Ukrainian Paper Sunflower

Ukrainian Sunflowers

The sunflower is Ukraine’s national flower. This beautiful flower has a long history with Ukraine, it turns out! Aside from sunflower seeds being a popular snack, Ukraine and Russia are some of the world’s largest suppliers of sunflower oil. Then there’s its historic message of peace, like in 1996 when it was used to celebrate Ukraine giving up nuclear weapons. Currently, as well, it’s become a bright beacon of hope and peace amidst all the turmoil and we want to do our best to show support. It seemed only fitting to make a Ukrainian paper sunflower in honor of the Ukrainian people. If you’re interested, click here to read the full article about Ukraine’s history with sunflowers.

Ukrainian Paper Sunflower

Here’s how to make your own Ukrainian paper sunflower:

Prepping the Paper

  1. First, download the paper sunflower template found here.
  2. Next, cut out the template pieces in crepe paper. We used about 30 yellow petals, 7 green back pieces, and between 2 and 4 green leaves of varying sizes per flower.
  3. Cut each side of the leaves separately. Make sure to cut out the leaves so the grain of the crepe paper angles up slightly on each side (like the veins on the leaves).

Making the Center

  1. To make the center of your paper sunflower, cut some long strips of crepe paper that are roughly 1″ wide. We used green, pale yellow, and orange.
  2. Cut slits in the strips to make a fringe.
  3. Securing with hot glue, wrap the fringe tightly around the top of a piece of floral wire. Make sure the wire is thick enough to hold the weight of the heavy sunflower blossom. Start with green, then move to yellow, then orange.
  4. Continue wrapping and gluing the fringe until it’s as thick as you’d like. Also, make sure the orange layer is set a bit higher than the rest.
  5. When the center is as thick as you’d like, fluff the orange fringe so it splays out a bit.
  6. Now, gently paint a gradient of green to yellow on the center you just made. See step photos for reference. Alternate option: You can use black or brown for the center, too, if you’d like! The center of most sunflowers varies in color.

Assembling the Sunflower

Now you’re ready to add the petals and back greenery to your paper sunflower!

  1. Gently shape the petals (see step photos for reference), then glue one around the center. We spaced them roughly 1/4-1/2″ apart.
  2. Next, add in a second row, this time staggering the petals behind the first row.
  3. Now you can add the back pieces. For this, shape the green pieces according to the step photos, then hot glue them around the stem. They should fan evenly around the back.

Leaves and Stem

The last steps of your paper sunflower are the leaves and stem!

  1. For the stem, cut a piece of crepe paper that’s roughly the length of your wire piece and 2-3″ wide, depending on how big your sunflower is.
  2. Securing with hot glue, wrap the crepe paper strip around the wire stem to thicken it.
  3. Next, start at the top just overlapping the back greenery of the sunflower. Wind floral tape all the way down to cover up the crepe paper.
  4. For the leaves, glue the two sides together, making sure the grain angles up slightly on each side to mimic the leaves’ veins.
  5. Now flip the leaves over and hot glue a thin piece of floral wire to the back. Make sure the floral wire extends a few inches past the stem of the leaves. Once the hot glue is dry, you can shape the leaves however you’d like.
  6. To attach the leaves to the stem, simply wrap floral tape around the wire.

Styling Your Paper Sunflowers

We varied the length of our sunflower stems, then arranged them in a pretty vase. We love how they turned out! They would make a bright addition to any room. Set them on a table, counter, mantlepiece, or side table. We also think they’d be a lovely accent for a bathroom or home office.


More Ways to Support Ukraine

We’re trying to do our part to support Ukraine. One way is through our shop! We currently have three art pieces in our shop made specifically to support Ukraine. We’re donating all the profits to the Ukrainian war effort. Special thanks to Amanda Jane Jones, who donated this print. Another special thanks to Nathalie Lètè, who donated this one and this one.

More Inspiration

Loved this paper sunflower tutorial and want more paper flower tutorials? Step right this way. We recently came out with this paper orchid tutorial we think you’ll love. Also, try our DIY Paper Hollyhocks, or these Poppies, Peonies, and Posies. Have a spring or summer wedding coming up? Here, here and here are some beautiful bouquets to choose from. You can also check out this holiday flower roundup if you’re interested!



