A Message From a Current Lars Intern: Love in the Time of Hate

It was inevitable,begins Gabriel García Marquez in Love in the Time of Cholera. The most prominent theme in the novel conveys the potential for human emotions becoming like a deadly plague. While García tells of love plaguing characters during a cholera epidemic, our current situation with a global pandemic has created its own havoc in social, economic, and personal affairs. People wanted to blame someone and blame eventually became hate. Emotions trumped reason and hate turned into violence. Blaming came easier than finding solutions. Hating came easier than love. 

With a surge of hate crimes and senseless violence and killings, in a time of hate, how can we love? In a time of violence and murder, how can we forgive?

The Good Samaritan

I am reminded of a familiar parable that Jesus tells in the Bible called “The Good Samaritan.” Before the story begins, a lawyer (also known as a Scribe) asked Jesus about how to inherit eternal life. Jesus in response asked him what the scriptures stated. The lawyer answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus affirmed that by doing so one will live. The lawyer, trying to justify himself in proving that he followed the laws, asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

If you are not familiar, “The Good Samaritan” tells the story of a Jewish man who was traveling and fell among robbers. They stripped and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. The first person who encountered the beaten man was a priest. The priest, who was supposed to be an example of godly behavior, saw the man and passed by at a distance. Then a Levite, who was also supposed to be a godly man, saw the beaten man and he too passed by on the other side. Finally, a Samaritan saw the man and felt compassion. He bandaged the man’s wounds and transported him to an inn making sure he received care, not sparing any cost. Jesus asked, “Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?’ and the lawyer responded, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same” (Luke 10:25-37). 

The Good Samaritan (1849) by Eugene Delacroix

Loving People Who Are Different

It is important to know that Samaritans were basically mortal enemies with the Jews. They saw each other as a different race with clashing values, customs, and cultures which consequently led to prejudiced hate. The fact that Jesus told the lawyer to love like the Samaritan, and moreover, to love his Samaritan neighbors, were hard lessons for the lawyer. It is easy to love those who look like us, who live like us, and who love us in return, but how easy is it to love those who are unfamiliar and different. In particular, it is difficult to love those we consider our enemies. And why should we? 

If we know anything about the patterns of this world, we at least know this: hate promotes more hate, more violence, and more death. We have recently witnessed how scattered hate crimes encouraged a surge of hate crimes worldwide. In order to overcome and rise above the hate we see so blatantly today, we must love. As revealed in the parable, if we find ourselves in the position of a passerby or an onlooker to those beaten to the ground, we must love like the Samaritan. Or, if we find ourselves beaten and sharing the victim’s cry, we too must love and forgive. We must, even though our natural instinct jumps in response with our own hate and prejudice. We will only see our country and world begin to heal when we begin to love our neighbors like the good Samaritan and when we love our enemies like the One who forgave, loved, and died for his enemies.

Noli Me Tangere by Fra Angelico

An Easter Message of Love

This message is timely for Easter. Our perfect example of love comes from the One who, for our sake, endured and overcame all hate, ridicule, violence, and ultimately, death on the cross. His own people betrayed him, his trusted disciple denied knowing him, he was spit on, thrashed and beaten, mocked, and sentenced unjustly to the most gruesome of deaths—crucifixion. But even as he was hanging on the cross near death, he prayed for the forgiveness of the very people who put him there. It was because of his words of forgiveness and his bodily sacrifice that we now have hope. And we rejoice in knowing how the story ends. Easter is the story of Christ’s resurrection. Easter is a celebration of Jesus conquering sin and death for us, his enemies. We hated him, but He loved us, forgave us, and died for us, by which His death and resurrection allowed for our redemption. As we celebrate Easter in a world spiraling in hate and sorrow, may we be rooted and grounded in the perfect example of love set before us. If we have learned anything from His example and knowing the patterns of this world, may we love in the time of hate.

Jeanee Shin

Jeanee and her daughter are standing on a beach. They're holding hands and smiling at the camera.

Paper Easter Basket Tutorial

There’s no need to head out to a store to buy any Easter baskets this year, or ever! You can make one right at home, right now, without any special materials. As the title suggests, these paper Easter baskets only need paper. Print out of our woven basket pattern, grab some scissors and glue and you’re good to go! Once you have finished assembling your basket, fill it with all the goodies and treats. If you want to avoid scouring stores, head to our shop to find a variety of Easter goods for your kids to enjoy. Check them out here.

Paper Easter baskets filled with paper grass and plastic eggs against a pink and green background

A girl holds a paper Easter basket with a fluffy wheat-colored rabbit inside it.

