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Design + Life + Party + Projects / Monday, 4 Jan 2016

Top 10 reader favorites of 2015

Back to life. Back to reality. 

Has it hit you yet? We’re in 2016! Welcome!

I, for one, haven’t yet grasped the concept of a new year as I feel like I’m still recuperating from 2015. BUT, I have done a good deal of reflecting on goals and such, which I’ll share in the next post. I want to kick off the new year with you, dear readers. Here are YOUR 10 favorite posts from the past year as indicated by page views. I have to agree, they’re some of my favorites too!


  1. Paper plants
  2. Cardboard cacti
  3. Complete list of where to buy wallpapers
  4. Upcycled lampshade vases
  5. Fruit wrapping
  6. Tortured artist Halloween party
  7. Gingerbread house gift boxes
  8. Paper flower garland
  9. Guide to colorful walls in Utah
  10. Balloon centerpiece

christmas + Design + gift guides + holiday / Monday, 1 Dec 2014

Christmas decor for your home

Tell me! How was your Thanksgiving weekend? I was home for the weekend getting to know my little new niece, Wynne. Oh man, that sweet little thing is nourishment for the soul.

The holidays are fully on my mind and I’m dreaming of a colorful, whimsical Christmas. Here are some of my favorite choices to decorate the home for the holidays. Wouldn’t a pink tree be so rad?! I like to mix it up with a healthy dose of color intermixed with some more neutral elements like white lights. It keeps it from looking too gaudy. Colorful bulbs on a colorful tree would be especially rad.

How are you decorating for the holidays???

  1. Zig zig stocking (love the texture!)
  2. Wishing star pom garland (wouldn’t this be beautiful on a tree or on a mantle?!)
  3. Blue and silver ribbed onion ornament
  4. Mercury glass globe wreath
  5. Clear bistro lights
  6. Fresh cedar star wreath
  7. Geometric wooden ornaments
  8. Glass globe ornament in such gorgeous colors
  9. Warm white faceted lights
  10. Colorful sisal trees (so sweet on a mantle or centerpiece)
  11. Wishbone ornament
  12. Miniature rainbow bulb set (perfect for #crafttherainbow, eh?!)
  13. String of lights (ON SALE!)
  14. Adorable mushroom sculptures
  15. Jade glass globe 
  16. Sisal swan ornament
  17. Felt mistletoe
  18. Gold glass spire tree topper
  19. Pink Christmas tree (WANT!)
  20. Copper tree skirt (So classy. I love this option over a fabric tree skirt).

giveaway + Life + Style / Saturday, 8 Feb 2014

Tie giveaway

I’ve talked about QP Collections before (here and here) and now I’m pleased to do a giveaway with them just in time for Valentine’s Day. Because who has a gift for their guy yet??? (don’t answer). QP does THE BEST ties for guys. I’m talking lovely florals…ok your guy doesn’t do florals? You’re not along. They have madras, linens, and a Santa Fe line that I’m dying over.

To enter:
1. “Like” The House That Lars Built on Facebook or Instagram @houselarsbuilt and sign up for QP Collections newsletter (sign up at bottom of home page).
2. Leave a comment telling how you’ve entered and which tie you would choose if you’re the winner.
2. Last day to enter is Monday (so it can arrive by Valentine’s Day).

AND, he’s offering 15% off to everyone. Use the code LARSBUILT15 at checkout.

Good luck!

DIY + paper + Projects / Friday, 20 Dec 2013

Make a handmade book from a sketchpad

I have a fantastic intern right now, Trisha Zemp, who is oozing with creativity and enthusiasm. She’s an avid book maker and I’ve been wanting to learn for ages so she was kind enough to teach me a basic Japanese stab method with a twist. You don’t have to buy any fancy materials to do it. All the paper materials you’ll need are from a basic drawing sketchbook. Bingo! 
I thought they’d be perfect for a last minute handmade Christmas gift. And if you don’t want to make it yourself, she’s selling some beautifully made books from her new Etsy shop. They’re made using another method and they are floral and SO beautiful. AND, she’s giving Lars readers 20% off! Check it out here at her shop, A Little Book Shop. Just enter LARS20 at checkout.

MATERIALS: sketchbook, craft knife, bookbinding awl (or nail and hammer), thread (we used crochet thread), scissors, patterned paper for outside, solid paper for inside lining, ruler, pencil, glue, paint brush, needle with a large opening
Step 1: Rip the paper from the binding of the sketchpad. (When you get to step 5 and find that the paper is too big for the cardboard, cut down 1/2″ on the short side.
Step 2: Fold 4 pages at a time in half. Do this 8 times. This will create a book of 64 pages. You can create as many pages as you’d like, but this is what we did.
Step 3: With a ruler and pencil, create 4 marks evenly separated along the side of the fold 1″ deep.
Step 4: With your awl or hammer and nail, punch a hole through the pencil markings.
Step 5: With the cardboard of the sketchpad, cut it in half shortwise so it creates the front and back of the book.
Step 6: With the paper holes as your guideline, transfer the hole markings onto the cardboard and punch with your awl or hammer and nail.
Step 7: With one of your pieces of cardboard, place it on your pretty patterned paper two inches from the edges and cut around.

Step 8: Glue the cardboard with a paintbrush and paste it onto the cut out paper. Flatten it with your hands getting rid of any bubbles.
Step 9: Transfer the hole placement from the sketch pad paper onto the cardboard and bore the holes.

Step 10: On the cardboard that will be the front of the book, score (slightly cut) a line into the cardboard with your craft knife and ruler about 1 1/2″ in depth. This will allow the book to open well.
Step 11: Cut the edges of the paper off at 45 degree angles.
Step 12: Fold the patterned paper up onto the cardboard to create creases.
Step 13: Glue the paper edges and gold them onto the cardboard. Start with the short ends first and then move onto the longer edges.
Step 14: Glue the solid piece of paper with the brush and place it onto the cardboard.

Step 15: Bore holes into the cardboard once again.
Step 16: Now you’ll start threading the binding.  I’m not going to write out the directions but hopefully this diagram will help. To start, you’ll enter from the middle of the pages. Count the 8 sections in half and then enter from hole B and go to the top through the cardboard.
Is that so confusing. Let me know so I can clear it up.

photography and tutorial by Trisha Zemp for The House that Lars Built