DIY tea bag art

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When I met Paul I was astounded at his vast tea collection. He had a whole cupboard dedicated to every blend of herbal tea you could think of! I wasn’t much of a tea drinker then, but  I’ve since adopted his habit (or hobby I dare say) and we’ve been collecting delicious teas ever since. I was thrilled to partner with Tazo® Tea on this post as I’ve been a big fan over the years. Their delicious blends are just that little bit of joy that I need to get me through my projects. And they’ve gotten me through a lot! In fact, we’ve started building up our own tea collection here at the studio. Perfect timing!
In honor of one of our favorite teas, we created an art piece using dyed Tazo tea bags. It’s not too difficult to make and it goes perfectly with the colors of fall. It would be a lovely statement piece for a fall party. And it’s especially helpful if you have a huge collection of tea bags, much like Paul 😉

DIY Paper lei for graduation

diy-paper-leiGraduation is upon us! The downside is that we’ll lose some our interns (and they’ve been life-savers), but the upside is that it gives all of us the excuse to make these pretty paper leis for our favorite graduates! And you all know that I’ll take any occasion as a reason to make a paper flower! 

DIY Eyeball placemats & hand napkin rings

Eyeball placemat settings

We’re getting closer and closer to debuting our Galentine’s party and I’m getting antsy to show you all the details now! (See the eyeball gumball drink stirrers here). We’ll continue with one of my favorite elements of the party: the table setting. With a “Heart, hands, eyes, and lips” theme, we got these beautiful dessert plates from Wayfair as the eyeballs and turned the placemats into the whites of the eyes. The name tags were the pupils of course! In the true spirit of Galentine’s Day (ie: from Parks and Recreation), we used the characters from the show as the guests in attendance.

We had a lot of fun with the theme and found that we could apply it to all sorts of party elements including the napkin rings. We made these paper hands that you can wrap around your napkins. And the best part? We provide all the templates for you! hands-napkin-rings-the-house-that-lars-builtthe-house-that-lars-built-eyeball-placemats

Get the tutorial and templates below! 

Easter String Scavenger Hunt with Anagram Balloons

I’m still getting a chance to see how Jasper does sharing his holiday traditions during his first year with a sibling, so I hearkened back to a memorable Easter for me. I stayed with my grandmother and had brought a friend with me (fun fact: she was Jasper’s babysitter last year!). When we woke up Easter morning, the Easter Bunny had set up this elaborate string scavenger hunt. The string led us from one egg to another mixed in with some surprises along the way. Later that day we dressed up in our Easter dresses and played songs by her piano. I even attempted, terribly I’m sure, her violin. It’s one of my favorite memories of my grandmother. 

This year, I decided to recreate it. Of course, we tried it out early this year so we could get the photos for the blog, but he won’t know that it wasn’t actually Easter…until he has it again in two weeks 😉 He ended up having so much fun, and we didn’t even have to leave our house to make it happen making it a great alternative to a huge neighborhood Easter hunt thanks to COVID. Win-win.

A little boy in a pink and blue Easter crown stands in a colorful room filled with Easter-themed balloons.

A little yellow chick balloon on a couch with colorful pillows and an Easter basket. I mixed it up a bit from Grandmother’s version by adding more magic by using my favorite balloon brand Anagram to complete the scavenger hunt. We have done projects with Anagram Balloons for almost every other holiday, but this is our first Easter project! Their little lamb, bunny, and egg balloon designs are so adorable. 

A big Easter lamb balloon rests atop a stack of colorful books in a colorful interior space.

Besides their huge selection of awesome designs, the main reason Anagram is my top choice for balloons is this: they are reusable! Just carefully deflate the foil balloons after use, fold them up, and store them for the next big idea. We have been able to use our Anagram balloons for so many projects over and over again – making for statement holiday projects while still minimizing the environmental impact. In fact, most of the balloons we used for this project we already had on hand! All we needed to add were a few Easter specific balloons to our existing stash. With care, you only need to buy these once just like other decor.

A little boy smiles up at the camera from a yellow rug, where he is lying. He's surrounded by Easter-themed balloons.

How To Set Up Your Easter Scavenger Hunt

The goal of this Easter scavenger hunt is to follow the string to find the Easter Bunny balloon! The Easter Bunny will be waiting at the end with an easter basket full of gifts. We – I mean, the Easter Bunny – filled Jasper’s basket with fun printable gifts from the Lars Shop + plenty of chocolate of course. 