We love our paper Easter baskets! Not only do they involve the personal touch of being crafted by hand, they are recyclable! You can also teach your kids how to make the baskets and once they lose interest after Easter, you can either save them for next year or peel off the glue and toss them into the recycling bin without much guilt. No need to buy plastic baskets every year!

Paper grass and plastic eggs spill out of a paper Easter basket against a pink and green background

Be sure to use our tag #EasterWithLars to show us your Easter crafts!

Supplies

You’ll need our printable Easter basket pattern, scissors or a paper cutter, a glue gun, hot glue sticks, and fun Easter gifts to fill your basket!

Step-by-step process photos of paper easter basket construction

Instructions

  1. Download and print the printable Easter basket pattern.
  2. Cut out your basket strips. The printable comes with lots of extra strips so you can make quite a large basket, but we had our best success when we sized ours down. We ended up using about 12 strips in each color for our best basket.
  3. Decide which colors you want on the bottom of the basket. We used green and pink on the bottom, then wove them together with the natural wood color on the sides.
  4. Glue your strips together (unless you want to make a tiny basket, which is a valid, very cute choice that we wholeheartedly respect)! Making sure that they are lined up straight, put a line of hot glue along the short end of one basket strip. Firmly press another strip of the same color down, forming one long strip.
  5. Repeat step 4 with your other strips. We made 5 long strips each in green and pink and 4 long strips in brown, and set a few single-length strips aside for later.
  6. Weave together the strips that will form the bottom of your basket. Make sure that they are lined up neatly and centered.
  7. Secure the overlapping corner strips together with a dot of glue.
  8. Flip your weaving over so the blank side is up. Fold the strips up so that they can form the sides of the basket.
  9. Take one of your side strips (ours are brown) and fold it over itself close to where you glued the two shorter pieces together. This makes a basket corner.
  10. Place the corner you just made a the corner of your basket base and weave it through the colored strips. It can help to secure the side strips with a dot of hot glue here and there.
  11. Fold the brown side strip again when you reach the end of the basket, and weave it through the strips on the other side.
  12. You will likely need to add more length to the brown side strip in order for it to wrap all the way around. If your side strip isn’t reaching all the way around, simply cut a piece of one of your leftover strips (remember when we set some aside in step 5?) and glue it onto the strap.
  13. When you have woven all the way around the base of the basket, glue the ends of the side strip together where they meet. Congratulations! You just made it through the hardest part!
  14. Repeat steps 9-13 a few times until your basket reaches your desired height, making sure to weave your strips with an alternating over-under pattern.
  15. When you have reached your desired height, glue the top side strip to each of the colored vertical strips.
  16. To form a handle, glue the short ends of one of your extra strips to the matching colored vertical strips that are centered on the basket.
  17. Trim any excess paper from the colored vertical strips you didn’t use for the handle.
  18. Fill your basket with Easter treats and enjoy! (Also, please be extremely careful when using this basket as bunny transportation. We highly recommend holding it from the base as pictured.) 😉

a wheat-colored rabbit peeks over the top of a paper Easter basket

 

Easter String Scavenger Hunt with Anagram Balloons

I’m still getting a chance to see how Jasper does sharing his holiday traditions during his first year with a sibling, so I hearkened back to a memorable Easter for me. I stayed with my grandmother and had brought a friend with me (fun fact: she was Jasper’s babysitter last year!). When we woke up Easter morning, the Easter Bunny had set up this elaborate string scavenger hunt. The string led us from one egg to another mixed in with some surprises along the way. Later that day we dressed up in our Easter dresses and played songs by her piano. I even attempted, terribly I’m sure, her violin. It’s one of my favorite memories of my grandmother. 

This year, I decided to recreate it. Of course, we tried it out early this year so we could get the photos for the blog, but he won’t know that it wasn’t actually Easter…until he has it again in two weeks 😉 He ended up having so much fun, and we didn’t even have to leave our house to make it happen making it a great alternative to a huge neighborhood Easter hunt thanks to COVID. Win-win.

A little boy in a pink and blue Easter crown stands in a colorful room filled with Easter-themed balloons.

A little yellow chick balloon on a couch with colorful pillows and an Easter basket. I mixed it up a bit from Grandmother’s version by adding more magic by using my favorite balloon brand Anagram to complete the scavenger hunt. We have done projects with Anagram Balloons for almost every other holiday, but this is our first Easter project! Their little lamb, bunny, and egg balloon designs are so adorable. 

A big Easter lamb balloon rests atop a stack of colorful books in a colorful interior space.

