Spring pastel tablesetting

Yesterday I showed how to make the paper tulip centerpiece and I thought I’d provide an idea on how to display it in a beautiful setting for your spring celebration, whether it be your outdoor Easter dinner or Mother’s Day brunch. Wouldn’t pastels be so lovely? I used to cringe at pastels but now I find them so beautiful, especially when combined with some deeper tones like the colors in the flowers and the ombre candle holders I decorated. I’ll show a few of the DIYs later in the day, but for now, here are some ways to celebrate the spring.
TIP: I picked up all of the tableware from Ikea. They have the loveliest colors right now. Mint plates and bowls, pink and white candle holders, a beautiful white pitcher. AND, they are so so cheap! I have a thing for plates so I kind of think you can never have too many!

TIP: For place settings, I bought these little wooden eggs and put each person’s monogram on it. I’ll be doing a DIY on it later today.

TIP: Melissa Esplin of I Still Love You created a beautiful “Happy Easter” sign that works perfectly in a basket. OR, you can make it mini and stick it in some Easter eggs (like she did here). OR print it off really huge and use it as a decoration. I love her work. Download the free template here.

TIP: I’ll be providing a DIY later today on these candle votives, which I LOVE! I think they’d also be perfect for baby showers, bridal showers, and birthdays, doncha think?

Stay tuned for the DIYs on how to make this happen.

Make a spring centerpiece with tulips

Fortuitously (?), I got sick last week. I was supposed to read the book for this month’s book club (feel free to join in! More deets here) but you know how you get when you’re sick? You just can’t work the mind too well. SO, I made lots of paper flowers instead. And turned them into a centerpiece. And I’m kind of stoked about how they turned out. Wouldn’t it be great as a centerpiece for the Easter table or to give for Mother’s Day? Or just sitting around looking pretty during spring. Over the next couple of days, I’ll be showing you what to make and then how to incorporate it into your Easter celebration.
So, this is how it goes.
Click for full tutorial!

Easter basket liner

Make an Easter basket liner with fabric from Laura Ashley
Make an Easter basket liner with fabric from Laura Ashley
Here’s my latest for the Laura Ashley blog. I made a liner for an Easter basket using their sweet Aviary Garden fabric. It’s the perfect springy fabric.
Click below for full tutorial!

Dip dyeing spring

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At some point I got really into baskets and acquired way too many for our small apartment. I thought it would be nice to gussy them up just a tad while still keeping the integrity of the object so I decided to get on the dip dye trend and apply it to everything in sight. Watch out baskets! I thought it would be fun to do to an Easter basket, watering can, and decorative basket.
 
Dip-dye is a term that means that you are actually dipping the object into dye, but it’s not a practical application for these objects. In this case it is just the look of dipping. Call it faux dip-dye.
Materials: White acrylic paint (or spray paint, just make sure everything is taped off), blue tape, paint brush
Step 1: On this decorative basket, below, I decided how high I wanted to go. The basket reeds were already placed horizontally so I picked the 6th row and used that as my guide.
Step 2: Get your brush out and paint. I started with a big brush to apply the initial stripe and then used a smaller brush to get into the details.
Step 3: Apply a few coats.

To apply on a metal object like this watering can:
Step 1: Get your blue tape out and measure where you’d like to place it. I placed my line one third from the bottom. Make sure you secure your tape tightly onto the can so the paint doesn’t escape.
Step 2: Paint it!
Step 3: Paint a few layers until it’s nice and thick.
Step 4: Remove tape and voila!

step-by-step photos by Trisha Zemp
final photos by Brittany Jepsen 
for more spring and Easter projects click here

Easter egg terrarium

Last year I came up with with some life-size Easter egg terrariums with mini paper flowers (see here). I wanted to try it with live plants this year to give out as gifts so I found some oversized plastic Easter eggs that are much more practical and spacious for installing live plants. I used air plants because I thought they would hold up a bit better with my black thumb.

See the full tutuorial!

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!

Potted paper Easter Lily

Paper Easter lily tutorial
Greetings from California! I’m here on the beaches of Ventura enjoying the crafter’s paradise at Craftcation where I’ll be speaking and doing a workshop (anyone here???), but in the meantime…let’s learn how to make a potted paper Easter Lily, shall we? I think Easter lilies are some of the most lovely, delicate, and pure creatures–the perfect image for spring. Last year I showed some ways to wrap up some real ones to give as host/ess gifts, but how cool would it be to make a paper lily and give it as a gift in a pot?!
Click below for full tutorial!

