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 ūüćí 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Originally made to be valentines, our tootsie pop cherries can be given as gifts all year round!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

 

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! 

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!¬†

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¬†

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

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

 

A cliche tie for Father’s Day

We all do it. The cliche tie for dad for Father’s Day. How can we help ourselves? It’s the only accessory we have to work with! This year I decided to make one rather than buy it–pointed bow tie to be exact. I haven’t yet made a normal straight tie before but it seems a lot harder. Anyone know?

Well, I don’t have a template for the tie I made just this very second–maybe in a few weeks–but I thought there might be more people out there who also got their dad a tie and would like a fun way to give it to him so I came up with this 3D tie poster/card. I’m thinking, ideally it’s set on the kitchen table on Father’s Day as a sweet surprise. Of himself. Don’t dads love pictures of themselves? No? I didn’t even ask permission from my dad, so, ummm, he has not choice.

Supplies: cardboard for the backing, picture of your dad (ideally in a suit so the bow tie works), craft knife, glue stick, tie (again, I’ll include a template here in a few weeks)

Step 1: Print off the picture of your dad. I used a picture from my wedding and just blew it up on an 11×17″ piece of paper. And no, I have no idea what he’s doing here with his hand.
Step 2: Glue the picture to your cardboard.
Step 3: With your kraft knife, make two incisions on either side of his neck. Because he was already wearing a bow tie I make them on either side of the bow tie in the middle.
Step 4: Bring the tie through each hole.
Step 5: This is the hardest part. Tie a bow tie. Now, I even looked at various step-by-step tutorials on how to do this and to NO avail. Guys, how do you live?! So, I ended up just tying it like a shoelace. Whatevs.

Happy Father’s Day all you dads (are there any who read???)

And while we’re on a dad kick, check out yesterdays wrapping idea for Father’s Day.

And if you’re wondering, this is my dad, Bob. His alias name is Lars. Yes, I named this blog after him. Growing up, he would put his name in at restaurants as Lars and we would all get a chuckle. The name now lives on forever!

Father’s Day gift wrap

My dad works in finance and says that the best gift we can give him is no gift at all. I’m ALL about that–I’m totally cheap. But, I’m guessing there are some fathers out there who love a good gift and this gift wrap idea takes the form of a card too, so consider it part of the gift. My dad’s really good at putting up scanned photos of us as kiddies on Facebook, so I just collected them and printed them off in black and white. Bada bing, bada boom.

Supplies: box, kraft paper, pictures of your dad (make sure you shrink them down to a small size that will fit the size of the hole you create–I made mine 2×2″), scissors, x-acto, circle template, tape

Step 1: Cut the kraft paper to the size of the box and wrap it to find out where you should put your holes. You don’t have to wrap it all the way.
Step 2: Using your circle template (I used the cap of a Mod Podge bottle), trace onto the kraft paper and repeat for all the photos you want to use.
Step 3: Cut out half of your circle with an x-acto knife and crease the circle over so it opens half way.
Step 4: On the back side, select a photo and affix it into the frame of the half circle.
Step 5: Secure it with tape.
Step 6: Repeat for all the circles.
Step 7: Finish it off with a ribbon.

Donzo.

Isn’t it so fun?! It’s like a trip down memory lane AND a gift all in one. I’m a big fan of this pop-up method and I can envision it for so many things. Remember the Valentine’s hearts? The fun never ends.

Happy Father’s day to all you dads! And a special early Father’s day to the original Lars.

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!