Besides their huge selection of awesome designs, the main reason Anagram is my top choice for balloons is this: they are reusable! Just carefully deflate the foil balloons after use, fold them up, and store them for the next big idea. We have been able to use our Anagram balloons for so many projects over and over again – making for statement holiday projects while still minimizing the environmental impact. In fact, most of the balloons we used for this project we already had on hand! All we needed to add were a few Easter specific balloons to our existing stash. With care, you only need to buy these once just like other decor.

A little boy smiles up at the camera from a yellow rug, where he is lying. He's surrounded by Easter-themed balloons.

How To Set Up Your Easter Scavenger Hunt

The goal of this Easter scavenger hunt is to follow the string to find the Easter Bunny balloon! The Easter Bunny will be waiting at the end with an easter basket full of gifts. We – I mean, the Easter Bunny – filled Jasper’s basket with fun printable gifts from the Lars Shop + plenty of chocolate of course. 

 

On their way to the Easter Bunny, your kids will find balloons along the way with little gifts attached. The string is the perfect way for the kid’s to guide themselves along the hunt and participate fully. I’m considering setting up all my future Easter egg hunts with a string this way! It worked so much better for my 3yo than leading him around the backyard pointing out eggs for an hour…  

Supplies for the Easter Scavenger Hunt

String, Tape, Balloon pump, Lamb balloon, Chick balloon, Egg balloons, Pastel shape balloons

Gifts for the Easter Basket

Printable Easter Crowns, Bunny Hair Clips, Easter Egg Coupons, Bunny Hair Tie , Springtime Activity Kit , Bunny Stuffed Animal, Springtime Printable Activity Pack

Interior shot of an Easter Scavenger Hunt. Balloons are strewn around the room and string zigzags across the space.

Instructions

  1. Place your string in a zig zag pattern all around the room–make it as confusing as you choose!
  2. Along the string, place balloons and little surprise gifts every few feet
  3. At the end of the string, set up the final surprise! The Easter Bunny (a balloon of course) and an Easter basket full of fun gifts

 

We just set up this scavenger hunt around my office and Jasper loved it! This would also be so fun to do on a larger scale filling your backyard.

A little boy holds up a chick balloon. He's sitting on a chair in a colorful room strewn with Easter-themed balloons.

More Projects with Anagram Balloons

We have an Anagram Balloons project for every major holiday! Check them out below:

Valentine’s Day: Balloon Heart Attack

St. Patrick’s Day: Rainbow Lucky Charms Balloon Arch

Baby Announcement or Shower: Foil Balloon Arch

Halloween: Ghost Balloon Installation

Thanksgiving: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Tablescape 

Christmas: Jingle Bell Balloons

 

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

 

DIY Spring Wreath Made of Paper Daffodils

You know we love our daffodils because we’ve made them into a variety of wreaths in the past. If you recently looked into our Valentine’s archive for some crafts, we even made the daffodil wreath in Valentine’s day colors! Check out our other daffodil projects here, here, and here. Did you know daffodils symbolize rebirth and new beginnings? They are one of the first perennials to bloom after a winter frost, and with half of our country under literal frost these past few weeks, we think it’s time to bring in some sunshine with these daffodil wreaths.

We actually offered this wreath as a kit in our shop recently! Orders for the kit are now closed, but if you are interested in purchasing a kit with all of the supplies needed to make this project let us know! We may able to bring back kits if requested.

However, you can also order everything you need to make this DIY Spring Wreath through the links below!

How To Make Your Paper Daffodil Wreath

Supplies:

Paper daffodil template

3 – 18 gage floral wire stems (15” long) – wreath form

8 – 18 gage floral wire stems (7.5” long) – daffodil stems

8 x 20 inches ivory crepe paper – petals, tube 

10 x 20 inches yellow crepe paper – petals

4 x 10 inches peach – tube

4 x 15 inches orange – tube

13 x 20 inches light green – leaves, wrap stems

13x 20 inches dark green – leaves, wrap stems

Instructions:

