Posts Categorized: Projects

DIY + holiday + Projects / Monday, 27 Mar 2017

Swedish Easter Wall Hanging

Swedish Easter Wall HangingIn Scandinavia, they celebrate the Easter holiday a little different than here in the US. Children dress up as cute, not scary, witches and go door to door asking for candy. Similarly to Halloween in America. They also eat an abundance of eggs, and no, not just chocolate eggs, but real eggs. Think hard boiled eggs filled with creme fraiche, dill, shrimp, and lemon. But my favorite element of Scandinavian Easter decor? Påskris! Påskris are brightly colored feathered branches that seem to pop up everywhere in Scandinavia around spring time.

Inspired by their tradition, we made a DIY paper Swedish Easter tree last year that we absolutely loved. Consequently, we decided we needed to create another rendition! The result is a Swedish Easter Wall Hanging that features marbled paper feathers, crepe paper eggs, and gold leaf detail. Swoon! We took advantage of the mild spring weather and scavenged for branches outside to create ours, but you could buy some branches at your local craft store as well. This Swedish Easter wall hanging would look lovely on a front door, to welcome in guests for Sunday Brunch!

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DIY + Party + Projects / Tuesday, 21 Mar 2017

Dyed washi paper

Dip dyed washi paper

I’ve been a big fan of Christina Schmidt of Yellow Owl Workshop for quite some time and I was thrilled to receive an advanced copy of her brand new book, Make It Yours: Patterns and Inspiration to Stamp, Stencil, and Customize your Stuff due out March 28th (on pre-order now!). The book touches on a variety or techniques that she’s perfected in a fun and unexpected ways. It’s a great one to add to your craft library. Today she’s sharing a tutorial from her book. 

Simple, quick, and colorful is the name of the game when making this versatile dyed paper. The process only takes about 10 minutes, but I’ll bet you’ll have so much fun you won’t stop for hours. It’s important to use washi paper because it is thin enough to be folded several times, easily accepts ink (thanks to its uncoated surface), and has good “wet strength,” meaning it doesn’t tear easily when saturated. Use any size, but I like a large pad because I can fold it many times and achieve more complex patterns.

In terms of “dye,” studio staples such as watercolors and acrylics thinned to a watery consistency work, but surprisingly, I have the best luck with liquid food dyes from the kitchen pantry. (This also means I can safely use my kitchen bowls without worry of contamination.) Apply dye directly with an applicator or by placing the food dye tip directly to the edges for more contrast on the folded edges. Read on →

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Crafts + Projects / Monday, 20 Mar 2017

Crepe Paper Resource Guide

Whether you’ve been a longtime follower of Lars or a recent convert (in which case, we’re so glad you found us!), chances are you’ve noticed our deep appreciation for crepe paper. Paper, in general, is often our medium of choice because of its versatility. Crepe paper, in particular, has the ability to stretch, bend, and create shapes no other paper can. Its texture is unique and lends itself to all sorts of projects! *And just to be clear, we are not talking about crepe paper streamers, the common party decoration. There is certainly a time and place for those babies, like our crepe paper streamer curtains (!), but we’re focusing on the larger, heavier rolls of crepe paper.

We’ve long adored crepe paper flowers, but some of our favorite crepe paper projects also include a fringed necklace, a cherry wreath, and a chandelier. The sky is the limit! We receive lots of inquiries about where we purchase our crepe paper since you can’t find the good stuff in stores and decided it was time we reveal all our secrets with an official Crepe Paper Resource Guide! We have included our favorite shops to buy from as well as some inspirational artists that have taken crepe paper to a whole new level.

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DIY + Party + Projects / Thursday, 16 Mar 2017

DIY Rainbow Streamer Curtains

DIY Rainbow streamer curtains You know we love some rainbows round these parts (#CraftTheRainbow anyone?!)  We are also big fans of natural lighting and lovely windows. These DIY rainbow streamer curtains are combining two loves and deepening our adoration! Remember your grandma’s drab, heavy, and expensive window treatments? No thank you. We’ve solved all your curtain problems by crafting these colorful, and fun Rainbow Streamer Curtains! These curtains will brighten things up on a rainy day and bring a pop of color to whatever space you may use them in! Have left over streamers from the last party you threw? Then you’ve got all you need. They’re also the perfect decor far St. Patrick’s Day this weekend! We’ve provided some simple instructions below to get you rainbow connected and refresh your space! Read on →

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Design + Life + Party + Projects / Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017

Paper plant tablescape

Paper plant tablescape

Tropical plants have been quite the rage in party and home decor. I’ve seen them sprinkled in balloon arches and as patterns on cushions for sofas. Then when these gorgeous tropical foliage melamine plates came out from Terrain I knew I had to try out the trend. They were too beautiful to pass up. Plus, I’ve been wanting to do a monthly tabletop series; a tabletop of the month if you will because I love all things tabletop so I thought this Paper Plant Tablescape would be a great place to start. And the great news is that we are offering all the shapes as free patterns to download!
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