DIY potted paper Easter Lily

Materials:
  • double-sided crepe paper
  • scissors
  • wire
  • wire cutters
  • pot
  • moss
  • floral foam
  • lily template (download here)

Instructions:

  1.  Cut out the template here and place it on a fold with the crepe grain going vertically.
  2. With the edge of scissors, curl each petal out.
  3. Bring the two edges of the lily together to form a cylinder and glue the sides together.
  4. Glue a piece of wire in at the base.
  5. Pinch the bottom together.
  6. Cut out a piece of green crepe paper going against the grain. About 1/2″ wide is good and 18″ in length.
  7. Wrap it around the piece of wire.
  8. Cut out leaves with the grain going vertically and insert those periodically down the wire. Lilies have lots of leaves so go crazy!
  9. Make the inside stamen of the lilies by wrapping the crepe together vertically like a joint and gluing 3-5 of them inside.
  10. Insert a piece of floral foam into a pot.
  11. Cover with moss.
Voila!
Potted paper Easter lily tutorial

photography by Trisha Zemp

Floral projects for Easter

Springtime is all about florals, no? We’ve got plenty of tutorials to help you decorate your home with as many flowers as possible! Check out our list of paper flower tutorials here. Pick out your favorite paper flowers and turn them into this Spring centerpiece! Create this bunny topiary wreath for your doorstep or this Springtime paper flower garland to hang in your home. If you’re looking to give your potted paper Easter Lily as a gift, check out these 3 ways to wrap a flower. The possibilities with paper flowers are endless!

Be sure to follow our Instagram for Easter project updates and inspiration!

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!).

Handmade Easter planner

This Easter planner is a life saver. I made a Valentine’s Day planner for last-minute overachievers because I personally love it when someone tells me how to arrange my schedule. I’m sure you have a better grasp of your calendar, but in case you’re in the same boat, might I suggest a few ideas to try for Easter this year and when to do them? We still have some time before Easter, so don’t worry! There are plenty of projects listed below that can be done in a snap! They’re all projects from the Lars archives and I’ll be adding more so you can mix and match and customize to your heart’s desire.

Easter planner

  1. 4 weeks before (THAT’S NOW!): Make a bunny topiary wreath for your door. This is especially important if you don’t plan on doing anything else. At least you look festive.Easter 2017 Easter Roundup
  2. 2 weeks before (might I suggest making it a weekend project?): Send a care package to a loved one in a huge marbled Easter egg.
  3. 1 week before: You need to make eggs, right? Make some terrarium Easter eggs with paper flowers.
  4. 4 days before: Go ahead and do it. You’ve always wanted to. This is the egging that won’t get you into more trouble like the Biebs. Egg someone with a giant Easter egg at their door. Fill it with lots of goodies.Easter 2017 Easter Roundup
  5. 3 days before: Dye eggs with items from nature for the big day and place them in a lovely basket.
  6. The day of: Bring an Easter lily with you as a host gift. Here are three ways to decorate the wrapping. (Make sure to buy it in advance!)
  7. The day of: Instead of a traditional sit-down feast, do something different. We had a Danish Easter picnic back in Copenhagen and ate traditional smorrebrod with lots of yummy toppings.
These are just a few to get you going and to help the procrastinator in you. Or maybe that’s just me….
For more Easter craft ideas, check out the full list of posts in the Lars archives. It has everything you need to decorate your home, celebrate with others, and try new crafts! Do we even need an excuse to try new crafts?
If you’re really last-minute on Easter gifts, take a look at our Easter products in the Lars shop!

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 a giant marbled Easter egg care package

I’m a big fan of gift-giving, especially when you can make the gift yourself! I’m also a fan of surprises for the holidays, like our Valentine’s heart attacks 1, 2, 3, and 4. Instead of heart attacks, for Easter, we’re “egging” family and friends (in the safest and most adorable way!). Check out the post here. For loved ones who live farther away, we created this tutorial for a giant marbled Easter egg care package, that way you can ship it wherever!
The egg I used in yesterday’s robin’s egg tutorial came in a 3-egg set so I had to put them all to use. I decided to use the “you’ve been egged” theme again for this care package, because who doesn’t want to get egged in the mail? I didn’t just fill it with paper egg shapes, but I added egg candy too. Don’t fret.

DIY giant marbled Easter egg care package

Materials:

  • giant easter egg (got mine at Michael’s and before Easter it’s 40% off so you can stock up for next year too)
  • nail polishes in the shades of your choice
  • stick or wire
  • colored paper
  • bucket

Instructions:

  1. Fill a bucket with water, enough to cover the egg with.
  2. With the nail polish, add drops to the water. Because the egg is so large you’ll need to add enough drops so it pretty much covers the size of the egg.
  3. With a stick or wire or something, swirl the paint around creating the marble look.
  4. Submerge your egg in the water. The paint should attach to the egg.
  5. Redip it to cover the areas not covered.
  6. Cut out egg-shapes out of the colored paper. Add notes on them if you wish.
  7. Create your package: I added in candy and other fun Easter stuff.
  8. To make it really secure through the mail (I’m sending it as is, no box!), I glue gunned the two parts together. The recipient will have to use a little force (and possibly x-acto) to open, but I think it’s better to be safe than sorry in the mail.
Donzo.

Thank you to Andrea for helping me with the project. Be sure to show us your final marbled Easter egg care package with the tag #larsmakes on Instagram.

DIY and photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen

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!)