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.

Giant Arm-Knit Bunny

 

Last year I got to work with one of my favorite people, Anne Weil of Flax and Twine, on a fun project in addition to the book I styled for her, Knitting Without Needles. She popped into town to do some Easter projects. One of them being this amazing giant arm-knit bunny. Isn’t it to die for?

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 trickster), I’m celebrating like it’s here forever! Hooray! Spring means pastels and wonderfully chipper projects. Lucky us, we 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.

 

DIY 3D Easter egg nametags

Materials:

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

 

Instructions:

  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

Easter tablescape and craft ideas

We’ve got plenty of Easter decor ideas to match your 3D Easter egg name tags! Learn how to make these Daffodil napkin bouquets to add a little extra Springtime to your celebration. And for your centerpiece, try this Easter egg runner or an Easter egg tree! If you’re celebrating with kids, create these adorable bunny party hats to wear (and a baby bunny bonnet for the younger ones)! The Lars Easter shop also has great gift ideas (including bunny slippers and a bunny visor)!

A couple of years ago we had an Easter picnic party, and we really went all out with the pastels. From the dinnerware, to the centerpiece, to some ombre candle votives, it has everything you could possibly need for a Springtime celebration. You can view all of the details here.

To stay up to date on crafts for all seasons, check out the Lars Instagram! Happy crafting!

 

DIY bunny party hats

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Disclosure: This post is brought to you by the Tic Tac® brand. I received compensation to write this post through the Tic Tac Pack Program; however, all opinions expressed are my own.

 

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 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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DIY Easter bunny party hats

Materials:

Instructions:

  1.  Make the party hats with this template. Any classic party hat template will do.
  2. Cut out eyes and noses for the bunny with simple circles and triangles and long thin pieces for the whiskers.
  3. Attach the eyes and nose with glue dots.
  4. Draw in a simple mouth with your permanent marker.
  5. Cut slits in the side of the hat with your craft knife.
  6. Cut out ears and fold at the bottom about ¼” up.
  7. Insert the ears and secure with tape inside.
  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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For more Easter craft ideas and inspiration, take a look at the Lars Easter Pinterest board.

Botanical Easter eggs

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I’ve been wanting to try these black botanical Easter eggs since last year when I became obsessed with 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 origami surprise box for Easter

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Have you ever made an origami surprise box 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

Happy Easter!

A most happy Easter to you all. To me, Easter means hope and rebirth. The beautiful flowers popping up couldn’t be more fitting for such a beautiful season.

Happy Easter and this week on Lars:

  1. Make a centerpiece with paper flower tulips (perfect for Mother’s Day!)
  2. Egg monogram place settings
  3. Make some ombre candle holders
  4. Easter basket liner for Laura Ashley
  5. Different projects to make with macrame (it’s baaa-aaack!)
  6. How to make a Spring floral arrangement
  7. Dip dye your accessories
  8. Dried Flowers on Easter Eggs

Check out more Easter posts in the Lars archives

Lars elsewhere:

  1. Decorate with balloons on Brooklyn Bride
  2. Learn how to make these Cactus Cupcakes
  3. DIY world map markers (to spice up your globe!)
  4. Learn how to make a clever save the date card
  5. I was a guest on the Women With Fire podcast! Check it out here.

3 Pinterest boards I’m loving:

  1. I want every single piece of clothing that Chelsea pins
  2. I love Eva from Sycamore Street Press’ identified style: minimal bohemian. She nailed it! You can view her other pins here.
  3. Sometimes I like the mix up my style with all minimal. I couldn’t do it every day, but Nordhaven Studio gets it right every time.

pic by Trisha Zemp with an Easter sign download by Melissa Esplin of I Still Love You (see more deets here

More Spring crafts

Missed out on creating Easter crafts this year? We have plenty of easy tutorials you can follow to create gifts and decor for next year! Some of our favorite Spring tutorials include this Spring floral crown and 5 ways to gift wrap for Spring. Take a look at the Lars Easter archives to find the whole list of projects. If you’re not one for making gifts, don’t worry! You can take a look at the Lars shop to find Easter gifts, Mother’s Day gifts, and everything in between!

