Hint Hint Hubby: Valentine’s Day Gifts 2022

Something Fancy

A classic Valentine’s day gift and one that will hardly ever disappoint, jewelry is at the top of our list. I’m guessing I’m not the only one who loves to look at pretty jewelry but passes when I see the price tag. Usually it’s not worth it unless it’s a special occasion. Well, we’re giving you permission–Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to get your S.O. something that sparkles and is fancy enough to make her blush. If she won’t spend the money on herself, why don’t you?

Pamper Her

Everyone deserves to feel a little pampered now and then, and we think Valentine’s Day is one of the best occasions there is to make your loved one feel special. Give her a bath pillow and some bath soak, light some candles, and let her relax and read after a long day at work. An eye mask and some luxurious face creams wouldn’t go awry, either.

For Her Hobbies

Women love it when you tap into their interests, so Valentine’s Day gifts that are geared towards her favorite past-times will be an instant hit. Does she have a green thumb? Bingo. Anything plant related will surely surprise as well as delight. Lover of food and gatherings (who isn’t)? Try this lovely charcuterie board or these cheese knives.

To Decorate

Another surprising and spot on Valentine’s Day gift your S.O. will love are some home decor items. Gift her with a pop of color to add to her at-home office or work space, or a beautiful accent chair for your living space. And a dazzling throw pillow or lampshade can do no wrong.

More Inspiration

The gift ideas don’t end here. Honestly, I could go on all day with Valentine’s Day gift ideas. If you loved these ideas and are looking for more, check out our shop! There are endless options for every price point, and all are lovely options for such a special day. Oh, and stay tuned–we’ve got a gift guide for men’s gifts coming up soon!

Our Top Ten Posts of 2021

Our Top Ten Posts Of 2021

I have to admit, it was a fun surprise to see which posts came out on top. 2021 was an eventful year and it was nostalgic to go back through those memorable projects we had so much fun with. Keep scrolling to see what your Lars 2021 favorites were! As you reminisce with us, consider this a perfect opportunity to revisit these must-do projects and get inspiration for the coming year.

1. How to Press Flowers in 3 Methods

Winning by a landslide, our number one post of 2021 was How to Press Flowers in 3 Methods. If you didn’t get a chance to see this the first time, I would highly recommend trying out these methods for pressing flowers come Spring. Beci Orpin is a genius, and we were thrilled to feature her tutorial on how to press flowers.

Sunshine Spaces by Beci Orpin

2. (Fall)ing in Love With Quilted Coats

Remember our obsession with quilted coats? We sure do. (Fall)ing in Love With Quilted Coats is a post dedicated to those oh so lovely statement pieces you’ve been seeing everywhere. An element of cottagecore (which you can learn more about in the original post), these coats are surprisingly timeless, while also being unique and one-of-a-kind in both style and class. If this is your first time hearing about quilted coats, you’re in for a real treat.

Now, we know there’s been some debating going on, so don’t worry, we’ve addressed that, too. If you’re interested in reading more about it, see our post here for more.

Brittany wears a pink and neutral quilted coat in front of a white house with green grass.

Oh, and here’s our very own quilted coat! And as an ode to COVID, here’s another variation.

3. Baby Lars’ French-Inspired Rattan Nursery

Our third post in our top ten posts of 2021 was the Baby Lars’ French-Inspired Rattan Nursery. I mean, how could that rattan in all its glory not make the top ten list?! There’s a reason we’re so obsessed with it, and you will be too once you read this post, if you haven’t already.

Dramatic Rattan bed with a criss-crossing rattan headboard

A rattan bassinet with metal legs in a light-filled nursery

4. Meet Brittany’s New Rainbow Office

An ode to all the home renovations we’ve been doing since we moved into our new house, Meet Brittany’s New Rainbow Office was such a fun renovation to add to the list! From the rainbow carpet to the rainbow calendar, I honestly love sitting in my office. Just ask the rest of the team, it’s where you’ll find me most of the time. Can you blame me?

rainbow calendar home office

5. Make The Midsummer Floral Crown

The fifth post of our top ten posts of 2021 was Make The Midsummer Floral Crown. Come summer, you won’t be able to resist dipping your toes in the water and trying out these lovely little floral crowns. Perfect for a summer tea party, picnic, wedding, or gathering with the gals, they also double as a quick and easy summer craft! We love how dainty and refined these customizable crowns feel, and would highly recommend checking them out if you haven’t already.

waxflower and laurel flower crowns are stacked in a pile.

6. 3 DIY Lampshades Made With Unexpected Recycled Materials

Okay, I could go on for a long time about these 3 DIY Lampshades Made With Unexpected Recycled Materials. It’s amazing what lighting can do to complete the look of a room, and these DIY lampshades do just that. We had so much fun making them, and if you haven’t had a chance, head over to the original post and give them a try! The best part is, you can cut down on environmental waste while you make something beautiful for your home. Yes please!

DIY lampshade with Spoonflower fabric

7. 3 Pie Crust Designs To Wow Your Guests This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and a large reason why has to do with the pies. These 3 Pie Crust Designs To Wow Your Guests This Thanksgiving were such a fun way to still do something creative with the Thanksgiving food, while also avoiding the actual cooking (this was a requisite for me, as anyone who knows me can attest–cooking is not my thing). I’m totally okay not cooking, as long as I get to help beautify the already-made foods! And I have to say, these pies do look stunning. So! Keep them in the back of you mind as you prep for this year’s Thanksgiving. I know it’s a ways away, but it can’t hurt to be prepared, right?

