DIY Printable Advent Village Calendar

What’s more exciting than the delicious anticipation of that Christmas morning? In an effort to maintain some of that magic through the month of December, I love using an advent calendar. When I was a child, we would fight over the little chocolates or treasures my mom put inside the little pockets. Then, mom got tired of the candy and replaced it with wooden stars. We still fought over them. Our printable advent calendar is adorable, easy to assemble, and doesn’t involve any candy…so here’s hoping your kids won’t fight over it.

Printable Advent Calendar

Check out some of our other advent calendars from past years. We did a Christmas Bulb one (like a paper chain, but cuter and more Christmas-y), a Christmas Photo Advent Challenge, and an Acts of Service Advent Calendar (my personal favorite). After all, I think we could all use some extra service this year.

How to make a DIY advent village calendar

Here’s how to make our village advent! It includes some sweet details like a craft shop, book store, market, boulangerie. It’s too sweet!

Materials

Print off the printable village. There are 25 pieces:

7 – Tall houses
7 – Small houses
5 – Medium houses
5 – Trees
1 – Medium Christmas house

Instructions for cutting out the houses

  1. Cut out the house around the edges
  2. With your scoring device (we used a craft knife and lightly ran the blade over the lines), score the tabs, and each side of the house. You’ll also score the lines under rectangle roofs.
  3. Neatly fold each line.
  4. Cut the the two tabs between the triangle roofs.
  5. Glue the base of the house first
  6. Then glue the side tab of the house
  7. Lastly, glue the roof together. If you want to be able to access the top of the roof for presents or candy, use a light tape or leave it as is.

How to make the Christmas Trees

  1. Cut around the whole shape
  2. In order to fit the template onto one page, we assembled each of the four faces together. Now you will cut off the pieces so that there are four individual pieces, making sure that you leave the tabs.
  3. Score the tabs. We did this with light craft knife lines and a metal ruler.
  4. At the top of the two tree triangles that have the tabs, cut off a bit of the tab so that it is a more narrow angle.
  5. Fold the scored lined tabs in place.
  6. Lightly score the bottom rectangle. This will act as the base of the tree.
  7. Now you’ll assemble with glue each of the triangle shapes into a star formation using the tabs.
  8. Your finished star will glue a tab triangle piece to a non-triangle piece.
  9. Now, bring up the tabs and glue the sides together. If you’d like to access them, use a non permanent double sided stick tape.

Display tips: Display your village on a mantle or shelf OR you could even tie each one up onto a cute branch.

Would love to see yours in the wild. Tag us with #LarsMakes or #HolidayswithLars so we can check them out! 

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Christmas Gifts Under $100

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Christmas gifts under $100

The best Christmas gifts under $100 don’t have to be flashy or over the top. In fact, we think it’s better to spend a little extra money on one really meaningful gift, rather than buying a bunch of cheaper things that the receiver may not use or cherish.

Use our gift guide as inspiration and surprise your loved one with a gift they’ll remember forever!

Christmas Gifts Under $100

 

Men’s Gifts Under $100

 

Have a look at our previous gift guides for even more gift-giving inspo! Including gifts under $25, gifts under $50, and this year’s kid’s gift guide. And for even more ideas, check out our Pinterest!

Christmas Gifts Under $50

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I’ve been seeing a ton of posts on social media of people putting up Christmas really early because it’s 2020 and…well…who wouldn’t? Of course, we at Lars are always ready to celebrate Christmas! Today we’re sharing another one of our gift guides with you. This one features Christmas gifts under $50.

Christmas Gifts Under $50

This category is great for your friends and loved ones who are harder to buy for. Sometimes one really thoughtful gift that costs a little bit more is better than a smorgasbord of cheaper gifts that may not mean anything to them. We think it’s worth it when you give a gift that’s truly cherished.

Some of our faves

The most adorable mittens you’ve ever seen (for your sister who always loses hers).

