3 Ways to wrap a flower

 

 

 

Doesn’t it look like that lily is screaming into my ear?!

I’ve been noticing the lovely Easter lilies at the supermarkets and looking for any excuse to get one. I thought it would be the perfect host gift as we’re going to my brother and sister–in-law’s house for the holiday. Plants from the supermarket always come in tacky foil colors so I thought a quick makeover was in order. You might already have everything you need to make it!

3 ways to wrap a flower

Materials:

  • Painter’s paper (I picked up some kraft painter’s paper– $2.50 for the roll!– at the hardware store)
  • scissors
  • gold paint pen
  • Easter lilies (or flower of your choice)
  • glue gun

Paint your flower decoration

  1.  Use the square foil that the flowers come in to measure the shape and cut to it.
  2. I wanted a starburst type pattern so I started in the corners making circles with my gold pen and coming inwards.
  3.  To wrap it around the flower, place it in the middle and bring one corner up. Like a napkin, tuck the two sides under so that the corner is in the middle. I glue gunned mine in the creases to make it easier before tying the ribbon.
  4.  Repeat to all sides.
  5.  Secure with a ribbon.

Weave your flower decoration

  1. Use the shape of the original foil to cut the strips (however big you’d like but I used about 1″) to that length. Leave a little extra room. Lay them side by side to see that it fits the original square size.
  2. Start at one end by going in and out. Continue.
  3.  When you get to the end, adjust the strips so that they fit snuggly together.
  4.  I secured mine with a glue gun at the edges.
  5.  To fold, follow the same steps as above.

Cut out your flower decoration

  1. Use the kraft paper to cut pieces larger than the original foil square. Cut two of these.
  2.  Create your design. I emphasized the corners by making it the shape of a leaf and then scalloped the rest.
  3.  Make some paper cuts to show off the design.
  4.  Repeat the same process onto the second piece of paper.
  5.  Wrap the plant the same way as above. You’ll wrap the second paper around again, but space it out so that the leaf points spread around evenly.

Thank you, Audrey, for your help!

Making your own paper flowers

Now that you have ideas for 3 ways to wrap a flower, you can get extra creative! If you want to make your own paper flowers or plants, you’ve come to the right place! Paper plants are especially great if, like me, you don’t have a green thumb. And they can last much longer than real flowers or plants! Browse the list of paper flowers here, including this paper flower Narcissus, Daffodil, and Amaryllis! You can also check out some of our favorite paper plant tutorials here. Happy crafting!

Rainbow Easter Egg Wreath

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Rainbow Easter Egg Wreath

Mark your calendars! Easter is April 1st this year. It’s much earlier than usual which means we all need to stock up on Cadbury Eggs ASAP. Jelly beans and chocolate eggs aside, I love Easter! To me, it marks the official start of Spring, I’m just hoping the weather doesn’t miss the memo. This year we’re decorating with this Rainbow Easter Egg Wreath! We skipped the dying for this project to eliminate the mess and allow the wreath to keep for years to come. Naturally dyed eggs have such pretty texture. We tried to recreate that look with paper. We textured a rainbow of crepe papers using bleach and paint to achieve the desired effect. With the addition of some paper leaf boughs, this is a step above your average Easter wreath! Brighten up your dreary winter days with this Rainbow Easter Egg Wreath and a handful of jelly beans 😉

Rainbow Easter Egg Wreath

Get step-by-step instructions and photos to help you make your own Rainbow Easter Egg Wreath!

DIY bunny party hats

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bunny party hats

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 hatsDIY 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

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Materials:

Step 1: Make the party hats with this template. Any classic party hat template will do.

Step 2: Cut out eyes and noses for the bunny with simple circles and triangles and long thin pieces for the whiskers.

Step 3: Attach the eyes and nose with glue dots.

Step 4: Draw in a simple mouth with your permanent marker.

Step 5: Cut slits in the side of the hat with your craft knife.

Step 6: Cut out ears and fold at the bottom about ¼” up.

Step 7: Insert the ears and secure with tape inside.

Step 8: Attach twine to the sides of the inside of the hat to tie around the head. Secure with tape.

Voila!

Enjoy the Easter party with your new bunny hats!

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Photography by Trisha Zemp

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DIY paper Swedish Easter tree

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Last year I had a reader ask if I could come up with a cheap and easy Easter centerpiece for the table. Well, a year later it’s coming true! Påskris it is! This one is cheap and easy though a bit time consuming.

Påskris is a Swedish Easter tree that I caught wind of while living in Scandinavia. I’ve been wanting to do my own version for ages now so this year was the year! They’re usually made with real feathers and painted Easter eggs, paper roosters, pipe cleaner witches, crochet catkins, and yarnball chickens (????) but I decided to keep it to paper feathers. I love the movement they created.

It would make a great centerpiece for an Easter table or just a fun decor statement for the house. And if you’re making decorations for a party, just make the arrangement smaller in scale to cut down on labor and costs.

