Interns: Where Are They Now? with Lindsey Deschamps

Who is Lindsey Deschamps?

Lindsey Deschamps is an artist & illustrator based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She creates cheeky art, stationery, and accessories for people who like an artful aesthetic, but with a little bit of offbeat humor thrown in there. Inspired by food, flowers, weird vintage tchotchkes, and all the other little things that bring her joy, she loves to create products & illustrations that make people smile.

What did you dream of becoming when you were younger?

When asked as a young kid, I always told people I wanted to work at an ice cream shop so that when people asked me, “Lindsey, how’d you get so buff?” I could say (with a proud, smug face) “Scoopin’ ice cream 😏”(Just my right arm though I guess…? haha) And for the unlimited access to ice cream samples, of course.

When I got a little older, I considered journalism, but once I started taking art classes in high school, I knew I wanted to do something visually creative. It was around that time too that I realized my ultimate goal was running my own business. Now, I sell ice cream art & products in my shop, so I guess you could say I’ve come full circle? 🙂

Lindsey Deschamps flowers

How did you originally hear about The House that Lars Built and the internship you did with us?

While I was studying graphic design at BYU, I kept seeing more and more of my classmates’ cool projects on Instagram that they were doing at their Lars internships. So as soon as I had some free time in my schedule, I knew I wanted to apply!

What was your internship focus/how long did you intern with us?

I did a graphic design internship August – December 2017.

What was your favorite part of the internship?

I loved being around a bunch of creative people all the time who loved color, art, and craft as much as I did! It was also really fun to see how Brittany’s ideas went from idea to execution and everything behind the scenes.

Lindsey Deschamps strawberry

How was the internship influential in your creative journey to where you are now?

At my Lars internship, I got a crash course in creating high quality designs on a tight schedule and receiving real-world feedback, which helped me learn how to design more quickly & efficiently. This has helped me soo much in jobs & gigs I’ve had since, I can’t even tell you! Most importantly, being around Brittany’s artful influence was really foundational for me as a young designer. Watching her & the Lars team style photos, edit things down, curate art, etc. helped me learn how to discern my own tastes and what I like & don’t like for my own art style.

What is one accomplishment in your creative life that you are proud of and why?

Opening my online shop, designing my own products, and selling at my first in-person art market. These three are lumped together for me as a huge milestone that I’ve been working on for years, and finally reached this summer! I’ve known for about ten years now that I want to run my own creative business doing something that makes people happy, and after trying 3-4 different businesses over the years, it feels amazing to have finally found the one that I LOVE doing and feels like the right step moving forward.

What are some goals you have moving forward?

My biggest goal right now is to grow my online shop and product line to a point where I can leave my day job as a motion graphic designer and focus on my business full-time. (Fingers crossed. Don’t tell my boss. Jk he probably already knows cause this is pretty much all I can think about 24/7.) It’ll probably take a few years, but I’m slowly getting there step by step which feels great. Also I’d love to sell at more local in-person markets soon! Talkin’ to all the people is so fun. 

Lindsey Deschamps I have no idea what I'm doing

Any fun things coming up in the near future? 

Yes! Right now, I’m working on a fun new collection of stickers, tees, and Christmas ornaments called Foodie Friends – and everyone’s invited to vote on their favorite designs! Starting on September 19th, I’ll be posting a different ‘foodie friend’ illustration (person wearing a food costume haha) every day for 30 days. Then each week, everyone gets to vote on their favorite ‘contestants,’ and the winners will be available as shirts and Christmas ornaments in my shop in early November. Follow along on Instagram or Tiktok @lindseydaystudio to join in and vote!

What advice would you give to someone trying to decide if a creative internship is for them? 

If you want to get real-world experience in a fun, art-focused, colorful business, you’ll love interning at Lars! Whether you want to work as a creative professional or not, but especially if a creative career is your goal, interning at Lars is a great way to meet people and be inspired.

Where can we find your work?

You can find Lindsey Deschamps’ work at @lindseydaystudio on Instagram and Tiktok, and her website,

More Inspiration

Loved this former intern interview with Lindsey Deschamps? You might also be interested in our Becoming Series, where we interview female creatives about their process of becoming who they are.

Customizable Father’s Day Portrait

A Customizable Father’s Day Portrait

We’re so excited to share this tutorial with you! What could be better than a fully customizable Father’s Day portrait in the form of a collage? It’s simple, promotes creativity, and keeps kids busy when it’s just too hot to be outside all afternoon.

No matter how many or how diverse the fathers in your life are, you can make a fun, playful portrait for them with this customizable collage!


Here’s how to make your own:

How to Make Your Own Father’s Day Portrait

  1. First, download our Father’s Day Portrait template found here.
  2. Note: If you don’t have a cricut maker, print and cut out the template with scissors. If you have a cricut maker (well worth the investment for this project), simply select the color of paper and shapes you want to cut out and go to town customizing your dad’s portrait!
  3. For our portraits, we chose a variety of colors. Let your kids make it as bold and fun as they want! No color is out of bounds here, but if you want, you can use our photos as a reference for some fun combos.
  4. When you’re done cutting out the pieces, assemble them onto a plain white sheet of cardstock (we’d recommend 8.5″ x 11″ or 12″ x 12″), gluing as you go.
  5. After you’ve glued all the pieces down, you can frame it if you want, or leave it as is.
  6. Done!

I love that this customizable Father’s Day collage is so versatile and playful. I can’t wait to see what you and your kids come up with. Let us know in the comments!

More Inspiration

For more Father’s Day inspiration, see our Father’s Day Gift Guide. Also try our Father’s Day tie and bowtie, Father’s Day lollipop prize ribbons, and our Father’s Day origami shirt gift bags.


Our New Casetify Collection: BLOOM

Our History with Casetify

If you’ve been following along, you’ll know all about our debut Casetify collection, which launched last fall. Since then, we haven’t been able to get enough! We painted mini pumpkins inspired by the collection, which was such a fun DIY twist on the phone cases. The retro florals featured in that collection also snuck its way into our new spring tablescape! After some time passed and we became familiar with our new phone cases, we also released a Casetify honest review, which you can read here.

