DIY paper leaf garland

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You absolutely loved the DIY upcycled paper flower chandelier from the above, but I got a lot of requests to show how we made the green garland in the photo as well. I will say, making the garland out of paper was one of our smarter moves as we can now use it for multiple occasions and not have it die out on us. Score! It’s beautiful home decor but also perfect for summer gatherings and even winter gatherings as it has that holiday air. AND! This garland is easy peasy to make. Promise!

Learn how to make the DIY paper leaf garland below! 

DIY green leaf paper garland

Materials:

  1. Cut out leaves with the template provided with the grain going vertically on the pattern
  2. Sew the leaves criss-crossed down the middle.
  3. That’s it! Keep going until you reach a length you would like. We made ours extra long so that we can cut them at whatever length we’d like them to be.

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Photography by Anna Killian  |  Styling by Brittany Jepsen

DIY Gingerbread house gift boxes

Gingerbread house gift boxes

You know I love getting creative with my wrapping paper–it’s part of the fun of gift-giving! We were challenged by Painters to use our imagination with their markers and so we came up with these adorable DIY gingerbread house gift boxes, which just might induce more squeals than the actual gift box itself. And no need to fear, they require just three materials. Easy squeezy!

Painters is hosting the Style by Aisle Painters Contest for all you looking to get creative this month. Through December, they are giving a winner a prize valued at $500 to someone creating something in the Party and Seasonal Decor category. You and your other talented DIY friends/family can submit your homemade creations to elmers.com/painters. On the website, you can even download a coupon for Painters products so you can add more colors or tips to your DIY/crafting collection.  You can take advantage of the coupon even if you don’t enter the contest. Go to the website to learn more!

Edit: The Style by Aisle Painters Contest has closed.

Gingerbread house gift box tutorial

See below for the full Gingerbread house gift box tutorial! 

Balloon arch tutorial

How to make a balloon arch
Ok, ok I hear you! You want the tutorial! I had every intention of getting the tutorial from the BHLDN Flamingo Pop shoot and Midsummer Mingle to you so much sooner than this, but I’ve been on GO ever since. But now, calm your fears, here it is. In all it’s flamingo balloon goodness. I’m still perfecting the process (perfecting balloons?) but yes, turns out there is a learning curve to it as far as engineering goes.
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See the full tutorial on the next page! 

DIY Paper Poppy Backdrop

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DIY paper poppy backdrop and pinHave you ever heard of a Decoration Day? It’s now known as Memorial Day here in America and celebrated at the end of this month. But today we are hearkening back to another previous holiday, Remembrance Day, now known as Veterans Day. Though it’s celebrated in November, we thought it would also make for a nice spring/summer project because it’s all about poppies! In the early 1900s, Americans used paper poppies to commemorate military personnel who have died in the war, now known as our Veterans Day. Now the tradition has been adopted worldwide and is used to honor all servicemen who have lost their lives in conflicts. Isn’t that so lovely?

I don’t know about you, but I often think of barbecues, swimming parties, and picnics when I think of Memorial Day. I love those aspects of the holiday, but it’s so much more than that! We came up with an easy DIY that celebrates all elements of this wonderful holiday! Remember our DIY Paper Daisy Backdrop? Well, in honor of Memorial Day we created a DIY Paper Poppy Backdrop along with a paper poppy pin for the day! So now you can have your cake and eat it too… or have your poppy and party too!DIY paper poppy backdrop and pin

Hand holding hearts pop up Valentines

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As part of our much anticipated Galentine’s party next week, I’m showing you another favorite party element: the invitations. Every party needs a good invitation, and these fit our “Hearts, hands, eyes, and lips” theme perfectly. I thought of them after the seeing the incredible work of Kate Zaremba and the 500 hands (with 2500 hand cut nails) she created for her video, Serious Whimsy. You have got to go check it out. It’s seriously fun.

No worries, these “Hand Holding Hearts” invitations are simple to make. Two hands (template provided) attached with a heart message inside. But, the best part about these invitations is the POP-UP heart! What’s more fun than a 3D heart for a whimsical Galentine’s party. On the hearts, we used quotes about hearts and eyes to stay on theme, but you can write anything on them to personalize your invite. OR, you can use them as Valentines for school or friends.