Botanical Easter eggs

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botanical easter eggs

I’ve been wanting to try these botanical black Easter eggs since last year when I become obsessed Molly Peacock’s book about the 18th century paper artist Mary Delany, The Paper Garden. In fact, I even suggested we start a book club with this title and then I just NEVER followed through. Because it’s my blog and I can do whatever I want. So I bought Easter eggs, painted them black, lost them, then rebought and painted new ones last week, AND THEN found last year’s. Always, huh?! Well, if you need any botanical Easter eggs, you know where to find them. These are a great idea if you like to spend a bit of time on an art project. I realize the detail is a bit more advanced, but you can simplify with easier color blocks and shapes to cut down on time. These could be great for kids in this simplified way. I give some suggestions below.

How to make Easter egg terrariums

These Easter egg terrariums are the perfect craft for the holiday. When I came across these clear Easter eggs at Smith’s, my first reaction was “terrariums!” and then reality started to set in. I did what every adult evading responsibility does: I faked it. Yes, this is a fake terrarium. The dirt? Real. The moss? Real. The flower? Well, shouldn’t you know by now that it’s paper?! So, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be all for a fake terrarium. Much less pressure. But to give myself a little bit of credit, the egg is too small to have a living thing grow inside without bursting out of the seams. ALSO, there is no oxygen hole and any type of drilling would have shattered the plastic.

Am I forgiven?

These terrariums are also great for kids to make. Plus, they’re small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and can easily be displayed in an egg carton! Learn how to make the Easter egg terrarium below!

DIY Easter egg terrarium

Materials:

  • clear plastic eggs (again, got mine from Smith’s but I also saw a giant version–about 4″ tall– at Michaels)
  • moss
  • dirt
  • gold spray paint (optional)

Instructions:

  1.  Spray the colored egg part gold. Wait 24 hours to dry properly.
  2.  Insert a bit of wet dirt into the bottom of the egg filling about 1/3.
  3.  Add a bit of moss on top.
  4. Dig your wire flower into the dirt.

Done!

Materials for the paper flower:

  • paper color of your choice
  • green paper
  • stamen (center of the flower–you can choose a color here)
  • scissors
  • floral wire wrapped in cloth (here’s my suggestion on Amazon)
  • hole punch (mine is Martha Stewart 1/16″ from Amazon)
  • glue gun

Instructions:

  1.  Cut a circle, about 1/2″ diameter
  2. Make a rounded start
  3. Curl the edges up
  4. Make a punch in the center of the flower
  5. Add a stamen through the hole.
  6. Glue on the back side of the flower and hold.
  7. Cut a thin leaf in the green paper and curl with your fingers to give it shape.
  8. Take some wire and cut a piece smaller than the size of the egg.
  9. Cut the stamen down to a nub on the back side.
  10. Glue the wire to the nub of the stamen.
  11. Put a small amount of glue on the leaf and attach to the wire.
Done!
What do you usually give for Easter? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to check out more Easter crafts here.

You’ve been egged!

Make a giant robin's egg East Egg
I showed how to make several versions of a “heart attack” for Valentine’s Day last year (1, 2, 3, 4) and I tried to think how I could do a similar idea for Easter…EGGED! A real egging is damaging and costly, but this one is much cuter and less threatening, non? And, per usual, I had to do it on a grand scale, cuz that’s what we do round here. I found this great robin’s egg tutorial, which helped guide me towards the right texture for the robin’s egg. I’m going to leave a few of these for some unsuspecting friends in the hood. Muhahaha.

“You’ve been egged” tutorial

Materials:

Instructions:

  1.  Spray the plastic egg with the plastic primer spray (not shown, forgot to take a picture, agh!) and wait for it to dry. Repeat if you’d like. I wasn’t super concerned about layering.
  2. Spray the stone spray on and let it dry. Repeat to fill in. Give it a full day to dry.
  3. Begin painting the egg the robin’s egg color. I kind of mixed the two blues and then for variation added patches of colors here in there.
  4. Dip the toothbrush in brown paint and flick it onto the egg with your finger like a slingshot. I would suggest doing it close to the egg so it doesn’t appear like a Pollack painting where it’s running down the egg.
5. Add in your green grass. I used grass instead of moss because no one wants to accidentally eat moss. No one.
6. Add in your robin’s egg candy. Mine were by Whoppers (sick, but appropriate)
7. Cover with grass.
8. I made a sign saying, “you’ve been egged” out of black paper and a gold pen to tape to the door.
DONZO.

Much cleaner than a normal egging, right? Find more fun Easter tutorials here.

photography and crafting by moi
model: Michelle Brummer Everett (thank you SO much!)

No-sew fabric rope Easter basket

Colofrul thread as Easter eggs
photography by Trisha Zemp 
Are you ready for the easiest, no-sew fabric rope Easter basket? I’m actually quite thrilled with how this one turned out and how sturdy it is. These are great for kids’ Easter egg hunts or just for adorable Easter decor!
Click below for full tutorial!

Quarantine Creativity: DIY Stuffed Easter Bunny

DIY Stuffed Easter Bunny

You can find the Stuffed Easter Bunny template here.

