Posts Categorized: guest blog

guest blog + paper flowers + Projects / Monday, 22 Jul 2013

18 MORE best paper flower tutorials

I’m continuing the monthly guest blog series over at Laura Ashley with a round-up of some of my favorite paper flower tutorials. Previously, I wrote about my favorite 15 here on Lars, but there are just so many so I had to add some more. Paper flowers are here to stay! Some are sweet little abstractions while others are spot on accurate.

  1. Paper rose by Lia Griffith
  2. Floral headband
  3. Thuss + Farrell
  4. Anemone
  5. Bouquet
  6. Oversized paper rose
  7. Orchid
  8. Branch of flowers
  9. Tiger striped corsage
  10. Peony
  11. Hanging flowers
  12. Dahlias
  13. Flower tree
  14. Pink flowers
  15. Oversized standing flowers
  16. Lily of the valley
  17. Lily
  18. Tissue paper flowers

Head on over to Laura Ashley. And check out round 1 of the best paper flower tutorials here.

design*sponge + DIY + guest blog + Projects / Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012

Laundry rack

Confession: I don’t always use the diy projects that I make. I don’t! Our place is way too tiny to keep it all so I  tend to give a lot of stuff away. Well, when I was thinking of projects to do for my summer series for design*sponge, I tried thinking of things that I would actually use and a laundry rack was high on my list. With no dryer, drying space is essential and our one iron rack doesn’t always cut it so i triggered up this hanging rack out of wood and rope. The best part about it is that it’s easy to roll up and put away. It’s currently outside on our terrace full of semi-dry clothing so I’d consider it a success.

For full instructions, check out design*sponge.

Thank you Hilda for the photography and Amanda for stepping in for some final shots. 

Crafts + DIY + guest blog + Projects / Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012

Placemat paintbrush roll-up holder

I was super honored to be asked to contribute to Martha Stewart’s crafts blog. What exactly do you choose for Martha? It was a toughie I’ll tell you what. I’ve been in need of a paintbrush holder because transporting my delicate brushes around town has been getting me nervous without proper protection. I thought of using a sushi roller mat, but then found these placemats at Jysk and thought, “bingo”. I added some monochromatic colored fabric and voila, paintbrush holder here you are. Now, I went a little crazy so I made three (anyone want one?) in these awesome colors AND I went crazy with the GIFs, but really, could you blame me? They’re so photogenic! 
Materials: bamboo placemat (min is 18 x 12″), fabric in coordinating color, thread, scissors, sewing machine, ruler, 12′ ribbon or elastic
Click here to read the full instructions 

Step 1: cut a piece of fabric about 2″ wider than the width of the place-mat and at least 3″ more than the height.

Step 2: Fold the fabric overs so that the top piece is about 1 1/2″ taller than the bottom piece.
Step 3: Fold the taller piece about 1/4″ over, press, and sew straight across.
Step 4: Fold the shorter piece 1/4″ over and press.
Step 5: Fold both sides over together 1/4″ and press and sew together.
Step 6: Measure and mark at 1 1/2″ across the whole length. This will be where your dividing lines will go. I also measured the top.
Step 7: Sew down these lines and stop when you get to the shorter piece of fabric.
Step 8: Place the fabric piece on top of the place-mat and align it at the bottoms.

Step 9: Change the width of your stitch to a width where the needle can cross the bamboo safely. For mine this was 4.5.
Step 10: Sew a straight line across the top and the bottom.
Step 11: Insert a thick ribbon into the edge of the bamboo to use as an enclosure.

Voila! Super easy and helpful in protecting your goods as you go about town. I made one for my brushes, colored pencils, and silverware for picnics. Happy travels!

 Photography by Amanda Thomsen and me

Crafts + denmark + design*sponge + DIY + guest blog + Projects / Monday, 18 Jun 2012

Sunset-dyed picnic basket/pouch

The latest DIY for design*sponge went live last week. In the spirit of Danish picnics, I thought I’d economize on space and turn my bicycle basket into a pouch. You always seems to need a bag for throwaways, right? I had seen an awesome spray bottle DIY on Camille Styles and I changed it up a bit. For the full DIY go to design*sponge.

Crafts + DIY + Friends of Lars + guest blog + Projects / Thursday, 14 Jun 2012

DIY neon wooden bead necklace

I was super flattered when Jennifer of A Merry Mishap asked me to guest post on her blog while she’s away on vacay. I think she’d fit more with Denmark than I do, aesthetically speaking. I shared a DIY that I had created when I was in Berlin for The Hive. We spent two afternoons looking for materials in Modular–the best. Ashley from Chasing Heartbeats (we are fellow Californians) was so generous as to take pictures and we, along with Anne from Pret a Voyager had a blast modeling them. For outtakes check out the Facebook page. It’s so simple that I’m just going to leave you with visual directions.

 How cute is Ashley here?!

Thank you so much Ashley for the photographs and Anne for modeling!