Easter Egg Wreath Workshop!!!

 

Easter is April 12th this year, but we are already feeling the need to stock up on Cadbury Eggs, and more than anything we are ready for that Spring weather! 

Eggs, and weather aside we have decorations on our minds and we think this year is the perfect year to resurrect our Rainbow Easter Egg Wreath. So, this is exactly what we will be doing! 

Here’s how it works! 

  1. Sign up! We are offering only 20 seats, be sure to sign up quick so you don’t miss your spot! 
  2. Mark your calendar for Thursday March 19th at 6:30 pm MST 
  3. Come the night of the 19th ready to craft your art out! 
  4. Hang your rainbow easter egg wreath on your door and nom on Cadbury Eggs while we wait for the warm weather to join us! 

Details: 

  • The cost of the workshop starts at $55 dollars during early bird registrations (which is going on RIGHT NOW! Sign up and get the best possible price!) and will climb in $10 dollar increments, last minute booking will cost $75 and is contingent on the amount of seats still available. 
  • All materials provided! Tools such as wire cutters, hot glue guns, paints, and scissors will be provided for use at the workshop.
    • You will leave with
      • Book of instructions for the Rainbow Easter Egg Wreath
      • 12” Wire wreath form
      • Wire
      • Floral tape
      • Crepe paper 
      • Eggs 
  • We will get you all of the crafting knowledge you need to successfully create your wreath in hopes that you will finish while at Lars. However, If you do not finish you will be set to finish your masterpiece from the comfort of your own home with the instruction book provided!
  • Light snacks will be served! 

We can’t wait to see you! Be sure to sign up now so you don’t miss your seat! We are so excited to see you on the 19th! It’s going to be one heck of a good time!!! 

Citrus Carrot Favor

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Citrus Carrot Favor

We’re nearing the end of winter and I’m ready to welcome the season of gardening, planting, and flowers! I might be jumping the gun a bit, but is anyone else over the frigid temps and grey skies? Easter is much earlier this year as well, so all the more reason to jump on it. Typically, Easter means the arrival of all sorts of sugary sweets. Chocolate eggs and jelly beans galore. So here is your healthier alternative: Citrus Carrot Favors are made of three different varieties of citrus fruits to build this sweet carrot! Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for sugar, but we thought we’d create a more refreshing alternative to mix things up. Bring these Citrus Carrot Favors to the office, the classroom, or to your neighbors as a seasonal treat! Chances are they’ll appreciate the sentiment and the juicy fruit!

Get the easy how-to after the jump!

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!

Easter Shop Now Open!

Easter Activity Pack

First up, our Springtime Activity Pack. This is intended to sit snuggle inside of an Easter basket for your craft child. It comes with a set of double sided origami paper, ten rolls of beautiful washi tape and an acrylic tape dispenser, a set of pastel rainbow pens, and a set of colorful glue sticks. SO fun!

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Stay tuned for some origami Easter tutorials!

Easter basket stuffers for your child

Next up, the cutest accessories you ever did see! I mean, look at this adorable bunny visor!

bunny ear visor

And bunny socks for someone who is TOE-tally awesome?! I may make Jasper wear these! 😉bunny socks for toddlers

Easter Hair accessories

Now for the hair clips, which are my personal favorite.

Here’s to a good HARE day (comes with the card so it can go straight into the basket). A velvet bunny hair tie.

And some metallic gold bunny bobbi pins. These are my personal favorite.have a good hare day card and clipgold bunny hair clip

As well as some bunny hair clips in blue and deep rose.bunny clips

Toddler Easter basket stuffers

Now, for the babies! I LOVE this wooden egg set. One half of them come with magnets and reveal a little yolk inside. How sweet is that?!

wooden eggs magnetic with yolk for kids

Ok! Those are my faves from the bunch, but we have more! Head on over to the Lars Easter Shop to see them all!

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.

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!

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!

How to make Pysanky Eggs with Betsy Croft

How to do Psyanky

What isa Pysanky Egg? Simply put, it is an Easter egg decorated using a wax resist method. It literally means “to write” as you’ll soon learn in the video.

But, it is so much more than that. Ukrainians have been decorating eggs, creating these miniature jewels, for countless generations. The design motifs on pysanky date back to pre-Christian times and many date to early Slavic cultures making these eggs incredibly meaningful and full of rich history!

Pysanky Eggs

You can find the Pysanky instructions in our e-book here.

You may feel daunted looking at these but Betsy breaks it down easy as can be so that you and I can get started making them. Download the E-book now so you can get started!

And in case you need something special to display those beautiful Pysanky eggs in that you are about to make, checkout these incredible Ceramic Totem Egg Cups that we collaborated on found in The House Lars Built Shop plus so many other projects to keep yo occupied during these hard times.

Be sure to tag us with #Larsmakes so we can see how your eggs turn out!

DIY origami surprise box for Easter

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For the last two years I’ve been creating tutorials for the Laura Ashley blog and I’m continuing this year with some fun projects made with their gorgeous wallpapers and fabrics. Hooray! The first one up for the year is here and it’s an origami surprise box. Have you ever made these before? I remember making them as a kid, but I never knew what to do with them. So, we decided to fill them up with some Easter goodies. Wouldn’t it be such a kick for a kid to blow it up and find some things inside? Find out how to make it below and head on over to the Laura Ashley blog for more fun pics and to shop the look.

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Photography by Trisha Zemp  |  Craft assisting by Alexa Jorgenson

Click below for the full tutorial

3D Easter egg cupcake toppers

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3D easter egg cupcake toppers

We had such a ball making some 3D Easter egg place cards that we had to make more! We topped off our cupcakes with some adorable mini Easter egg toppers. They’d also be fun as a garland or sprinkled on an Easter table.

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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
  • toothpicks
  • glue gun

Instructions for 3D Easter egg cupcake toppers 

  1. Cut out 2 to 4 egg shapes for each name tag. You’ll have to sew through each one so if you’re 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. Glue the egg to the inside of one of the sides of the egg and to the toothpick.

Voila!
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photos and crafting by Ashley Isenhour

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!