How to Dye Bottlebrush Trees

Bottlebrush Trees

What’s not to love about Bottlebrush trees? They are sweet, come in all sorts of colors and sizes, and look great in just about every setting! The downside is, they tend to be a little pricey and you can’t always find the exact palette you want. So of course, the only option we were left with was to dye our own! And you know what? It’s incredibly easy! We are already making plans for more. All you need are some natural sisal trees, which we found online, and basic liquid or powder dyes. We chose a jewel tone palette for this round, but I’m already dreaming up a pastel wonderland to try next. I love how these look sitting atop a mantel or in big glass cloches to look like oversized snowglobes. Bottlebrush Trees

Take a look at how to dye your own Bottlebrush Trees

Printable Retro Ornaments

I’m in love with a decor with a bit more jazz to them, so we designed some paper ones that look adorable printed off and cut out! We embellished ours up with jingle bells, tassels, and wooden beads. You can even include a lip balm in the center for an extra gift! These printable retro ornaments look beautiful on the tree, adorable on a door handle, or even as a gift topper.

Printable Retro Ornaments

Let’s take a look at how to make them!

Printable Retro Ornaments

Printable Retro Ornaments

Printable Retro Ornaments

Printable Retro Ornaments

Materials:

Printable Retro Ornaments

Instructions:

  1. Print off the ornament templates and cut them out using scissors and a craft knife for the center hole.
  2. Paint your wooden beads in similar shades to the ornaments. Let dry.
  3. Make tassels with embroidery floss. See our tutorial HERE.
  4. Punch holes at the bottom and top of the ornament and the center hole, so you have 4 punched holes.
  5. With bakers twine, weave your thread in and out of your punched holes, placing a jingle bell or lip balm in the center of the ornament.
  6. At the top and/or bottom of your printable, add beads and tassel.

Printable Retro Ornaments

Printable Retro OrnamentsPhotography by Jane Merritt

DIY ornaments to decorate for the holidays

If you loved these printable retro ornaments, take a look at some of the other DIY ornaments we’ve created in the past! Whatever your style is, we’ve got a range of ornaments you can create. These DIY paper honeycomb ornaments are a Lars favorite, and you can create them in whatever colors you’d like! Hang them on your tree, in your windows, or any other place in your home that needs a bit of decoration! For a fun and festive DIY, these clothespin people ornaments are great for decorating your tree or giving out as gifts. These DIY ornaments in the shape of fruit will take you to a tropical place this winter! Plus, you can use those shapes to create an origami cornucopia. You’ll be set for any holiday!

You can find more printables and whimsical ornaments in the Lars Christmas shop.

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.

Head to Toe Swedish Christmas with Cricut

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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!

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!

Applique Tree Skirt Hack

Applique Tree Skirt HackRebecca here. The moment I laid my eyes on this Christmas tree skirt from Anthropologie, I started to make plans on how I was going to make a DIY version. It’s a maximalist’s dream! The colors, the sparkle, the textures–I was hooked. I spent the most time scouring the web for embroidered appliques and patches that would work well on the skirt. All of them were reasonably priced and available on amazon prime (score!). Once you have all your materials, the process of actually making the Applique Tree Skirt is fairly simple! Though you do need a sewing machine for the base of the skirt, I applied all the appliques with fabric glue: a much faster method than sewing. This is such a festive tree skirt and certainly heirloom quality. You can certainly customize the looks with your fabric choices and different applique selections, so have fun with it!

Applique Tree Skirt Hack

Make your own Applique Tree Skirt Hack!

5 Tips to Creating the Perfect Christmas Card

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Perfect Christmas Card

It’s that time of year again! No, I’m not talking about Halloween–It’s Christmas Card season! I’ve come to find that there are two camps: Those who LOVE Christmas Cards, and those who really don’t care. I happen to be a BIG fan of sending and receiving Christmas cards and grew up in a home where it an essential part of the seasonal traditions. I looked forward to opening up the envelopes and taping them up onto the door and seeing how people had changed over the years and what exciting news they had to share! So I’ve tried to keep up the tradition with my own family and also at work. I literally am jittery with excitement as I type this.Perfect Christmas Card

We teamed up with Chatbooks to create some lovely Christmas cards to send out to friends and clients! We posed in front of our new mural and wore items from our clothing collaboration with Winter Water Factory. The cards turned out so cute and I can’t wait to send them off! But I wanted to give you a few tips on how to create the Perfect Christmas Card, since I feel so passionately about the subject 🙂

See my tips and get 20% off your Christmas card order at Chatbooks!

Best Holiday wrapping papers

Christmas Wrapping Round Up

There is a time and a place for brown paper packages tied up with strings, but this year we wanted pink, patterned, and pretty! We’ve done a thorough investigation of wrapping papers this Christmas season and collected some of our favorites. From geometric patterns to Swedish Dala horses to fun florals, these papers are sure to delight their recipients. They’ll look fabulous under your tree too!

Crepe Paper Christmas Tree Cake Topper

Crepe Paper Christmas Tree Cake Topper

During the holiday season, you can always expect to bake at least two times more than you do normally, am I right? Between Christmas get-togethers, cookie exchanges, work parties, etc., chances are you’ll have lots of opportunities to play in the kitchen. What better way to impress people than with a beautiful forest topped cake!  This Crepe Paper Christmas Tree Cake Topper is an easy craft to take a holiday cake over the top! You know those adorable, but rather expensive bottle brush trees? Consider this an easy and cheaper substitute!

Get the full tutorial and top all your treats with trees!

Gifts for $50 and under

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Gifts for $50 and under

Welcome to December! We’re on our second gift guide for the season (see the first one $25 and under here) and this time we’re focusing on gifts for $50 and under. This one was fun to put together as I put a lot of things on that I want myself. Ha! See the full list below!

Holly Berry Surprise Ball

Tis’ the season for giving! December is all about shopping, presents, gift giving, and wrapping. Whether you’ve got a gift exchange coming up, or you’re involved in a cookie swap, or maybe you’re prepping some neighbor treats, there are plenty of opportunities for giving this month. We wanted to create a simple way for you to easily package up small treats in a really festive way. Enter the Holly Berry Surprise Ball!Holly Berry Surprise Ball

Typically surprise balls are crepe paper-wrapped balls that have a small hidden toy in the middle. We’ve opted to use paper strips to create a lovely holly berry that you can fill with candy, a gift, or even some homemade cookies wrapped in parchment paper! Adorned with a paper holly leaf, you can write their name and a sweet sentiment. These holly berry surprise balls are the perfect evening activity. They’re a cinch to make and deliver to all your friends!

Get the tutorial and start filling your berries!

Paper Poinsettia Flowers

 

These paper poinsettia flowers are great for both holiday decorations and everyday home decor! They’ll last much longer than real flowers, and now you can make them in whatever colors you wish!

Crepe paper is the perfect medium to add some texture to the petals and have some fun with color. From speckles to brush strokes, these poinsettias will give their real counterparts a run for their money! We teamed up with Cricut so you can easily download the SVG files and your Cricut Maker will cut out all the pieces in no time! Yes, the new Cricut Maker cuts crepe paper! It’s a Christmas Miracle!

Paper Poinsettia Flower

Find out how to make your own paper poinsettia flowers after the jump!