DIY toilet paper roll candy garland


Toilet paper roll candy garland for Halloween #colorizeyourparty with Astrobrights

DIY toilet paper roll candy garland

ASTROBRIGHTS®, who I woked with on my paper plants, asked me how I would “colorize your Halloween” and I said, “with toilet paper candy garlands” of course! It’s become my belief that every party needs candy and every room needs a candy garland. It just makes the world a brighter, sweeter place! I based the concept on these candy lights that my mom used to make for our house for Christmas. I’ve been saving toilet paper rolls for over a year now (what? You don’t?!) so this was the perfect time to put them to use. It makes it  so easy to cover with their vibrant color papers and a layer of cellophane. Easy squeezy!

Toilet paper roll candy garland for Halloween #colorizeyourparty with Astrobrights

Candy name tag from a toilet paper roll for Halloween #colorizeyourparty with AstrobrightsToilet paper roll candy garland for Halloween #colorizeyourparty with Astrobrights

See the full tutorial below! 

Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA parent and child costumes



Because we all love Jimmy Fallon, we all know of his brand new children’s book, Your Child’s First Word will be DADA, with cute illustrations by Miguel Ordóñez. This one is perfect for a parent/child duo in cow costumes of course, modeled after the cover of the adorable book, along with a DIY treat bag.

See the tutorials below! 

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Costumes



If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Costumes

We have a two more costumes from children’s illustrated books to share with you and “If You Give a Mouse A Cookie,” by Laura Numeroff, was an absolute must! This beloved children’s book about a hungry little mouse is fun for both kids and adults to read and if you haven’t read it yet, put it on your story time list!  I mean, what’s more darling than a mouse in overalls and cookies!?  We knew this was going to make the perfect Halloween costume so we got brainstorming.

See below for the full tutorial! 

Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus costumes



And we’re back for another parent/child costume, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Dad as the driver and the Pigeon as the kid. Ha! This is one that I was less familiar with as it came out in 2003, but it’s a fan favorite and it’s hilarious so we had to try it out. And see below for the fun accompanying treat bag.

See the full tutorial below! 

Chrysanthemum mom and daughter costume


chrysanthemum-mom-and-daughter-costumesWelcome back to day 2 of our Halloween costume series. This year we are doing costumes from beloved illustrated children’s books. This one might be a bit more obscure, but I believe that everyone should know it. It warms my heart. It’s called Chrysanthemum, and it was introduced to me by my neighbor friends who know how much I love flowers. It’s the story of a mouse who loves her name, Chrysanthemum, but soon comes to detest it after being fun of on her first day of school. She soon learns to embrace the individuality of her name and being. On a personal note, it makes me want to name all my children names of flowers. Petunia! Hydrangea! Foxglove! 🙂

For this combination costume, we dressed the mother as a chrysanthemum, and daughter as the title character.

See the costume tutorials below!

The Giving Tree Parent and Child Costumes


We’re kicking it off with a few costumes from children’s story books. And the first up, is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, a personal favorite.  I always wanted to be a part of the story and now I can with the adult tree costume DIY and little boy costumes along with an apple trick-or-treat bag DIY.  The best part is, this whole costume can be non-sewable by using a glue gun.  Just be mindful if there are little hands around.

The Giving Tree Halloween costumes for parent and child along with a coordinating trick-or-treat bag

DIY Bunny Party Hats

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As you know, it’s my personal belief that all holidays deserve a party, and Easter is no exception. That’s why I came up with this DIY bunny party hat to celebrate in true bunny style. They’re perfect for an Easter hunt or sporting at the dinner table. No big pink bunny costumes (a la a certain Christmas movie) needed! See below for the full tutorial.DIY bunny hats

I used the new Bunny Burst Tic Tac® mints to inspire my color palette for the bunny hats. They are a blend of artificially flavored green apple and grape mints and, of course, I ate a few along the way, to really get into the spirit. These little mints were the perfect confetti accessory for the table scene. Wouldn’t they be cute left out as a surprise for your guests mixed with the party hats?!DIY bunny part hats


DIY Easter bunny party hats



  1.  Make the party hats with this template. Any classic party hat template will do.
  2. Cut out eyes and noses for the bunny with simple circles and triangles and long thin pieces for the whiskers.
  3. Attach the eyes and nose with glue dots.
  4. Draw in a simple mouth with your permanent marker.
  5. Cut slits in the side of the hat with your craft knife.
  6. Cut out ears and fold at the bottom about ¼” up.
  7. Insert the ears and secure with tape inside.
  8. Attach twine to the sides of the inside of the hat to tie around the head. Secure with tape.


Enjoy the Easter party with your new bunny hats!

bunny part hat stepsDIY bunny part hatsDIY bunny part hats


Photography by Trisha Zemp

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For more Easter craft ideas and inspiration, take a look at the Lars Easter Pinterest board.