Directions: 

  1. Using a tailor’s pencil (you can use a regular pencil too, when finished you wont see the lines) to trace the outline of the bunny.
  2. Once you have the outline of the bunny traced add a 3/8″ border around the traced line.
  3. Cut out 2 of your template on the 3/8″ border line. We layered our fabric and cut two at once.
  4. Pin the newly cut side together with the right sides facing each other. This will be most important if you are using a fabric with a print.
  5. Once the pieces are cut out and pinned together, begin sewing around the remaining traced line (the line that you traced the template with).
  6. Start sewing from the bottom (backstitching at the beginning of your sewing and at the end) and once you return to the bottom leave 2″-3″ of the seam open so you can flip the pattern inside out.
  7. Clip and notch and curves appropriately.
  8. Once clipped open your seam and press the tabs open on both sides.
  9. Once pressed, flip your pattern inside out through the opening you left at the bottom. You may need to pay extra attention to the the ears since they are small and may require a little extra time to get the all the way reversed.
  10. Once your bunny is right fabric out, gently press open the edges.
  11. Begin stuffing your bunny, you can use a pencil to get to any hard to reach areas! Just be sure not to push too hard.
  12. Once your bunny is stuffed to your liking, use your need and thread and close the opening using an invisible stitch!
  13. Using a pom-pom maker, make a pom-pom and once you have it at the right size and shape use a needle and thread to attach it!

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 this little guy is living in your home!

Mini basket place settings

You know I love me anything oversized, but a good mini project puts me in squeals too. When I came across these mini Easter baskets, I had a real cuteness overload moment and had to do something with them. Place settings to be exact. They’re such a quick project you’ll have time to make so many other springtime projects. “Oh goody, more craft projects” you’re thinking, right? Thought so. Keep reading to find out how to make these adorable mini basket place settings!

DIY mini basket place settings for Easter

It’s so easy squeazy.

Materials:

I bought these mini baskets here and filled them with a bit of moss and robin’s egg peanut butter M&Ms. You might be tempted to buy a slew of other robin’s egg candies, but I bought them all to see which was prettiest and tastiest and these are them. Trust me. I also ate all the bags to find out, so I’m obviously I’m a person with sound judgment.

Instructions:

  1. Fill your baskets with moss and robin’s egg candies. You can add other goodies as well, depending on how big your baskets are!
  2. Cut out mini banners
  3. Write the names of your friends/family/guests on the mini banners
  4. Use the glue gun to stick the banners to the mini basket handles

I created the banners out of leftover wallpaper (from a project I did for Laura Ashley) and curled them so that they twisted a bit. I wrote each name, glue gunned them to the basket, and BOOM!

photography and styling by yours truly

More fun Easter projects

If you loved these mini basket place settings, you’ll definitely love these other Easter crafts! For a big showstopper centerpiece, learn how to make this naturally dyed Easter egg tree. For your door, take a look at this DIY wreath.

If these mini baskets put you in the giving mood, make a giant egg like this one to surprise your neighbors! You can take a look in the Lars Easter shop for easy gift ideas (and more craft ideas!).

Naturally Dyed Easter Egg Tree

Naturally Dyed Easter Egg TreeEaster Trees have been around for a while and there are quite a few versions out there. I love the Swedish tradition of covering branches with brightly colored feathers. We made a paper version you can check out here. This year we wanted to put a personalized spin on this traditional decoration with a Naturally Dyed Easter Egg Tree! This Easter Season I’ve been on a natural dying kick for my Easter eggs! I love the subtle tones and muted colors you can achieve with fruits and vegetables. Of course, it’s a bit trickier than using boxed dye kits, but I think the end results are worth it. To create our egg “ornaments,” we teamed up with Brother to use their P-touch Embellish machine to create custom ribbons for hanging our eggs! This turns a typical Easter decoration into an heirloom you’ll keep forever. 

Naturally Dyed Easter Egg Tree

Get the full tutorial on natural dying eggs and making your Easter Egg Tree Ornaments!

3D Easter egg name tags

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3D Easter Egg paper name tags

SPRING! Even though there’s still snow on the mountains and always, always a few more snowstorms before we finally hit good weather (Utah is a little trickester), I’m celebrating like it’s here forever! Hooray! Spring means pastels and wonderfully shipper projects. Lucky us get St. Patrick’s Day AND Easter all in the same month this year. But we’re kicking it off with Easter! These 3D paper Easter egg name tags are perfect for your Easter party or table setting.

3D Easter Egg paper name tags

Materials:

  • scrapbook paper in pastel shades (we used mint, yellow, pink, and peach)
  • Easter egg template and flag template (download here)
  • sewing machine with threads in pastel colors
  • white paper
  • black pen
  • glue gun

3D Easter Egg paper name tags

3D Easter Egg name tags

  1. Cut out 4 to 5 egg shapes for each name tag. You’ll have to sew through each one so if your sewing machine can’t handle that many, take it down to 3.
  2. Sew a line right through the center of each egg.
  3. Distribute the paper around the center of the sewn line.
  4. Cut out the flag out of white paper.
  5. Write the name of the person
  6. Glue the flag to the Easter egg.

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Photos and crafting by Ashley Isenhour