 

On their way to the Easter Bunny, your kids will find balloons along the way with little gifts attached. The string is the perfect way for the kid’s to guide themselves along the hunt and participate fully. I’m considering setting up all my future Easter egg hunts with a string this way! It worked so much better for my 3yo than leading him around the backyard pointing out eggs for an hour…  

Supplies for the Easter Scavenger Hunt

String, Tape, Balloon pump, Lamb balloon, Chick balloon, Egg balloons, Pastel shape balloons

Gifts for the Easter Basket

Printable Easter Crowns, Bunny Hair Clips, Easter Egg Coupons, Bunny Hair Tie , Springtime Activity Kit , Bunny Stuffed Animal, Springtime Printable Activity Pack

Interior shot of an Easter Scavenger Hunt. Balloons are strewn around the room and string zigzags across the space.

Instructions

  1. Place your string in a zig zag pattern all around the room–make it as confusing as you choose!
  2. Along the string, place balloons and little surprise gifts every few feet
  3. At the end of the string, set up the final surprise! The Easter Bunny (a balloon of course) and an Easter basket full of fun gifts

 

We just set up this scavenger hunt around my office and Jasper loved it! This would also be so fun to do on a larger scale filling your backyard.

A little boy holds up a chick balloon. He's sitting on a chair in a colorful room strewn with Easter-themed balloons.

More Projects with Anagram Balloons

We have an Anagram Balloons project for every major holiday! Check them out below:

Valentine’s Day: Balloon Heart Attack

St. Patrick’s Day: Rainbow Lucky Charms Balloon Arch

Baby Announcement or Shower: Foil Balloon Arch

Halloween: Ghost Balloon Installation

Thanksgiving: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Tablescape 

Christmas: Jingle Bell Balloons

 

This post is sponsored by Anagram Balloons. We love our sponsors who allow us to make beautiful original content for you!

 

Eyeball gumball drink stirrers

 

Guys! We have a big Galentine’s brunch party coming in a couple of weeks, but we thought we’d sprinkle some tutorials we created for it before we release the final party pics because 1) I can’t keep a secret 2) These eyeball gumball drink stirrers must be made and used pronto. We kind of like them and think you might too 🙂

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Find out how to make these eyeball gumball drink stirrers below!

DIY hair pinatas

Throw a hair party with some festive pinatas!

On Tuesday evening we were pleased as punch to host the release of Rubi Jones‘ book, The Art of Hair, with a braiding workshop and book signing here at the studio. We knew we needed something punchy and celebratory for the event so we decided to go all out with a brigade of hair-inspired piñatas. Along for the ride are a metallic comb, hair brush, blow dryer, shears (I was corrected that they are not scissors), and hairspray. “But, Brittany, what do I need a brigade of hair-inspired pinatas for?” Friends, the possibilities are endless (and I’m sure you can add to it):

  • braiding party (a la the intro of Full House)
  • treat yo’ self night
  • your salon, your friend’s salon, your wanna be salon (a la, your living room)
  • girl’s night out
  • weekend retreat
  • your bathroom/party room
  • surprise at a friend’s door for a birthday
  • and last but not least, Galentine’s Day party as shown by Kelly Of Studio DIY

You catch the drift.

Well, I’ve combined with Kelly of Studio DIY to complete the hair product brigade with an adorable hair spray complete with an air pouf along with a detailed step by step tutorial. Scroll down to see how hers completes the puzzle or check the full post here.Throw a hair party with some festive pinatas!Throw a hair party with some festive pinatas!

See the full troop and instructions below! 

Friendship Bracelet Inspired Balloon Garland

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Friendship Bracelet Inspired Balloon Garland

This year, we turned to our friend Wendy who has the most charming old white house (we’ve talked about her before here), which is a dreamy setting for her preschool.  We had aspirations of flowers and we wanted it to be BIG.  That’s when our friends at Anagram stepped in and gave us a hand with some of their balloons. My favorites are the purple/pink ombre ones, how about you? We knew with Wendy’s house and Anagram’s balloons we could pull off something really fun.how to make a flower balloon garland

Midsummer decor idea

Now, Wendy used to live in Sweden, so she was very eager to hop on the idea of Midsummer balloons. Did I also mention that Wendy is a BIG time lover of balloons!  Match made!  With the idea of greenery (read more about Sweden’s Midsummer traditions HERE) and flowers abounding, we got to work making some flowers out of balloons.