These on-trend taper candles, for your best friend who used to host dinner parties every month but now just hosts them with her cat.

Our fave brand of reusable bags (some stores are letting people use them again!), for you (and the planet) because you’re worth it!

Drinking more water is always at the top of my New Year’s Resolutions. A cute water bottle doesn’t hurt. Plus, these ones are monogrammed!

The yarn dyeing kit for your child’s teacher who’s in need of a mental break (and creative boost!)

Sales of lounge wear have skyrocketed this year and I get why. Your mom will love this gorgeous set, designed by Michelle Morin. Top it off with these cozy, colorful slippers.

Men’s Gift Ideas

 

For more gift ideas, check out our previous gift guides here, including one for kids!

A Lars Kid’s Gift Guide 2020

This kid’s gift guide contains affiliate links. When something is purchased through one of the links below, we earn a small commission that helps us create more content and resources for you to enjoy! This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting us and other small business this season!

Kid’s Gifts Under $25

 

Need a new screen-free activity to do from home this winter? We’ve got you covered. Gift our brand new hardcopy of Picture Hope: The Social Distancing Coloring Book. With unique coloring pages from 64 artists from around the world. Each one drew their representation of hope during this challenging time and your family gets to color it in! Click here to see more.

My friend Joy from Oh Joy! Just released her new children’s book OH SO KIND! This is a lift-the-flap board book about showing kindness in our community. Interactive pages engage readers in this big-hearted book about being a good friend, neighbor, and family member! Click here to pre-order a copy.

This Frida Kahlo bath bomb is such a fun stocking stuffer! The company who made it, Musee Bath, primarily hires women in recovery, people with disabilities, and people who have lived in chronic poverty. Their products are handmade in the USA with ethically sourced, natural ingredients and are safe for all skin types. They have other products inspired by amazing women like Frida. This is an amazing company to support this season! Pair one of their bath bombs with a subscription to our Great Artists! Course so your kiddo can learn more about Frida Kahlo and other amazing creatives.

Kid’s Gifts Under $50

For ages 6+, give the gift of monthly craft projects! The Kid Made Modern Monthly Craft Club brings art class to your home! Gift a subscription, and they will receive a new craft box each month with all the materials needed to complete their project. You can sign up for 1 month, 3 months, or 6 months of projects here. Print off the certificate below to gift on Christmas morning!

Kid’s Gifts under $100

Spread out the Christmas joy with a gift that truly keeps on giving. A one-time purchase of our Great Artists! Kid’s Course gives your family access to 6+ weeks of learning through DIY art projects and videos. Click here to create an account that all of your kids can access! (One course access account per household.) Put together a gift basket of supplies they’ll need to complete the course, and include the access info, for the most creative Christmas morning yet! Even after the holidays come to an end, and the batteries the other toys run out, your kids will still have plenty of hours of fun left in the Great Artists! Course.

 

DIY Kid’s Gifts

It wouldn’t be a proper Lars Kid’s gift guide without some DIY ideas! For a present with an extra touch of love, try making it yourself! Our archives include gift-able projects for every level of crafter. Try these DIY painted blocks you can customize in any color scheme. Or a hand-sewn plush koala they’ll want to take everywhere. That isn’t the only plush pattern we have, check out this stuffed whale or this rainbow floor pouf too! This DIY mushroom playmat can become a family keepsake. Or for a gift the whole family can enjoy, learn how to make your own custom cornhole set and beanbags here!

Kid’s Clothing

As soon as I saw Primary has a Rainbow Gift Guide this year I was hooked. Recently, I’ve been stocking up on more solid color staples but in fun shades. That way they can easily be passed from kid to kid but don’t need to be in boring neutrals! Then I can dress up a solid staple like this green puffy coat (that comes in every other color too!) with a patterned kid’s mask (that hopefully is only short term, fingers crossed.)

I recently discovered the British brand The Middle Daughter which is featured on Maisonette. I am obsessed with their prints and shapes for kid’s clothing. Like this puffy sleeve and ruffled dress, ah! I wish they all came in adult sizes!