8. In The Mood For: Frida Kahlo Inspired Interior Design

Next from our top ten posts of 2021 was In The Mood For: Frida Kahlo Inspired Interior Design. I mean, am I really ever not in the mood for Frida Kahlo inspired interior design? It’s a merging of two of my favorite things! This post, dedicated to helping inspire your inner Frida as you decorate your home, is one that is useful for far more than just a glance through can provide. Take a look, and just see if you aren’t inspired to take a leaf out of Frida Kahlo’s book. Or painting.

9. Printable Summer Pie Boxes

Are you ready for Summer? I know it’s only January, but I have a feeling I’m not the only one already itching for those warm summer days and endless opportunities for outdoor parties and get togethers. Well, if you really want to be prepared to wow your guests, these Printable Summer Pie Boxes are the perfect thing! Everyone knows what a pain it is to get to the end of a party, only to realize there are delicious treats left but no to-go boxes to put them in. That’s where these summer pie boxes come in. They’re adorable, but perfectly functional for all your pie-storing and transporting needs. Oh, and keep them around–you can use them in November for those adorable pies you made.

Leftover summer pie box

10. DIY Doily Honeycomb Decorations

Last but definitely not least on our top ten posts of 2021 are our DIY Doily Honeycomb Decorations. A variation on our Honeycomb ornaments, these delicate little decorations are the perfect thing to celebrate your relationships this Valentine’s Day. And how convenient, it’s just about a month away, so now’s the perfect time to get decorating!

What Would You Like to See This Year?

We loved getting to reminisce with you through our top ten posts of 2021. It’s sparked a lot of ideas, and we’re thrilled for a new year full of engaging projects to keep us all sane and happy!

We would love to know: what would you like to see from us in 2022?

Five Classic Christmas Crafts

Day One of Our Classic Christmas Week

Pomander with Becky Edwards

Becky and Brittany

 

The first of our classic Christmas crafts was pomanders. Becky Edwards graciously helped us make these. If you’re not familiar with pomanders, check out our original post here, were we go into more detail about what they are and their origin. Basically, they’re oranges with cloves stuck into them. Maybe you’ve seen them around, or even made them before? We love how good these lovely little decorations smell and look around the house at Christmastime! It’s also so easy–a perfect activity for you do to with your family or friends, and especially good for kids.

Pomander top view

Becky Edwards, if you haven’t heard, is running for senate. Well it turns out she’s also and avid crafter (amazing, I know)! In our original post, you can learn more about pomanders, and get to know Becky a little better as she crafts with me.

Here’s our original post on Pomanders.

Day Two of Our Classic Christmas Week

Cranberry Garlands with Ben Schilaty

horizontal Ben and Brittany

 

Our second classic Christmas craft was the cranberry garland, which we made with Ben Schilaty. I’m assuming you’ve seen these little beauties around at this time of year–they’ve been a Christmas classic for a long time. And for good reason! They’re beautiful, timeless, and festive–just the thing if the chilly winter weather is getting you down (that deep red does look beautiful against the snow, though).

cranberry garland

If you haven’t heard of Ben Schilaty, see our original post, where we introduce him and get to know him better as we make cranberry garlands together.

Day Three of Our Classic Christmas Week

Christmas Poppers with Romy-Krystal Cutler

Christmas poppers

Third on the list of our classic Christmas crafts was Christmas poppers! We made these with the vibrant and wonderful Romy-Krystal Cutler. If you haven’t seen our Christmas poppers before, you’re in for a treat. Literally. You can fill them up and give them to your friends, neighbors and loved ones just in time for Christmas! Romy has been featured on the blog previously, and I would encourage you to look at our classic Christmas craft post, where we feature her, to learn more.

Brittany and Romy

Here’s the original blog post! There, you can also access links to read more about Romy, after you’re done making your Christmas poppers.

Day Four of Our Classic Christmas Week

Snowflakes with Sheryl Ellsworth

Sheryl Ellsworth and Brittany

Who’s never made a paper snowflake? I would be surprised if more than a few hands went up. Paper snowflakes are such a classic Christmas craft, and have been around forever. I love a good paper snowflake! They’re extremely versatile, not to mention beautiful. I gush all about them here. And making them with a longtime friend of mine, Sheryl Ellsworth, was almost too good to be true.

horizontal paper snowflakes

You can read more about how to make a paper snowflake and watch the video with me and Sheryl here.

Day Five of Our Classic Christmas Week

Christmas Bulb Advent Calendar with Pretty Life Girls

christmas bulb advent calendar

For the finale of our classic Christmas craft week, we invited Pretty Life Girls to make our Christmas Bulb Advent Calendar with us! Pretty Life Girls are crafters at heart. In fact, it’s what they do for a living, which means they did a pretty amazing job making this Larsified advent calendar.

Speaking of, advent calendars are one of those classic Christmas traditions that will always be on the docket for me. There are endless options, and this particular one is a favorite: it’s easy to make and equally pretty.

pretty life girls

Here’s the original post where you can read more about advents, and watch me make this one with Pretty Life Girls.

More Inspiration

If you loved learning about these classic Christmas crafts, you’ll probably enjoy this post where we compiled a list of our favorite Christmas decor ideas.

Christmas Decor Ideas

Paper Village Advent

Christmas Advent Calendars

To start off our list of favorite Christmas decor ideas, we had to include advent calendars! I love advent calendars, which is probably why we have so many to choose from at The House that Lars Built. Seriously, take your pick: we have such a wide variety that I’m sure one will suit your fancy! The thing I love about advent calendars is that they serve multiple purposes: A gorgeous and seasonal decoration to brighten your spirits, and a built-in count-down to Christmas! Oh, and the bonus of an occasional treat box.