Beaded Flower bracelets

We were reminded of these popular bracelets that our friends at HonestlyWTF made and knew what we had to do. With some extra white balloons, we were able to make a chain and string the flowers together making the perfect balloon friendship bracelet.how to make a flower balloon garland

Here’s how to make them!

Materials: 

Make a flower balloon: 

  1. Start by using a gold/yellow balloon for the center.
  2. Blow up 6 “petals” to go around the center. Use packing tape to secure together and to the center.
  3. Blow up 5 white balloons for the garlands. Use balloon tape to hold them together. Use packing tape to secure if necessary.
  4. To adhere the garlands to your structure, use gaffer tape.

Tip: We found that packing tape is AMAZING for balloon to balloon adhesion and gaffer tape is great for balloon to other surfaces.

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Recycling foil balloons

Did we mention recycling?  Yes!  Anagram foil balloons can be used year after year. Or you can gift them to friends like we did to give them a second life. It turned out so cute and we can’t wait for her kids to see!  how to make a flower balloon garland

This post is sponsored by Anagram but all opinions are my own! 

Dyed washi paper

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Dip dyed washi paper

I’ve been a big fan of Christina Schmidt of Yellow Owl Workshop for quite some time and I was thrilled to receive an advanced copy of her brand new book, Make It Yours: Patterns and Inspiration to Stamp, Stencil, and Customize your Stuff due out March 28th (on pre-order now!). The book touches on a variety or techniques that she’s perfected in a fun and unexpected ways. It’s a great one to add to your craft library. Today she’s sharing a tutorial from her book. 

Simple, quick, and colorful is the name of the game when making this versatile dyed paper. The process only takes about 10 minutes, but I’ll bet you’ll have so much fun you won’t stop for hours. It’s important to use washi paper because it is thin enough to be folded several times, easily accepts ink (thanks to its uncoated surface), and has good “wet strength,” meaning it doesn’t tear easily when saturated. Use any size, but I like a large pad because I can fold it many times and achieve more complex patterns.

In terms of “dye,” studio staples such as watercolors and acrylics thinned to a watery consistency work, but surprisingly, I have the best luck with liquid food dyes from the kitchen pantry. (This also means I can safely use my kitchen bowls without worry of contamination.) Apply dye directly with an applicator or by placing the food dye tip directly to the edges for more contrast on the folded edges.

League of extraordinary women party

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I had a very belated 30th birthday party on Saturday. I learned that everyone splits town for the months of June/July in Denmark so September it had to be. I planned this “League of Extraordinary Women” party mostly because I love dressing up and thought it was my chance to make everyone else do the same. Muhaha. The gist was this: everyone selects a woman who did something noteworthy over the age of 29 and dress up as that person. Then, you guess who that person was. Pretty much, I wanted to find out why the 30s is so awesome and you know what? In researching women, I found that so many famous/awesome women were in their 30s when they did their awesome thing. Amelia Earhart? 31 when she flew across the Atlantic. Christina, above, also loves dress up parties. Guess who she is? That’s right, Lucy Maud Montgomery, who published Anne of Green Gables when she was 34. Isn’t her dress phenomenal? She’s a dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet and has had her eye on this dress from the costume department for ages and finally had a chance to put it to use. Can you guess who I am? Christina came with a bag of wigs and this was the closest thing to my woman. It should have been a bit shorter and a lot whiter.

If you said Iris Apfel, then you got it! The details totally off in so many ways (need round glasses, not so miss-matched, etc.) but maybe you got the gist. I love Iris, the icon of fashion and style. She’s definitely become more prominent in her more advanced years after founding Old World Weavers, the textile company. For some reason I felt like posing as Iris was all about the lifted arm.

Paul made some delicious cakes including his Devil’s food and carrot cake, which I have had for breakfast every day since. My sister-in-law came as Mia Hamn and was so kind in making a traditional Danish lagkage. Thank you Ximena! We also played a game called “Name That Tune–30 years of #1 hits” where I played a few seconds from each song on this playlist (it starts with the year 1982) and then provided the guests with this sheet (with an answer key) to mark each year from 1982. You can download it for free too and adjust the dates if you want to play it for another year.