Click here for our past kid’s gift guide posts, for even more ideas!

 

Christmas Gifts Under $25

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Today we’re bringing you one of our holiday gift guides, featuring gifts you can buy for under $25. Though I realize not everyone in your family will have the same taste as we do, I love seeing other people’s gift guides because they help me brainstorm and think of ideas I probably wouldn’t have thought of on my own!

Gift Ideas From The Lars Shop

This year we stocked up the Lars Shop on stickers, accessories, coloring books, and plenty of other Christmas gift ideas. Help Santa out and stuff those stockings early this year.

We just released a hardcopy version of our nonprofit coloring book Picture Hope! This coloring book contains the work of 64 artists from around the world. Each one drew their representation of hope during this challenging time and you get to color it in! All profits go to benefit the nonprofit organization Love For Our Elders for the next month (we pick a new charity every few weeks!) Not only does this new physical version of Picture Hope make a creative and thoughtful gift, but all profits from your purchase will also be gifted to this special charity.

Other Gifts Under $25

The “under $25” category is one of my favorites, because it’s the perfect amount to get someone a meaningful, creative gift without putting a big dent in your wallet. Typically with gifts less than $25, you won’t need to watch for Black Friday and other holiday sales. (But even if you do, shopping those sales is kinda fun, especially now that we can do it all online!)

Want some other gift ideas? Check out our past gift guides here. And keep an eye out for this year’s $50 and $100 gift guides coming soon!

Our new holiday card with Mixbook

Holiday Cards with Mixbook

First up, I designed our holiday spirited holiday card for all you floral lovers out there who want that perfect mix of glam (gold leaf!) and traditional Christmas (that deep green!). Personally, I love selecting a color scheme that’s a bit off from traditional green and red (think lots of pinks and golds and such!), but this year I’m feeling particularly traditional and glitzy.

COVID greetings

One of the best features of Mixbook is the ability to change up and customize any part of the card. The default phrase to our card currently says, “Merry Everything” but honestly, it felt a little too chipper for how things have gone this year. Ha! I wanted something a little more reflective of the year in general and you know what, besides some notable victories (we bought a house! We’re having a baby! And some other big ones 😉 SO, we did some brainstorming for some new phrases. Here are some of our favorites:

  • (COVID) 19 Cheers for 2020!
  • “Coronavirus is coming to town”
  • COVID knows when you are sleeping, COVID knows when you’re awake…”
  • “So wear a mask for goodness sake”
  • “Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, coughing all the way”
  • Corona Cheer!
  • The best gift this year is to maintain 6 feet distance!

Or, of course, there’s just being honest, right? Here were a couple I considered:

  • Could it get any worse?
  • And I went with “What a terrible year!” because that’s how I feel (mostly!)

I’d love to hear yours! 

Jepsen Family Photos 2020

While I wanted to take a more traditional route to our card, I wanted to spruce it up with lots of colors in our photos. I had some beautiful sweaters in mind for Jasper’s outfit and it kind of went from there. There are so many adorable fair isle sweaters for boys right now and couldn’t decide! Turns out, most didn’t arrive in time for our shoot so we went with the white button down sweater, but we also considered these ones:

Which one would you have gone with? (from left to right)

  1. Navy Blue Fair Isle
  2. Red and white checkers
  3. White fair isle

And I was dead set on wearing this red dress from a collaboration between Pencil and Paper and Dondolo. It actually fits around my 8 month pregnant body and the smocking is delicious. Then Paul added his own yellow touch and we were good to go!

Because I planned everything around our card collection, it was MUCH easier to go from there. Here’s what I started with. And clearly, I didn’t get too far with Paul’s ensemble.