Christmas Bulb Advent Calendar

Here’s a list of some of our favorite advents we’ve made over the years:

Garlands

cranberry garland

Another tried and true Christmas decor idea we love is the garland! Besides sharing a name with the one and only Judy Garland, these sweet Christmas decorations are way to bring instant cheer and warmth to this cold season. We have a wide variety of garlands we’ve made over the years, ranging from paper to real fruit. One thing we love about garlands is that they’re so versatile! You can drape them in front of the mantle, use them to create a table centerpiece, hang them on the bannister, or drape them on the Christmas tree, just to name a few options.

wood bead garland

 

Here are our favorite seasonal Christmas garlands:

Wreaths

single arm wreath shot

 

We couldn’t leave wreaths out of this list of Christmas decor ideas. Wreaths are such a classic Christmas decoration and we have plenty for you to choose from! We’re especially excited about our new Paper Poinsettia Wreath, which we just revealed last week.

Paper Mushroom Wreath

Here’s the list of some of our wreath favorites:

Ornaments and Tree Decorations

family heirloom ornaments

Here at The House that Lars Built, we love ornaments! Really, though, you could consider it an obsession. But can you blame us?! Besides being such a classic Christmas decor element, Christmas Ornaments are such a fun decoration and an easy way to make your home feel cozy, festive, and seasonal! It’s hard to pick my favorite, honestly. There are so many lovely options to choose from on this list, you can’t go wrong!

Paper Honeycomb Ornaments

 

Here are some of our favorite Christmas tree ornaments:

If you’re not feeling in the mood to get crafting and want a quick option to decorate your tree as Christmas gets closer, we’re here for you. As always, we have some beautiful new ornaments this year in the shop! Click here to see the options.

Shop Ornaments

Cake and Table Toppers

Okay, now if you’re like me and you like to have a cozy gathering or two during the holiday season, then these cake and table toppers are must-haves! There’s just something about decorating your food to look festive that makes eating it so much more appropriate for the holidays.

christmas cake topper

Here are our go-to cake and table toppers:

Crepe Paper Christmas Tree Cake Topper

And if you’re feeling in the mood for a little seasonal piñata to add to your party, we have just the thing for you:

pig pinata

Other Decorations

We’ve also compiled these other whimsical, fun and festive Christmas decor ideas for you to peruse. They cover a wide range of options, and we’re sure there’s something for you here!

stockings

 

Oversized Paper Christmas Stars

What did you think? We’re excited to see which Christmas decor ideas you decided to go with!

More Inspiration

If you had fun looking through our Christmas decor ideas, you’ll probably love our 2021 gift guides! Christmas Decorations Gift Guide, Best Gifts for Crafters, Christmas Gifts for Women, Christmas Gifts for Men, and Christmas Gifts for Kids.

Paper Poinsettia Wreath

close up window shot

Paper Poinsettia Wreath

If you’ve been following our tutorials for a while, you might notice that the flowers on this poinsettia wreath look familiar. Right you are! We originally released a tutorial back in 2017, showing you how to make some paper poinsettia flowers, but then we got thinking: what if we turned those flowers into a wreath?! And the paper poinsettia wreath was born.

red close up

A winter floral wreath is a breath of fresh air from all the pine-centric wreaths, if you ask me. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pine bough wreath, but I’m always looking for a way to sneak some flowers in. Can you blame me? The poinsettias are such a perfect way to make a wreath that feels seasonal and festive, but that’s fun, colorful, and whimsical at the same time.

Don’t Have a Wreath Form?

Don’t worry! If you’re looking for wreath form alternatives you can simply buy heavy gauge wire (see the link to it in the materials list above) and coil it into a few circles, securing with floral tape or something similar. This makes a DIY wreath form that’s sturdy enough to last in any size you like.

window shot of paper wreath

Paper Poinsettia Wreath Instructions

Here’s how to make your very own paper poinsettia wreath!

Prepping the flowers

  1. Using our Paper Poinsettia Flowers tutorial, assemble your flowers. You will need roughly ten large flowers. Note: when we made our poinsettia wreath flowers, we left out the leaves that are included in the original tutorial.
  2. Next, make five or six smaller flowers, using the same steps above. The difference is that you’ll only use the two small petals in the template, not the two large ones.

Assembling the wreath

Once all your poinsettias are made, you’re ready to assemble your wreath!

step photos

  1. Resting the stem of the poinsettia against the wreath form so the flower faces towards the front, wrap the extra wire stem around it. Then secure in place with some hot glue.
  2. Continue this process all the way around the wreath until it’s full. Alternate with the small and large poinsettias so you have some size variation. Depending on the size of your wreath form and how bushy you want your wreath, you may need more or less flowers than we used for ours.

You’re all done!

close up of pinks

How to style your paper poinsettia wreath

This beautiful paper poinsettia wreath can be styled in so many ways! You can put it on your front door, but you can also hang it on any other door in your house. You can also hang it on your wall in the living room, kitchen, or any other room, really. Wreaths are really versatile, so if you don’t have very many indoor plants, this can be such a great addition, especially if you have a blank stretch of wall that needs a little love.

The best thing is you don’t have to water them and they’ll last a long time! If you’re like me and you’re constantly forgetting about your houseplants, paper flowers are the perfect solution. And if you’ve ever dealt with the needles dropping off of a pine bough wreath, you’ll love this paper poinsettia wreath.