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Our New Casetify Collection: BLOOM

We couldn’t help but give you a little teaser along the way to get you excited about our launch. Remember those nesting Easter eggs? Well keep those in mind as you scroll through the phone case options–a few of them just might look familiar. Here’s the link to our full collection of brand new phone cases!

My Bloom Magazine Inspiration

This new collection leans fully into spring and the myriad of beautiful flowers in bloom. Hence the name, Bloom. But the name wasn’t only inspired by beautiful blooming flowers. When I was a kid, I made a magazine called Bloom! Can you believe it?! It’s like I knew what would follow, so many years before phone cases were even on the brain. This magazine was thorough, too–it included ads, recipes, advice, the whole nine yards.

Here are some highlights of the magazine, because they’re too good not to share:

If you couldn’t read that, it says “the claw. A softener, a loosener, an everything.” Amazing.

Needless to say, I’ve been thinking about flowers and gardens long enough that it was about time for a phone collection featuring them.

Garet’s Inspiration Behind the Collection

Garet, our designer, worked night and day to design this magnificent flower garden of a collection. Her connection to painting and, specifically, flowers, goes way back as well. She’s named after her grandmother, Margaret. At Margaret’s funeral, they had peonies in honor of her since she loved them so much. Hence, this jaw-droppingly lovely peony was born.

The story goes on. Garet’s aunt, who took care of Margaret before she died, taught Garet to paint–especially flowers. Garet’s aunt instilled a love of painting flowers in Garet from the time she was young and it has, shall we say bloomed? Ever since.

Some of our Favorites

Here are some of our favorite cases:

Look familiar? You may be thinking of the Easter dress we made out of the secret garden print!

But florals aren’t the only options in this versatile collection. We also have some bold, geometric prints that are lovely as well.

I especially love the tumbling blocks! The best part is all of the customizable options Casetify offers. I can’t get enough of that neon yellow with the pink and red tumbling block!

Casetify Discount Code

For followers of The House that Lars Built, Casetify is offering a 15% discount at checkout with code THTLB15. 

If you get one of our cell phone cases, tag us with #Larsforcasetify. We would love to see them! 


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!

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.

Becoming Nina Cosford

Please write a short, 3rd-person bio about yourself

Nina Cosford is a freelance illustrator based in the seaside town of Hastings, UK. Her work centres around storytelling and capturing the woes and wonders, ups and downs of everyday life – particularly themes experienced by women. She loves to travel whenever possible and never goes anywhere without her sketchbook!
Nina Cosford illustating

What do you consider yourself? Example: Artist, designer, illustrator, maker, business person, educator, etc.?

Overall, I’d refer to myself as a creative. Professionally, I’m an illustrator.

Where did you grow up? Were there aspects of your childhood that have influenced what you do now?

I grew up in a small Surrey town, about an hour away from London. My bedroom window looked out onto the North Downs – chalky cliffs and wooded hills – which I would draw countless times in all seasons. I was lucky to live in a place with lots of history, pretty architecture and stunning natural landscapes. It really got me looking at places and people from a young age and encouraged me to document my surroundings through observational drawing and imaginative writing. I think that urge to document and respond has stayed with me ever since, both as a person and as a creative professional.

What did you dream of becoming when you were younger?

Ha! A lot of things over the years…an Egyptologist, a detective constable, an astronaut. Funnily enough, I don’t recall ever setting out to be an artist or work in the creative industry – it just gradually happened as my life went on.
Nina Cosford illustration

Is there a person who has been influential in your chosen career path?

Lots of people! But I guess a lot of things can start from home. My dad is a freelance commercial artist so I grew up observing how he worked and how seriously he took his craft. I think that inspired me to see the arts in a more legitimate light unlike many other young people who can – sadly – often be discouraged from pursuing a creative career. I just thought “of course you can draw for a living” because that’s what I could see and thought it could be as normal as any other job. Whilst I wasn’t actively guided into being a commercial artist, I wasn’t discouraged. I felt a sense of unconditional trust and support from my family which I was fortunate to have. This gave me the space and confidence to make my own choices.

What sparked your interest in illustration?

I’ve drawn for as long as I’ve been able to hold a pen. I have an inherent need to observe, record and respond to the world around me. I find that illustration is such an effective and powerful way to capture a moment, idea, message or feeling.
Nina Cosford illustration
Nina Cosford illustration

What is one piece of work that you are especially proud of and why?

Back in 2019, I launched a Kickstarter campaign to create and self-publish a book about the Trans-Siberian Railway. I was amazed and touched at how much support and encouragement I got. It really was the trip of a lifetime travelling from Moscow to Beijing by train, through the stunning landscapes of Siberia and Mongolia. I felt so happy and lucky to be able to do something so epic and turn it into work as well.

Nina Cosford book

Another “pinch me” moment was last year when I first saw and held the sketchbook I’d designed! After years of using sketchbooks (my favourite stage of the creative process) and endlessly searching for one that ticked all the boxes for me, I decided to take a leap of faith and design my own. It’s feels pretty surreal to be making work in a product I’ve 100% designed myself and to see lots of other people using it too! It’s something I’m super proud of.

Nina Cosford sketchbook

Nina Cosford sketchbook

What is your illustrative process like?

Generally, I start a project by studying the brief, researching the client I’m working with, and considering the audience and context the work is going to be made for. Once I have all this information, I think up different ways of approaching the brief. That means trying out different elements, compositions, angles, colour schemes etc. Once the client is happy with an approach, I crack on with mocking up finals or jumping straight into the final execution. Sometimes I do a piece early on which I end up preferring to overworked pieces later made, and try to retain or revert back to the energy and feeling of the earlier works, if that’s working better.

