DIY Dried Flower Pumpkins

Today we’re bringing you a DIY fall project with dried flowers, but this one is a little different than our DIY Rainbow Pumpkins we posted last month. However, both projects could be left up year-round to add a little charm and cheer to your front porch.

I love our pumpkin projects because they involve no carving. That’s right, no scraping the inside of a pumpkin for hours until your arm gets numb. No sifting through pumpkin goop to get out the seeds for roasting. And no more planning out an elaborate design, only to accidentally cut off a huge piece of pumpkin and ruining the whole thing! I’m really making a case for a no-carving Halloween, aren’t I? Well it turns out, there are other ways to dress up pumpkins, and I’d argue they let you be even more creative than a carving set!

Unlike our colorful painted gourds, this pumpkin DIY relies on natural adornmentspreserved flowers, to be precise! You don’t need a perfectly round pumpkin for this DIY fall project with dried flowers. In fact, you could even dress up some acorn or butternut squash if that’s what you have on hand. How gorgeous would these pumpkins be as a Thanksgiving table centerpiece?

Even though we’re using preserved flowers for this project, that doesn’t mean the colors have to be tone down. You know which blog this is, right? Bring on the brightness! Choose jewel toned flowers that hold onto their hues after drying, like dried globe amaranth or strawflowers. How perfect is the name “strawflower”?! It evokes those beautiful red berries we all know and love and the “straw” makes me think of fall harvest.

Here are some of our favorite preserved and dried flowers from around the web!

DIY Fall project with dried flowers and pumpkins!

Materials:

See above!

Instructions:

  1. Pick out your flowers (we got ours from Terrain) and pumpkins. We went with a monochromatic scheme because…elegance!
  2. Plan your pattern.
  3. Start gluing! Use extra glue to make sure they stay on!

That’s it!

It’s really an easy project, but you can get super intricate with the design and style of the pumpkin. Again, how lovely would it be as a wedding centerpiece. I’m definitely showing these off ASAP!

Yes, summer is over, and it’s taking the beautiful flowers with it, but don’t fret! This DIY will help you preserve the colorful blooms all through the fall season.

Thank you Terrain for providing the beautiful preserved flowers! You can shop their collection here

DIY Apple Paper Lunch Sack for Back to School

Show your love with this DIY teacher’s gift

Did you ever hand your schoolteacher an apple? I don’t actually think I gave them apples, but I definitely did my fair share of brown-nosing teachers when I was in school. For most of the sixth grade, I ate lunch in the teacher’s lounge. I thought I was so cool. Those of you adept in middle school sociology know that this made me very uncool. Regardless, thanking the teachers in your life is an important thing to do! They do an incredibly important job, and now more than ever I recognize their value. Maybe you can send Junior to class with a teacher’s gift in an adorable DIY Paper Lunch Sack.

DIY teacher's gift for back to school

Homeschool? Hooray!

Shout out to any parents homeschooling for the first time this fall. Your students are certainly the apples of your eye, and they couldn’t have picked a more loving teacher! If you’re hesitant to dive back into the fray, relax for a moment with the kids and make this easy DIY Paper Lunch Sack! The activity itself is fun, relaxing, and great for connecting as a family. An added bonus is how excited you all will be to whip out your custom lunch bags!

Regardless of how your family approaches education, many of you are heading back to the books in the next few weeks. I apple-aud you! (If you are still deciding what to do, our 78 favorite homeschool activities might help you decide!) After the never-ending summer of heat, I’m tempted to head to a classroom myself for a dose of that frigid A/C. I hope this cute bag we came up with will make the first day of school special. And it’s honestly so simple and affordable. It’s super easy and is a great way to get into the school season. I’ve also used these DIY Paper Lunch Sacks as custom gift bags for teachers, friends, neighbors, whomever! We even have a cute video on our YouTube Channel to show you the ropes. (Have you subscribed yet?!) How ya like them apples?

DIY apple lunch sack for back to school

We were partly inspired by Rebecca Thuss’ cute paper cherry to create the adorable leaf perfect for topping the bag.

How to make your DIY Paper Lunch Sack

Materials:
Instructions:
  1. Draw an outline of an apple near the base of the lunch sack
  2. Fill in outline with red acrylic paint
  3. Add a curved line to look like a shiny reflection on the apple with white acrylic paint
  4. Cut out two leaf shapes from white crepe paper
  5. With black acrylic, paint leaf veins on both white crepe leaves
  6. Glue both crepe leaves together with floral wire sandwiched in the middle. Makes sure to leave enough wire on the bottom to poke leaf into bag
  7. Twist top of lunch sack and insert leaf
    DIY apple lunch sackDIY apple lunch sack for back to school for a DIY teacher's gift

Photography by Anna Killian

How to show your dad you love him this Father’s Day

Printable Father’s Day Gifts

Just like our Mother’s Day Activity pack, it’s dad’s turn for personalized gifts from the kids. Print off this Father’s Day pack and let the kids do the rest! They can color a portrait of dad, fill in all of his favorite things and his go-to dad joke, and more!