  1. Print off your daffodil wreath template.
  2. Wrap the ends of your long wires around each other to form a big circle. This is your wreath form.
  3. Using the template as a guide, cut out petals, trumpets/tubes, and stigmas from your yellow, white, and orange crepe paper. Each flower needs six petals, one trumpet, and one stigma. Your kit has plenty of paper to cut out seven flowers. Fold the stigma paper in half so that the short sides touch and then glue and wrap around one of the short pieces of wire. 
  4. Glue the vertical sides of the trumpet piece together to form a tube shape. 
  5. Put a rim of glue along the bottom inside of the trumpet. Put the wire and stigma inside the trumpet and squeeze the trumpet to the stigma and wire. The trumpet should be pretty evenly scrunched along the stigma. 
  6. Gently stretch sections along the scalloped top of the trumpet so that it has some movement, and use your index finger to stretch the base a little bit so that it looks more like a cup.
  7. Curl the tips of your daffodil petals by bending them over the scissors.
  8. Glue your petals to the trumpet. Each daffodil has six petals.
  9. Time for the stem! Cut some of your green paper into long strips, making sure that the crepe paper’s grain is perpendicular to the length of the strip. This means that the strips will stretch out really long. You will need one strip for each stem. 
  10. Stretch the strips long.
  11. Cut leaves out of your green papers. We put two leaves on each daffodil, plus more to fill out the wreath.
  12. Put a dab of glue onto the end of a long strip and adhere it to the base of your tulip. 
  13. Wrap the paper around the base of the flower to hide the place where the petals attach. You will need to add a little bit more glue to the base of the tulip to cover the base of the flower.
  14. Keep wrapping around the stem by twisting the flower.
  15. About halfway down the stem, add your leaves. Put a dab of glue at the bottom of a leaf on both the front and the back, press it to the stem (careful not to burn yourself on the glue here!) and then wrap the stem strip around. 
  16. A little bit farther down the stem on the opposite side, attach another leaf using the same method. 
  17. Keep wrapping the stem to the bottom of the wire. Tear off the paper, add a dot of glue to the paper strip, and secure it. 
  18. Repeat steps 4-18 for each daffodil. 
  19. Wrap the stem of each daffodil onto the wreath form about an inch below the leaves to secure them. 
  20. After you attach all your daffodils, add any extra leaves you want by gluing them to the wrapped stems.
  21. Adjust your flowers and hang your wreath. Thanks for making this with us!

Welcome spring with pops of yellow and white daffodils hanging from your door and share some sunshine with every passerby. When the weather is especially gloomy and glum, this DIY Spring Wreath will surely brighten someone’s day.

Other Spring Decor to Go With Your Wreath

Honeycomb Easter Eggs

Longer Days and Hope for Spring

Making these honeycomb Easter eggs feels therapeutic after what has felt like the longest Winter ever. Spring in Utah is laughably capricious and I haven’t seen the end of snow days, but now I am absolutely REVELING in longer, warmer days. Between these honeycomb Easter eggs, the balmy weather I have been enjoying, and receiving the first dose of the COVID vaccine, I am feeling hopeful. And it’s about time! Something I love about Easter is the focus on growth and light after a time of darkness and fear, and this year it is really hitting home. 

honeycomb Easter eggs on a blush pink background

Sitting down to make these honeycomb Easter eggs is a great opportunity to practice some mindfulness. Here’s to the renewed hope that comes from both Spring and science.

DIY Honeycomb Easter Eggs

Mixing paper colors while building these eggs makes me feel excited to dye Easter eggs soon, but these paper honeycomb eggs have the added benefit of never going bad. I love a project that you can do once and then toss into storage to take out year after year. No rotten egg smell here!

A hand reaches for honeycomb Easter eggs on a blush pink background

This is a great project to do with your Cricut or other cutting machine, but if you don’t have one you can still make these honeycomb Easter eggs. Just get your scissors ready!

Supplies:

Cardstock Paper, our honeycomb egg template, super glue, hot glueglue gun, Cricut machine (or else scissors and an increased time commitment), ribbon for hanging

Thanks so much for checking out these materials! When you buy through these links we get a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps us keep up the crafting.

Step-by-step photos of a honeycomb Easter egg DIY

Instructions:

  1. Download the honeycomb egg template from our shop
  2. With your Cricut machine, cut out the paper pieces. We used 54 pieces per ornament, which we were able to cut from 3 pieces of 12×12 cardstock.
  3. Sort your egg pieces into a pile for every egg, with 50-60 cutouts in each pile. This is when you will put together colors and patterns. We did a few variations of simply alternating colors, but the sky’s the limit here (a kid-curated, random-looking egg would be beautiful, too)!
  4. With your super glue, draw a line from the curved outside edge of a cutout to the straight inside edge about halfway up the egg. 
  5. Place the next cutout on top, taking care to line it up on top of the first one. 
  6. Similar to the way you glued the first cutouts together, draw two lines from the outside edge to the inside, one toward the bottom of the egg and one toward the top.
  7. Place the next cutout on top. 
  8. Repeat steps 4-7, alternating between one and two lines of glue, until you have glued together your entire stack.
  9. Seal the spine of your egg by putting a line of hot glue along the straight inside edge and spreading it with the warm metal tip of your glue gun. Repeat this until the spine is held together. 
  10. Using your hot glue, attach both ends of a ribbon to the spine so that it can be hung up.
  11. Bend the beginning and end of your paper cutout stack so that they meet and secure with glue. Sometimes a few pieces of paper will separate at this step. That’s okay! Just dab a little more glue between them and hold them together to secure them again. 
  12. Tadaa! You have finished a honeycomb Easter egg! Make as many as you please and fill your home with Easter joy. 

