DIY New Year’s Crafts

New Year’s Tablescape

This year, we have a brand new New Year’s tablescape that we released just last week! It’s the perfect solution if you’re wanting a way to feel like you’re in New York City for the Ball Drop. We instantly fell in love with this DIY New Year’s craft. We’re so excited about it–fresh, fun, and new, it’s just the thing to bring in the new year with a bang. The best part about it is it’s printable, so if you’re short on time it’s a great solution for a smashing party that (unbeknownst to your guests) takes only a minute to complete! Here’s the full lowdown on our New Year’s tablescape.

New Year’s Crowns

Next on our list of DIY New Year’s crafts is New Year’s crowns. You can’t properly welcome in the new year without a festive crown to help you fit the part! You can tell we love crowns here at The House that Lars Built because we have more than a few options for you to choose from. Each is unique and perfect for whatever style of New Year’s party you’ll most likely be attending (or hosting).

Wrapping Paper-Inspired New Year’s Crown

new year's crowns

We love this fun, printable paper crown that was inspired by our very own wrapping paper. It’s bright, cheery, and just the thing to combat the freezing cold January that will be here before we know it. You can find the full feature of our wrapping paper inspired crown here. The best part about it is all you have to do is print, cut and glue, and it’s ready to go!

Skyscape Crown

New Years Paper Crown

Another more subdued version of a printable paper crown is this lovely, black-and-white skyscape crown. If you’re feeling a little more mysterious, this crown may be for you! Dreamy and reminiscent of the night sky, it’s the perfect crown to give you that extra touch of class and elegance this New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve Star Crown

star crown

Also on our list of DIY New Year’s crafts is this dazzling New Year’s Eve star crown. This crown is more than a printable, so if you’re looking for a fun DIY activity, this fits the bill perfectly! It’s easy and quick, so you don’t have to stress if you have more than a few of these to make for a party, by the way. Everything you need to know is included in our tutorial.

New Year’s Tabletop and Art Deco Crowns

New Years Tabletop

If you’re hosting a party this year for New Year’s, this next DIY tabletop idea is for you. Complete with decorations and crowns that match, we love this fun New Year’s tabletop’s Art Deco vibe! The electric citron, gradient blues and pale pinks help invite that nostalgia right in. You can visit the full post here to learn more about how to recreate this stunning New Year’s tablescape, decorations and matching crowns.

DIY Sparklers for New Year’s Eve

DIY sparklers

Fireworks are a classic element of celebrating the new year. But sometimes it’s not always ideal to light a real, burning sparkler in the middle of your kitchen. That’s why these DIY paper sparklers are the perfect solution! They still add that sparkling pop of gold, but the bonus is you can be inside, and they can be styled in a myriad of ways. Use them as a cake topper, give them to your kids to play with, or use them as an element of your New Year’s tablescape, these sparklers practically do it all. And they do it without burning anyone or anything–a definite plus. Click here to see how to make your own DIY sparklers!

Printable New Year’s Eve Invitation

Printable new years eve invitation

Okay, we’re obsessed with this New Year’s Eve party invitation! It just so happens to pair perfectly with that skyscape crown we mentioned just a bit ago. When you’re throwing a party, it does help set the mood when the invitations give the guests a sneak peak at what lies ahead! So, take our advice and pair these sweet, classy little invitations with the lovely skyscape crown. You won’t regret it. Here’s more info on these easy, printable New Year’s Eve invitations!

DIY Chinese New Year Ox

Chinese New Year Ox

We couldn’t end this list without a nod to Chinese New Year! This DIY Ox is the perfect thing to celebrate with. We know Chinese New Year is a bit later than January first (It starts on February first, this year, to be exact), but hopefully this will get you thinking ahead. The fun doesn’t have to end with your New Year’s Eve celebration, you can have round two in just a month! Here’s the link to our tutorial on how to make your own DIY Ox for Chinese New Year.

We would love to know: what are you doing New Year’s Eve?