Becky Edwards Inspired Art

Becky Edwards

If you missed it, here’s the post where we made pomanders with Becky Edwards! For a full summary of our other classic Christmas guests, see this post. Before we get into all this amazing Becky Edwards inspired art, let me tell you a little about Becky. She’s a Utahn at heart, not to mention an avid crafter! She practically does it all, and with flair. She’s confident, spunky, and talented. What a refreshing change it would be to have her in office!

Without further ado, here’s a list of these amazing artists and their Becky Edwards inspired art:

Becky Edwards Inspired Art

Amanda Jane Jones

We love Amanda Jane Jones! And of course we love her design work. The proof is that we sell it in our very own shop! Here’s her Becky Edwards inspired art:

Oh, and here’s a video of her process, which we loved seeing!


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Natalee Cooper Chilton

You all know we love our florals, and Natalee out did herself on this one! We love how it turned out.

Ann Chen

Ann Chen‘s work is bold, bright and fun! We love what she did for her Becky Edwards inspired art.

Becca Clason

Becca Clason is to thank for getting everyone together to make all this art. And we love how her stop motion video turned out!


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Justin Wheatley

Here’s Justin Wheatley’s rendition of Becky Edwards inspired art:

Jill De Haan

And what about Jill De Haan? We love how hers turned out!

Paige Crosland Anderson

Paige Crosland Anderson made a lovely Becky Edwards inspired art piece. Here it is:

John Connors

Here’s John Connors’ art! Isn’t it nice?


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Matisse Hales

Here’s Matisse Hales‘ artwork. We love the floral theme, yet again!

Danelle Cheney

Danelle Cheney‘s stop motion video was impeccable. We loved it!


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Michelle Christensen

Michelle Christensen‘s Becky Edwards inspired art piece was also a stunner.

Jesse Draper

Jesse Draper also made a lovely art piece. Here it is:

Sylvia Bunker

Here’s Sylvia Bunker’s Becky Edwards inspired art. Punch needle was a clever idea!

Olivia Knudsen (@okolivia)

Olivia Knudsen also made a lovely ink drawing.


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Ashley Collett (@ashleycollettdesign)

Ashley Collett’s designs were jaw dropping. Plus she overachieved and made four instead of just one. Amazing!


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Lori Van Wagoner (@icanmakeit_lorivw)

Here’s a lovely stained glass piece by Lori Van Wagoner.

Genevieve Bryan (@genevievebryan)

We love the bold graphic feel of Genevieve Bryan’s design! Here it is:

Loni Harris

Loni Harris‘ Becky Edwards inspired art piece feels reminiscent of a chalk board, doesn’t it? Love the way it turned out.

Rebecca Knudsen (@rcknudsen)

Rebecca Knudsen for the win with yet another beautiful stained glass piece!


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David Habben

David Habben wowed us with this trippy and very fun rendition inspired by Becky.

Brooke Smart

We loved this whimsical edition of Becky Edwards inspired art by Brooke Smart. Definitely feels on brand!

Sara Harding

Sara Harding‘s floral rendition was magical to say the least.

Megan Trueblood (@megantruebloodart)

Another floral take, we love this simple design by Megan Trueblood.

That’s a wrap. We loved getting to see how creative people got with their art. Now spread the word: let’s unseat Mike Lee, people!

5 Ways to Wear Green

5 Ways to Wear Green

We made a list of five ways to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day years ago (2014, can you believe it?!), which you can find here. Well, we wanted to add to it, because it turns out we’ve had some bright ideas since then!

St. Patrick’s Day Beaded Bracelets

Just a few weeks ago, we came out with these St. Patrick’s Day Beaded Bracelets! It’s the perfect solution if you don’t want to overwhelm the world with green or don’t have any green in your closet already. These sweet little bracelets are delicate and refined, and give you that splash of green you need. You might even find yourself wearing them on other days besides St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day Buttons

These St. Patrick’s Day Assorted Buttons from our shop are another great way to add just a touch of green to your outfit. Bonus: you don’t even have to make them! Just order and you’re all set. And come on, these little beauties are adorable. You’ll be looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day just so you have a reason to wear them.

Rainbow Collar Pin

Another great accessory, our DIY Rainbow Collar Pin has been around for a while now and it’s a beloved classic! Rainbows are a classic St. Patrick’s Day icon, and the great thing is that (if you hadn’t noticed already) the color green is always present in a rainbow. Plus, I love me a good little collar pin accessory and this one fits the bill perfectly. It’s cute, functional, and protects you from the pinches.