Nina Cosford illustrating

With self-initiated work, I generate work far more spontaneously and particularly like to work when I’m on the move or between jobs. When I start working on something, I often begin by making lots of scribbles and notes which turn into tiny roughs. I play around with different composition options until I develop the one I think is best, which I then scale up to a bigger rough. Next, I either trace this to make the final piece from, using a mix of brush pen markers and coloured pencil (if I am working physically) or I make the final artwork on my iPad (using ProCreate and the Apple Pencil).

Sometimes I just photograph the finished (physical) drawing on my phone and share it straight away, other times I scan it in and tweak it on the computer; it depends on what the piece is for and how refined it needs to be. I do enjoy the immediacy of uploading a piece I’ve just drawn – straight from my sketchbook – as it still feels fresh and raw and not too overworked. I also quite like having more than one project on the go (whether another commission or a self-initiated project) as it breaks up my schedule and bit and keeps it all feeling a little fresher.

Where do you find inspiration for new creations?

It’s always hard to pinpoint an answer to this question. It sounds cheesy, but I try to be inspired by (almost) everything or at least have an interest in most things. The best inspiration can be found in the most unusual or unexpected places. As much as I admire the work of other illustrators / artists, I find it’s best not to look too closely or too often as this doesn’t always give me confidence – comparison is not a good habit!

Instead, I love going to museums, browsing Pinterest where I have dozens of specifically themed boards, listening to film scores, going for walks outside, looking at buildings, rearranging my shelves and making displays, sitting in coffee shops, people-watching, journalling and travelling as much as I can. These habits help to refresh my head and eyeballs and allow me to step outside of myself.

Nina Cosford sketchbook

Nina Cosford illustrations

What is a piece of advice that you have carried with you and who is it from? Do you have a personal motto?

It’s easy to get into a funk, especially when your job relies on being inspired, motivated, creative and productive like ALL the time (and there’s only one of you!). I think it’s really important to identify when it’s time to take a break and when it’s time to “just get on with it” (that motto helps me get through a lot!).

Nina Cosford quote

How do your surroundings influence your work?

Over the pandemic, particularly during the lockdowns, I was mainly working from home and, whilst I was fortunate to be able to do that, it wasn’t my ideal working environment. I found myself getting so easily distracted and that line between home mode and work mode became blurrier and blurrier. Instead, I love going into my studio to work (which is in a shared building in town, a 10 minute walk from my home).

I really appreciate having my own space, playing whatever music I’m in the mood for and cracking on with tasks at my big desk with my ergonomic chair (cannot stress how important a decent chair is!). My room is full of all my art materials, inspirational books, my drawing archives, a comfy armchair to read in and all sorts of weird and wonderful trinkets I’ve collected over the years. It totally feels like my own space.

Nina Cosford materials

What is a typical day like for you?

Being freelance, each day is often different which keeps things varied and interesting. But I also like patterns and routine, so I try to implement these where I can, however unpredictable work can be. The day usually starts a little on the slow side; sitting still with a cup of coffee or tea and making a to do list in my sketchbook. I often doodle the date or a title which helps to warm up my hands / creativity (and can be a useful form of procrastination too ha!).

It totally depends on my schedule and what projects I have on, but I try to tackle the more administrative (or boring) tasks first, and then spend the afternoon drawing or putting stuff together (the more creative aspects of my job). There’s so much more backend stuff that goes into being a self-employed illustrator! Research, time and project management, admin, negotiating contracts, managing my accounts, self-promotion etc etc etc! Drawing is just the fun bit on top

I’m a keen walker and love being outdoors so appreciate the walk to work (I have a studio away from home). I find fresh air and visual stimulation really important for my eyes and head and like to be able to ease in and out of work mode. Walking always helps!

Nina Cosford illustration

What advice would you give to someone who wants to self-teach a new hobby or skill?

Over lockdown, I taught myself to needle punch. It was challenging and frustrating at times but eventually I got the hang of it and ended up really enjoying it! I think it’s super important to channel one’s creativity in more than one way. Our jobs don’t have to define us and I believe everyone is creative – they just need to find their outlet. To self-teach, I used YouTube tutorials (it’s amazing how many resources there are on the internet), books, blogs and some advice from people and friends who had also tried it before. Don’t be afraid to ask others. Just give it a go!

Nina Cosford illustration

Do you have a secret talent? What is one skill that you are working on?

I make video game music! I’ve played piano since childhood and studied music technology at college. I regularly compose and practice on my Nord keyboard as I don’t want to forget how to play. A few years ago, when my partner Ali asked me to make a 16-bit style, retro-inspired soundtrack for the video game he was making, I jumped at the chance!

Nobody likes to talk about it, but can you share any advice regarding financing your business?

Don’t be afraid to ask for advice, see what your peers are charging and how they generally manage things, keep all your receipts, have a separate business account to keep everything tidy, try your best to live and spend within your means and learn to recognise when you can / should invest back into your business.

What is your long-term goal?

I’ve never been great at setting goals (long term or short term). I barely know what I’m doing next week! Saying that, I think it’s super important to keep stepping back from your work / life / self to acknowledge where you’re at, what you’ve achieved and where you’re headed. I like to do this through journalling and book in little “catch-up dates” with myself every couple of months. When it comes to looking toward the future, for me it can just be a vague outline or a feeling of what I think I want. And I guess that is to always pursue a creative life – not just through my illustration work but in how I live, my relationships with others, with nature and with the world.

Nativity Paper Dolls

Our Mid-Century Heirloom Nativity

If you’re new to this whole thing, I should start by introducing our mid-century heirloom nativity set. Inspired by the set my mom created when she was young, we decided to try our hand at creating our own version (I wish I could show you hers)! If you haven’t seen it, you can read more about our original nativity set here, since our original set is what inspired our nativity paper dolls.

Heirloom Nativity

But it turns out our relationship with that beloved Mid-Century Heirloom Nativity set was far from over. We received such a positive reaction from the first set that we got to work on the puzzle of manufacturing it, but to no avail. We did come up with a different solution, though: we decided to make a miniature version with wooden clothespins instead of the full-sized candlesticks. If you don’t want to spend quite so much time, painstakingly painting, this bite-sized, adorable version is for you!