Tortured Artist party films

For the entire month of October we featured our Tortured Artist party and brought you several spook-worthy ideas to recreate for your own dinner parties complete with invitations, menu cards, food ideas, costume ideas, and decor. This was one of my favorite collaborations ever as it brought together some of my favorite people for the sake of creating something gorgeous–always my goal.
Lucky for us, Trisha Zemp was there to film it. I present to you, the Tortured Artist Halloween party:
But what I always find more interesting is the behind the scenes. As you can see, there was a LOT going on!
A HUGE thank you to everyone involved. It takes a creative village.
Costumes by Hillary Gallup, Ashley Isenhour, Victoria Riza, Carli Randolf
Props from Mary Lee
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen
And so many other helpers and assistants. I know, crazy. Now, what did you think? What are you doing for Halloween??

DIY animal headwraps Part 2

Clearly, once I started making animal headwraps, I couldn’t stop! If you’re just joining, early today I introduced a series of animal headwrap twisty ties (see here) and today I’m finishing up with a few more. You can find the pattern and instructions HERE.
Get the fox costume look:
Get the puppy dog costume look:


Get the cat costume look: 
Get the donkey costume look:


DIY animal headwraps Part 1

Giraffe ears twisty headwrap
Are you ready for some cute?! K, I realize it’s the day before Halloween but there’s got to be someone who works like me and saves projects for the last minute, right? Anyone? You’re probably much more prepared than me. BUT, if you’re in a pinch and need some aid, consider this your go-to guide for a cute and simple costume. Remember the Easter bunny ears I made earlier this year? It’s basically a twisty headwrap where you change the points. Ever since then I’ve been wanting to make a whole slew of animals and saved the idea for Halloween. This project can be applied to basically any animal with ears. But really, they’d be great all year round, doncha think?
To make the headwraps, you can find the pattern and instructions HERE.
My favorite favorite is the giraffe. I mean, it’s all about those ears, ’bout those ears, right?!
Giraffe ears twisty headwrap costume
Giraffe ears twisty headwrap and costume

Giraffe costume get the look:
Top from Gap Kids (and it’s on sale!)
Bottoms from Target

Horse ears twisty headwrap
Horse ears twisty headwrap

Horse costume get the look:
Top from Gap (on sale!)
Bottoms from Gap 

Mouse ears twisty headwrap
Mouse ears twisty headwrap
Mouse ears twisty headwrap

Mouse costume get the look:
Tunic from Wunway
Leggings from Wunway

Panda ears twisty headwrap
Panda ears twisty headwrap
Panda ears twisty headwrap

Panda Costume get the look:
Black and white baseball tee from Amazon
Black leggings from Target

Pig ears twisty headwrap
Pig ears twisty headwrap
Pig ears twisty headwrap

Pig costume get the look:
Dress from Gap
Pink tights from Wunway

Photography by Trisha Zemp
Make up by Victoria Riza
Crafting by Brittany Jepsen
Thank you to our wonderful models M and E! 

Stay tuned for part 2 of the headwraps series! 

This post was brought to you in part by Wunway, one of my favorite shops for kids!

Tongue Twister Halloween costumes

These tongue twister Halloween costumes are both stylish and clever! They’re also a bit nostalgic (who didn’t repeat these tongue twisters over and over as a kid?). Plus, everyone has heard of these tongue twisters and will appreciate the wittiness. Read below for instructions on how to make these Halloween costumes!

She Sells Seashells Down By The Seashore Costume


  • Trench coat from the thrift store
  • Price tags (we got ours from Staples)
  • Glue gun
  • Bathing suit
  • Pail
  • Seashells from the craft store


We simply glued the seashells to the inside of a trench coat and added on price stickers. You might need to glue those on too as they don’t stick very well.
Tongue Twister Halloween ideas
"She sells seashells down by the seashore" Halloween costume
Next tongue twister is…
"Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers" Halloween costume

Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers

This one is for those who really don’t want to dress up but also don’t want to be the party pooper. Just wear your everyday clothes and add on a pickled pepper garland. Easy squeazy!



Victoria created the adorable pepper illustrations. You can find some downloadable pepper illustrations here, or create your own peppers! Simply cut out and tape to twine! Add a cardboard pan flute and a pepper cutout in your hair for extra embellishment!
"Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers" Halloween costume
"Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers" Halloween costume
Can you guess the last tongue twister Halloween costume?
"How much wood would a wookchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?" Halloween costume

How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck if a Woodchuck Could Chuck Wood?


  • Lumberjack clothing
  • Beanie
  • Wood logs
  • Beard
  • Ears


Brynn used this tutorial to create the beard and enlarged it to the size of an adult. You could easily turn this beard into a mask for a COVID season Halloween costume! Brynn sewed the ears onto a beanie to complete the woodchuck costume.

"How much wood would a wookchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?" Halloween costume

"How much wood would a wookchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?" Halloween costume Tongue Twister ideas
Last minute Halloween costume ideas
We’ve had lots of fun creating these Halloween tongue twister costumes! If you have any other tongue twister Halloween costume ideas, let us know in the comments!
Looking for more Halloween costume inspiration? Check out group costume ideas here, easy baby costumes here, or other costumes to win this year’s costume contest.


Photography by Trisha Zemp 
She sells crafting by Hillary Gallup
Peter Piper crafting by Victoria Riza
Woodchuck crafting by Brynn Grover