St. Patrick’s Day Crowns

Did someone say St. Patrick’s Day party? These two St. Patrick’s Day crowns are the perfect party accessory for your guests! We have two versions, a printable and DIY version, so pick whatever suits your fancy. Not interested in having a party? Then just have fun and wear a crown for the day! Its delicate and playful and you can relax, because no one will miss that pop of green.

Painted Shoes

If you’re into the subtle details, these Painted Shoes are for you. Paint a rainbow or some green on the soles of your shoes and flash those colors when someone tries to give you a pinch!

Other Options

Here are some other ideas for how to incorporate green into your St. Patrick’s Day this year:

More Inspiration

Loved this post on ways to wear green and want more St. Patrick’s Day inspiration? Try this lovely St. Patrick’s Day Wreath. Also try this St. Patrick’s Day crown, or these kid-friendly coloring pages! And if you’re in need of a new spring craft, try our DIY Paper Orchids! Not interested in making anything? Check out our shop for some seasonal favorites you’re sure to love.

Living By Design Virtual Showhouse Feature

The Living By Design Virtual Showhouse

Well, the first Living By Design virtual showhouse has officially launched! This is a unique opportunity to tour the Living By Design showhouse completely virtually, from the comfort of your couch. I love that on the tour, you can actively click on links to the elements of each room and get inspiration for your own home. And is it any surprise that I designed the craft room? So I’m particularly excited about that. All you have to do to access the tour is visit this link and peruse the rooms to your heart’s content.

The Craft Room

Be sure to check out that craft room! There are a lot of elements in there that I’m particularly jazzed about, like the wallpaper, art, and that amazing crafting island. Minted was my go-to for the art, and I have to say they made the decision-process difficult. So many lovely options that complimented the space so well! And those dreamy velvet curtains? You have Calico to thank for those.

But what really had me excited was all that amazing storage and furniture, thanks to California Closets! You know how important craft room storage is to me. I mean, it’s essential to have a functional space that’s easy to keep organized when you’re an avid crafter. I love how it all came together for the craft room!

Architecture and 3D Visualization

I can’t talk about the craft room without giving a nod to the amazing architecture by Brandon Architects. It’s always more enjoyable to design a space when the architecture really lends itself to the design. And since this is a fully virtual experience, I should also mention the impeccable 3D visualization by YouSee.

Special Thanks

I’d like to also give a special shout out to all of the tour’s sponsors: California Closets, Carrier, Minted, and Monrovia. It goes without saying that this Living by Design virtual showhouse tour wouldn’t have been possible without them.

Also, thanks to Martha Stewart Living, the showhouse national media partner. And we can’t forget the amazing producer/production team Embello.

More Inspiration

Did you love the Living By Design virtual showhouse, and especially that craft room? You might also be interested in this post where we talk about how we organized our craft room!

Shop Prints Featuring Women We Love

Shop Prints Featuring Women We Love

Here are some of our favorite shop prints featuring women we love!

Libby VanderPloeg Prints

Libby VanderPloeg’s women who work prints. These prints are some of my favorites! They cover the bases with professions, hobbies, and interests of so many diverse women. Including one of these prints in your collection is a great way to be inspired to dream big.

Noteworthy Women

Prints featuring noteworthy women. Frida Kahlo, Michelle Obama, Iris Apfel and Grace Coddington are just a few women who have left their mark on this world, and we just happen to have prints of them. Treat yourself and pick who inspires you most! Can’t decide? Maybe you should take one of each. You won’t regret it, we promise.

Beci Orpin Print

Be willing to destroy print by Beci Orpin. I chose to include this because it’s inspired by Danielle Krysa‘s book, A Big Important Art Book: Now with Women!. I would highly recommend reading it and adding this fun, bold print to your collection.

Brooke Smart Print

Making a life by Brooke Smart is another classic print that feels very appropriate during National Women’s History Month. What woman doesn’t relate?

Becca Stadtlander Print

We also love this Little Women print and chose it partly because of how influential that book has been for creative women throughout the years. And the print? It’s just lovely.

Little Women art print on a patterned wall with warm colors around.

Monica Dorazewski

Monica Dorazewski also has some whimsical prints featuring women you won’t want to miss. Longest scarf, Easter egg lady and my own Valentine’s Day are some of our favorites.