Jasper’s a bit of a performer and this photo session was no exception. I mean, look how it went. He LOVES a family sandwich:

But the rest of the shoot was more like this:

Lars for Mixbook travel album and Year in Review

Along with our Holiday card, we have our exclusive travel album and year in review books with Mixbook. I made one for 2018 and one for our trip to Denmark last year, and decided to continue the tradition with a year in review book for 2019 (I’ll be getting to 2020 when it’s over…and probably a number of months tacked onto that!). It’s PACKED with photos of my son, because yes, I think he’s the cutest and smartest and funniest kid in the world.

Here’s a page from some of the places we had visited in 2019.

Other team members made some of our books too.

Jane, our photographer, made a Mixbook from her trip to NYC and Washington, DC last year. She used our Year in Review book and turned it into a travel book.

And lastly, my cousin, Clare, who lives with us, made a travel book for her senior trip to Italy with her mom and aunt. It’s always so interesting to see how people make each Mixbook their own and give me so many ideas on how to do it myself!

Mixbook Discount

Lars readers get 50% off your book and card order with code: HLARS50, expires 12/21/2020, 50% off book and card order.

Would love to see your choices! Tag us with#houselarsbuiltxmixbook so we can see them! 

Head on over to Mixbook for your 50% off!

This post is sponsored by Mixbook. We love our sponsors who allow us to make original content for you! 

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Make Your Own Holiday Nesting Dolls

Today we’re bringing you our first Christmas DIY of the season—holiday nesting dolls. This project is reminiscent of our popular hand-painted nativity and DIY dala horse. Like those, these holiday nesting dolls start from natural wood shapes and turn into colorful heirlooms by the time you’re done. It’s the perfect type of Christmas craft!

What Are Nesting Dolls?

Though nesting dolls we know today came from Russia, the original nesting dolls actually date back to ancient China. Both Russian and Chinese nesting dolls rely on the same concept—one large doll (often representing the mother or maternal figure) encompasses a set of smaller dolls. However, the smallest of the Chinese nesting dolls held a grain of rice (that’s a tiny doll!). 

Before the traditional dolls made their way to Russia, they caught on in Japan. It was there that a Russian woman noticed the dolls and took them with her to Russia. Her husband, Savva Mamontov, was a patron of the arts particularly interested in Russian folk art.

The first Russian dolls appeared in the late 1800s, where they were referred to as “Matroyshka,” which comes from the Latin root “mater,” or mother. We love the symbol of the nesting dolls as much as the dolls themselves—as it represents creation and new life (something we all hope for at the end of this tumultuous year!). 

Now we’ll show you how to make your very own holiday nesting dolls you can pass down for generations to come.

How to paint your own nesting dolls

This project was heavily influenced by our mid-century heirloom nativity set. You can see that project here.

Materials

Instructions

  1. You can either start out by painting each one a solid color like I did. OR you can pencil in your design.
  2. Pencil in your design or continue painting in the design.
  3. That’s it!

It’s a simple method that produces big results!

Can’t wait to see what you come up with. Once you do, tag us with #HolidaysWithLars or #LarsMakes.

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Stocking Stuffers Ideas New to Our Accessory Shop!

Colorful Stocking Stuffers Ideas!

Geometric Hair Clips Sets

These hair clips sets are already hand-curated into Lars-approved color schemes! Pair unique shapes together to make any outfit instantly more fun. Personally I am loving the burnt orange + lilac, but this pale green is also so on-trend right now. Click here to shop endless color combinations.

Cross off your to-do list on time and order gifts for friends and fun stocking stuffers now! Limited quantities available.

Who to gift these to…

You artsy friend! With a perfect mix of muted and bright colors, your friend will appreciate how out-of-the-box these minimal accessories are.

Beaded Hair Clips

stocking stuffers ideas

These refined bead clips come in such pretty color schemes you’ll want to base your entire outfit off your clips, instead of the other way around. Like this clip featuring sage, peach, and taupe paired with the loveliest shade of blue. Or this clip in shades of lavander and chartreuse. These colors are giving me some major inspiration!

This bead clips come in other fun shapes too! Like this and this.