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Get the templates below! 

DIY Paper daisy backdrop and video

Paper daisy backdrop tutorial by The House That Lars Built

We recently made these paper daisies for another fun project (stay tuned!) but couldn’t help but think that they would make a GREAT backdrop for a summer fest! What do you think? And bonus! These are one of the easier paper flowers to make. AND they require very little in supplies so it’s rather cheap too! We spent under $10! We think it’s a goodie too. Full tutorial below!

New Year’s Eve star crown

 

I have to admit that my New Year’s celebrations tend to turn into duds. Maybe it’s exhaustion from Christmas? Who knows. We made this New Year’s star crown to combat any potential duddy celebrations. I’m pretty sure if you wear it, good things will happen to 2016. No promises, just almost positive 🙂New Year's eve star crown

 

DIY New Year’s Eve star crown

Materials:

  • chipboard (or cardboard would work too)
  • silver spray paint
  • silver glass glitter (we used this stuff)
  •  glue
  • silver wire
  • glue gun
  • headband
  • silver rick rack
  • paintbrush you don’t mind ruining with glue

Instructions:

  1. Cut out stars out of chipboard. We used a craft cutter to do ours. We did 6 (3 front and back) larger stars (2.5″) and 14 smaller ones (7 stars total front and back) (1.5″).
  2. With your paintbrush, glue the tops of the stars and sprinkle the glitter on top.
  3. Cut out two pieces of silver wire, one at 10″ and the other at 12″.
  4. Wrap rick rack around the headband and at the bottom of the wrapping insert and glue in the two pieces of wire.
  5. Keep on wrapping the rick rack around the headband and repeat to the other side of the headband so the two pieces of wire are staggered in height.
  6. Affix the stars to the wire starting with the middle stars and working out. Attach a star to the back as well.
  7. Voila!

Now! Where are you going to be for New Year’s?!

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Photography and crafting by Ashley Isenhour

New Year’s Eve party ideas

Now that you’ve got the crown, it’s time to think about the rest of your New Year’s! If you’re throwing a celebration with friends or family, send out some invites! These printable New Year’s Eve invitations are the cutest way to let your guests know the details! You can also find a matching printable crown (perfect for younger kids or adults!). If you want to go for colorful decor (who doesn’t?!), you can take a look at this art deco New Year’s tablescape we made. For the ultimate showstopper, take a look at how to make your own disco ball ceiling installation. Add some metallic fringe to match your New Year’s Eve star crown!

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

This post was sponsored by the Tic Tac® brand. All content and opinions are my own! Thank you for supporting the sponsors that keep The House That Lars Built running!

For more Easter craft ideas and inspiration, take a look at the Lars Easter Pinterest board.

Three DIY Paper Fascinators

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Three DIY Paper Fascinators

Any royal wedding fans out there? Guilty! You may or may not know that I was present for Kate and William’s wedding back in 2011! I was living in Copenhagen at the time so it was just a hop, skip, and a jump away, I couldn’t resist. I wore a paper rose fascinator that I made and was actually featured on CNN and Vogue. My claim to fame, ha! For the upcoming royal wedding of Harry and Meghan, we wanted to create some new versions in our favorite medium. We made Three DIY Paper Fascinators that you can flaunt in celebration of the big day. Pulling inspiration from some of our favorite fascinators we’ve seen, this DIY paper versions are a cinch to whip up and could be mistaken for the real thing! And hop over to our royal wedding shop to commemorate with some souvenirs!

Three DIY Paper Fascinators

Three DIY Paper Fascinators

Check out the tutorials for Three DIY Paper Fascinators and get ready for a Royal Wedding!

Paper Flower Wedding Bouquet

Paper Flower Wedding Bouquet

March has arrived, which means Spring is on its way, which means wedding season is upon us! Do you have any weddings to attend this year? Perhaps you’re a soon-to-be bride? Either way, you probably know flowers are a huge part of weddings and for good reason. Blossoms and blooms have the power to create dreamy settings, lovely pops of color, and can determine the style and mood of a wedding. The downside? They cost a pretty penny. So if you’re the type of bride that would rather spend time creating rather than spend money on a florist, this Paper Flower Wedding Bouquet is for you!