Support Ukrainian Artists Through Etsy

We are big on supporting all creatives, but right now we really want to highlight what is happening in Ukraine. I don’t pretend to be an expert on everything, but one thing I know is that Ukrainian artists could really use our help right now. It’s sometimes hard to know what to do when we feel so far away from all that’s happening. Here’s an idea to help Ukrainians, and more specifically, Ukrainian artists and creatives, during this time of stress and uncertainty.

Here’s What You Can Do

  1. Go to
  2. Type “digital art” into the search bar. Digital art downloads are a great way to help right now because they don’t require the art to be shipped across seas. The bonus is you get your art instantaneously!
  3. Using the filters button at the top, scroll down through the options to where it says “shop location.” Check the box that says “custom,” then type “Ukraine” into the slot.
  4. Now all the options that appear will be digital art downloads from Ukraine.

Here’s the link that will take you there.

Another way to help out Ukrainian artists is to buy this print by Amanda Jane Jones and this and this one by Nathalie Lètè from our shop! We are donating all profits to the Ukrainian war effort. Thank you to these wonderful artists for providing us with a visual of the message we all need to hear a little more of!

More Inspiration

Loved this post on shop prints featuring women we love? Check out the full collection of our shop prints, found here! Most all of our prints are made by female artists, so it’s a fitting way to support women this month.

DIY Paper Orchids

DIY Paper Orchid

Since it’s a fresh, new year, we were ready for a fresh, new flower. We wanted something delicate and beautiful to combat the winter, something original and different from what we’ve done before. Hence, the birth of the DIY paper orchid! Instead of using our tried and true crepe paper, we went for a softer, more delicate look, imbuing traditional printer paper with a delicate, watercolor-like texture. We love the way the paper gently curls and drapes like the petals of real orchids, and the watercolor texture is a lovely little touch. Ready to learn how to make your own?

How to Make a DIY Paper Orchid

Making your own DIY paper orchid is surprisingly simple! Here’s how to do it:

Prepping the Paper

  1. First, download the paper orchid templates found here.
  2. Using the Cricut maker or scissors, cut out the templates on regular white 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper. Feel free to cut out as many as you’d like–we used three small full bloom, six large full bloom, and eight buds. For the leaves, we used one small, one medium, and two large.
  3. Now it’s time to glue the petals. This will give them a bit more shape. To do this, take a petal. It should have a small cut in the bottom near the base. Gently move the side with the stem over on top of the other side. Secure with a dab of hot glue. It should now gently cup in the center.
  4. Repeat step 3 for the rest of the petals and buds.

Prepping Your Workstation

  1. Prepping your workstation will help make the latter steps much easier. You’ll want a jar of water to water down the paint and rinse out brushes. You’ll also want paint brushes (one with a wide, rounded tip works well for this), a paint palette or plate for your paints, and some paper towels to paint on. This is a bit messy so you’ll need them. We especially liked paper towels because they’re more absorbent than newspaper or some other protective covering for your surface.
  2. Once your work station is prepped, you can start painting!

Painting the Pieces

Now you’re ready to paint! You can use a variety of methods for this–watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paint all work well.

  1. Take a petal and wet the entire front (curved inside) with water. This makes for a smooth texture in your gradient.
  2. Then, using a watered down color of your choice for the petal (we used pink), paint a gradient. Start with more concentrated color at the bottom and more watered down at the edges of the petal.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for all petals.
  4. For the two tone petals, repeat steps 1 and 2, but paint one color in the center at the base (we used yellow), and one color at the tips (we used pink), blending them smoothly where they meet. Use the same process for the buds, except paint the side that bumps out, rather than the inside.

It will take a bit for the petals to dry, so you can do the other steps while you wait.

The Stamens

  1. For the stamens, first use needle nose pliers to bend a small loop in the top of a piece of 24 gauge wire.
  2. Now, wrap a thin strip of crepe paper around the loop. Bundle it up so it’s nice and neat and secure with a dab of hot glue.
  3. Next, paint the stamen a color of your choice (we used yellow).
  4. Let the paint dry before adding it to the flowers!

The Leaves

  1. First, using your Cricut maker or scissors, cut out the leaf templates on green card stock paper.
  2. Next, fold the leaves in half. If you’d like, you can score the back of the leaf before folding–this makes folding much easier!
  3. After folding, flip the leaves over and hot glue a piece of 18 gauge wire along the fold line. Extend three or so inches of the wire past the base of the leaves so you can bind the leaves together later.
  4. If you’d like to cover up the wire, you can hot glue a strip of floral tape on top. Then flip the leaves back over.
  5. Now wrap all your leaves together with floral wire. Put the smaller leaves on top, and bigger ones on bottom. Use our photos as a reference to see leaf placement.