Who to gift these to…

Your thoughtful friend. Let them know you care with a hand-picked clip set in a color scheme inspired by them!

Wave Hair Clips

stocking stuffers ideas

I am obsessed with a curvy shapes and you can find plenty of those in this new collection. This wave pattern has already inspired some of my recent DIY projects, like this Scallop Wave Pinboard. So of course it has been so much fun to add my current favorite pattern into my wardrobe!

Perhaps my favorite part of this new hair clip trend is that there is a way for everyone (of all ages) to pull it off. Unlike many trends that feel exclusive and unattainable, this trend really is for everyone. We worked hard to fill our Accessory Shop with a great mix of colors, patterns, and styles so everyone kind find something they love! Which of the new clips match your personality best?

This trend is casual, easy, and colorful. These x-shaped hair clips feel like quite the throwback. And it’s fun to feel like a kid again once in a while 😉

Who to gift these to…

Your spunky friend! With extra bright color pairs and shapes, these clips will stand out just as much as they do.

CHUNK Accessories

stocking stuffers ideas

CHUNKS is an indie brand created by accessories designer, Tiffany Ju. Designed in Seattle and proudly manufactured in China. I have been eyeing her designs for quite a while now and I am so excited to carry them in the Lars Shop! It is a great opportunity to support a female POC-owned company.

In addition to fantastic claw clips, we also dropped this eye-catching sunglasses in blue, tangerine, and neon pink.

Who to gift these to…

Your stylish friend! Bold prints like checkboard and are so in right now, these clips will fit right into their already fabulous closet.

Other Accessories and Stocking Stuffers

All of these clips come in limited quality and we cannot guarantee a restock, so help Santa out and order stocking stuffers and friend gifts now!

Click here to shop our full Accessories Shop or explore the links below!

 

DIY Orange Winter Berries Christmas Wreath Kit

Christmas Oranges + Winter Berries

I love the tradition of incorporating oranges at Christmas. This wreath was inspired by the paper orange garland we created for Craft the Rainbow.

If you aren’t ready to make your Christmas all colorful this year with our Crepe Paper Bottle Brush Tree Kit, this kit has a much more traditional and classic feel but still with a Lars twist of course! I love how this wreath can blend in perfectly with all of the Christmas Decor you’ve been loving for years. It is such a fresh addition to your front door for all your socially distanced neighbors to see. Plus this wreath isn’t strictly Christmas themed – with the dark greenery and winter berries you can keep it up all season long.

Christmas Wreath Kit Pre-Order

Your wreath kit includes a written tutorial, access to the virtual workshop with a video tutorial, and all the supplies you need to make your wreath that you can use for years to come! Since this wreath is made using crepe paper, it’s much easier and more cost-effective to buy the kit instead of rolls and rolls of crepe paper. (Because most crepe paper is sold only in bulk amounts.)

As I mentioned with our Bottle Brush Tree Kit (which is also available for pre-order now) we want to make projects like this even more accessible for you. Crepe paper is one of my favorite project supplies, but it is usually only available in bulk! The purpose of this kit is to give you all the supplies you need for this wreath, without you over-spending on endless crepe paper you don’t have a need for.

This wreath kit is a lot like our Easter Egg Wreath, but instead of eggs, you’ll be making beautiful Christmas oranges for a timeless decoration you can reuse for years to come. 

Pre-Order Information

The wreath kit + virtual workshop access is currently available at early-bird pricing for just $60! This early-bird cost won’t last long. Over the next few days full pricing will begin, and all pre-orders close on Thursday November 5th. So get your order in before then!

What your Christmas Wreath Kit Includes

  • Crepe paper in the colors green, white and shades of orange
  • Deep green cardstock
  • 12-inch wire wreath frame
  • 6-2.3 inch styrofoam balls
  • Cloth-covered floral wire
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Access to the virtual workshop hosted by Brittany (which you can access at any time once you have received your supplies!)