Clothespin nativity

Nativity Craft Along

Midcentury painted heirloom nativity figures against a pink and red striped background.

After those two experiments with the nativity, we decided to launch our nativity craft along! This was SO much fun. We loved getting to support makers around the U.S. with donations throughout the craft along and from the charity auction at the end. There were so many wonderful things we learned. We especially loved getting to meet our guest stars and craft with them (and all of you!)


If you’re interested in reading more about our nativity craft along, see these posts: Nativity Craft Along, Nativity Craft Along: Meet Our Guests, and Nativity Craft Along: Auction Details.

Nativity Alternatives

All these experiences with our nativity helped us realize something: we wanted to make the nativity more accessible to a wider audience. As many of you know, the full-sized nativity set is quite the undertaking. It’s very time consuming, and some of you have mentioned feeling a bit inadequate as far as painting those perfect lines goes. It’s also not the ideal craft for younger children.

We partially addressed these concerns with our mini clothespin nativity. It’s a bit quicker because it’s smaller, but still requires some meticulous care with a paintbrush. So! If you want a fun nativity project related to our full-sized nativity, but that’s a lot more approachable, our nativity paper dolls are right up your alley!

nativity paper dolls

Nativity Paper Dolls

You may have noticed these sweet little paper dolls on our shop–they’ve been up for a few weeks now. We launched these towards the end of our nativity craft along, and we love this quick and easy version of the real thing! Spitting image of our original wooden nativity pieces, these are the perfect option if you don’t feel like your painting skills are quite up to par. They’re also great for younger audiences who aren’t quite ready for the meticulous patience the full-sized nativity requires. All you have to do is print and cut them out! You can find them in our shop. Play with them, hang them on the wall, these are such a fun little craft that’s quick and easy.

nativity paper dolls

uncut nativity paper dolls

Nativity Coloring Pages

When we decided to make nativity paper dolls, we couldn’t help but make some nativity paper doll coloring pages as well! These are a great alternative, especially if you’re looking for a festive, low-pressure activity to do with your kids at Christmastime.

nativity coloring pages

We love that these coloring pages are fun for a wide range of ages, and that you can happily color them any way you like! There’s no right or wrong way to do it, and they’ll look cute no matter what.

We would love to see your variations of our nativity paper dolls and coloring pages!


More Inspiration

If you loved reading about our Mid-Century Heirloom Nativity and all its variations, you’ll love these other quick and easy seasonal crafts. Our Printable cookie box is the perfect little package to send out holiday treats! Patterned Christmas Poppers are also a great way to send little goodies to friends and family. Need a little bit of color for your wall? Try our Cuckoo Holidays Print. And as you’re wrapping gifts, don’t forget about our Paper Holiday Gift Toppers and Holiday Gift Tags, which are such a fun way to spice up your wrapping job. Oh, and if you want to add to your tree decorations, Fair Isle Christmas Ornaments are a great option.

Kid’s Toys: Lars Shop Highlight

What is Eeboo?

We couldn’t tell you about our Eeboo kid’s toys without introducing the company’s incredible background. First of all, women and mothers run this company. I mean, who knows kid’s toys better than mothers? I love how thoughtful these toys are. They make board games, watercolor sets, puzzles, and so much more. (You can find them here!) It just goes to show how the experience of being a mother influences their ability to understand children’s brains and what they need. And need I mention that they have the awards (Oppenheim best toy awards and honors) to prove it?

kid's toys

kid's toys

Encouraging development in children

One amazing aspect of Eeboo as a company is their focus on developmental learning in kid’s toys. They help kids develop skills like literacy, storytelling, drawing, imaginative play, and basic math. I mean, could I be more impressed? Kid’s toys that help their development while also helping them have fun? I can say from experience that it can definitely be a challenge to get kids to want to settle down when they’re feeling wild. And you can forget concentrating on learning things like math. So to have kid’s toys that are fun, interactive, and help make learning fun is a dream come true.

kid's toys


At Eeboo, the goal with their kid’s toys is to integrate learning and play in a screen-free way. This is so important (and need I say refreshing?) when we all have screens coming out our ears! It’s hard to get away, and these kid’s toys are a really beautiful way to succeed at it.

Commissioned illustrators

They also commission all their artwork from well-known and well-loved illustrators. It shows, too! The illustrations make their kid’s toys feel so fresh and original–artwork straight from the source. And friends, these illustrations are beautiful. They are delicate, detailed, and full of personality. Need I add that they are colorful and bright? They’re just what every child needs to stay interested and engaged.

Look at the illustrations on these watercolors and paper! Incredible, right? They’d make the perfect gift for a rainy afternoon to get those creative juices flowing.

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Care and dedication

I’d have to say one of my favorite things about these Eeboo kid’s toys is the care and dedication they give to their customers. They even have a booklet that talks about their values and priorities. I mean, come on! They go to great efforts to be sustainable, respect diversity, value design, and so much more.

I just keep dreaming about the things I would have done if I’d had these toys as a kid. I love how these building blocks promote creativity and imaginative play, for instance.

kid's toys

If you haven’t caught on by now, I am in love with these kid’s toys and can’t wait for Jasper (and eventually Felix) to start playing with them! Click here to get to our whole Eeboo shop collection. If you also fell in love while reading this, you’ll probably also love these other favorites: Kid’s art kit, Op art paper mobile, Thanksgiving coloring placemats, and quilted dog book plate.

Family Costume Reveal

Where the Wild Things Are Family Halloween Costume

I just realized that this is our first family Halloween costume we’ve done with our kids. I always just highlighted Jasper–that was fine enough for me. But once Jasper started really acting like Max from Wild Things I knew we had to do this costume as a family. Gwen from our team took on the challenge and SHE NAILED IT! Seriously so good. We had a lot of hands on it too since I’m still in baby survival mode ;).