We would love to see what you do with your paper poinsettia wreaths!

window wreath

More inspiration

If you loved this tutorial on how to make a paper poinsettia wreath, you’ll probably love these other paper flower and seasonal decorations tutorials, too: DIY paper hollyhocks, paper pansies, poppies and peonies and posies, crepe paper Christmas tree topper, paper mushroom wreath, and pink paper blossom wreath.

single arm wreath shot

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

Here are some more small businesses to support this Small Business Saturday! I’ve grouped them into categories, but most of them are women owned and led! Enjoy! Anymore I should know about? I love learning more!

I also had to throw in a lot of our own stuff because what type of business owner would I be if I didn’t! We appreciate your support!

Crafts/Creative/Kits to support on Small Business Saturday

  • Fabled Thread. Upscaled embroidery kits. They’re so beautiful!
  • Neon Tea Party. Marissa makes crafting fun with these great kits!
  • Creators Club. Sara has created this awesome monthly subscription to learn about art for kids!
  • Flax and Twine. Anne has taken arm knitting and weaving to the next level. Her kits are so good!
  • Purl soho. The golden standard of kits!
  • Sweet Red Poppy. Kim has some awesome sewing and Cricut classes!
  • The Crafted Life. Rachel has curated the most colorful crafting supplies!
  • Yayday Paper. Amber of Damask Love has a crafting subscription that looks super fun!
  • Elle Cree. Paint by number kits! I had so much fun doing mine!

 

Artists/Illustrators to support on Small Business Saturday

Ok! Now for artists and illustrators who are in our Lars Print Shop but also have their own shops! They create their own worlds and I love seeing how they do it!

Floral prints by Chaunte Vaughn on a mint green wall

Poppy I print by Rachel Smith

Iris Apfel June Book Club Artwork

  • Yas Imura has a beautiful print in our shop!
  • Helen Dealtry creates the most unreal florals! We even have some of her designs on stickers in our shop!
  • Samantha Hahn is a wonderful letter artist who opened up a shop of rainbows called Maison Rainbow! We have one in our shop!
  • Merrilee Liddiard sells the most beautiful handmade dolls as well as printables. She’s an incredible artist! We have a Frida Kahlo print of hers in our shop.
  • Angie Stalker. Her works bring FUN into our shop!
  • Yelena Brysksenkova was one of the first artists I heard of when blogs became a thing. She has an Etsy shop where she sell her items but we also have some awesome things of hers!
  • Jessie Kanelos Weiner is a talened watercolor artist who has some wonderful things in our shop. She also has a new calendar out with Rizzoli!
  • Jessyca Gomes. I love the style of this Brazilian artist. She has the cutest children’s prints in our shop!
  • Jacqueline Colley has some awesome Christmas prints in our shop!

Phew! That was an epic list!

Utah based small businesses

You may or may not know that Utah has a ton of businesses that you’re probably familiar with and if not, get to know them! Here are a few of my favorites!

  • Heirloom curates the most beautiful items with soul!
  • Harmony. Anything bright and colorful for making projects, go here!
  • Gathre
  • Chatbooks
  • Hello Maypole curates fun colorful felt balls!
  • Mochi is a fun kid’s shop that just opened up a brick and mortar in SLC
  • Mabo just released a collab with Gathre that’s perfection!
  • Koo de Ker has a perfectly curated collection of womens wear.
  • Nena and Co is ethically made handbags. I love everything they stand for!

Splurges

lewis home

Children’s Shops to support on Small Business Saturday

  • Lewis Home. Organic basics for kids–I could live in their stuff forever if I could!
  • Winter Water Factory. Organic basics for kids with a focus on prints. We’ve done a few collaborations with them!
  • Raduga Grez has THE BEST children’s toys. They’re art.
  • Pehr has some of my favorite clothes for my boys!
  • La Coqueta has dreamy children’s wear
  • Oeuf’s winter collection right now is a dream!
  • Tubby Todd

I can’t believe we made it through that! Are you still here? Happy shopping! 

Thanksgiving Table Decor

Thanksgiving Table Decor

To make the magic happen, we needed some help. Luckily for us, we partnered with Spoonflower to make the Thanksgiving table decor ideas happen, and I have to say, they delivered. So, here we go: here’s one table in two different tablescape ideas.

one table two ways

Larsgiving Table Decor

Our first Tablescape rendition is vivid, full of color, and just the thing to brighten up a brown, Utah November. Introducing our classic Larsgiving tablescape! Featuring gold silverware, dusty pink plates, and a magnificent fruit smorgasbord of color, this tablescape is a showstopper. But what really makes the tablescape is the essential addition of the Spoonflower tablecloth and napkins. Combine the warm, cozy colors and geometric pattern with the sprawling, fruit centerpiece and the result is vivid, eye-catching, and just so fun. gold silverware

And the bonus is that Spoonflower not only has an endless amount of patterns to choose from, but you can apply those patterns on a myriad of products like napkins, tablecloths, table runners and more. 

The centerpiece

For our fruit harvest, I used a combination of papaya, dragon fruit, lemons, asian pears, yellow squash, and loquats. These may not be available at your average grocery store. I went to our local Rancho Markets, but you should also be able to find them at a Mexican market in your area. Some specialty grocery stores may also carry them. Bonus–it’s also cheaper!papaya on the table

I wanted it to feel harvesty, colorful, and a bit tropical to go with the pink of the tablecloth. I love how it turned out! Thanksgiving table decor

Dinnerware

Target was our go-to for dinnerware. We found most of our plates, silverware, and cups there! Listed below are the links to the items we used:

Gold Silverware
Brown plates

color block napking

Spoonflower tablecloth

I spent HOURS searching for the right tablecloth for this. Literally, so many hours. And I found SO many great options. I saved them all in this collection here. I chose one from Miamaria, a Norwegian designer as it turns out. She does really great color combinations in awesome geometrics.Thanksgiving harvest fruits