Easter Basket Gift Ideas

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I love a good Easter basket! I love adding a DIY touch of course, like a fabric liner. Or some years I have opted for an entirely hand-made basket – like this no-sew rope basket! But of course, filling the basket with gifts for Jasper (and now Felix too!) is the best part.

Easter gift baskets need not only be filled with eggs stuffed with chocolates and candies, though I no problem with that. You can get creative and browse through our shop for some fun ideas for kids of all ages.

Easter Basket Gifts For Every Age

Baskets & Tags

For Baby’s First Easter

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For Kids Ages 1-5

Start off by making an Easter bunny party hat or a bunny bonnet if you have an infant or toddler. Add a coloring page or two to keep your kiddo(s) occupied while you prepare breakfast. Surprise them with an Easter gift basket filled with fun surprises or have your kid(s) search for them in and around the house. Instead of plastic eggs, you can make these carrot treat boxes and fill them with different toys and sweets. Roll up a pair of bunny socks, add these cute hair ties or golden bunny hairpins, and print out our customizable Easter egg coupons to add more fun and games.

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For Kids Ages 6 and older

We have a fun printable Springtime Printable Activity pack filled with animal paper dolls and coloring pages. You can also purchase the prints separately to your preference. We also have several crafting ideas from which you can prepare the supplies and print our PDF instructions for your kids to follow and make, e.g., the Easter bunny stuffed animal, animal head wraps, glitter glue handwritten phrases, or handwritten letters to loved ones on these intricate paper cutouts. We also have an assortment of paper craft items in our Springtime activity kit. Needless to say, the Easter egg coupons are for kids and adults of all ages.

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For your partner or friends

Adults deserve a visit from the Easter Bunny too! The gift ideas below make for fun gifts to help ring in spring.

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Whether you are creating an Easter gift basket for your child(ren) or friends, gather your ideas and supplies as soon as you can because April is only a month away!

For More Easter Basket Gifts Ideas

For more ideas you can check out last year’s Easter Basked gift roundup too!

A Craft and Treat for Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday lands on the fourth and final Sunday of Lent marking the beginning of Holy Week. When Jesus entered Jerusalem as part of his journey to the cross, crowds cheered and waved palm branches. They also laid the leaves across the road to welcome him. Little did they know how things would pan out in just a few days! But the solemn events of Holy Week remind us of the triumph in the end. Palm branches have long been symbolized for victory and peace; therefore to celebrate Palm Sunday, we have revamped our DIY paper palm leaves so that the victory leaves can set the tone for your Palm Sunday table. The symbolic nature of the leaves will remind everyone of this triumphant occasion and you can prepare the leaves ahead of time as a Palm Sunday craft.

Palm Sunday craft and Resurrection Rolls from The House That Lars Built

How to make your Paper Palm Leaves

To make our Palm Sunday craft this year, we used our past paper palm leaves tutorial and just made them smaller! You can see that past project here.

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Trace out your leaf template and cut it out. (We have formatted the the template to cut up to 8.5×11. However, the leaves that we made for our tablescape were smaller. To accomplish this you can use the template and size down by hand or send it to print at a smaller scale.)
  2. Fan your leaf shape: start from the middle fold, choosing one side of your teardrop-shaped leaf to begin making even smaller folds, helping your leaf get that pretty fanned palm look. Repeat on the other side. (you can use a scoring tool to help you get sharper folds)
  3. Color your leaf: before connecting your leaf to the stem, you’ll want to paint it to make sure it gets an even color throughout. BEFORE PAINTING be sure your creases are defined! Then flatten out your shape again, just enough that you can get an even coat of paint on it. Paint and let dry for 1-2 hours! We used spray paint.
  4. While your leaf is drying, make the petiole stem!
  5. Use petiole stem paper cover template (once again this can be sized down on the computer or sized down based off the printed template, or up if you want to make larger palms like did here!)
  6. Fold your stem along the dotted lines on the template.
  7. You should be able to make a long pyramid-looking stem now with your paper! Hot glue the extra 4th fold to hold it all together (leave the extra 2-3 inches at the top unglued).
  8. Paint your petiole stem to match the leaf!
  9. After your leaf is dry, follow your original creases to re-fold your leaf into its fan shape
  10. Take a lollipop stick and place it inside of the most middle crease of your leaf, only a few inches from the bottom. Hot glue it in place.
  11. Cut diagonally from the leaf to the stick to take the excess off of where the leaf meets the stick (refer to photo).
  12. Tape the very bottom together to keep the shape of the leaf fanned and the stick secure
  13. Slide your petiole stem paper cover over the lollipop stick (the 2-3 inch extra end first.) Allow those 2-3 inches at the top to cover the very bottom of the leaf. Also cover the area where your leaf is glued/taped to your stick. Finally, hot glue the top in place.