Stay up to date on all of our craft tutorials by checking out our Instagram page.

DIY Easter egg name settings

To top off the spring party spread (see previous posts here and here), I made these mini Easter egg name settings. You know me, I love things either really big or really small–it just makes things more whimsical. So, I came up with these little name tags that would be a cute topping for a plate setting.

DIY Easter egg name settings

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Paint the eggs in a solid color.
  2. After drying, paint on an oval shape in a coordinating color. I chose colors in similar tones.
  3. Top it off with a simple monogram for each person at the table.
Donzo. I love ’em simple!

I wish this spelled something…missed opportunity. Sigh.

Easter egg crafts and (more!) name settings

If you loved these mini Easter egg name settings, be sure to check out our other name setting tutorials for Easter! We just can’t get enough of the mini place settings! These mini basket place settings are also perfect for Easter parties! These 3D Easter egg name tags are great for adding some color to your dinner table. Plus, there’s a tutorial for matching cupcake toppers here!

Here at Lars, we love finding new ways to decorate Easter eggs! Recently, we’re all about dried flowers (see our dried flower pumpinks and turkey gourds). Now we’ve got a tutorial for decorating Easter eggs with dried flowers! And if you just can’t get enough of the florals, take a look at these botanical Easter eggs. To match your Easter egg name settings, create this Easter egg runner. You can even match the colors to your name tags! To decorate your home, why not create an Easter tree? We have tutorials for a pom pom tree, a naturally dyed Easter egg tree, and a Swedish Easter tree! If you know Lars, you know we can’t pass up a holiday wreath. Check out this rainbow Easter egg wreath to hang on your door!

For more Easter crafts and inspiration, take a look at our Easter Pinterest board, and follow Lars on Instagram

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 pastel tablesetting 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.

Pastel tableware

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!

Spring tablescape place settings

TIP: For place settings, I bought these little wooden eggs and put each person’s monogram on it. Find the full tutorial for them here. You can also check out how to make a mini basket place setting here.

The perfect centerpiece for your pastel tablesetting

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 template here. Learn how to make the Tulip centerpiece here. (Plus, you can create it to match your tableware).

Create the right ambience

TIP:  I LOVE these ombre candle votives! I think they’d also be perfect for baby showers, bridal showers, and birthdays, doncha think? Find the full tutorial for them here. For more Spring ombre DIYs, check out how to make an ombre flower holder. It’s the perfect tool to gather up some flowers for decoration!

For more Spring crafting tutorials, you can take a look at the Lars archives, or follow us on Instagram to stay up to date on crafts for every season!

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
Here’s my latest for the Laura Ashley blog. I made an Easter basket liner using their sweet Aviary Garden fabric. It’s the perfect Spring-y 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 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.

DIY faux dip dyeing for Spring

Materials:

  • White acrylic paint (or spray paint, just make sure everything is taped off)
  • blue tape
  • paintbrush

Instructions:

  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.
  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.
  3. Apply a few coats.

To apply on a metal object like this watering can:

  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.
  2.  Paint it!
  3.  Paint a few layers until it’s nice and thick.
  4.  Remove tape and voila!

Super easy, right? It would be so cute to add a bouquet of paper flowers to the dip-dyed wicker baskets! The perfect addition to your home decor for Spring!

Let us know in the comments how your dip dyeing crafts go!

step-by-step photos by Trisha Zemp
final photos by Brittany Jepsen 

More dip dye and Spring crafts

If you loved dip dyeing baskets for Spring, check out our tutorial for dip dyeing sweaters! We created ours with pastel colors, perfect for Spring! For more Easter and Spring crafting projects, take a look at our tutorials in the archives.