Spoonflower napkins

Last but not least, let’s talk about our napkins! This was such a fun project and I really love how it turned out. I knew I wanted them to be colorblock to go with the geometric pattern of the tablecloth, so I went to Spoonflower once again because they have some great solid options. In fact, the designer made a collection of solids based on the tablecloth, so I picked out one yard of each color. You can pretty much find a solid in every color of your choice. You can find our color choices here. Here are the steps to making your own colorblock napkins.colorblock napkins

how to sew a corner

DIY Colorblock napkins
  1. The first step is to pick out the two colors you’ll be using for your napkin. 
  2. Then, cut out one rectangle of each fabric. The total dimensions of the napkins are 12”x14”, which means each half will be 6”x14”. Important note: don’t forget to take into account the seam allowances and hems! With seam allowances and hems being ½”, cut out two pieces that are 8”x16” (1” all the way around each piece).
  3. Now you’re ready to sew the pieces together! With right sides together, sew the pieces together, lengthwise, using a 1” seam allowance. 
  4. Iron out the two pieces along the sewn line, flattening the two sides of the seam apart. 
  5. Now fold each side of the center seam under, reversed, into the center seam line. Press and secure with a straight stitch. Make sure you don’t sew the top portion of your fabric! You don’t want this showing through to the front of the napkin.
  6. Now you’re ready to do the corners and hems. We used a special technique here, so the corners are especially precise. See our tutorial here! The only difference with this rendition of our napkins is that we used a straight stitch all the way around the outside hem, rather than a zig zag. 
  7. The last step is to simply fold your napkin in thirds, so the colorblock is revealed in its full glory. The napkin should be divided equally in half between the two colors.make a napkin

That’s a wrap for our first Thanksgiving table decor idea. Happy Larsgiving!

My personal Thanksgiving table decor

My personal Thanksgiving tablescape was a whole different game. I wanted to go with something a bit more elegant and bright, but a little more subtle than our Larsgiving tablescape. For my tablescape, I decided to go with a gold and yellow theme, and white accents to brighten things up, but also something a little different than what you normally see. The effect was elegant, sophisticated, festive, and cheery. I was thrilled with the result! 

Here’s what you can do to recreate my personal Thanksgiving tablescape.yellow and neutral fruits and veggies

The centerpiece

My centerpiece consisted of a lovely combination of traditional yellow, golden, and brown Thanksgiving fruits and vegetables. The effect was a soft, magical glow of cozy warmth! To get the effect, try a combination of onions (white or yellow, with the brown outer layers still hanging on), spaghetti squash, cantaloupe, honeydew, asian pears, and yellow squash.

Dinnerware

As with our Larsgiving tablescape, Target was our go-to for dinnerware. We found most of our plates, silverware, and cups there! Listed below are the links to the items we used:

Gold silverware
White plates (similar)

Spoonflower tablecloth

Again, in all my searching, I arrived at this lovely fall-inspired pattern by Danika Herrick. You can find it here along with the rest of the Thanksgiving fabrics I saved here. Follow the link to find the exact tablecloth, as well as some other options that were in the running. We chose a beautiful white and gold option that intertwined beautifully with the fruit, dinnerware, and napkins. The effect was breathtaking!fall tablecloth

Spoonflower napkins

I paired the fall-inspired tablecloth with this golden stripe by Holli Zollinger. No sewing this time, so if you don’t consider yourself a pro at sewing, these napkins are for you! You can pretty much turn any fabric into a napkin (or table runner, tablecloth etc). Adding a touch of class and elegance to the party, I knew these subtly-striped, golden napkins would be the perfect way to complete my personal Thanksgiving tablescape. 

And voilà! There you have it, two jaw-dropping table decor ideas to spice up your Thanksgiving. Would love to hear what you’re doing for Thanksgiving! foraged leaf on napkin

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More Inspiration

Fell in love with these Thanksgiving tablescapes? Us, too. Don’t worry, the fun doesn’t have to be over yet! Here are some more amazing projects featuring Spoonflower fabrics, wallpaper, and more. Lemons care package and tablescape with Spoonflower, DIY Spoonflower picnic blanket tote, and Our office makeover with Spoonflower

That’s a wrap for our first tablescape. Happy Larsgiving!

Paper Snowflakes

Paper snowflakes

I know making paper snowflakes can be intimidating at times. I’ve definitely felt that creative block of not knowing where to start to make the perfect snowflake design. It’s tricky, so we’ve designed four beautiful and unique snowflake templates to help you get over that hurdle (you can find them here). Are you ready? Here’s how to make the perfect paper snowflake with your trusty Fiskars scissors.

Step photos

Prepping the paper

  1. First, fold the paper diagonally to make a triangle (when unfolded, your paper is now a perfect square). Then cut off the excess.
  2. Fold the paper diagonally again, making sure to line up the corners with precision. The more precise you are, the easier cutting the snowflakes will be!
  3. Now fold your paper into thirds, using the bottom corner as a reference point. Tip: I like to fold the first side a bit smaller than an exact third because it allows the top to fold down evenly against the side.
  4. There will be two triangles at the top of your folded snowflake. Cut them off and you’re ready to go!

 

Tracing your snowflake template

Now you’re ready for your template.

  1. Print off your templates (found here). Using your Fiskars scissors, cut them out as precisely as possible. Using cardstock or something that’s a bit thicker can be helpful, since you’ll probably be using these templates to trace multiple snowflakes.