Father’s Day Cards

Whether you get to see your father in person this year, or are looking for something loving to send him in the mail – pick one of our shop’s newest cards and write him a personal note! Click here to see all the fun puns on our newest Father’s day printable card. Guaranteed to make any dad smile 😉

Father’s Day projects to do with your kids

Add a handmade touch to this year’s Father’s Day gift. Try these super simple DIY dress-shirt gift bags, or these paper ribbon awards for your lolliPOP. In addition, make your own sports donuts, or add a bow-tie to make his card 3D!

Quarantine Creativity: Paper Weaving from Craft the Rainbow

DIY Paper Weaving

This Paper Weaving Craft is so simple, yet easy to customize in any way that your creativity takes you! Slips of paper are woven together to make pretty, colorful patterns that can be framed or collaged into bigger pieces. Paper crafts are our favorite, so we were excited to release this craft out of Craft the Rainbow. We have used this technique before, to create placemats and gift wrap, but there is something so pleasing about creating a simpler weave in keeping your hands and creativity busy.

Magazine paper weavings

If you want to make your paper craft EXTRA exciting and more earth friendly, we highly recommend creating weaving slips from magazines or photos, and weaving them against solid colors to create a staggered image. You can totally try it with anything you have lying around! We took photos from magazines that featured a lot of texture and detail in the picture, to really pop against solid colors in the same color scheme.

TIP: We added some washi onto the borders so that it would adhere the strips together and create a border!

Paper Weaving from Craft the Rainbow book

Paper Weaving from Craft the Rainbow bookHow you choose to weave is up to you! Whether it be with pictures, solids on solids, or other textures mixed in, this Paper Weaving Craft is sure to create something artful. Simple crafts are so satisfying, and we find the motions of weaving to be relaxing, perfect for taking your mind off of the crazy things going on right now.

Paper Weaving from Craft the Rainbow book

Craft the Rainbow Book

The act of crafting is an outlet for creativity when it feels like we don’t have a lot of control at all, especially during social distancing. Take some time today to just focus on producing a paper craft! And don’t forget to check out Craft the Rainbow, since April is almost up! We are loving this month of celebrating such a big milestone, and we want to share it with you as much as we can. We think this paper craft will make you want to try even more!

You can find Craft the Rainbow wherever books are sold!

Amazon
In our shop!

Last Minute Easter Printables

Easter gift tags and cards

For the final touch even the Easter bunny himself would approve of, print off these cards and add them to baskets and gifts. You can make it simple, and add a punny carrot tag. Or add a handmade touch with our Danish Easter letters template.

carrot easter gift tagsFunny and sweet compliment cardsEaster gift cards to pair with hair clipsDanish Easter Letters template

Add a hair clip to these printable “Here’s to a good hare day” cards. Or sprinkle in happy compliments for an easter basket for a friend!

Sugar-free Easter egg fillers

Printable Easter Gift coupons to put in sugar-free easter eggs

During social distancing, I have been doing my best to fill Jasper’s easter basket with fun activities to keep his little hands busy. The last thing I need is a sugar frenzy! (for him, or for me when I sneak his cadbury eggs.) These coupons above were made to be printed off, and take the place of candy filling your eggs for the hunt. Your kids will be extra surprised this year when they find coupons to cash in for a movie night of their choice, family karaoke, and more fun! There are blank coupons provided you can fill in with your own activity ideas too! It’s truly the Easter gift that keeps on giving, to the whole family!

Easter coloring pages

Easter Bunny coloring page

Easter egg hunt coloring pageChocolate bunny and Easter Candy coloring page

Print off copies of our exclusive Easter coloring pages for the whole family to enjoy!

Easter activities

Bunny and chick paper dolls

We could not be more excited about the addition of these whimsical Easter bunny and chick paper dolls to our shop this year! You can print off multiple outfits, and even a tablescape scene for the dolls to enjoy. Available in a colorful option OR a blank one to color in and make the fun last even longer!

Easter paper dolls and coloring pages activity pack

The set above includes all our paper dolls sets and Easter coloring pages. Complete your fun-filled Easter basket with this activity set!

Explore our full Easter shop here and get all ready for Sunday!