Inspired by the gorgeous work of Yasmine Floral Design, one of my favorite florists, we made a bouquet of Coral Charm peonies, Billy Balls, and lots of greenery. Tied with a lovely silk ribbon, no one would ever know this bouquet wasn’t real! Plus, it lasts long after the big day. Now you’ve got an heirloom wedding bouquet that you can have for years to come. Just set it in a vase or use it as a centerpiece!

Get the tutorials for the flowers and start making some blooms!

let me make you some giant paper flowers

100 Layer Cake featured our wedding last month and received so many comments on how to make the huge paper flowers that they asked me to do a tutorial for them, which just came out today. Thanks to my dear mother who showed me the ropes, I can now show all of you Lars readers as well. Above pics: this is Paul’s Blue Steel and the photo on right is the centerpiece on the burlap squares I painted. Speaking of, if you’d like to buy the painted burlap tablecloths I opened up an Etsy shop where you can buy them. Right now there’s only one picture, but there will be more on the way and even more products.
From the get-go, I wanted large paper flowers to create the Thumblina/Alice in Wonderland-ish effect for our garden reception. My amazing mom came up with the pattern which we then duplicated about 30 times for all the centerpieces, walkways, and stairs. The great thing about paper flowers is that we could create them with plenty of time before the wedding without worrying about the typical wilting. That said, by the wedding day we then had 30 huge paper poppies “growing” in our house so we were plenty ready to get them out! Making the flowers is as easy as pie. You’ll need a large surface to work on because these puppies are massive.
Materials:
  • 7 sheets of a single color for petals. Each sheet is a single petal. We used Canson Colorline Art Papers 19″x 25″ from the local art supply store. Go local! Mom frequented (almost daily) the San Clemente Art Supply store and they would special order us the papers. So helpful! The picture of the colors below is not my preferred choices, especially for the leaves, but they don’t have Canson near my house here in Copenhagen
  • 1 yellow or mustard color for stamen (middle of the flower)
  • 3 sheets of different greens. We used pastel quality greens because they are less harsh.
  • glue gun
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • 18″ ruler to create the folded petal texture
  • If making multiple flowers, I would suggest making a template of the petals and leaves on chipboard
1. The base of the flower is 9″ wide so you can start by marking the middle of the short end of the paper at the 9″ mark and then marking 4 1/2 inches out on either side.
2. Create the shape of the petal. You can either copy this picture and blow it up to the right size or create your own (use your creativity!).I drew it in marker here so it would be clearer, but use pencil. It’s roughly the shape of a light bulb or shell with lots of undulating waves. You don’t want them too precise, they’re flowers! From the 9″ mark on the short side of the paper draw a 5″ line up the middle.

3. Cut the shapes out.
4. Create the texture for the petal. We kept it simple by folding the paper over the ruler from the widest rim to the center of the shortest side. Space them out about every 1-1 1/2 inches. Remember not to be too precise. Then, turn the petal over and turn every other fold the opposite way like an accordian fold. It might look a little too much like a sea shell at this point, but don’t worry, it gets better.
5. Overlap one of the 5″ split sections by gluing one piece over the other, about 2-3″. This will create a cupping shape with the petal. ( I made mine with the glue coming out to make it more obvious.
6. Repeat for each of the remaining 6 sheets.
7. Assemble the flower. Take three petals and glue one on top of the other so they are evenly spread around to form the center of the flower.
8. Evenly spread the remaining four petals around the center to create the outer petals.
9. Create the stamen by drawing a 16″ circle from the yellow sheet of paper and cutting it out.
10. Create the center by drawing a 10″ circle from the black sheet of paper and cutting it out. I found a 10″ bowl to trace.
11. Cut 3″ strips around the perimeter of the black center at every 1/2″ mark or so.
12. Do the same to the yellow stamen, about 5″ strips.
13. Slightly and gently use the edge of the closed scissors to curl the cut yellow strips of the yellow stamen and the black center, much like curling ribbon for a gift.
14. Glue the yellow stamen to the center.
15. Glue black center into the yellow stamen.
16. Make the leaves. Using the 25″ as the width and the 19″ as the height, fold the edge into the center. Do the same to the other side. This will create two leaves. Use the fold as the center of each leaf and draw a half a leaf shape.
17. Cut out the shape to reveal the full leaf. Do the same to the other side.
18. Glue two leaves together. Make as many leaves are you would like. I used 5 in a few shades of pastel and deep olive greens (not the nasty greens I have pictured here.)