The Buds

  1. For the buds on your paper orchids, bundle up a little ball of pink crepe paper so it’s nice and neat, then secure with hot glue.
  2. Once the bud petals are dry, you can secure them to the pink ball with a dab of hot glue. Use three petals per bud, pressing them into the shape of the ball as you go. You can also leave some of the buds partially open, like we did.
  3. After the bud petals are glued on, stick a piece of 18 gauge wire into the bottom of the bud a few centimeters and secure with a dab of hot glue.
  4. Now wrap a thin layer of floral tape around the wire.

Assembling the Flowers

Now that the petals are dry, you can assemble your paper orchids!

  1. First, hot glue the two large petals to the three petal piece, using the step photos as a reference. Wrap the bottom strips around to the back and secure with a dab of hot glue.
  2. Next, hot glue the little triangle piece to the scalloped petal, with the point towards the scallops.
  3. Now, hot glue the scalloped petal onto the main flower with the other petals. Again, wrap the extra strip of paper around to the back and secure with a dab of hot glue. Note: if you’d like, you can curl the petals around your finger to contour them to the shape of a real orchid petal.
  4. The stamen is next! Take the end of the wire and poke it through the center of your paper orchid. Pull it all the way through so the stamen is pulled up snugly against the petals.
  5. Flip the flower over and put a dab of hot glue at the site where the wire pokes through.
  6. Once the hot glue is dry, wrap a layer of floral tape around the wire, making sure it’s butted up tightly against the flower’s back.
  7. Using our photos as a reference, secure all the flowers and buds together with floral tape. Start with the smallest buds, then partially opened buds, then small flowers, then large. We separated our flowers into two separate stalks. You can do as many or few as you’d like!
  8. Make sure to leave a large length of sturdy wire to work with at the end for the stem, wrapping the whole thing in a layer of floral tape.

Finishing Touches

Now all that’s left is to put your paper orchid pieces together in a pot!

  1. Place a thick disc of floral foam into your flower pot. The foam disc should fit snugly in your pot.
  2. Poke the orchid branches into the foam, making sure it’s deep enough that they won’t tip over.
  3. Next, poke the leaves in so they’re close to the stems of the orchids.
  4. Arrange the stalks and leaves by bending the wires until you’re happy with the arrangement.
  5. Voilà! You’ve just made your own DIY paper orchid!

Styling Your DIY Paper Orchid

The wonderful thing about all paper flowers, in my opinion, is that they look great pretty much anywhere. And since they’re paper, you don’t have to worry about perfect lighting to keep them happy. Stick them on your desk while you’re working, put them in the bathroom for a pop of color, next to your bedside table, or on the mantle. Honestly, these little beauties are so lovely they’ll do justice to any room or situation. We would love to see what you do with yours! Let us know in the comments.

More Inspiration

If you loved this tutorial on DIY paper orchids, you’ll want to check out our other paper flower tutorials. We have so many! Try our DIY Paper Hollyhocks, or these Poppies, Peonies, and Posies. Have a spring or summer wedding coming up? Here, here and here are some beautiful bouquets to choose from. You can also check out this holiday flower roundup if you’re interested!


How to Jumpstart Your Creativity

Most People Can Be Creative

So here’s the thing: most people are more creative than they give themselves credit for. The trouble is, they don’t believe it. Often, that lack of belief comes from one bad experience that’s convinced them they just don’t have the talent. A friend of mine, for example, was told by her elementary school music teacher she had a lousy voice. She’s been self-conscious ever since, though may people since then have told her she has a lovely voice.

We’re not talking about singing here, but my point is that it’s easy to be critical of your abilities when someone you respect and look up to tells you you’re no good. To be honest, hearing stories like my friend’s makes my blood boil. Mentors should never do that! Most of the time, they’re wrong, anyway. I really do believe the biggest impediment to our ability to do anything is our belief that we are incapable. And the best way to help someone feel capable is believing in them and giving them the resources to learn how! So here’s my little push to all of you: you are capable! It may take time and patience, but we hope these ways to jumpstart your creativity will help get you going in the right direction.