DIY Christmas Traditions from Around the World

Christmas Traditions We Love

I always love hearing about different holiday traditions! Some of these Christmas traditions seem like such normal things nowadays, but you may be surprised to learn where they originated!

A few years ago, I created a series called “My Scandinavian Christmas.” This series had contributors write about their traditions. You can check out all of the posts here. I’ve included some Scandinavian traditions below as well as traditions from other countries!

Learn the traditions of your family members

 

As Christmas is a time to gather with family and loved ones, it is also a special time to remember our ancestors. For our Heirloom Ornament Project I collected some photos of my family members, including great-grandparents, parents. Then we figured out an awesome way to transfer images onto fabric, then added a touch of love with embroidery, and turned them into ornaments! I absolutely love how they turned out. It’s literally a family tree! And a family Christmas tree at that!

Every year these ornaments start the best conversations about memories of our family members and Christmases past. Click here to download instructions on how to make your own!

Christmas Traditions in Germany

Christmas Trees

Many people all over the world decorate Christmas trees for the holiday season. The tradition of bringing decorated trees into the home originated in Germany! It was said that Christmas trees didn’t become popular in the U.S. until the 1800s, but now they’re a Christmas staple in many homes! 

Whether you want a more traditionally decorated tree or opt for decorations out of the ordinary, we’ve curated all kinds of Christmas tree inspiration! Check out some of our favorite Christmas tree ideas here!

Dresden Wreaths

Dresden Ornament wreaths were originally made out of old candy molds or ornaments in Germany beginning in the late 1800’s. The brass figurines represent seasons and holidays throughout the year, making it a piece you can keep up all the time. There is space in between the trinkets so you can weave garlands, florals, or lights in it depending on the time of year. I love the stunning quality of it just as is.

They happen to cost a pretty penny, so we decided to make our own Paper Dresden Ornament Wreath (of course!) We created the files you can use on your craft cutter machine to expedite the process or you can hand cut them, because we know shopping, baking, and decorating are in full swing!

Christmas Traditions in Norway

St Lucia’s Day

If you’ve been following the blog, you know my love for all things Scandinavian. In the tradition of St. Lucia or St. Lucy’s Day, celebrated on the 13th of December, a procession of girls in white dresses and red sashes (symbolizing Saint Lucia) carry candles and sweets. The lead girl wears a candlelit crown on her head, as this is what Saint Lucia wore to light her way and serve the persecuted Christians.

We’ve created a couple of different St. Lucia crown tutorials here at Lars. You can view our classic DIY candle and leaf crown here. If you’re looking for something a bit easier and kid-friendly, you can get the printable crown version here.

Christmas Traditions in England

Candy Crackers

Christmas Crackers originate from British Christmas traditions, where these individual candy-filled poppers are set at each place at the dinner table, and playfully popped open before dinner. Fill these up with all of your favorite goodies for all of your favorite friends and make the giving experience all that much more fun when you pop these bad boys open to find anything from treats to tiny trinkets, the options are endless!

Christmas Traditions in Sweden

Dala Horses

A couple of years ago, we made Christmas decorations created entirely from paper. We incorporated traditional Swedish Christmas decor. This included straw ornaments, Dala horses, and advent stars. You can take a look at our head to toe Swedish Christmas here.

If you are any bit familiar with The House That Lars Built, or you’re good at reading in between the lines, we are a design company with a strong adoration for Scandinavian aesthetic. I went to design school in Copenhagen, married a Dane, and continued to live there until 2014. There is just something about Scandinavian design, culture, and lifestyle that I can’t quit. One item of Swedish culture I fell in love with are the Dala Horses!

The Dala Horse (or Dala Häst as it’s pronounced in Swedish) is a traditional icon of Sweden. It’s a carved and painted wooden horse, most commonly red, with intricate hand-painted details. They are utterly charming and come in a rainbow of colors. Because we’re such big fans, we decided it was high-time we created a DIY Dala Horse. You can also find our tutorial on how to paint your own traditional dala horse here.