 

 

 

Danish Easter Letters

Danish Easter Letters – Gækkebreve

While you have your kids home from school, you can teach them about the symbolism of the snowdrop flower. As the first flower to pop up through the cold winter ground and signify spring is finally coming, snowdrops symbolize hope! We loved the way Kelsey Garrity Riley included snowdrops in her coloring page entry for our Picture Hope: The Social Distancing Coloring Book!

Though these Danish letters are often delivered leading up to Easter, they represent the entire spring season. Include a note explaining this fun tradition and you can start swapping notes and eggs with your neighbors!

Click here for the templates

How to make Danish Easter Letter patterns

The traditional way of making Danish Easter letters is similar to the technique of making snowflakes during the winter. But we decided to make a few more elaborate ones in case you wanted a challenge. We even made a couple so that you can put it into your craft cutting machine (Silhouette or Cricut machines work great!).

Materials:

See above

Instructions:

Elaborate Templates

To make the elaborate cut ones seen here, download our templates (you can find them here).

Handcut: Use our PDF template to print out and trace onto your piece of paper. Use a craft cutting knife if you’d like to hand cut it using a cutting mat underneath.

Craft Cutting Machine: You can cut it out on your craft cutting machine using our SVG files (also found here.

For simpler designs

Like making paper snowflakes you can use a few techniques to get the look you’re going for. Here are some tips:

  • Fold your paper in quarters. Draw your pattern onto one of the corners and cut out.
  • Turn your paper into a square by folding one corner to the opposite side of the paper. Cut off the excess. This technique is if you want yours to be more circular in nature.
  • Think chicks, bunnies, eggs, hearts to get into the spirit of the season!

Add in a snowdrop flower

Traditionally you would add in a snowdrop flower into your letter to send off, but we didn’t have one handy so we added a hyacinth from our yard as well as some wild grape hyacinth.

We’d love to see your versions. Tag us with #LarsMakes.

Compliment Cards to Spread the Joy (not the germs)

funny and kind compliment cards to send to people you admire!

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How to use these compliment cards

Everyone could use a little more sunshine right now. Do you have a friend who is always giving you the advice right when you need it? (and when you want it! A hard balance to find!) Send them the “you help me grow” compliment card! Your friend that has been sending all the right memes right as social distancing is starting to get unbearable? Send them the “you are my favorite person to text” compliment card! Have a coworker you were just starting to make small talk with before you started working from home? Send them the “you have great style” compliment card and keep that friendship going!

funny and kind compliment cards to send to people you admire!

Share joy with everyone!

There is a compliment card for every kind of relationship in your life. Your sister, your childhood best friend, your neighbor you admire from afar, your boss, anyone! Even a stranger at the grocery store who is rocking their mix patterns and bold colors, tell them they have good taste!

Click here to download the printable version!

We would love to see how you use your compliment cards to spread joy, tag us here!

A trend we love “cherry” much!

Trend Alert: Cherries!

Some of our favorite cherry inspired projects from Lars past are our paper cherry wreath and our tootsie pop cherry gifts! So of course now that cherries are majorly on trend WE ARE HERE FOR IT.

Click here to learn how to make your very own cherry wreath!

Very Cherry Statement Pieces

Cherries can make a statement in literally any area of your life, as you’ll see below! We found cherry inspired fashion, decor, stationery, art, and more! As the weather warms up, usher in spring and summer with some fun nods to this current trend.

Imagine a cherry 🍒 themed party?! Hang this garland, lay out these napkins, and you’re on your way! These cherry gift balls from Meri Meri are hiding fun party favors, and these clips from Ban.do make perfect party gifts too! Here are some of our favorite unique ice cream sundae flavors that will literally be the cherry on top of your party.

Cherry pillows are such a fun statement item! Find the grown up version here for your living room, or the kid’s version here!

Lars Exclusive

Our newest design in our exclusive wrapping paper line features this trend! And it is on sale right now!

Originally made to be valentines, our tootsie pop cherries can be given as gifts all year round! Think birthdays, teacher appreciation, and random acts of kindness to brighten someone’s day!

Valentines Gift Box with Arlo Cookies

Printable Valentine cookie box

When Luna (creator of Arlos cookies) agreed to work with us we were ecstatic! We knew we wanted to create a box to put the cookies in but we needed them to be just as lovely as the cookies would inevitably be. With our task at hand we set out to make the most beautiful Valentine gift box worthy that would be carrying the elegant cookies.

To say we love the cookies and the box designed to carry them is an understatement! Wether you are putting Arlos Cookies in these boxes or any other Valentines treats they are bound to amplify your valentines gifting this season! Get your Valentine Cookie Box here!