Family Costume

How to Jumpstart Your Creativity

Look For Inspiration

One of the best ways to jumpstart your creativity is to look for inspiration. Just start with things you like! It’s a lie that everything you do has to be 100% original. It’s almost impossible to find anyone that hasn’t been influenced by others in their ideas. We are all inspired by one another, and you can use that inspiration to fuel your brain, get outside of your head, and come up with fresh new ideas. And honestly, sometimes copying what others have done is an excellent way to get you started (just avoid plagiarism and violating copyright laws). Often, it’s in the process of making something that you get sparks for new ideas, so start with something you like.

Here’s an old inspo board from years ago:

We love Pinterest as a means to gather inspiration. We also make lots of mood boards, and make sure the space we’re trying to get creative in is full of inspiration to reference. Print things out, use magazine clippings, etc. and decorate your space with things that inspire you.

Here’s another inspo board from my bathroom remodel:


Set Up A Creative Space

Speaking of places to put the inspiration you gather, set up a space for yourself where you can feel creative! Let it be a stress-free environment where you can concentrate and let the juices flow (Hint: not the dining room table during dinner prep). I’ve found that it’s so much easier to be creative when I have a designated space where I can concentrate, look for inspiration, and store all my supplies so everything is on hand when I need it.

If you’re looking for inspiration in setting up your creative space, here’s my newly-renovated office!

brittany's office

And here’s Jane and Jenny’s office space!

Jane's desk

Jenny's desk

Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself

Don’t be too hard on yourself. These tips on how to jumpstart your creativity aren’t something that will make you Matisse overnight. It takes time and patience, so keep trying even if you feel like you’ve failed (you haven’t). Don’t give up on yourself just because you didn’t like one thing you did a long time ago. Give it another go! It’s like a muscle you have to exercise.

Also, remember that everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. Some people are extremely precise when it comes to painting details, but others are great at identifying color schemes for their design. So don’t sell yourself short. Just because you don’t feel confident at one aspect of creating doesn’t mean you don’t have something to offer!

Just so you don’t feel quite so alone, here was our recent epic fail with marbled pumpkins:

Believe me, that wasn’t a first, and it won’t be the last time we don’t get a project right.

Talk to Others

If you like to be social, start a group or invite friends to come make things with you–it can help to talk to others if you’re not feeling very creative. That’s why we all work in the Lars studio together–we love bouncing ideas off each other and brainstorming. The more brains you have working on a creative project, the better. If you feel shy about showing what you’re working on to others, don’t feel pressured, though. It’s easy to get discouraged when you’re not quite ready to show your project to the world and you receive some premature criticism. Wait until you’re ready. But when you do feel ready, it can be beneficial to receive feedback on what you’re working on. Constructive criticism can be really helpful to take you to the next level of excellence.

Here’s a photo of team Lars! It’s a few years old, but you get the idea.

team lars

Keep it Low Key and Have Fun

Most of all, one of the best ways to jumpstart your creativity is to keep it low key and just have fun! Don’t pile the expectations onto yourself. Experiment! You likely won’t get something you’re ecstatic about the first time, but then again, who has? Remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect right away. You’re just learning, and learning takes time.

Some Simple Crafts to Get You Started

To give you a place to start if you’re not sure where to begin, here are some great crafts to jumpstart your creativity without being too intimidating.

Easy DIY Valentines Crafts

This is a great post to turn to for easy crafts that also happen to be seasonal, as Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Many of these crafts require little more than a little cutting and gluing. You can make a whole host of adorable valentines in a snap.

Tootsie Pop Cherry Valentines

Lars Shop Kits

Kits are a great place to start if you want a craft that’s less intimidating. Our kits give you all the supplies you need, so you can plop down in your chair and be done in a flash! We give you instructions that walk you through each step, too, so you won’t have to puzzle through it on your own.

Paper Weaving From Craft the Rainbow

In honor of Craft the Rainbow, this paper weaving project is a great project to start with if you’re just dipping your toes. Weaving paper is a cinch, but looks so delicate and lovely when you’re finished. Frame a few and you’ve got some instant inspo for your creative space!

Paper Weaving from Craft the Rainbow book

Craft The Rainbow

Speaking of Craft The Rainbow, if you’d like to read a bit more about it in the book’s two year anniversary post, here you go! We would highly recommend buying it–there are 40 colorful paper projects to get you started on your crafting journey, not to mention some anecdotes that will (hopefully) help you understand that crafting can be for you, me, and everyone.

Craft the Rainbow book on a table with a brass hand-shaped lamp against a striped wall.

You got this! We would love to hear your stories–what’s your journey with creativity been like?