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Where the Wild Things are Max Costume Idea

This part of our family costume is so simple. Seriously, it hardly takes any time at all, so if you’re in a pinch, this is a great option: cute, cozy, and simple.

First things first, you’ll need a white jumpsuit. Easy. This is a good option if you need help finding one. We added in some more visible buttons like the illustration as well as a tail.

wild things max costume

You’ll also need: 

  • Faux fur like this (for the tail and crown)
  • A crown. For ours, we used Jasper’s flower lane crown. We would highly recommend! They are durable, comfortable, and adjustable and you can use them for birthdays and more. If you’re interested, you can find them here.
  • Hot glue, safety pin, or clip (to attach the tail)

Instructions for DIY Max Costume

  1. First, cut the length of the faux fur rope needed for Max’s head circumference. Tie in a knot. (crown should fit snugly inside)
  2. Then cut another piece of faux fur rope for the tail (estimate length as needed). Hot glue, pin, or clip the faux fur tail in place.
  3. Done! So easy, right?

max from where the wild things aremax and wild things costumes

Baby Wild Thing Halloween Costume

Baby’s costume was super simple because we started with a simple furry onesie base and worked it out from there.

wild things costume for baby

You will need:

  • Furry jumpsuit with hood (we used one like this)
  • Cardboard
  • Horn template from our shop
  • Masking tape
  • Acrylic paint (we used white and gray)
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Face paint (we used black for his little nose)

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DIY Cardboard Horns and feet for Wild Things Halloween Costume

where the wild things are papier mache mask

  1. For the horns, cut out two sets of our template, found here.
  2. Print out the templates.
  3. Trace the templates onto cardboard, then cut out the templates as indicated.
  4. Slide the two separate pieces into the corresponding slots, then wrap completely with masking tape so the cardboard is covered. Wrap as if you’re wrapping a mummy, so the tape is nice and flat, no bumps or wrinkles (this will make painting them a lot easier later!)where the wild things are webbed feet cardboard
  5. Paint the horns your desired color/pattern/texture! We did kind of a gradient to mimic the original illustrations in the book.
  6. For the feet, print out the template (found here), then trace it onto cardboard and cut out.
  7. Paint the feet however you want! We chose gray for the claws and white for the rest, then added some texture.
  8. Wait for the paint to dry, then use hot glue to attach the horns and claws to the furry jumpsuit.
  9. Ta da!

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Adult Where The Wild Things Are costumes

The adult wild things costumes were definitely the most time intensive of the family costumes, but are also showstoppers. So worth it. For these, you’ll need:wild things costume with big masks

  • Cardboard (plenty of it! You’ll use it for the masks and feet)
  • Newspaper, 1 part flour, 5 parts water, 2 Tbsp salt, and a pot for the paper mache
  • Scissors
  • Black faux fur like this
  • orange/brown yarn like this
  • Two baseball caps
  • Twine
  • Acrylic paint
  • Yellow sweatsuit set (something like this and this)
  • Brown hoodless sweatshirt
  • Gray sweats
  • Yellow felt
  • cream/white felt
  • Hot glue
  • Floral wire (we used 22 gauge)
  • Styrofoam balls for eyes (3in diameter balls are a good size)
  • Elastic (¾ or 1 in width is good)

wild things costume masks


Prepping the masks

  1. Cut out two large circles of cardboard, one for each mask. Make one slightly larger than the other.
  2. Cut three, evenly-spaced slits in the top third section of the cardboard circles
  3. Overlap each of the slits with each other slightly, then hot glue. This will give the mask a little dimension.
  4. Cut off the bottom third of each of the circles(these will be the mouths)
  5. For the teeth, cut out roughly ten triangles (just estimate the size) for the smaller, yellow wild thing, and 14 for the bigger, horned wild thing.
  6. Next, glue the teeth onto the bottom of the top third section, underlapping them slightly. Leave a few inches of space on each side of the teeth. Do this with both masks.
  7. Then, hot glue the bottom section of both masks back on, bending the top third around so the bottom section underlaps slightly and gives the sides and bottom a little to make a papier mache mask
  8. For the horns on the bigger wild thing, you can use the same template used for the baby wild thing (found here) and just make them bigger.
  9. For the eyes, poke wire through the styrofoam balls and loop back through to secure. Then poke the wire through the cardboard and twist in the back to secure.
  10. For the nose, take one styrofoam ball (for the center of the nose) and do the same thing you did with the eyes, placing it where the nose should go. Then, for each nostril, shave off the bottom as needed (roughly one third) to let the balls settle down on each side of the nose center. Secure with wire.
  11. Now, crumple/fold some pieces of newspaper and build them up around the top and bottoms of the eyes. These are the eyelids.

Now you’re ready to do the paper mache!

how to make a papier mache mask wild thingsPaper mache

Prepping the paste/newspaper

  1. Cut a bunch of long, thin strips of newspaper. It’s nice to have them cut in advance so you don’t have to do this with sticky hands later. Cut as many as you think you’ll need to cover both masks adequately in a couple layers.
  2. Boil 4 parts water. In separate bowl, whisk 1 part warm water with one part flour. Try to get out any lumps. If you live in a humid place, add a few tablespoons of salt to prevent mold growth. 
  3. Once the flour mixture is done, slowly stir into the boiling water. Mix it in well, then let boil for a few minutes. If it seems a little thick, you can add water, and if it seems thin, you can add flour.
  4. Now you’re ready to apply the glue!where the wild things are bird costume with long hair

Glueing the masks

  1. First, take a strip of newspaper and dip it into the paste. Coat the paper completely, sliding your fingers over the paper so the paper is covered in a thin layer of the paste. 
  2. The next step is to apply the sticky newspaper to the mask! (Note: you make want to use gloves for this step, it can get pretty messy)
  3. Keep applying the newspaper pieces until the mask is covered (cover the teeth, too!). Tip: Make sure to place them randomly, rather than going the same direction the whole time. The paper mache will hold better this way.
  4. Remember to cover the horns with paper mache, too! Wrap them like a mummy, using the same wrapping technique as for the baby wild thing horns.
  5. Let dry COMPLETELY before moving on to the next steps.