Note: I love Fiskars scissors because they’re smooth, sharp, and cut precisely. They’re also durable. I can say from experience that not all scissors are created equal, and Fiskars are definitely at the top of my list, especially when trying to cut through multiple layers of paper, as with these snowflakes.

 

2. Now, lay the cut-out template on the folded paper. Take your pencil (it’s much easier if it’s sharp) and trace the template as precisely as you can. Precision each step of the way helps to make the end product more symmetrical, so do your best.

Cutting out your snowflake

Once your template is traced, you’re ready to start cutting!

cutting the snowflakes

  1. Taking your Fiskars scissors, carefully cut out your snowflake along the tracing lines. Since there are multiple layers of paper, it can be easy to slip and cut too much, so take care.
  2. When you’re done cutting, you’re ready to unfold your snowflake.
  3. Unfold your snowflake. Careful here, the paper sometimes sticks together, so go slowly to avoid ripping your beautiful masterpiece.
  4. Take a minute to step back and admire your handiwork!

single snowflakes

Oo la la!

String these paper snowflakes together and hang them in a window, mantlepiece, or simply tape them up and scatter them around the house for a little holiday cheer. They are so versatile and easy! It’s the perfect activity for friends or family anytime you’re wanting to stay inside and keep warm while also doing something festive.

snowflake

More inspiration

Loved this tutorial? Here’s a list of simple DIY crafts you can make using the Original Orange-handled Fiskars scissors: Thanksgiving Tablescape printable, Retro ornaments printable, New Years crowns printable, and Nativity cookie box printable.

This post is sponsored by Fiskars. We love the brands who support us and allow us to continue to make beautiful content for you! 

Paper Advent Village Calendar

Paper advent village calendar

These adorable little boxes are the perfect Christmas advent craft! The good news is, you don’t even have to think about meticulously cutting out each window with an x-acto knife–you can use a Cricut maker. Trust me, it’s so much easier that it’s worth every penny of the investment to buy your own Cricut maker. So, let’s get to it! Here’s how you make your own quaint little advent calendar village.

Paper advent village calendar step photos

Prepping the Cricut maker

  1. First, plug in and turn on your Cricut maker.
  2. Insert the scoring tool into its designated slot.
  3. Using the Cricut design space, upload your template (found here).
  4. Next, add score lines (this pdf shows you where to add the score lines).
  5. Apply your choice of card stock paper to the sticky mat.
  6. Now you’re ready to let the Cricut maker do it’s magic! Press start and let it cut. Note: we recommend setting your machine to a heavy weight card stock or glitter card stock to make sure it cuts all the way through.

Paper advent village 13

Prepping for assembly

  1. Once the Cricut maker has finished, gently pull the paper off, being careful not to rip it as you go. You can take a scraping tool to remove the excess paper scraps from the sticky mat.
  2. Now, fold along the score lines made by the Cricut maker to make your advent house three-dimensional. Don’t forget to fold the little side tabs! This makes glueing your house much easier.

You are now ready to assemble your paper advent house!

Paper advent village calendar group

Assembling the advent calendar house

  1. Plug in the hot glue gun and let it heat up. You can do this ahead of time if you’d like–that way it will be ready to go when you get to this step!
  2. Glue as indicated in the step photos. Press down to secure. Note: it helps to work quickly here so the glue doesn’t dry before you attach it.
  3. Once the house is all glued together, use your hole punch to punch a hole in the center top of your house.
  4. Now, cut a length of ribbon and feed it through the hole. Tie a bow and you’re done!

Paper advent village calendar 7

This bite-sized paper advent village calendar is such a fun decoration that looks festive and beautiful while saving you some space at the same time. Stuff them with a few seasonal goodies, if you want, and gift them after the advent is complete.

Paper Village Advent

More inspiration

If you loved this tutorial, check out our other advent calendar and Christmas village variations: printable advent village calendar, DIY Christmas bulb advent calendar, DIY accordion Christmas village.

Christmas decorations gift guide

Our Lars Gift Guides will always point you to the most colorful, refined, yet whimsical items. I scoured the web to find those items for Christmas decorations. And honestly, I could have whole guides about each topic: advents, ornaments, candles, etc. This is so much fun to pick out. Here are the Christmas decorations on my wishlist right now!

Christmas decorations above:

  1. Christmas tree advent calendar
  2. Rainbow bauble
  3. Box of vintage inspired colorful ornaments
  4. Nathalie L’ete 12 Days of Christmas plates
  5. Folk Stocking
  6. Ombre Christmas tree candles
  7. Felt Floral Garland
  8. Gingerbread house welcome mat
  9. Rainbow striped stocking
  10. Elves Christmas crackers
  11. Alphabet felt ornaments
  12. Candy cane candle
  13. Bottle brush trees in rainbow shades (pinks)
  14. (greens)
  15. (blues)

And here’s more Christmas decorations to choose from!

This Christmas decorations gift guide is just the beginning. We have more in store. Stay tuned over the next week for the remaining gift guides. So many of them are on sale right now so it’s a perfect time to snag them.

Here are some more:

Christmas gifts for her
Christmas gifts for kids

Are you looking for anything in particular right now for your holiday shopping lists? If so, let us know! We’re happy to add them in!

4 Ways to Make Succulent Pumpkins

 1. A Pumpkin Family with Succulents and Squash

In the spirit of my Halloween decorating philosophy (classic harvest season decorations are always a win!), I will be providing you a few tutorials on how to create a lovely Halloween. First up, a DIY pumpkin family. Are you dying from cuteness overload yet? I nearly did as we shot this. It’s too much. I teamed up with the succulent expert Cassidy Tuttle of Succulents and Sunshine (a blog all about succulents. She even has an ebook!) and illustrator of the most adorable faces, Michelle Christensen of My Little Belleville to bring you the world’s cutest pumpkin family. Succulents as hair and a painted face. I die. AND, Michelle made you some templates so you can recreate her faces. You can find them in our Halloween shop here. Score!