19. Group the leaves around the flower and glue together at the bottom. Voila!

Easy beazy right?
Again, if you’d like to buy the tablecloths I painted for the reception, go to my new Etsy site. More on the way!

Marie Antoinette costume recipe

Make a Marie Antoinette paper wig and make up tutorial
The ghoulish games continue with another costume idea for you: Marie Antoinette. Marie Antoinette is a perfect dress up option if you’re into decadence and going over the top, which, of course, we are. This costume, along with the rest that we’ll be showing has at least one DIY component to it. Here, it’s obviously the dress. Ha! Wouldn’t that be amazing?! No, it’s the paper wig and the make-up tutorial. Much simpler! I had a ball creating this wig. See the full instructions below on how to make it.
Marie Antoinette paper wig and make up tutorial
Marie Antoinette costume recipe
The recipe for this one is simple if you’re willing to spend some moo-lah on renting a costume or lots of time creating a dress. We worked with Hale Theater Archive Costumes, which has an amazing selection of costumes and props. Paul and I also rented costumes from them for a Jane Austen ball we attended earlier this ear and they were wonderful to work with.
Marie Antoinette paper wig and make up tutorial
crafting and art direction by Brittany Jepsen
make-up by Rubie Huber

This post is sponsored by the Hale Theater Costume Department. If you’re local and wanting amazing costumes, go there! And they’re amazing to work with! 

how to make a Marie Antoinette paper wig
Materials: cardboard, white paper (office should be fine, but I used a slightly thicker paper), craft knife, glue gun, crepe paper (for flower), paint (for feather)
  1. Cut a strip of cardboard against the grain of the cardboard. I cut mine about 1 1/2″ thick and measured it to the size of my head (see above). Glue it together.
  2. Next I cut out the same thickness of strips and glued one on one side of the circle and over to the other side.
  3. Start constructing a frame by adding in more strips around the circumference of the circle.
  4. Cut strips of white paper however thick you want for the “hair.” I started out with thin paper, like 1/2″, but it took a lot of time so I re-cut them to 1″ thick and the process was much faster.
  5. Glue one strip of paper on the circumference of the circle and then glue it at the top of the crown. This will give you better control over the shape of the “hair.”
  6. Slightly overlap each strand of hair.
  7. Keep on going until it’s all filled in.
TO CREATE FRINGE
  1. Cut thin strips of paper about 1/4″ thick. 
  2. Using the edge of your scissors, curl it like you would gift wrapping ribbon. Easy squeezy!
  3. Glue these pieces to the edge of your circle. 
TO CREATE THE PONY TAIL
  1. Do the same process as the fringe but use a strip that’s about 1″ thick. I glued a few of the loops together so that it wouldn’t pull as much.
TO CREATE THE FEATHER
  1. Use this template for the feather shape.
  2. Cut it out on cardstock.
  3. Paint it with grey and then fine black lines.
TO CREATE A PAPER FLOWER
MAKE-UP TUTORIAL by Rubie Huber

This one is really simple make-up-wise. You just want to start with a plain white face paint base.  I mixed Mehron FX with a bit of liquid foundation so it wasn’t so stark white, but any range works.  Apply with a make up sponge so you can get it pretty even around the entire face.  

You don’t want any contouring, just some super pink cheeks!  I like stick or liquid blush better than powder for this.  Smear some on the back of your hand and then blend it in big oval swoops across the apples of her cheeks.  Don’t let them get too circular, or you start entering doll realm. 

Eyes tend to vanish in this pale white painted face, so I used a very liquid, very precise black eyeliner just on the top lashline.  You don’t want it bold, just as close to the lashes as possible.  My trick is pulling on the outer corner of the eye to tighten the skin, it makes it easier to make a straight, thin line.  

To be (possibly) historically accurate, paint the lips a very straightforward red since I doubt Marie Antoinette had access to the rainbow of reds we can find at your local grocery store.  To apply, use a small brush if you can, it helps you make more defined edges than just straight from the stick.