Once you’ve applied two or so coats and they’re dry, you’ll be ready to paint! Note: it usually takes at least a day or two for the paper mache to dry (faster in dry, hot climates, and slower in cold, humid climates).

papier mache maskFinishing touches

  1. Now for the fun part: paint the masks! Use ours as a reference for colors, and we’d also recommend looking at the original illustrations if you need more help figuring out how to paint them.
  2. After the paint is dry, you can cut out strips of the faux fur and hot glue them all around the bigger wild thing’s head. Cut strips of yarn and hot glue them onto the smaller wild thing’s head. To make the yarn look like it’s parted in the middle, you can fold the strips of yarn in half and glue the folded sections to the middle where the part is.where the wild things are with long hair
  3. Now, poke two eye holes below the nose (they will look like nostrils). You want to be able to see while wearing this thing!
  4. The next step is to hot glue the baseball caps inside the masks. Place them so the back of the hat is just above the eye holes. This should make it so you can see when the hat is on your head.
  5. If you would like, you can also hot glue a couple of pieces of twine to the back of the mask that you can tie around your head for extra stability.
  6. The masks are done! Whew!

family costume where the wild things arePrepping the adult clothing

Prepping the adult outfits of the family costume is simple:

  1. Cut out a bunch of yellow, felt strips. Hot glue them onto the brown sweatshirt.
  2. For the pants, cut out a bunch of strips that are flat on one side and have a row of triangles on the other (see photos of the costumes for details). Hot glue these on in rows.
  3. Last is the feet. For these, cut out cardboard feet using our templates (found here)
  4. Next, paint the claws on the yellow wild thing. We did white for the claws and the rest a bit textured with yellow, gray and brown.
  5. Glue a yellow piece of felt onto the main template for the smaller, yellow wild thing. For the bigger wild thing, glue gray felt onto the feet, then more white felt cut the same way the pants are.
  6. When the paint is dry, hot glue a strip of elastic to each corner of the backs of the feet to make loops like stirrups (the loops will attach around the backs of the heels and help keep the feet on over your shoes). 

That’s a wrap! Let the wild rumpus start!

If you loved this costume tutorial and would like to find more great family costume ideas, check out these other posts: Mom and Baby Costumes, Group Halloween Costumes, and Last Minute DIY Costumes, Jasper’s Viking Costume

Becoming Hallie Bateman

Meet Hallie Bateman

Hallie Bateman is a 32-year-old writer and illustrator. She is the author of 3 books, Brave New Work (MoMA, 2016), What To Do When I’m Gone (Bloomsbury, 2018) and Directions (Workman, 2021). She and her husband Jack have a dog named Spinelli.

comic illustration in four panels of a couple hugging and talking. In the first panel they say "I love you" and "I love you so much." The second panel has them looking happy and surprised. The third panel has one person saying "wait-" and in the fourth panel one figure says "are we old enough to get married?!"

What do you consider yourself? Example: Artist, designer, illustrator, maker, business person, educator, etc.?

The term I use most is “artist” because it feels most freeing. But I also say “illustwriter” sometimes because it’s silly and accurate. 

Where did you grow up? Were there aspects of your childhood that have influenced what you do now?

I grew up on a mountain outside a former gold rush town in Northern California called Sonora. Most people haven’t heard of it unless they went gold panning there on a field trip in 3rd grade.

Growing up on a mountain really rewarded creativity. There weren’t any other kids around, so my brothers and I had to make our own fun. For me, making art was how I played. I wrote, drew, took photos and made movies. My brother and I invented languages and drew comics together. 

I still think making art is the most fun way to spend time. It still feels like play. 

A painting of a moth dancing under a spotlight.

What did you dream of becoming when you were younger?

I wanted to be a veterinarian for my whole childhood. We had lots of animals (llamas, pigs, emus) and I was obsessed with them. I drew, photographed and wrote about them. But I didn’t enjoy math or science in school, so the veterinarian dream faded. 

I was pretty uncertain about what I wanted to be until my junior year of college, when I started drawing more and I realized illustration was a career I could pursue. I’d never known any professional artists so this felt like a wild realization to me at the time. 

painting of a woman sitting on a bench in a museum.

Is there a person who has been influential in your chosen career path?

Lynda Barry is my north star. I discovered her work around the time I realized I wanted to make comics. Her work totally opened my eyes to what was possible with comics. 

Three panel comic celebrating Lynda Barry

The rawness of her work is part of what makes it so powerful. Seeing that made me realize there weren’t any rules, I didn’t need to go to art school to be an artist, and the imperfections in my work could be part of its power. 

ink illustration of a man crawling through the desert saying "paper..."

What inspired you to become an artist?

Even though I didn’t realize I wanted to be an artist until college, looking back, I’ve always been an artist. It doesn’t feel like a choice. It’s who I am. I care about making art more than almost anything else, so I’m going to try to make art for the rest of my life. 

illustration of a person pushing up their sleeves at a table in front of an empty book. It's in blue, and there's text that reads "I don't know what I'm going to write. I don't need to know. Right now I'm just rolling up my sleeves."

What is one piece of work that you are especially proud of and why?

I’m proud of the book I made with my mom, What To Do When I’m Gone. It feels like an unbelievable triumph to have collaborated with my mom the way we did. And we’ve gotten so many messages from so many readers who said the book touched them deeply. So I feel especially proud of that. To have chipped away at human suffering a bit.

Photo of a book, What to Do When I'm Gone, on a white background

Where do you find inspiration for new creations?

I don’t have to look too hard. It usually comes down to just paying attention. A few months ago I was sitting in a hammock in my backyard, and I heard a rustling noise. I looked around and spotted a baby mouse on the ground nearby. He was barely breathing. In his little hand was a bougainvillea flower. 