Materials:

  • Light-colored pumpkins (I found that white works the best)
  • Acrylic paints (black and red and white are all you really need)
  • Fine paintbrush
  • Carving knife
  • Pumpkin faces PDF template (download here)
  • Pencil
  • A variety of succulents
  • Rocks for succulents

Instructions:

  1. Carve out the top. You won’t need it so feel free to discard.
  2. Scoop out the seeds.
  3. You can trace the faces onto the pumpkin by positioning the template where you want the face and then pressing hard with a pen or pencil.

OR 4. You can use pins or toothpicks to transfer the image onto the pumpkin.

OR 5. Use the template as a stencil and cut it out and paint over it with your brush.

6. Paint in the lines with your acrylic paints.

7. Die of cuteness overload.

8. Put some rocks into the pumpkin and insert your succulents. Try a few in the head or just one larger succulent.
I mean…
Greenery AND pumpkins? I love it. Look at how adorable and colorful this pumpkin family is! You could also make this DIY pumpkin family resemble your own family! How cute would that be?
Photography by Cassidy Tuttle of Succulents and Sunshine
Illustration by Michelle Christensen of My Little Belleville (check out her adorable shop!)
Assistant: Audrey Ellsworth
Art direction and crafting: moi

2. Succulents and flowers on pumpkins and squash

I also thought it’d be fun to add some succulents onto some pumpkins as if they were flower petals or a mandala. Super easy yet lovely. We’ve been thinking about many ways to decorate pumpkins with succulents, and this one is fun for all ages!

Materials:

  • Pumpkins (light-colored work best)
  • Succulents in various shades
  • Glue gun

Instructions:

  1.  Break off the succulents carefully at the very base of where they meet the trunk.
  2. Apply hot glue onto the pumpkin and then apply the succulent. I found that when you applied it onto the succulent, it’s more prone to fall off.
DONZO.
You know that I’m more comfortable working with paper and fabric than succulents! But I do love greenery, and these tutorials are a great way to work with plants, even if you’re not an experienced gardener. This tutorial is especially perfect if you have succulents around the house that are falling apart. Don’t let those beauties go to waste! Use the leaves to decorate a pumpkin!

Photography by Cassidy Tuttle of Succulents and Sunshine 

3. DIY Words made from Succulents Pumpkins

Here’s the third of four projects that Cassidy and I collaborated on. She made these adorable pumpkins spelling the words “BOO” written in succulents.
This DIY is pretty easy, and it doesn’t require many materials! We stacked the pumpkins in this tutorial, but you can always place them next to each other to spell out whatever phrase your Halloween decor calls for. Gah! Stacking pumpkins is harder than it looks!

Materials:

  • Succulent Cuttings
  • Pumpkins (live or fake!)
  • Hot glue or floral glue
  • Toothpicks
  • Permanent marker

Instructions:

  1. If you’re opting to stack your pumpkins, I applaud you! The first step is to stack the pumpkins how you want them displayed
  2. Use a permanent marker to trace the letters on your pumpkins (we decided “BOO” was a cute and easy phrase!)
  3. Attach the succulent cuttings to the pumpkins with hot glue, floral glue, or toothpicks. Cassidy decided that toothpicks work best for larger succulent cuttings. According to Cassidy, floral glue also works very well when working with succulents!
  4. If you decide to use the toothpick method, stick the toothpick into the pumpkin, leaving about 1/2″ sticking out. Then take your succulent cutting and stick it on the toothpick. Voila!

Get the full scoop on how to do it and pictures of the process on her blog, Succulents and Sunshine. Let me know in the comments what you chose for your phrase and how your own succulent worded pumpkins turned out!

These worded succulent pumpkins will surely turn heads of passersby. And as if these worded pumpkins are not cute enough…

BAM! Dogs make everything 15 times cuter.

4. DIY Succulent Monogram Pumpkin

These succulent monogram pumpkins are the final project in my collab with Cassidy of Succulents and Sunshine. This was my first time working with succulents and I have to say that I love the little fellers. They’re so perky and sweet. But leave it to me to find a way to kill a couple suckers. Gah! That’s why I work with paper flowers.
Cassidy made this monogram succulent pumpkin. Luckily, it’s not too difficult to make your own! Trust me, even if you’re not great with plants, it’s still such a fun tutorial and offers a twist on classic Halloween decor. If you’re looking for an easy way to amp up your holiday decorations, this is it!

Materials:

  • Succulent Cuttings
  • A pumpkin (live or fake!)
  • Hot glue gun or floral glue
  • Marker (for tracing initials on the pumpkin)

Instructions:

  1. Use the marker to draw an outline of your letter on the pumpkin
  2. Glue small succulents onto the marker line
  3. Cover the rest of the pumpkin with succulents of your choice!
Pretty simple, right? Head on over to Cassidy’s blog to check out the full instructions with pictures of the process. She even suggests which succulents to use for placing your pumpkin outdoors in freezing temperatures!

Succulent Pumpkin Variations

If you’re not that great at handling live plants, you could use fake succulents and a fake pumpkin to save it for future holidays. If you love succulents AND flowers, check out some of our paper flower tutorials here and here (with many more tutorials throughout the Lars archives!) to position flowers between your succulents. Place your succulent monogram pumpkins on your doorstep or inside your home for a stylish, succulent-filled Halloween!