Pineapple favor bags

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I’ve been sitting on this one for over a year now. I didn’t think I could possibly show some pineapple favor bags without throwing a huge luau but since that hasn’t happened two summers in a row now the pineapple bags needed to get out of my storage closet and in front of the camera. I thought they’d be fun for a tropical party or birthday or whatever your pineapple heart desires. And turns out, this summer was more fruit-crazy than ever so it fits right on trend.

Materials: brown lunch bags, paint in yellow, black, green, scissors, paint brush. twine
Step 1: Paint the bottom 2/3 of the brown lunch bag yellow.
Step 2: Paint the top 1/3 green. I used a painterly stroke because I liked the look better.
Step 3: Paint thin brush strikes of black in your favorite pineapple design. I did a criss-crossed pattern and dotted the middles.
Step 4: Cut long triangles into the the top of the lunch bag.
Step 5: Fill it with treats and secure with a piece of ribbon or twine.
Donzo.

Photography by Trisha Zemp

And thank you to everyone who participated in the glasses.com giveaway. The winner has been notified! 

Poppies and Peonies and Posies: Paper Flower Tutorials

Without further ado, here’s a guidebook to all the paper flower tutorials in the Botanical Garden that Lars Built.

Blooms for Bouquets

There are so many things you can do with paper flowers, but you need to make them first! Mix and match these flowers for bouquets or let them stand alone. You can’t go wrong!

Paper parrot tulips in cream, yellow, and red.Paper peony bouquet held by a person in a striped dressIcelandic Paper PoppyPaper hydrangeas in a white vase against a floral orange backgroundThe Exquisite Book of Paper Flower Transformationspaper daffodil on a cream backgroundA pink and blue space divided down the middle with flower bells in each color

Find paper flower tutorials here: Parrot Tulips, Peonies, Poppies, Morning Glory, Hydrangeas, Eden Rose, Daffodil, Paper Flower Bells.

Lots of flowers have stamens, and here you can make your own floral stamens for paper flowers.

Bouquets

I’m a big fan of paper wedding bouquets because they are long-lasting reminders of your big day. There’s no wilting here! I have loved making these paper flower tutorials for all these bouquets.

close up of a paper bouquet made of dahlias, roses, shamrocks, Mexican jasmine, and foliage.Paper Flower Wedding BouquetRoyal Wedding Inspired BouquetCinco de Mayo Wedding Bouquet

Find tutorials here: Spring Wedding Bouquet, White Peony Bouquet, Royal Wedding Inspired Bouquet, Cinco de Mayo Inspired Bouquet.

Paper Flower Accessories

Flowers add delicacy and magic to your fanciest events (but I’m all for wearing them in between big parties, too)! These paper flower crowns and this corsage will have you searching for events because they’re so fun to wear! Find paper flower tutorials for the accessories below.

A paper shamrock and flower crown on a brunette girl's head against green and white wallpaperPaper Flower Bridal Hair PieceA little girl wears a paper flower crown and smells some little flowers.a floral crown on long, straight brown hairPaper Flower Corsage

Find tutorials here: Shamrock Flower Crown, Paper Flower Bridal Hairpiece, Flower Girl Crown, Spring Paper Flower Crown, Paper Flower Corsage

Home Decor Flowers

Wreaths

When I started adding paper flower wreaths to my doors, I made a huge discovery. Coming home to something beautiful makes a big difference! Add paper flower wreaths to your doors and start feeling OVERJOYED when you get to your home! I promise, it works for me!

Paper daffodil wreath against a pink backgroundCrepe Paper Lemon WreathBrittany holding a wreath with floral accents cut from wallpaper.A hand reaches into frame holding a rainbow floral wreath

Wreath tutorials here: Daffodil Wreath, Lemon and Blossom Wreath, Wallpaper Floral Wreath, Rainbow Flower Wreath

Chandeliers and Mobiles

A maidenhair fern hangs from a wooden hoopA floral upcycled chandelier with paper greenery hangs over a party table. A paper mobile hangs in a white room with a cactusA colorful chandelier with a hanging Dala horse is i

Mobile tutorials here: Paper Maidenhair Fern Mobile, Paper Flower Chandelier, Scandinavian Paper Mobile, Midsummer Dala Horse Mobile

Centerpieces

Paper flowers and colorful candles on a branchPaper tulips in an arrangement.