2022 New Year’s Resolutions

Spend Quality Time with Loved Ones

First of our 2022 new year’s resolutions is to spend more quality time with those you love. This always seems to make the list for me–somehow, it’s the one thing I always cherish most but have a hard time succeeding at amidst everyone’s busy day-to-day schedules. So here are some of our favorite ideas of simple, easy, and fun things to do with those you love. There’s something for all ages here, so take a look and see what sparks your interest!

Get Crafting

DIY dyed watermelon blanket for National Picnic Month from The House that Lars Built

There’s nothing better than crafting to bring people together! The best part about these crafts is that they can double as a fun get-together later on. While it’s still cold, you can prep for the warmer months with this watermelon blanket. Have a picnic inside while you wait for it to get warm, then move the party outside! If you’re looking for other fun crafts to do with your kids, these crafts are great options that are good for a wide range of ages. Another adorable option is to make this charcuterie board, then have a little get-together with your friends.

Painted charcuterie board laden with snacks and cookies and fruits and cheeses and treats.

For Those Who Aren’t Close By

As many of you probably do, I have plenty of family and friends living in places that aren’t so easy to visit at the drop of a hat. That’s when a handwritten letter or handmade card can be the perfect solution. It’s sincere and from the heart, and can easily be mailed around the globe. Here are some card options we love from the shop! And here are some pens that are also just so fun to write and draw with.

If you’re on the receiving end of the pen pal letters, we’re in love with this cute box to put cards and letters in.

Get Outside

You know those days when it’s about 8pm and you realize you haven’t been outside all day? I’m guiltily raising my hand. Especially with remote work on the rise, it’s so easy to skip even the short walk to the car. The saddest part is I love being outside! Even in winter, there are plenty of fun things to do. Snowshoeing, sledding, skiing, snowboarding, the list goes on. And I don’t even need to list the endless options available to you during Spring, Summer and Fall. Research shows the countless benefits of getting some sun, fresh air and exercise, not just for physical health, but mental and emotional, too. I feel a difference on those days when I make time to be outside and the days when I’m cooped up inside all day, and that’s incentive enough for me to want to make more of an effort. Hence, it’s on our 2022 new year’s resolutions!

Here are some cold weather items you might thank me later for if you’re braving the cold:

And here are some favorites for the warmer months. Get to the pool, beach, go have a picnic, or go on a hike:

Nurture Your Green Thumb

A subcategory of getting outside, one of the best ways to incentivize you to get outside is to learn how to care for plants. Prep for a garden now by getting your starts going so you can move them to an outdoor planter box when it’s time. It’ll help keep you in touch with things that grow while it’s still pretty frozen, too. I guess you could consider it a way to bring the outdoors in to you. The bonus is that gardening cuts down on your visits to the grocery store come Summer and Fall–and the garden produce is a million times more fresh! Sounds like a pretty wonderful way to fulfill this item on your list of 2022 new year’s resolutions.

Here are some good gardening essentials to get you started, indoor and outdoor:

Pamper Yourself

I know it’s sometimes hard to find the time to justify a little self-care. But we all know that when we do take the time, we feel so much better. That’s why we decided it would be the perfect thing to include on our list of 2022 new year’s resolutions! This year, tell yourself you deserve it and pamper yourself a little. Here are some self-care items you might not be able to say no to (hint: say yes)!

Read More

Most people I talk to have a goal to read more throughout the year. I know it’s not the first time it’s found itself on my list of new years resolutions. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start! Luckily, we’ve got a few lists to point you in the right direction. Here’s a little list of Lars’ favorite fall books, along with this guide to books for your toddler, and these adorable board books. We’ve also complied a list of minority-authored books for those looking to diversify your home library. Consider this new year an opportunity to start a book club with friends and nurture your relationships while you read!

Artful board books for babies


Last but not least on our list of 2022 new year’s resolutions is to decorate your home with things you love! We love these Libby VanderPloeg Women Working prints. Consider the new year an opportunity to do a little home TLC! Treat yourself to some fresh-off-the-press, colorful prints to help your home feel a bit more cozy and bright. Think of it as the perfect way to get through the rest of these cold, dark months.