2 simple Valentine’s Day gift wrapping ideas

Guys! I kind of have a thing for gift wrapping lately, and Valentine’s Day is such a sweet time to give cute gifts to your neighbor, teacher, friend, loved one, etc. These 2 Valentine’s Day gift wrapping ideas are SO easy (you know I like ’em easy), and you probably already have everything you need to do it. Bingo! This first idea is based on an idea I saw for Christmas gift wrap by Martha Stewart, but I added a Valentine’s spin.

Heart cut out gift wrap:

Materials:

  • x-acto knife
  • cardstock (or business card)
  • pencil or pen
  • scissors
  • wrapping paper
  • cutting board
  • secondary color paper (I chose glitter scrapbook paper)

Instructions:

  1. Make a template of a heart on a business card and cut it out.
  2. With a pencil, use your template to trace around it all over on your wrapping paper. Use a ruler if you want them evenly spaced. (I used a Sharpie in this tutorial so you can see the trace better).
  3.  With your x-acto knife, cut around one side of the heart from the top to the tip of the bottom.
  4. Fold the heart over.
  5. Because the glitter paper was so thick I cheated and cut out a strip of paper to line along the backside of the kraft paper gift wrap. If I were to make it super nice I’d probably line the back of the kraft paper. But, then again, I probably wouldn’t.
  6. Tape it down.
  7. Repeat on all the hearts.

DONE!

Eraser heart stamp gift wrap

OK, the second one is similar to last week’s polka dot wrapping. But this time you do a little sculpting.

Materials:

  • scissors
  • x-acto
  • pen
  • wrapping paper (I used red art paper instead)
  • stamp pad (white can be hard to find, here’s my recommendation from Amazon)

Instructions:

  1. Draw a heart with your pen on the eraser of your pencil.
  2. Make simple incisions with your x-acto to chisel the heart. The fewer strokes the better. Cut it down about halfway down the eraser.
  3. Stamp away! To get dimension stamp 2 or 3 hearts at a time so the seconds appear fainter.

Done! Tell me those aren’t the easiest things you’ve seen?! And you have all the materials already, right? Valentine’s Day gift wrapping is as easy as that!

Don’t know what to get your loved one for Valentine’s Day? I put together a Valentine’s gift guide here. You can also check out the Lars shop to search for gifts that fit any occasion!

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

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!

5 gift topper ideas

I’ve been wanting to collaborate with my talented friend Kate Zaremba for while now (I wrote about her work ages ago–she did textile designs for Rachel Antonoff)–and finally the time is here! Kate recently launched her illustration company where she does adorable prints, wallpaper, gift wrap, cards, and custom illustrations. She was kind enough to supply me with some of her brand new gift wrap, and I made 5 simple gift toppers for them with all the instructions below. PLUS, we’re doing an Instagram contest where she’ll make an original design based off of YOUR inspiration. Just post a pic of your inspiration, tag it with #giftwrapinspirationcontest, and follow @kathrynzaremba. The winner will be selected, Kate will design some gift wrap, and you’ll receive it as a gift. FUN huh?! Head on over to instagram for more info. Contest ends Monday, November 25th.*

 

*Note: This contest is now closed, but you can head on over to Kate’s Instagram for print inspiration and the Lars Instagram for holiday crafting ideas!

 

In the meantime, let’s make some gift toppers for her gift wrap! I made 5 of them: a perfect bow (based on one I’ve been spotting around blog town lately but can’t seem to find an original source for), holly and berries, paper pom, the pendant, and the forest. Aren’t they cute? They’re so simple to make and would be easy for any holiday gift.

DIY gift toppers

For some really lame drawings that I did to show how to make them all, read full instructions below.
I hope these drawings are sufficient. It’s more of an experiment. I can’t draw super well with my tablet so they are super childish, but hopefully they do the job.
One thing for the bow, I sprayed two pieces of her gift wrap together so that it would be firmer.
With the pendant, I sprayed two pieces of her paper front to back so that it would be firmer.

 

Holiday gift wrap ideas

We know you probably have a lot of holiday gift wrapping to do. After you craft some of these beauties, take a look at our other gift wrap ideas! You can make DIY gift bags from wallpaper (Kate Zaremba’s wallpaper, perhaps?). Want to mix and match your gift toppers? Check out these greenery gift toppers (also made from paper)! We also have a line of Lars wrapping paper, available with many other holiday gifts and templates in our Christmas shop!

Let’s get to wrapping!

photography by Trisha Zemp

 

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! 

DIY Gold Foil Star Crown

We could have bought one for her as our gift, but what’s the fun in that when you can make it yourself and then have that added special sentiment? We made a template just for it so you can either hand cut it or put it into your craft cutter.