Candles on Christmas Trees

It’s a very common Scandinavian tradition to decorate your tree with candles. However to avoid any fire hazards, we made this Paper Candle Christmas Tree Ornament instead. All you need is small baking liners, paper, and glitter and you’ll have a tree all aglow in no time!

Christmas Traditions in Mexico

Poinsettias

Poinsettias are one of the most common flowers around the Christmas holiday. The origin of these flowers comes from Joel R. Poinsett, an American minister to Mexico. The flowers became a Christmas holiday staple due to their (typically) red and green colors. A few years ago, we created a tutorial for how to make your own paper poinsettia flowers for a more long lasting and sustainable version! You can read the full instructions here.

Piñatas

Piñatas are now widely used for birthdays and other celebrations, but Mexico celebrates the Christmas holiday with piñatas! Traditionally, the piñata is in the shape of a 7-point star, like theseWe’ve got fun piñata tutorials for you here at Lars, including this sunshine piñata and post-it heart piñata!  

Christmas Traditions in Denmark

Paper Stars

These magical stars have are a common sight during the Christmas season in Scandinavian countries and have recently gained popularity in the United States and Canada. Traditionally hung in the window and filled with string lights, the stars would welcome visitors during the long and dark winters. Click here to see how to make your own!

Christmas Traditions in Finland

Himmeli

Himmeli are Finnish Christmas ornaments or mobiles, typically made from straw. We created a post about Himmeli geometric home decor a few years ago. Most importantly, these mobiles can be hung during any time of the year! The design ideas for this are endless. In the ‘My Scandinavian Christmas’ series, we talked with Rilla of the blog Kotipalapeli about Himmeli mobiles. You can find the original post here. We also included another post with Pinja of Pinjacolada on Himmeli Christmas tree garlands.

What are the Christmas Traditions where you’re from? I would love to hear below!

Whimsical Christmas Ornaments Now in the Lars Shop!

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Make Christmas 2020 Colorful

Remember last year at this time? When we were right on the edge of all of the end of year Holidays? We had no idea what was coming not long after the Holiday decor was all put away and the snow started to melt. It does feel a little humorous now that when the clock hit Midnight last year we actually cheered for 2020.

Though I am grateful for all the good things that 2020 has brought us – social change, more awareness, more opportunities than ever for learning and growth – I must admit I am so happy we have finally reached the most wonderful time of the year! And before we ring in 2021, I am determined to make this Christmas season the most joyful yet!

For me the easiest way to make Christmas even more joyful is to (you guessed it) bring in even more color! One of 2020’s many lessons is to expect the unexpected. With everything turned upside down already, I think this is the perfect year to take the surprises one step further – with a whimsical, bright, and artistic Christmas look! Explore our 2020 Christmas Shop here for all our top ideas.

Artistic and Whimsical Christmas Ornaments

Frida Kahlo Ornaments

Our Frida kick continues! Gift a Frida Kahlo Ornament and pair it with a subscription to our Great Artists! Course for the most artistic gift ever.

Christmas in Paris? Oui Oui!

If your travel plans got cancelled this year, bring a European Christmas to your own living room! These Macron Ornaments + our new Floral Eiffel Tower Ornaments make the perfect Parisian pair.

Flower Garden Boots Ornaments

In honor of the flower lover in your life, hang this Welly Floral Garden Boot Ornament. I died when I saw these ones!

I’m Dreaming of a Rainbow Christmas

As much as I love a classic red and green Christmas look, I just can’t handle sticking to such a small color scheme. This year, I’m dreaming of a rainbow Christmas! Sneak some color in to this year’s decor with these Rainbow Ornaments. Plus try out our bottle brush tree hack, crepe paper trees in every shade! Right now (for a limited time) this project is available as a kit in our shop! Pre-order your kit now to for all the supplies you’ll need to make thirteen 12″ tall trees in a full rainbow.