I lost my mind trying to figure out how to help him. I paced the house, googled furiously, but couldn’t figure out how to help or what to do. I sobbed uncontrollably until my husband came home and consoled me. We decided to place the mouse somewhere his mom might find him. I’m almost positive he died, but we couldn’t admit that to ourselves at the time. 

Later, I drew the mouse. I had to. 

That’s usually how it works. 

painting of a mouse holding a bougainvillea flower in a gloved human hand.

How do you make social connections in the creative realm?

Again, paying attention! I pay attention to who’s around me, both in virtual and physical spaces. Being an artist is pretty great for making friends, because people are expressing themselves. It feels easier to find friends. Everyone has their little beacon shining. 

Illustration of people and a dog walking in paths across a white background. There are red, white, and blue lines trailing behind each of them. Text in the middle reads "It's a miracle we ever met."

What books, movies, shows, or music are making you excited these days?

Books: I’m currently reading Sister Helen Prejean’s 1993 book Dead Man Walking. It’s about her experience as a spiritual advisor to men on death row. It’s fascinating and heartbreaking. I’m trying to learn more about the criminal justice system in this country. 

Movies: I recently saw The Parking Lot Movie and have been telling everyone to watch it. 

Shows: My husband and I are pretty deep into the Up series right now. It’s a British documentary series begun in 1964. The filmmakers follow 10 men and 4 women through their lives, beginning when they’re just 7 years old and checking in with them every 7 years. Right now, the subjects are in their 60s. It’s a mindblowing work of art and I can’t believe it exists. In addition to giving me so much to think about for my own life, it’s given me a deeper understanding of my parents’ generation. 

Music: I’m really into Green-House these days. I put it on when I’m drawing or writing and just get in the zone. It’s so soothing and beautiful. 

Painting of a person jumping on a trampoline in a green backyard

What is a piece of advice that you have carried with you and who is it from? Do you have a personal motto?

My cartoonist pal Corinne Mucha gave me amazing business advice years ago. She said she judges a job by asking herself the following questions: 

  • Will it be fun? 
  • Does it pay well? 
  • Will it advance my career? 

If it’s all three, take it. If it’s two out of three, take it. If it’s only one, turn it down. 

Black and white ink painting of three figures standing on a hill and singing to the moon

Nobody likes to talk about it, but can you share any advice regarding financing your business?

My advice would be to really treat it like a business. If you’re like me, that won’t come naturally to you. So ask for all the help you need. 

I am fortunate that my older brother Ben pulled me aside in my mid-twenties and very politely told me to get my shit together. And offered to help me do that. At the time, I didn’t treat art like work. I had no boundaries. I planned poorly and pulled all-nighters frequently. I was underpaid and overworked and still treating my job like it was a fluke, and I’d be found out any day. So I hadn’t figured out a lot of logistics. 

Ben taught me how to ask for more money, how to organize my finances and to value my own time. He taught me to quote clients accurately. If something was going to take me 8 hours, shouldn’t I be paid more than if it would only take me 3? He taught me how to keep a schedule and (mostly) stick to it. 

Since his intervention, I’ve been a lot happier. I still call him frequently with questions. I’ve always been bummed about not having an artist mentor, but I think most artists need business mentors more, anyway. Someone needs to show us how to make money. 

a pink piece of paper with the following written in ink: directions when it's good, try, try to enjoy it. Things are allowed to be good.

Is there anything more you would like to “become?”

Although it kinda terrifies me, I want to become a parent. I hope that’ll happen in the next few years. 

painting of a car moving down a dark forest road with bright yellow headlights beaming ahead.

What is your long-term goal?

This is a hard question for me to answer right now. For years I’ve obsessed about the future and forced myself to set big, scary, ambitious goals. I’ve pushed myself to run towards what scares me creatively and professionally.  

The pandemic has shaken some of that drive out of me. My art is too busy being my coping mechanism for me to ask much more of it. 

Plus, I’m a little sick of striving, of never being satisfied with anything because a bigger goal always falls into place. Recently I had to admit I’m currently living the dream my former self worked really hard to make real, and it’s incredible. I work with brilliant people, doing work I truly enjoy doing. I am alive. I am married to someone I adore. We have a cute dog. For once, I’m not planning and plotting. 

I want to give this moment its due by actually experiencing it. 

an ink painting of someone sitting on another person's shoulders picking a grapefruit on a sidewalk

Find Hallie Online

You can find more of Hallie Bateman’s work on her website and on her Instagram @hallithbates. Don’t forget to check out her books Brave New WorkWhat to Do When I’m Gone, Love Voltaire Us Apart, and Directions, as well as other writings.

You can read about more inspiring artists in our Becoming series. If you’re especially interested in reading about artists, check out our interviews of Michelle Franzoni Thorley, Rachel Kiser Smith, Tricia Paoluccio, Lynne Millar, Julie Marabelle, and more!

all images included in this article are courtesy of Hallie Bateman.

Nativity Craft Along

Christmas is a perfect time to join up with our community and do something fun together, so we dreamed up a craft along. After all, there’s no better time to get out your glue and paints than during the holidays! And what’s more classic and meaningful than a handmade gift? I definitely don’t know of anything.

Well, as the Lars team continued scheming and dreaming, our craft along plans got better and better, and now we’re SO EXCITED to make this Mid-Century Heirloom nativity craft along with you!

unpainted wooden angel figure from a midcentury nativity against a pink and red background

We’ve teamed up with a few celebrities and crafting heroes, and to be quite honest, I’m already starstruck. Like, let’s just say that I’m going to meet my childhood hero and that we’ll be wearing pink on Wednesdays from here on out. We’ll be releasing our star crafters through our mailing list (sign up here!), but I’d also love to hear your guesses in the comments. 😉

You’ll also be able to meet our star crafters through weekly Instagram Live events, where we’ll be working on a character from the nativity every week.

Heirloom Nativity

So what’s a craft along?