Be sure to tag us with #larsloveslove so we can see how lovely your valentines gifts turn out!!!

Find Arlos Cookies

Website of Arlos Cookies
@arlocookies on Instagram

 

Ribbon Weaving Gift Wrap

Ribbon Weaving Gift Wrap

We’re always looking for new ways to wrap presents. A gift is just that much more special when it is delivered in a pretty package, no? So when we received all these beautiful ribbons from Studio Carta, we were overwhelmed with the possibilities! If you’re not familiar with Studio Carta, you should check out their web store and browse all their beautiful ribbons and scissors. Studio Carta was the provider of the beautiful gold scissors we offered as pre-order gifts with our book! Anyways, back to the ribbon. The color options are incredible and we really wanted to highlight the lovely shades. We wrapped the packages in a muted rainbow of paper and then assigned each one a variety of similar colored ribbons. We created a simple weaving pattern on each one and the end result was so lovely! No bows necessary here!

Ribbon Weaving Gift Wrap

If you like their ribbons as much as we do, Studio Carta is also doing a giveaway starting today. With a minimum purchase of $95+ you’ll receive a copy of Craft the Rainbow while supplies last! So pop on over to enter and find some beautiful things! Their ribbons and scissors make perfect gifts and gift wrapping. Ideal for Mother’s Day which is just around the corner! The offer is only valid starting today and ending Friday, May 4th at Midnight Eastern time.

Ribbon Weaving Gift Wrap

Ribbon Weaving Gift Wrapping

Materials: 

Instructions: 

  1. Decide which ribbons you want to go with each package. We chose anywhere from 3 to 7 different ribbons for each package.
  2. You’ll need two lengths of each ribbon for your weaving, one to fit all the way around the box lengthwise and the other widthwise. Cut all your ribbons accordingly.
  3. First, wrap all the ribbons around the box going one direction and tape in place on the bottom of the package.
  4. Now you’ll move onto the ribbons going perpendicular to the previous set.
  5. With the first ribbon, tape to the bottom of the box and wrap around.
  6. When you come to the top, weave the ribbons under and over the ribbons you’ve already set. Just follow the pattern: over, under, over, etc..
  7. Repeat this process with the next ribbon, but starting under instead of over: under, over, under, etc..
  8. Once you’ve complete the weaving, tape the ribbon ends to the bottom of the package like the others.

Ribbon Weaving Gift Wrap

Photography by Jane Merritt | Designs by Rebecca Hansen | Ribbons from Studio Carta 

Friendsgiving Printables

Friendsgiving Printables

Friendsgiving Printables

Friendsgiving Printables

Although throwing a dinner party can seem daunting, let alone Thanksgiving, we’re making it easy for you this year! With our Friendsgiving Printables, you can (1) Send out invitations, (2) Set the table with placemats, (3) Set the table with place cards or invite guests to bring a dish to share and label it, and  (4), Send them away with leftover boxes. The key here is going potluck style: you be in charge of the turkey and perhaps a dessert, and then delegate the rest. This allows guests to contribute and bring a taste of their home to the party. Easy as apple pie!

Friendsgiving Printables

Friendsgiving Printables

Leftover boxes are a genius addition to any Thanksgiving feast because there is always so much food! And let’s be honest, those turkey cranberry sandwiches you make the day after are one of the best parts of the holiday!

Friendsgiving Printables

Friendsgiving Printables

Friendsgiving Printables

Friendsgiving Printables

What’s better than adorable and disposable placemats? These will make such a lovely and festive tablescape without breaking the bank!

Friendsgiving Printables

Friendsgiving Printables

And if you’re looking for a different style, try this one from two years ago! 

Photography by Clara Jones | Illustrations by Ashley Isenhour

5 ways to gift wrap for spring

5 gift wrapping ideas for spring
Spring is creeping in now (aside from yesterday’s snow) and I’m getting anxious for a new color palette and new projects. You know what this means, right? Some springy gift wrapping ideas, of course. I started this at Palm Springs for Meet Make do, but because of what happened (see here for deets) I wasn’t able to finish. Ultimately it was good because a girl needs to think thoroughly about the perfect spring wrapping.
So, I introduce to you 5 different ways to wrap a gift for spring:
1. The Spring Flower Garden Gift Topper
Flower garden spring gift wrapping
2. The Monogram/Tassel Duo Gift Topper
Monogram gold tag for a gift
3. I call this the Flower Vase Gift Topper
Make a vase on a gift
4. The Gold Daisy Gift Topper
Gold daisy gift topper for spring
5. The Confetti Gift Topper
Confetti gift topper for spring
Click below to learn how to make all these gift wrapping DIY’s!