Resurrection Rolls Recipe

To complete our Palm Sunday craft and tablescape, we added this yummy recipe and family tradition from our Project Manager, Hailey! Her mom would make them every time at this year.

Palm Sunday craft and Resurrection Rolls from The House That Lars Built

“Resurrection Rolls have been a yummy tradition for years in our family.  They’ve easily become the tastiest, and easiest Easter morning breakfast.  They’re essentially buttered marshmallows wrapped in crescent rolls.  As the rolls raise, the marshmallow melts out and leaves the roll hollow and empty.  This is a great way to teach young kids about the Easter story of Jesus being resurrected and his tomb left empty.  The best part is, you only need a handful of ingredients.  See below!”

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of butter or margarine
  • 1 tube of crescent dough
  • Bag of large marshmallows
  • Cinnamon or cinnamon sugar

Instructions:

  1. Melt butter in one bowl
  2. Mix cinnamon sugar in another bowl
  3. Open the crescent dough and lay them flat on a cookie sheet
  4. Grab a marshmallow, dunk it in melted butter, roll in cinnamon sugar
  5. Place the dunked marshmallow in the middle of the dough and pinch the dough around it
  6. Place about 3 inches apart from each other back on the cookie sheet
  7. Follow baking instructions on dough packaging and bake

Resurrection Rolls Instructions from The House That Lars Built

When you finish our project, display the leaves on your brunch tablescape and enjoy time with your family as you celebrate and remember Palm Sunday.

Palm Sunday craft and Resurrection Rolls from The House That Lars Built

 

DIY Easter Decor Projects For 2021

DIY Easter Home Decor

From entryway wreaths to napkin settings, we have fun DIY Easter decor projects for anyone and everyone as the holiday quickly approaches.

Easter Egg Wreath

What better way to welcome Easter than a wreath made of Easter eggs! With some crepe paper, paper mache eggs, glue gun, and a wreath frame, you can make yourself a rainbow Easter egg wreath.

If you are the type of crafter who would prefer all of your project supplies all wrapped up in a pretty little kit, ready to go, we hear you. We will be releasing our Easter Egg Wreath Kit again this year! Sign up for our newsletter here, and follow along on our Lars Shop Instagram to be the first to know when the kits become available for limited early bird pricing.

Easter Egg Pom-Poms

Or you can decorate a bunch of springtime branches with pom pom Easter eggs!  They’re easy to make and the pops of color will brighten any room.

Pysanky Dyed Eggs

If you want to learn a new way to decorate eggs, try your hand at these beautiful traditional Pysanky eggs. We offer an E-Book and video tutorial, which makes the seemingly daunting craft very doable.

DIY Easter Basket Gifts

Bunny Baby Bonnets

Did you or someone you know welcome a newborn this spring? Then these adorable baby bunny bonnets are a must! If there’s one thing the world needs right now, it’s more babies in bunny bonnets!

Carrot Surprise Balls

A fun craft to make with or for a child are these DIY carrot surprise balls. Wrap a treat or toy and have fun shaping it into a carrot. Pack them in baskets and deliver them to friends, use them for a scavenger hunt, or simply make a basket-full for your little one(s).

Stuffed Easter Bunny

Another popular Easter project is the DIY stuffed Easter bunny. They are simple to make and a unique gift to add to an Easter basket. Plus, if you make the baby bunny bonnets mentioned above your little one will MATCH with their new stuffed toy! Take a second to let that cuteness sink in.

Danish Easter Letters

Finish the basket with a whimsical Danish letter called gækkebreve, or snowdrop letters. We have readymade PDF templates to download and use.

Easter Table Settings

Create a festive mood for Easter brunch with these DIY Easter decor ideas for the table: daffodil napkin bouquets, an Easter egg runner tablescape, and mini basket place settings. We love to go all out for holidays and when preparation is done early enough, you can make the table setting eggs-traoradinary!

Easter Printables

The fun doesn’t end with decor and crafts! Print some Easter bunnies and chicks paper dolls for your children to color and play. Or add these golden bunny hairpins and printable cards to your Easter basket!

