” down.
16. Keep on winding the green crepe paper in.
17. Add in a leaf at any point (I show it here at the bottom of the stem, but you can add it in the middle too) by gluing the base of the leaf and slightly folding it onto the stem.
18. Keep on winding the crepe paper around until you get to the bottom.
19. Seal it off with glue.
Optional: adding paint. I sprayed mine with spray paint and I added some gouache (or acrylic is fine) with a thin paint brush along the back petals to create a more realistic flower.
1.     Put floral foam into the bottom of a pot.
2.     Stick the dowel into the foam.
3.     Add some moss on top.

photography by Nicole Hill 

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DIY + Events + holiday + paper flowers + Party + Projects / Monday, 4 Nov 2013

Paper flower amaryllis tutorial

It was so wonderful to meet so many of you at the West Elm Etsy Pop-up shop on Saturday. Thank you for coming!
Speaking of West Elm, they approached me awhile back to style a shoot around a brand new DIY project that I could teach at an upcoming in-store event on November 14th. I chose to create a paper flower amaryllis that could be styled on a table spread for the holidays. And tell you what, I had a ball making them and styling them. They sent over a smorgasbord of products that I could use to make it all look pretty including their new plate set, flatware, mercury hurricanes, birds, butterflies, drinking glasses (and secretly I was hoping for a sofa and love seat–gah! they’ve got awesome stuff!).
See the full paper flower amaryllis tutorial below! 

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classes + Events + Life + paper flowers / Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013

West Elm event

I’m super pleased to announce a paper flower holiday event I’m hosting at West Elm on Thursday, November 14th at the SLC location. AND, it will be taught at a number of other stores across the country like Denver, Edina, St. Louis, Lincoln Park, Oakbrook, and Indianapolis (though, sadly, I’ll only be present in SLC). I’ve come up with a holiday amaryllis that I’m really excited about and we’re going to make it together! I’ll be posting more pictures of the full photoshoot in a couple of weeks, but here’s a little sneak peek for now.

Total, there are 5 great bloggers teaching their own DIYs across the country like Camille Styles, Jenny Batt of Hank and Hunt, Jen Ramos of Made By Girl, Chelsea Cost of Lovely Indeed, and Erin of House of Earnest.

RSVP on the Facebook event page. I look forward to meeting you!

photo by Nicole Gerulat

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Events + Life + paper flowers + workshops / Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013

Online classes & a giveaway!

I’m absolutely thrilled to make this announcement. I’ve been giving a lot of thought about how I can teach workshops to those who’ve been making requests from all around the world and now there’s a way. Because, where there’s a will, there’s a way, right?

Introducing online classes! After taking Anne Ditmeyer’s terrific Mapmaking class on Skillshare (and she has an upcoming InDesign course), I thought I’d try it out myself. SO, on August, 27th, the official House that Lars Built paper flower making course registration is open! Click here to register. I’ll be teaching a variety of flowers as well as arranging with paper flowers all ending with a beautiful paper flower bouquet. FUN, right?!

I’d love to spread the word as much as possible and you’ve been so supportive of all my endeavors in the past, so I’d LOVE and appreciate your help on this. SO! For every share of the class you make–either on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook…you know the drill–you are entered into winning two oversized paper flowers of your choice (like these), a bouquet of paper daffodils, AND a customized rubber stamp like this one.

To enter the giveaway, just leave me a comment on this post telling me how you’ve shared the news of the class (here’s the link to register). The more shares, the more entries. The contest ends August 16th and the winner will be announced on the day the class begins, August 27th.

ALSO, the first 100 people to sign up for the $20 course get 15% off so sign up today! Enter LARS at checkout

Click HERE to register for the Skillshare class.


above photo by Jessica Peterson
drawings by moi

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