Posts Categorized: christmas

christmas + DIY + holiday + Projects / Thursday, 6 Dec 2018

Painted Pinecone Wreath

Painted Pinecone Wreath

There is never a wrong time for a wreath on your front door, but I would argue that December is the PRIME time. There is just something about a wreath on your door during the holidays that screams festive and non-Scroogey, perhaps the worst insult of them all. As much as I love a traditional green pine wreath, I wanted to go outside the box for this one. I came across the idea to make flowers out of pine cones a few months ago and was immediately intrigued. You basically cut the pine cone in half to reveal a sort of flower bloom shape. For this Painted Pinecone Wreath we decided to mix pinecones with fresh pine boughs but put it into a fresh color palette. Everything got a painted a fresh coat of white and then we added a few pops of color, and a dash of our favorite gold leaf.

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christmas + DIY + holiday + Projects / Wednesday, 5 Dec 2018

How to Dye Bottlebrush Trees

Bottlebrush Trees

What’s not to love about Bottlebrush trees? They are sweet, come in all sorts of colors and sizes, and look great in just about every setting! The downside is, they tend to be a little pricey and you can’t always find the exact palette you want. So of course, the only option we were left with was to dye our own! And you know what? It’s incredibly easy! We are already making plans for more. All you need are some natural sisal trees, which we found online, and basic liquid or powder dyes. We chose a jewel tone palette for this round, but I’m already dreaming up a pastel wonderland to try next. I love how these look sitting atop a mantel or in big glass cloches to look like oversized snowglobes. Bottlebrush Trees

Take a look at how to dye your own Bottlebrush Trees

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christmas + DIY + holiday + Projects / Thursday, 29 Nov 2018

Paper Holiday Greenery Gift Toppers

Paper Holiday Greenery

Chances are you’ll wrap more presents this month than you have this whole year! The House That Lars Built is here to make sure those gifts are in tip-top shape before tucked under the tree. Wrapping a gift is a part of what makes a gift special. It shows that you spent a little extra time on someone. And we all know that time equals love!

We took brown paper packages tied up with string and added a little something extra. I love the idea of topping presents with fresh greenery, but decided paper was a better route since it’s cheaper and I already have it on hand. I used ASTROBRIGHTSⓇ paper to create all the seasonal toppers and tied them on with some red and white baker’s twine. Read on →

christmas + DIY + Projects / Wednesday, 28 Nov 2018

Head to Toe Swedish Christmas with Cricut

The Christmas season has arrived and everyone on the Lars team is putting up their tree! It’s always difficult determining how I want to decorate my tree each year: classic red and greens, all white, lovely pastels? However, changing your holiday decor each year can get a bit pricey… but not when it’s done with paper! This year we partnered up with Cricut to create a Head to Toe Swedish Christmas made entirely out of paper! That’s right, ornaments, garlands, tree topper, and gift tags that you can cut out with your Cricut machine and be done in a jiffy! We were inspired by traditional Swedish Christmas decor; Straw ornaments, Dala horses, and advent stars, all turned into paper versions. So DIY your holiday this year and tap into the Christmas spirit.

Get the templates to make your own!

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christmas + DIY + holiday + Projects / Monday, 26 Nov 2018

Christmas Photo Advent Challenge

Christmas Photo Advent Challenge

There are few things I like more than Advent Calendars. The anticipation that builds throughout the whole month of December is unparalleled! This year we wanted to create an Advent Calendar that really encouraged us to enjoy the season. We’ve teamed up with FUJIFILM to create the Christmas Photo Advent Challenge! We’ve compiled a list of 25 things to do in December that are sure to get you into the holiday spirit–consider it your Christmas Bucket List.

Christmas Photo Advent Challenge

Each day in December select one item from the Advent Challenge printable and commit to do it that day! Then take a photo of yourself doing the activity and print it out using the FUJIFILM instax SHARE® SP-3 SQ printer. This printer is amazing because you don’t need a special camera to take these photos. You simply download the Instax SHARE app and print photos you’ve taken on your phone, from social media apps, or photo accounts on the FUJIFILM instax SQUARE® film. It’s really genius because you can make sure you’ve got a perfect photo BEFORE you print. Yes, please! Read on →