We also have Easter egg coupons for you and your family to find during your egg hunt. These are great if you are aiming for a more sugar-free holiday this year! Replace the candy in your egg hunt with the printable coupons, for fun prizes your kids will be even more excited about! This way you can keep the cadbury eggs all to yourself 😉

I hope you found at least one from our list you’d like to make! Whether easy or difficult, if there’s one (or more!) you love, don’t hesitate to try! Share your experiences with us, some tips and tricks you may have discovered, and of course the final products! Use the hashtag #Larsmakes , and we look forward to seeing all your amazing projects!

Last Minute Easter Printables

Easter gift tags and cards

For the final touch even the Easter bunny himself would approve of, print off these cards and add them to baskets and gifts. You can make it simple, and add a punny carrot tag. Or add a handmade touch with our Danish Easter letters template.

carrot easter gift tagsFunny and sweet compliment cardsEaster gift cards to pair with hair clipsDanish Easter Letters template

Add a hair clip to these printable “Here’s to a good hare day” cards. Or sprinkle in happy compliments for an easter basket for a friend!

Sugar-free Easter egg fillers

Printable Easter Gift coupons to put in sugar-free easter eggs

During social distancing, I have been doing my best to fill Jasper’s easter basket with fun activities to keep his little hands busy. The last thing I need is a sugar frenzy! (for him, or for me when I sneak his cadbury eggs.) These coupons above were made to be printed off, and take the place of candy filling your eggs for the hunt. Your kids will be extra surprised this year when they find coupons to cash in for a movie night of their choice, family karaoke, and more fun! There are blank coupons provided you can fill in with your own activity ideas too! It’s truly the Easter gift that keeps on giving, to the whole family!

You can find the coupons here
You can find the plastic gold Easter eggs here

Easter coloring pages

Easter Bunny coloring page

Easter egg hunt coloring pageChocolate bunny and Easter Candy coloring page

Print off copies of our exclusive Easter coloring pages for the whole family to enjoy!

Easter activities

Bunny and chick paper dolls

We could not be more excited about the addition of these whimsical Easter bunny and chick paper dolls to our shop this year! You can print off multiple outfits, and even a tablescape scene for the dolls to enjoy. Available in a colorful option OR a blank one to color in and make the fun last even longer!

Easter paper dolls and coloring pages activity pack

The set above includes all our paper dolls sets and Easter coloring pages. Complete your fun-filled Easter basket with this activity set!

Explore our full Easter shop here and get all ready for Sunday!

 

 

 

Danish Easter Letters

Danish Easter Letters – Gækkebreve

While you have your kids home from school, you can teach them about the symbolism of the snowdrop flower. As the first flower to pop up through the cold winter ground and signify spring is finally coming, snowdrops symbolize hope! We loved the way Kelsey Garrity Riley included snowdrops in her coloring page entry for our Picture Hope: The Social Distancing Coloring Book!

Though these Danish letters are often delivered leading up to Easter, they represent the entire spring season. Include a note explaining this fun tradition and you can start swapping notes and eggs with your neighbors!

Click here for the templates

How to make Danish Easter Letter patterns

The traditional way of making Danish Easter letters is similar to the technique of making snowflakes during the winter. But we decided to make a few more elaborate ones in case you wanted a challenge. We even made a couple so that you can put it into your craft cutting machine (Silhouette or Cricut machines work great!).

Materials:

See above

Instructions:

Elaborate Templates

To make the elaborate cut ones seen here, download our templates (you can find them here).

Handcut: Use our PDF template to print out and trace onto your piece of paper. Use a craft cutting knife if you’d like to hand cut it using a cutting mat underneath.

Craft Cutting Machine: You can cut it out on your craft cutting machine using our SVG files (also found here.

For simpler designs

Like making paper snowflakes you can use a few techniques to get the look you’re going for. Here are some tips:

  • Fold your paper in quarters. Draw your pattern onto one of the corners and cut out.
  • Turn your paper into a square by folding one corner to the opposite side of the paper. Cut off the excess. This technique is if you want yours to be more circular in nature.
  • Think chicks, bunnies, eggs, hearts to get into the spirit of the season!

Add in a snowdrop flower

Traditionally you would add in a snowdrop flower into your letter to send off, but we didn’t have one handy so we added a hyacinth from our yard as well as some wild grape hyacinth.

We’d love to see your versions. Tag us with #LarsMakes.

Compliment Cards to Spread the Joy (not the germs)

funny and kind compliment cards to send to people you admire!