Folk Ball Ornament with Dale Top

These Folk Ball Ornaments are the ideal whimsical Christmas ornaments but with a traditional and classic look. Inspired by Swedish patterns, these are the kind of ornaments that become family heirlooms over the years.

Dala Horse Ornaments

My favorite Christmas Decor is inspired by Scandinavian tradition Lars himself would be proud of. These Glass Dala Horse Ornaments are the perfect way to add a touch of color, culture, and whimsy to your other classic Christmas decorations. These ornaments went QUICK last year, so now that they are back don’t hesitate to order your own. They come in 6 different colors and are 5 inches tall! I love pairing my ornaments with other Dala Horse inspired projects like this DIY painted version, or adding these paper templates for a head-to-toe Swedish Christmas tree.

Other Christmas Decor for a Joyful Holiday

Pastel ombre bottle brush trees

In addition to our new ornaments, our Christmas Shop is now stocked with plenty of other decor too! Like these Pastel Ombré Bottle Brush Trees that come in a pack of 6, wrapping paper, and printable options for all your Christmas needs.

Click here to explore the winter wonderland that is our 2020 Christmas Shop!

whimsical Christmas ornaments for a colorful Christmas

Christmas Decor Kit + Virtual Workshop: Crepe Paper Bottle Brush Trees

I have a thing for bottle brush trees. Since making our first project with them, I’ve decided they will be a staple in my Christmas decor every year. My favorite part is you can use them to curate your own Christmas color scheme! Whether you purchase an existing colorful set (like this one from Terrain, or this ombré version from Maisonette, or this pastel set just added to our very own Lars Shop!) or dye your own custom colors with our DIY tutorial, they are such a fun piece of Holiday decor.

Last year, I wanted a rainbow of trees in bigger sizes, but couldn’t find a white set to dye in the size I was dreaming of. Well, there is only one place my instantly goes in a situation this like – to paper! Crafting something out of paper is my solution for most problems I run into. Hence our hack for colorful bottle brush trees was born – our DIY crepe paper tree tutorial.

This season our team is taking this one step further – for our most simple version yet, we are releasing this special edition kit! With the help of your own Crepe Paper Bottle Brush Tree Kit, you’ll only have to take care of the fun parts of creating your own rainbow of mini Christmas trees.

Each Crepe Paper Bottle Brush Tree Kit Includes

Supplies to make thirteen (up to) 12″ tall trees each in a unique shade!

  • 13 assorted crepe paper colors of the rainbow
  • 13 – 12 inch wooden skewers
  • 13 – 1 inch drilled wooden rounds
  • Access to virtual workshop with video tutorial
  • Template

As I mentioned before, our yearly goal is to make this top Christmas project of ours more and more accessible. Crepe paper is one of my favorite project supplies, but finding it not in bulk can be tricky! And unless you’re planning an entire forest of rainbow Christmas trees this year, chances are you don’t need much paper in each color. The purpose of this kit is to give you just the supplies you need for a great set, without you over-spending on endless crepe paper you don’t have a need for. Leaving you with time on your hands for all the other Christmas shopping, and some extra $ in your budget!

Cross this off your Christmas to-do list (without needing to check it twice!)

We’ve already done half the work for you – shopped out the best supplies, narrowed it down to only what you need, packaged it up nicely, and will have it delivered right to your door! All that is left is for you to have some fun making your own bottle brush tree set with the help of my video tutorial. You will be given access to the virtual workshop with the purchase of your kit. You can access this video workshop at any time.

Pre-preorder information

This exclusive bottle brush tree kit is currently only available for pre-order! Place your order by Tuesday November 3rd in order to receive your kit in plenty of time for the Holidays. After 11/3 the pre-order will be closed and we cannot guarantee this kit will be available again in the future.

Click here to purchase your Crepe Paper Bottle Brush Tree Kit

Because this project is made of paper it can be stored and used for years to come! Order your kit now to make your holiday decorating crafty AND simple.