Posts Categorized: DIY

christmas + DIY + holiday + Projects / Thursday, 29 Nov 2018

Paper Holiday Greenery Gift Toppers

Paper Holiday Greenery

Chances are you’ll wrap more presents this month than you have this whole year! The House That Lars Built is here to make sure those gifts are in tip-top shape before tucked under the tree. Wrapping a gift is a part of what makes a gift special. It shows that you spent a little extra time on someone. And we all know that time equals love!

We took brown paper packages tied up with string and added a little something extra. I love the idea of topping presents with fresh greenery, but decided paper was a better route since it’s cheaper and I already have it on hand. I used ASTROBRIGHTSⓇ paper to create all the seasonal toppers and tied them on with some red and white baker’s twine. Read on →

christmas + DIY + Projects / Wednesday, 28 Nov 2018

Head to Toe Swedish Christmas with Cricut

The Christmas season has arrived and everyone on the Lars team is putting up their tree! It’s always difficult determining how I want to decorate my tree each year: classic red and greens, all white, lovely pastels? However, changing your holiday decor each year can get a bit pricey… but not when it’s done with paper! This year we partnered up with Cricut to create a Head to Toe Swedish Christmas made entirely out of paper! That’s right, ornaments, garlands, tree topper, and gift tags that you can cut out with your Cricut machine and be done in a jiffy! We were inspired by traditional Swedish Christmas decor; Straw ornaments, Dala horses, and advent stars, all turned into paper versions. So DIY your holiday this year and tap into the Christmas spirit.

Get the templates to make your own!

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christmas + DIY + holiday + Projects / Monday, 26 Nov 2018

Christmas Photo Advent Challenge

Christmas Photo Advent Challenge

There are few things I like more than Advent Calendars. The anticipation that builds throughout the whole month of December is unparalleled! This year we wanted to create an Advent Calendar that really encouraged us to enjoy the season. We’ve teamed up with FUJIFILM to create the Christmas Photo Advent Challenge! We’ve compiled a list of 25 things to do in December that are sure to get you into the holiday spirit–consider it your Christmas Bucket List.

Christmas Photo Advent Challenge

Each day in December select one item from the Advent Challenge printable and commit to do it that day! Then take a photo of yourself doing the activity and print it out using the FUJIFILM instax SHARE® SP-3 SQ printer. This printer is amazing because you don’t need a special camera to take these photos. You simply download the Instax SHARE app and print photos you’ve taken on your phone, from social media apps, or photo accounts on the FUJIFILM instax SQUARE® film. It’s really genius because you can make sure you’ve got a perfect photo BEFORE you print. Yes, please! Read on →

DIY + Projects / Monday, 19 Nov 2018

Keepsake Travel Boxes

Keepsake Travel BoxesI’ve had some plain wooden boxes sitting around Jasper’s room and have been anxious to get some paint on them. I mean, I should be fine with something plain, for once, but they were begging for color and a purpose. I finally figured out what to do with them–keepsake travel boxes! After each trip, I would fill a box with all the souvenirs, mementos, and photos that I collected. It serves as a physical reminder of all the fun and keeps me from misplacing all the special items gathered from the trip (unfortunately, a common problem in my life). Each wooden box is painted in a pattern and color scheme inspired by the destination. For example, the Mexico box is painted with a bright color block pattern. Then I can place all of my trinkets inside: polaroids, plane tickets, brochures, flight wings, coins, books, etc.

Keepsake Travel Boxes

The Lars team has been able to go on a handful of wonderful trips in the past year and traveling has been a breeze thanks to Alaska Airlines and their global partners. The latest Lars escapade was to Orlando, where Mary and her sister Emily visited Harry Potter World. Alaska Airlines is our go-to for any West Coast flights, but they are also a great airlines for cross-continental trips as well. Mary and Emily had a ball on their vacation and these Keepsake Travel Boxes are the perfect way to remember every detail!
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DIY + holiday + Projects / Thursday, 15 Nov 2018

Printable Christmas Song Bingo

Are you of the opinion that Christmas music shouldn’t start until after Thanksgiving? Or are you hopping on that one-horse-open-sleigh as soon as the air turns crisp?  Either way, those holly jolly tunes seem to make everything a bit more magical during the holiday season. This year we’re celebrating some of our all-time favorite Christmas songs–and you better believe Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You is on my list. We’ve teamed up with Sony to create a Christmas Song Bingo game with their holiday playlist this year, a dream come true collaboration. Trust me, this playlist is THE soundtrack of the season, full of beloved classics and recent pop renditions.  

Click to read more and get the Bingo download!

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