Our Favorite Printable Valentines


Lars Shop Artists

For those of you who may be unaware, we have many amazing artists whose work we feature in our shop. They’ve collaborated with us to make all kinds of things, from home decor items to puzzles. One of the highlights of the year is seeing all the beautiful valentines these talented artists come up with! The best perk about the valentines made by our artist friends is that most all of them are printables. That means you can still fulfill your need for fresh and fun valentines without a big time commitment. Print them off and have your kids assemble them for their school valentines! But don’t worry, adults love them too. In fact, they’re perfect for all ages, really. Give them to anyone who needs a little love. Take a look, we have a feeling you’ll find something that’s just right for you!

Our Favorite Printable Valentines

Printable Valentines Hearts For a Face Mask

face mask hearts

Perfect for a Valentine’s Day in the middle of a pandemic, we love Jessie Kanelos Weiner’s printable valentines hearts for a face mask. Just print and cut, and you’ll be donning this festive face mask all day.

You’re the Top Valentines

you're the top

Also by Jessica Kanelos Weiner, these little valentines are classic, playful, and just the thing for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day.

Printable Vase Valentines

printable valentine

We LOVE these printable vase valentines, designed by the talented Angie Stalker. Playful and whimsical, just print them off and attach a flower to them and you’re ready to give them to your loved ones. One thing that has us totally sold, is that once you’re done with them as valentines, keep them up on your wall for a fun pop of color and texture all year round (bonus: make a few paper flowers to go with them, perhaps)? If you’re interested, here’s another foldable variation.

Valentines Heart Card


Also by Angie Stalker, meet the valentines heart card. If you’re feeling like celebrating Valentine’s Day with a very literal pun, this clever little card is for you.

IOU Cards and Envelopes

IOU valentines

Angie Stalker does it again! We love her IOU cards, complete with matching envelopes. This is such a fun twist on valentines, and is such a perfect opportunity to give a service-oriented gift to your loved ones this year. We all love chocolate, but how about some luxurious foot rubs? a surprise dinner? Just scratch off the sticker to reveal the IOU assignment.

Valentine Postcard by Emily Isabella

Next on the list of our favorite printable valentines is this valentine postcard by Emily Isabella. Nothing says Valentine’s Day in Paris like these ornate little beauties. They’re delicate, classy, and absolute eye-candy to look at. I’m definitely getting some Madeline vibes, here. I have to say, I’d be ecstatic to get one of these sweet little valentine postcards in the mail.

Love Potion Valentines

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By artist Danielle Kroll, these love potion valentines are a creative twist on a traditional valentine card. We’re not saying you should give your S.O. a love potion, but we think this card just might do the trick.

Strawberry Dress/I Love You More Than Paris Valentines

strawberry dress

Another of our favorite printable valentines are these strawberry dress valentines. Sweet, simple and adorable, we can’t get enough of them or their sisters, “I love you more than Paris” valentines! They say “I love you” in an absolutely whimsical and dreamy way. Michelle Christensen of My Little Bellville really outdid herself with these charmers.

Tear Apart Valentines

Eclectic, original and so appropriate for the season, these tear apart valentines are a sweet idea. They’re the perfect valentine for a best friend or significant other. Give one half away, keep the other. Just like a friendship bracelet, but with valentines!

Zoo Valentines

animal printables

Okay, we have to say, we’re completely obsessed with these adorable zoo valentines. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day party for kids or for your kiddos to take to school, these valentines are one of our favorite printable valentines of all time. They’re just so versatile. Fun for kids, fun for adults, these sweet little guys check all the boxes! Jessica Whittaker is a true master.

Historical Figure Valentines

Also by Jessica Whittaker, these historical figure valentines are a creative way to celebrate love day. If you’re a fan of clever puns, these are for you. You won’t be able to hold in the giggles.

Valentines Stamp Cards and Envelopes

printable valentine

These sweet, supersized stamp cards are perfect for your long distance love needs. Are you surprised they made the list of our favorite printable valentines? This adorable twist on postage stamps is just the thing to brighten your loved one’s Valentine’s Day. I mean, can you imagine opening the mailbox to find this?! Day made. Thank you, Josefina Schargorodsky!

Kiss Me Swallow Valentine

If you love birds, look no further. We are drooling at how cute this little swallow valentine is! Classy and playful, it relies on beautiful simplicity to create a love note your significant other will treasure forever. Hilary Onyon did a spectacular job, we have to say.