Centerpiece tutorials here: Paper Flower Branch Candelabra,Spring Tulip Centerpiece

Potted Paper Flowers

Brittany holds a paper easter lily in a terracotta pot in front of her facePaper Christmas cactus in a white potPaper Medinilla plant in a grey spaceColorful paper plants in a grey roomPaper pansies in a distressed terracotta planter. They're placed on a stack of colorful books on a chair. In the background, you can see some red floral wallpaper and blue wainscoting.Magenta and purple hollyhocks made of crepe paper against a dark grey background

Find tutorials here: Paper Foxgloves, Easter Lily, Christmas Cactus, Medinilla Plant, Pansies, Hollyhocks, and more Paper House Plants

Parties!

Cakes

Floral Number Birthday Cake TopperPaper Kumquat and Quilled Flower CakeMidsummer Pole cake Topper

Cake topper tutorials here:Floral Number Birthday Cake Topper, Paper Flower and Kumquat Cake Decoration, Midsummer Pole Cake Topper

Backdrops

DIY Crepe Paper Peony tutorialTropical Leaf and Hibiscus BackdropBrittany stands in front of a paper daisy-covered wall wearing a yellow dress.

Backdrop tutorials here: Crepe Paper Peony Backdrop, Tropical Leaf and Hibiscus Backdrop, Paper Daisy Backdrop

Garlands

Paper flower garlandPaper flower garland hangs over a rattan chair

Garland tutorials here: Paper Flower Garland, Summer Flower Garland

DIY Daisy party hat

And don’t forget this Daisy Party Hat tutorial!

Holiday

Valentines Day

Brittany looks over her shoulder at the camera while wearing a pink, red, and white daffodil crown

Wear this Valentine Flower Wreath on your head or decorate your door with it. Either way, you’ll be feeling festive and ready for the spring blooms that will pop up not too long after Valentines Day with this wreath!

Halloween

A mom wearing a paper flower costume and a daughter dressed as a mouse pose in their costumes

Chrysanthemum Mom and Kid Costume

Hannukah

Gold, blue, yellow, and pink paper flower menorah

Paper Flower Menorah

Christmas

This Christmas you can make holly large or small, as well as these really exciting poinsettia blooms.

Paper Poinsettia FlowerDIY Paper Holly boughsGiant paper holly and paper berries hung around a big banister

Poinsettia, Crepe Paper Holly, Giant Paper Holly Decoration

And more!

Find more floral Lars materials on our shop. Here’s our Flowers Coloring Book, this sticker sheet, a whole collection of floral art prints, and more! Plus, keep an eye out for an exciting new paper flower development in the shop, coming soon!

Printable New Year’s Crowns

NYE Party Accessories

We’ve made New Year’s printable crowns in years past, and this year our crown is inspired by our wrapping paper. We’ve done a few in the past (see here and here) and they’re always a crowd favorite, so we thought we’d add to the group and fill it with all the craziness that this year has been–lots of patterns and colors, of course!

Like every other holiday this year, New Year’s Eve is bound to look a little different. But you still deserve to get a little glitzed up, even if you’re lounging in sweats as you watch the ball drop (wait…has that been canceled?).

Of course, the older I get (and the more kids I have), the more New Year’s Eve becomes just another night in, and I don’t usually make it to midnight. Still, I think 2021 needs a nice big welcome from humanity so we don’t get a repeat of this year…

Printable New Year’s Eve Crowns

These crowns are a cinch to put together. You could even leave out the paper and let everyone make their own! Could be part of the night!

Materials

Instructions

  1. There are 8 patterns in the PDF (here). Use two patterns per crown (or print off more to put the same pattern together. We recommend printing onto cardstock! Keeps them sturdy and reuseable! We designed them on 11×17″ paper so they could be big! If you don’t have that size for your home printer, we used our local print shop.
  2. Tape the two pieces from the inside and glue on the outside so you don’t see the seam.
  3. The tab is meant to be adjustable to the size of the head. Cut a slit where the head fits comfortably.
  4. Glue on poms for maximum effect.

We’d love to see your crowns in action. Tag us with #LarsMakes or #HolidaysWithLars so we can see them!

Other NYE Projects

If you liked this project, you’ll love these ones:

Galaxy paper crown tutorial is here (it’s got that vintage look we all love)
Printable NYE crowns
NYE party invitations
DIY Star Crown