A craft along is a way of building community with your fellow crafters while all working on the same (or a similar) project. Our nativity craft along is a perfect opportunity to get ready for Christmas (because we all know that it sneaks up on us every year) and get to know your Lars community a bit better. We’ll all be making a midcentury heirloom nativity together, and it’s going to be so lovely! Even though summer’s still on its way out, we wanted to jump into our handmade holiday plans early because this is a project that you’ll want to begin waay in advance. Get a head start on your handmade holidays and join in the fun with this nativity craft along!

Crafting with a cause

As I’ve mentioned in these two essays, I recently partnered with Nest and I’m now part of their advisory board. I really believe in Nest’s mission to support woman makers in the global economy, and I’m so grateful to be part of their amazing work. We’ve set the very exciting goal to raise $50,000 for Nest through this nativity craft along, and we’re doing it in three ways:

  1. Ebook sales: for each ebook sold, we’re donating $5 (with an option for you to donate even more at checkout).
  2. Donations: we’ll collect donations during Instagram Live events with our famous crafters (think a 21st century twist on a classic fundraising telethon). During these Instagram Live events you’ll get to know some of your favorite crafty celebrities a bit better, and you can work on your heirloom nativity alongside them and me! Doesn’t that sound dreamy? You can donate to Nest over here!
  3. Auction: After all these Instagram Live crafting sessions we’ll auction off our two completed midcentury nativities! There will be one made by me and one made by our favorite crafting celebs, and all the money we raise by auctioning them will go to Nest.  So even if you’re not a big fan of crafting, you can get your own gorgeous heirloom midcentury nativity (and it just might come with some star power).

Heirloom Nativity

However you do it, your participation in this nativity craft along will help us reach our fundraising goal and help Nest support woman artisans all over the world.

Make Your Own Heirloom Nativity!

Years ago when we first released our Midcentury Nativity project, we used a combination of vintage, found, and purchased wooden pieces. While I love the way our old set looks, it’s impossible to replicate exactly. That can be so frustrating! So this year we’ve worked hard to come up with an excellent set of wooden pieces that you can buy to make your nativity match with ours. If you buy these materials, your pieces will also align just right with the templates we made in our ebook! Convenience and unity for the win!

unpainted wooden finials and candlesticks in the form of wooden nativity characters

You can find all the materials we used over in the e-book including the specific wood pieces for the right combinations.

Here are the colors we are using for the set:

unpainted wooden wise man figurine from a nativity set against a pink and red striped background

To get templates and tips you can download our ebook!

Follow Along

The best way to stay on top of all our craft along content by following us on Instagram and subscribing to the newsletter. Now enter the giveaway, order your materials, and let’s get crafting!

baby Jesus unpainted wooden figure on a pink and red striped background

Looking for more nativity projects? If you love this, you’ll also love our DIY nativity puppets, this clothespin nativity, and this nesting doll DIY.

Spring Art Prints for Spring Cleaning

Every season we make it a habit to replace our throws, cushions, and seasonal holiday decor. Rarely do we consider how our wall art can bring about seasonal moods. Wrap up your spring cleaning by replacing some of the artwork in your home. Change them up with spring art prints for a fresh feel without having to redecorate anything else. From fine art to whimsical illustrations, our shop carries art for every interior style and personality.

Field of Colored Flowers Papercut print by Julie Marabelle on a stack of books in a blue striped bedroom

For the Home that Loves Colors and Patterns

Flowers are the emblem of spring, so why not choose ones in pretty color schemes by Adriana Picker. Any of them make a delightful statement and all four together clearly displays your readiness for spring.

Floral art prints by Adriana Picker

If you have been meaning to add bold colors in your room but haven’t had the chance to do so yet, try adding this Perforated Print or Color Block by Abby Low. They add balance when paired with colorful photographs like Miami Mountain by Jane Meritt or Yellow Mustard by Chaunté Vaughn.

Bold geometric art prints by Abby Low

Display Merricat’s Mushroom by Jessica Whittaker adjacent to a Pear by Amanda Jane Jones which make pink and green a perfect spring pair. For those who are looking for some art with text, check out Openness is Essential for Creativity by Lisa Congdon and Flamenco Flamingos by Alli Stocco.

Colorful art print with the words "openness is essential to creativity" among brightly-colored candlesticks and plants in a green space.

Lastly, wall art is never complete without a portrait somewhere. Use Be Willing to Destroy by Beci Orpin as a bold display for inspiration. Or add portraits of Iris Apfel and Grace Coddington as part of your new spring art print collection.

Graphic portrait of a woman with the text "be willing to destroy" among art supplies on a pink wall

Portrait of Grace Coddington by Josefina Shargorodsky among paper and real plants on a patterned wall

For the Home that Loves Neutral Tones and Muted Patterns

Floral prints by Chaunte Vaughn on a mint green wall

Starting with flowers, consider Stone Fruit or Anemones by Lynne Miller and Anthurium or Lily by Chaunté Vaughn. They are impactful images but neutral in color and tone. Seven Flowers by Yas Imamura conveys a calming and peaceful state of mind. Julie Marabelle created lovely dimensional papercut flower prints, like this Blue Potted Flowers that come in colored versions and blue versions. They are sure to be a favorite in your home.

Art print of seven blue flowers by Yas Imamura in a tranquil, neutral space.

If you’re looking for muted photographs, check out Jane Merrit’s photos, like Tropics Hotel. If you’re looking for illustrations, Monica Dorazewski drew several that are perfectly minimal yet full of personality. My favorites for spring are Easter Egg Lady and Riding Along with Flowers.


Art print of Easter Egg Lady by Monica Dorazewski on a white background with a paper tree on the side.

For portraits, Becoming by Cat Seto and Little Women by Becca Stadtlander are perfect options. If you want to add a bit of your own personality, choose an illustration by Libby VanderPloeg that corresponds to your job or interests, like this Gardener for spring.

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

We hope you find several art prints to add to your spring art print collection. Print them yourself or order them printed and framed. We recommend having prints on hand for each season!

Field of Blue Flowers Papercut and Colored Potted Flowers Papercut art prints by Julie Marabelle on a wall with spruce-themed wallpaper.