DIY Paper Gold Star crown

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Using the template cut and out as many stars as you will need. The amount of stars you need will vary depending on the size of the head you are creating the stars for. All of the large stars have 3 stars stacked and the small stars are stacked with two.
  2. We used a craft cutter to cut out stars but you can do this with scissors or an x-acto knife.
  3. Once you have the right amount of stars cut out you will gold foil them.
  4. To gold foil the stars you will apply a small amount of gold leaf adhesive, allow 10 seconds to dry and apply a sheet of gold leaf.
  5. Allow 2-3 minutes for the gold leaf to set and then gently brush away using your soft bristle brush.
  6. Repeat step 5 on the other side. If you feel it looks okay you can just cover one side, however, Later on you will turn the edges up slightly which may reveal more color than you would like to see of the back. We covered both sides.
  7. Once all of your stars are foiled you will begin to stack them.
  8. To stack your large stars you will use a variation of three sizes of large stars and to connect them you will use a small dab of hot glue. Be sure you are placing them correctly because if you have to pull it off to replace it it will pull off the gold leaf.
  9. For the small stars you will repeat step 6 however you will only stack 2 of the small ones.
  10. Once all of the stars are stocked correctly you can begin laying them out on top of the string so you can adjust the placement and check that you have enough to make sure you have enough of the stars.
  11. Once they are all positioned correctly you can apply them to the ribbon with a small hot glue dab to the gold ribbon.
  12. Once all the stars are attached you will use a dab of hot glue to connect your ribbon ends, try to strategically place your stars so that the stop where the ribbons overlap is covered by a star.

Would love to see if you make it! Tag us with #LarsMakes so we can take a lookie! 

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

Candy cane wrapping

I’ve been dying to share this story with you, dear readers, for a few months. Audrey Ellsworth is my star intern who’s become a good friend. She puts up with a lot and I can count on her to provide brilliant ideas and practicality. It’s a fantastic mix. Her birthday was a few months ago and I was antsy to give her a print I had bought ages ago by Jenny Vorwaller called “Sitting pretty” because, well, look!
I gave her the print and then a few hours later she sent me the photo on the right. She had recreated the painting. Spitting image, non?! This anecdote relates to candy cane gift wrap how, you ask?
Well, I needed some last-minute gift wrap to put around the cardboard tube I gave her and decided to paint it candy cane stripes, of course. I thought it’d be a fun Christmas idea, especially if you need to send a care package for Christmas or if you’re giving an art print. I’m sending a mini candy cane package out to someone tomorrow, in fact (look for it on Instagram). It’s easy and fun and I bet you already have everything you need to do it.

DIY candy cane wrapping

Materials:

  • Roll of paper
  • Cardboard tube
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon or string
I’m not even going to verbalize the directions because I think you can see how easy it is. Use whatever colors you want! I painted a blue and burnt orange candy cane, and I also did a classic red candy cane with different size stripes!

Fun and easy. My two favorite words.

DIY holiday gift wrap

We know that gifts come in all shapes and sizes, so check out our tutorials for gift wrap of all kinds! Have some leftover ribbon from the candy cane wrapping? Use it for this DIY ribbon weaving gift wrap! Take a look at DIY gift toppers here and here for any size gift! You can also make your own gift bags with this tutorial. So many handmade gift ideas! Your friends and family will appreciate all the thought put into your gift wrap this year!

photography by Trisha Zemp

DIY Paper Honeycomb Ornaments

We love the mid-century modern vibe of paper ornaments, and the jewel-toned colors complement any Christmas tree. We especially like that they’re non-breakable—if you have a toddler in your house, you understand.

Plus everyone loves a handmade ornament. They are sweet and sentimental, just like Christmas should be. Though these DIY paper ornaments are quite the level up from popsicle stick reindeers and laminated school photos, ha!

How to Make your DIY Paper Honeycomb Ornaments

These DIY paper honeycomb ornaments are easy to make, you’ll get the hang of it super quick. And like all of our paper crafts, you can reuse them next year! Just make sure to store them in a box where they won’t get crushed by heavier objects.

Materials:

DIY paper honeycomb ornaments

Instructions:

Read all instructions before beginning your project!
  1. Download our ornament templates here
  2. Use your cutting machine or scissors to cut out 66 pieces for each ornament.
  3. Once all of your pieces are cut, you will start glueing them together.
  4. Carefully place 2 thin lines of super glue separate from each other, and perpendicular to the flat edge of the shape. Take care not to spread the glue anywhere else. Your line of glue does not need to go all the way to both edges of the paper, start and end in a little bit to avoid glue spilling over the edges.
  5. Place the next shape on top of the one with glue, carefully lining up all the edges.
  6. On top of this new piece, carefully place one line a super glue, in the middle of where you placed the 2 lines on the last piece.
  7. Place a next pieces on top of top of that, again aligning all edges.
  8. Repeat steps 4-7, alternating between 1 line of glue and 2 until all of your cut shapes are stacked on top of each other.
  9. Now you will seal the flat edges of your ornaments shapes together using bookbinding glue or any other flexible glue.
  10. While holding the shapes together tightly, use a small paintbrush with a flat edge to spread flexible glue along the entire flat edge of your stack of paper shapes.
  11. Before the flexible glue has dried, use it to attach a ribbon to the flat edge, on the side you want as the top of your ornament. This is what you will use to hang it up later.
  12. Let your work sit until all of the glue is completely dry. Now it is time to open your ornament!
  13. Starting at one side, start to carefully open the individual shapes in your stack, carefully unsticking any edges where the super glue might have spilled over if needed.
  14. Your paper shapes should open up to form your ornament, meeting on the opposite side. You’ll see the ribbon is now tucked in in the center of the ornament.
  15. Carefully align and glue together the 2 sides that meet when the ornament is open. Ta da!

Extra Tips

Here are some extra notes that will help you avoid mistakes your first time around!

If you are having a hard time opening your ornaments that is most likely because glue spilled over the edges in places it shouldn’t be. That is why it is important to take care to make your lines of super glue and thin and straight as possible. And avoid glueing all the way to the edge of your paper. Just take your time!

You may experiment with where you places you lines of glue to achieve different end looks – as long as you use the same pattern for one entire ornament. These lines of glue effect where the “honeycomb” effect shows up on finished ornaments. For all of the shapes included in our templates, I still used 2 lines of glue alternating with 1 line between them.

DIY paper honeycomb ornaments

More Paper Ornament Ideas

Need more DIY ornament ideas? Check out our tutorial for printable retro ornaments, paper candle ornaments, or a head to toe Swedish Christmas tree.

If you’re not in the mood for a DIY, browse through our whimsical Christmas ornament selection, introduced in this post from a few weeks ago.

Paper Ornaments Available For Purchase

 

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.

3 Valentine’s Day wrapping ideas

photography by Trisha Zemp
Guys. I love wrapping gifts (can you tell?!). I just wish I actually gave gifts more often. Life’s paradox.
These Valentine’s Day wrapping ideas are SO easy. Give ’em a try! First up, ombre wrapping paper…

DIY ombre wrapping paper

Materials:

  • paper (white butcher paper is fine)
  • 3 shades of the same color (I chose red, coral bright, and coral from Design Master floral spray)

Instructions:

  1.  Start at the base of the paper and spray with the darkest color first.
  2. Next, go with the next darkest and partially spray into the first and then to about the halfway point of the paper.
  3. Lastly, use the lightest spray and spray partially into the second color and then nearly down to the edge of the paper. Leave a bit of the white color as the fourth color.
DONZO! So easy, right?
Next…

DIY heart box wrapping paper

I was making another Valentine’s project with cupid arrows and then it dawned on me to put it into this project as well. DING! I’ve done a pinata gift wrap before but decided to mix it up by doing two layers and cutting one out to reveal the under layer.

Materials:

  • two shades of crepe paper (I chose red and pink)
  • gift box
  • scissors
  • glue gun

Instructions:

  1. With the crepe going against the grain, cut a 1 1/2″ inch wide streamer with your lighter color
  2. Fold it in half many times.
  3. Cut into it about 2/3″ and about 1/4″ spaced apart.
  4. Now you’ll start pinata-ing the box. Start at the bottom and glue a couple of dabs of glue to hold it in place. Do one side of the box.
  5. With your darker color, repeat the process for making a streamer.
6. Now you’ll layer the fringe on top of each other as if you were applying it onto a box, but you’re not. You’re just gluing it to itself. Make them longer than the width of the box.
7. Make a template of a heart out of paper the size that you will want cut out.
8. Lay it on the fringe and with an craft knife, cut around it. You’ll have to be very careful so as not to destroy the fringe. I did a light cut and then went back with the scissors.
9. Once the heart shape is in tact, glue it to the box.
10. Continue wrapping the whole box with your fringe.
11. To apply the arrow, simply cut a hole with your kraft knife and insert the arrow. You can find the tutorial for the arrow here.

DIY doily impression wrapping paper

Another easy squeazy wrapping. Takes little time.

Materials:

  • paper (butcher is fine)
  • package of heart doilies
  • spray paint of your choice
  • scotch tape

Instructions:

  1.  Start by putting a bit of tape on all the backs of the doilies.
  2. Tape each one down randomly.
  3. Spray paint the top.
  4. When it’s dray, remove them one by one.
DONZO. These Valentine’s Day wrapping ideas will jazz up whatever gift you’re giving!
What do you think? Easy and fun? I hope so.
Enjoy!

Check out the Valentine’s Day gift wrap I did last year 

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