Hey You Carnation Valentine


Also by Hilary Onyon, we love this bold, two tone valentine with a little floral accent. It’s simple, clean, and distinct, and adds a fun pop of color to your valentine card collection. It definitely makes the list of our favorite printable valentines.

Cupid Valentine

We love the refreshing pop of blue on this cupid valentine by Hilary Onyon.

Heart Tile Valentine

house tile valentine

This heart tile valentine is such a clever idea. Nestled among the shingles is a heart with a hidden message on it! Folk-art inspired tiled roof, we love this modern twist. And the colors? Perfection. We love Julie Marabelle’s work!

Valentine Chocolate Wrap

A clever twist on Valentine’s Day cards, we love the idea of a printable chocolate bar wrapper! The retro designs by Normandie Luscher are fun and bold, and it feels like stepping in to a Willy Wonka Chocolate shop. Here’s a candle wrap alternative, if you’re not feeling like gifting chocolate this year.

Valentine cards by Rosie Harbottle

printable valentine

Reminiscent of a dreamy Valentine’s Day in Europe, we love the painterly illustrations on these lovely cards. Rosie Harbottle’s brushwork is fantastic and the colors bold and subtle at the same time, for a dreamy effect. If our travel is limited due to COVID, let’s bring all those travel vibes back home with these cards.

You’re Eggstra Special Valentine

egg and frog valentines

Last but not least on the list for today of our favorite printable valentines is our eggstra special valentine. If you’re a fan of food puns, you’ll definitely want to take a closer look at these adorable and funny little valentines by Michéle Brummer Everett. They’re a great option for kids, especially those little ones who aren’t feeling very lovey and are scared of cooties. Another fun variation on the egg valentines are these frog valentines, or these beet valentines, all designed by Michéle.

More Inspiration

This list of our favorite printable valentines is definitely not comprehensive, and we have many more printable valentine options available in our shop! Check out our full Valentine’s Day collection here, complete with printables, stickers, hair ties, and more.



Paper Snowflakes with Sheryl Ellsworth

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Paper Snowflakes

Paper Snowflakes are one of those tried and true Christmas crafts that just never get old. Honestly. There are so many endless variations, and it’s something almost everyone can participate in! They’re delicate, beautiful, and instantly douse a room in Christmas cheer. If you’d like, you can reference our full tutorial for making paper snowflakes here. Our Christmas gift to you is offering a template for making paper snowflakes, so if you’re not confident in your abilities to design a snowflake yourself, we’ve got you covered!

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Introducing Sheryl Ellsworth

Those of you who’ve been following the blog for a while might recognize Sheryl. That’s because this isn’t the first time you’ve seen her featured here at the House that Lars Built! For a few years now, we’ve invited her to speak to us on Juneteenth about her experience as a black American and it’s been amazing to have her. You can read our Juneteenth posts with Sheryl here and here, and learn even more about her here and here. Well, to say we were excited to have Sheryl back to help us make paper snowflakes is definitely an understatement. We were beyond thrilled (I love any chance I can get to see a good friend!) and loved the energy she brought with her to this snowflake-making session!

Sheryl Ellsworth and Brittany

Here’s the video of us making paper snowflakes together:

Here’s how to make your very own paper snowflakes:

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Making Paper Snowflakes

  1. Take a standard 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper and fold it in half diagonally. It should look like a triangle now.
  2. Fold it in half again, diagonally, so it’s a smaller triangle now.
  3. Now, fold the paper in thirds. It will look like a flattened ice cream cone when you’re done.
  4. Cut off the top, excess portion of the paper so you have a neat little narrow triangle.
  5. Now you can use your template to trace the snowflake pattern onto your folded piece of paper.
  6. Cut out your snowflake, being careful not to cut too far into the other edge!
  7. Carefully, unfold your snowflake and press flat.
  8. Done!

If you’d like a little more guidance, see our full paper snowflake tutorial here.

paper snowflake

More Inspiration

If you loved making paper snowflakes with us, we’re sure you’ll love these festive Christmas crafts, too! Holiday Napkin Folding, DIY Paper Christmas Cactus, DIY Christmas Bulb Advent Calendar, DIY Patterned Christmas Poppers, DIY Bottlebrush Tree, and DIY Accordion Christmas Village.

Fiskars paper snowflakes group


Paper Poinsettia Wreath

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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.

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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.

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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!

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  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!

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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.

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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.

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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.


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.

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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!

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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.