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How to use these compliment cards

Everyone could use a little more sunshine right now. Do you have a friend who is always giving you the advice right when you need it? (and when you want it! A hard balance to find!) Send them the “you help me grow” compliment card! Your friend that has been sending all the right memes right as social distancing is starting to get unbearable? Send them the “you are my favorite person to text” compliment card! Have a coworker you were just starting to make small talk with before you started working from home? Send them the “you have great style” compliment card and keep that friendship going!

funny and kind compliment cards to send to people you admire!

Share joy with everyone!

There is a compliment card for every kind of relationship in your life. Your sister, your childhood best friend, your neighbor you admire from afar, your boss, anyone! Even a stranger at the grocery store who is rocking their mix patterns and bold colors, tell them they have good taste!

Click here to download the printable version!

We would love to see how you use your compliment cards to spread joy, tag us here!

DIY Baby Bunny Bonnet

twins wearing baby bonnets

The simple printable pattern for your own Easter bunny baby bonnet can be found here! Choose any fabric you like and get started!

Our favorite springtime fabrics for this project

 

newborn baby girl in baby bonnet

DIY baby bonnets

How to make your own baby bonnet

  1. Print out the pattern pieces
  2. Cut out all of the printed pattern pieces.
  3. The “bonnet backing” paper pieces should be pinned together at the double solid line marks before cutting the fabric so the piece is the right size. 
  4. Lay out the pattern pieces on your fabric and cut out the correct amount of each piece. 
  5. Using a chalk pencil, mark the sewing line. This will speed up your process as you begin to begin to pin and sew.
  6. You will need to sew the bunny ear pieces first! 
  7. Take two of the bunny ear pieces and place them right sides together, you can use two different fabrics if you like! 
  8. Pin ears together. 
  9. Once pinned sew around the ear in the indicated spot on the pattern leaving the bottom of the ear open.  
  10. Once sewn, clip and notch any curves on the ear so that it will lay the right way. 
  11. Flip the ear inside out, and press the ear. 
  12. Repeat steps 7-11 for the other ear. 
  13. Now you can start on the bonnet!
  14. Take one of your bonnet sides and one of your bonnet backing pieces and pin the pieces together along the sewing line. You may notice a bit of overhand at the back of the bonnet on the backing piece, that will be used to close the bonnet up later. 
  15. Once the one side is pinned, repeat step 6 on the other side of the same bonnet piece. 
  16. Be sure to pin so that the seams will both be facing the same direction. 
  17. Once both sides are pinned, sew the bonnet on both sides at the line you just pinned.  
  18. You will need to remove pins as you sew. 
  19. Repeat steps 14-18 with the remaining bonnet pieces, only this time you will add in your bunny ears at about 2.5 inches in from the front of the bonnet. 
  20. To place the ears you will fold them in half, if there is a color you would like the inside of the ear to be make sure that color is on the inside of the fold. 
  21. Once folded correctly you will place them front facing (check the orientation of the ears to make sure, you don’t want a backwards ear!) in at 2.5 inches in with the ear placed in between the bonnet side and the bonnet backing with the open end of the ear being the part sticking out with the seam. 
  22. Be sure to add in the ear on both sides.  
  23. Once both of your bonnet pieces are sewn, press open the seams of the bonnet. 
  24. Once pressed, you will pin the two bonnet pieces together, both seams at this point will be facing outward, you will flip it inside out after sewing it together.  As you pin you will need to add in your straps. Pin them in at the front bottom corners. 
  25. When placing the straps you will place the ribbon sandwiched between the two pieces, you might find this confusing but once you flip the pieces the right way your strap will stick out. 
  26. Make sure your seams align and leave the back of the bonnet open so you can flip it the right way later.  
  27. If you are having a hard time with the bulk from the ears and ribbon  being sandwiched between the two pieces, pull them through the back opening that you are not sewing closed yet. 
  28. Once you have your pieces pinned together and the straps in place you can sew the two pieces together.
  29. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of sewing these pieces together. 
  30. Once sewn together, pull your ears that have been placed in the opening and it will pull the piece the right way out hiding any seams inside. 
  31. Press your recently sewn pieces together flat and tuck back opening pieces up, press and pin in place. 
  32. Once pressed you will sew as close as you can to your edge all around the bonnet to secure the hat pieces together. 
  33. Be sure to sew closed the bottom hole which will naturally sew closed in step 32. 
  34. Press the finished bonnet and out out on your baby! 

This tutorial can also be completed without the bunny ears for a standard baby bonnet!

newborn twin boy in baby bonnet for easter

We love seeing what Easter looks like for you and all the great things have made! Be sure to tag us with #larsmakes so we can see how precious your bunny bonnets turn out!