Need more Halloween pumpkin inspiration? Take a look at a Lars favorite, these DIY Rainbow Pumpkins! Add more pumpkins to your monogram succulent decor with a DIY Rainbow Pumpkin Arch.  Use your pumpkins to decorate for a Halloween dinner party, or display them to get into the Halloween spirit!

Painted Mini Pumpkins

Painted Mini Pumpkins

I love the look of all of our mini painted pumpkins this year, especially as a cohesive look. In fact, the more the better! We based them off of our new Casetify collection because they are definitely worth replicating! The checkerboard is such a fun and easy pattern to paint as is the colorblock and squiggles. The florals take a bit more work but they are *chef’s kiss.* Do you have a fave? I’m leaning towards the folk floral, but then again, that’s also my favorite case so there’s a theme there.

painted pumpkins DIY

How to paint mini pumpkins

We started out with white pumpkins so that it would be easier to see the pattern. Orange works too, but you need more layers of paint to see the design. It’s also easier if you choose pumpkins with longer stems. I know that because we couldn’t find any and it was tricky! It’s nice to be able to hold onto something sturdy.

painted pumpkins to match The House That Lars Built casetify cases

Materials

  • white mini pumpkins (you should be able to get these at most grocery stores this time of year!)
  • acrylic or house paint (see colors below!)
  • paintbrushes
  • UV sealant (optional–keeps the paint looking nice longer)

How to paint a checkerboard pattern on a pumpkin

To create the checkerboard pattern on a pumpkin you will need to do the following:

  1. Paint your whole pumpkin in the lighter of the two colors you plan to use. Let it dry,
  2. With a thin marker, draw lines down each of the mini pumpkin’s natural grooves. The lines won’t be perfectly measured, but they will be a lot easier to paint this way!
  3. Draw even horizontal stripes around the mini pumpkin.
  4. Fill in every other box with the darker paint! Make sure you cover up the marker lines.
  5. We added in thicker accent stripes to mimic our cases just for fun
  6. Add on your UV sealant if desired.

folk painted pumpkin

How to make the quilted folk floral mini pumpkin

  1. Use your permanent marker to draw out a grid pattern on your mini pumpkin, similarly to how you did with the above checkerboard technique. We made ours two grooves thick so that the “quilt squares” were bigger.
  2. Paint in the colors of your squares. Wait until dry.
  3. Use the end of a pencil or large paintbrush to create a ring of the petals inside the squares.
  4. Paint contrasting circles onto each square in the center of the petals.
  5. Use UV sealant if desired to seal the paint.

How to make wavy line painted mini pumpkin

How to make the simple floral painted mini pumpkin

  1. Paint the whole mini pumpkin in a solid background color.
  2. Follow the flower instructions from the quilted pumpkin, but without the squares–just place them around your pumpkin randomly!
  3. Use UV sealant if desired to seal the paint.

How to make large floral painted mini pumpkin

These are one of my favorites! I love the decorative element it brings.

  1. With your permanent marker, draw lines down the mini pumpkin’s natural segments, dividing it into even sections.
  2. Draw out your design in each section. Our design includes an abstract flower at the top (yellow), a tall, symmetrical flower taking up most of the pumpkin’s body (in shades of red and pink with a green stem and leaves), and two abstract flowers at the bottom (yellow).
  3. Using the background color, paint in most of the pumpkin’s background. Avoid painting over your sketch of the flowers, but if you cross the marker lines a little bit, you should be okay. You just want to leave enough of your drawing so that you can see where to paint your flower.
  4. With your yellow, pink, red, and green paints, paint in the rest of your floral design.
  5. Use UV sealant if desired to seal the paint.

floral painted pumpkins

How to make the wavy lined painted mini pumpkin

  1. Paint the whole mini pumpkin in a solid background color.
  2. With an accent color, paint the outline of a wavy, squiggly design down the mini pumpkin’s side.
  3. Fill in your wavy shape with the same accent color.
  4. Use UV sealant if desired to seal the paint.

A clump of painted mini pumpkins in bright colors.

How to make the delicate floral painted mini pumpkin

This one is such a pretty showstopper, and it’s way easier than it looks! You’ll use a fine tipped paintbrush instead of a foam paintbrush. Just make sure to clean it between colors!

  1. If desired, paint the whole mini pumpkin a solid background color. I opted not to, instead showing off the pretty white pumpkin color, but you do you!
  2. With green paint, paint little curved lines as flower stems and wavy green leaves coming off the bottom of them. Distribute these around the pumpkin randomly.
  3. Top the flower stems with white or light pink flowers with red centers.
  4. Paint abstract yellow flowers around the pumpkin’s surface.
  5. Fill in empty space with mini periwinkle, pink, red, and orange flowers. For these, just make a few small brushstrokes. Paint a tiny green stem underneath or a white dot in the middle for a different style.
  6. Use UV sealant if desired to seal the paint.

delicate floral painted pumpkin on a pink and orange background. There's a matching phone case next to it.

Marbling technique didn’t work this time

We tried doing a marbling technique as inspired by our Casetify marbled case, but it just wasn’t working out. I’ll be sharing the failed version over on Instagram (hahahaha!). If you have a marbling technique that has worked for you in the past, let us know!

cell phone cases match the painted pumpkins

You can shop our The House That Lars Built for Casetify Collection here

We would love to see how you’re painting your mini pumpkins this year. Tag us with #LarsHalloween or #LarsMakes so we can see them! 

If you liked these painted pumpkins you might also like these ones:

Rainbow painted pumpkins
Pastel painted face pumpkins
DIY rainbow pumpkin arch
Pumpkin favor with leaf template