Posts Categorized: Projects

halloween + holiday + Projects / Friday, 6 Oct 2017

Paper Bag Portrait Luminaries

Paper Bag Portrait LuminariesNow that October has finally arrived we are ready to cover our houses with all the ghosts, goblins, and ghouls! Much like around Christmas time, I love walking around the neighborhood to check out all the different decorations that will soon greet the Trick-or-Treaters. So with that in mind, we decided to create some paper bag portrait luminaries to line your walkway to welcome all your spooky guests! You’ve probably seen a rendition of paper bag lanterns, but these ones each don an old black and white portrait to give a spooky touch. Think Disney’s Haunted House. With basic white paper bags, a printer, and some tea lights, you can create these easy lanterns and make sure your guests are properly watched over 😉

Paper Bag Portrait Luminaries

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Costumes + halloween + Projects + Style / Wednesday, 4 Oct 2017

5 mama and baby costumes

Russian nesting doll mommy and baby costume Artist and palette mommy and baby costumeHalloween is fast approaching and there are few holidays I like more! Spooky and creepy may not seem like the name of the game here at Lars, but we love to go all out! What’s more fun than dressing up?! You’ve probably heard that I’m pregnant (yeah, that’s the bump under my dresses, folks), 24 weeks to be exact, so naturally, we have babies on the brain here! We’ve teamed up with Solly Baby this Halloween season to create 5 amazing costumes for moms and their little ones along with their daily giveaways on Instagram! Each costume has a component for the mom and then a way to dress up the Solly wrap in a coordinating costume for their baby. We are so thrilled with how they all turned out! And even if you don’t have a babe to tote around on Halloween, these costumes would still be amazing! I’m having a hard time choosing, but I think I’m going to go with the Russian doll costume myself! But who knows! They’re all so good!Mushroom and garden gnome baby and mommy costume Chiquita and banana mommy and baby costumeStork and package mommy and baby costume

Check out all the looks and start planning your costume! I’d love to know which one is your favorite? 

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Design + Life + Projects / Wednesday, 4 Oct 2017

One room challenge week one

One room challenge with The House That Lars Built When it comes to the spaces I live and work in, I’m always itching to rearrange furniture, try a new paint color, and mix up the style. However, it’s hard to make the time unless I have a deadline to motivate me. Anyone else thrive on deadlines?! Lucky for me, I got the kick in the pants that I needed! I’m thrilled to announce our participation in the Fall 2017 One-Room Challenge! Over the course of six weeks, I’ll be one among 20 design bloggers taking you along our redesign process and showing how you too can redesign your space with a few simple steps! From wallpaper and lighting to furniture and rug selection, we’ll show you the ins and outs of the design process starting with these MAJOR BEFORE photos. YIKES! Sometimes you don’t know how bad something is until you look at it through a nice lens…and thousands of followers. It’s going to be a fun ride! Read on →

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Book Club + DIY + Projects / Monday, 2 Oct 2017

DIY Bookmark Tassels

4 techniques for making tassels and poms for bookmarksMany of you may not know that we have a monthly book club here at Lars. If you’re a fan of reading or want to start reading more, check it out! In addition to discussion questions, we offer a coordinating art print and bookmark by a different illustrator each month (See September’s book art here). Let me tell you, each illustrator always creates the most lovely illustrations that capture the book of the month perfectly. Make sure to check out our Book Club archives to take a peek. For the bookmarks, we like to add a small tassel or bobble to finish it off, but we’ve never shown you how to create it for yourself Shame on us! So today we’re going through 10 varieties of DIY bookmark tassels and pom poms that you can make to jazz up your bookmarks! Don’t stop there though, think key chains, and clutches, and anything else that needs a little something extra!

Check out all the tassel variations

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baby + Life + Projects / Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017

2 baby nursery projects using the Cricut Maker and Explore

As you know from Monday’s post, Paul and I are thrilled to be having a baby boy in January. I didn’t think I could love anything besides baby girl accessories (aka: flowers and smocked dresses and stockings!), but the more I research, the more I’m really into getting into the whole baby boy vibe. It’s not where I would have gone naturally, but so far it’s been a fun challenge. We wasted no time in starting our preparations and today we teamed up with Cricut to showcase their brand new Maker machine versus their Explore machine, which we already love so much.
Use these templates to create this DIY stuffed whale

Here’s the thing about the new Maker machine: with their new rotary blade, you can cut out fabric! GAME CHANGER! Just think: patterns for dresses, blouses, kids toys, and STUFFED WHALES! Not only that, but soon with their knife blade you’ll be able to cut out wood. I attended their release party in July and I was truly impressed with its capabilities. One medium I’m particularly excited about is the holy grail, CREPE PAPER. You better believe that we’ll be putting our machine to work non-stop. In fact, we have a holiday garland in the works using the Maker.

We’ve contrasted this with their Explore machine, which we still love for it’s capabilities with paper, particularly cardstock and vinyl. We created this paper ship entirely out of Cricut templates, which you can download and create on any Cricut machine. I can’t wait to put it up in our nursery. And to think it’s all been done using the Cricut machine! I’m just tickled….blue! DIY paper ship with free templates

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