Easter Egg Wreath Workshop!!!

 

Easter is April 12th this year, but we are already feeling the need to stock up on Cadbury Eggs, and more than anything we are ready for that Spring weather! 

Eggs, and weather aside we have decorations on our minds and we think this year is the perfect year to resurrect our Rainbow Easter Egg Wreath. So, this is exactly what we will be doing! 

Here’s how it works! 

  1. Sign up! We are offering only 20 seats, be sure to sign up quick so you don’t miss your spot! 
  2. Mark your calendar for Thursday March 19th at 6:30 pm MST 
  3. Come the night of the 19th ready to craft your art out! 
  4. Hang your rainbow easter egg wreath on your door and nom on Cadbury Eggs while we wait for the warm weather to join us! 

Details: 

  • The cost of the workshop starts at $55 dollars during early bird registrations (which is going on RIGHT NOW! Sign up and get the best possible price!) and will climb in $10 dollar increments, last minute booking will cost $75 and is contingent on the amount of seats still available. 
  • All materials provided! Tools such as wire cutters, hot glue guns, paints, and scissors will be provided for use at the workshop.
    • You will leave with
      • Book of instructions for the Rainbow Easter Egg Wreath
      • 12” Wire wreath form
      • Wire
      • Floral tape
      • Crepe paper 
      • Eggs 
  • We will get you all of the crafting knowledge you need to successfully create your wreath in hopes that you will finish while at Lars. However, If you do not finish you will be set to finish your masterpiece from the comfort of your own home with the instruction book provided!
  • Light snacks will be served! 

We can’t wait to see you! Be sure to sign up now so you don’t miss your seat! We are so excited to see you on the 19th! It’s going to be one heck of a good time!!! 

Zodiac pinatas

Zodiac pinata aries

I’m absolutely tickled to introduce you to today’s guest contributors, Eunice and Sabrina Moyle of one of my all-time favorite stationery companies, Hello Lucky! These two are creative masterminds who have inspired me in so many ways. Eunice’s wedding as featured here, was a huge inspiration for my own wedding. They take the simplest of projects and turn it into something extraordinary and clever. Welcome, ladies! 

We were appointed hosts of a sex reveal party for an expecting couple and wanted to plan something unexpected! We landed on a piñata, because what’s not to love about piñatas? The astrological inspiration allowed us to personalize it based off the babies birth month. We filled it with candy (nuts/ no nuts) and let the parents have at it!

Astrological piñatas are great for birthday parties too! They make an entertaining and special addition to any party theme. Added bonus- They’re super fun to make (even more so to destroy).

-Eunice and Sabrina Moyle | Hello!Lucky

A St Patrick’s Day Craft: Paper Shamrock Crown

St. Patrick's Day craft from The House That Lars Built

Here’s a fun fact about shamrocks: There are approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover, and shamrocks and four-leaf clovers are not the same thing. The word ‘shamrock’ refers only to a clover with three leaves. Our St. Patrick’s Day craft includes both shamrocks and four-leaf clovers so that your crown can display the lushness of the shamrocks mixed in with some luck from the four-leaf clovers.

How to Make Your Own Paper Shamrock Crown

St. Patrick's Day craft from The House That Lars Built

Supplies:

18 gauge wire: 2 14″ pieces

Green paper (3 shades, we used half of 3 12×12 sheets for ours)

Small hole punch

Pink crepe paper: 3 inches x 20 inches

Green-yellow crepe paper: 3 x 7 inches

Scissors

Cricut Machine

Shamrock template

White acrylic paint and paintbrush (optional)

Pink acrylic paint (optional)

Floral tape (6 feet is plenty)

Hot glue gun/glue sticks

11 feet of Floral wire

Wire cutters

St. Patrick's Day craft from The House That Lars Built

Instructions:

  1. Download the svg files for the three-leafed and four-leaved clovers.
  2. With your cricut machine, cut out about 30 clovers. Because we used three kinds of paper, we did 8 three-leafed and 2 four-leafed clovers of each color. (You can also cut your shamrocks out by hand using the same template if needed.)
  3. With a small hole punch, put a little hole in the middle of each clover.
  4. Dilute your white paint with water and use a small paintbrush to add a few little lines to your shamrocks for texture.
  5. Bend your 18-gauge wire into a circle and attach them together with floral tape. We had 14-inch lengths of wire and it took two pieces to make an 8” diameter crown
  6. Assemble your shamrocks by following steps 7-9.
  7.  Cut floral wire into pieces from 2.5-3.5” long. These will be your shamrock stems, and it looks nice for them to be varied in length. Bend the tip of each length of wire down about a third of an inch.
  8. Thread the wire through the hole you punched in your shamrock and gently bend it to secure the leaf top in place. Be careful! It’s pretty easy to tear the leaves in this stage.
  9. Put a dot of hot glue on the bottom of the leaf top to secure it in place
  10. After you assemble all your shamrocks, it’s time to make your blossoms by following steps 11-17. We made 7 blossoms, but repeat these steps until you have your desired number of flowers.
  11. Cut a rectangle about an inch and a half tall and about 2 inches wide from the light yellow crepe paper. Stretch the top so that it flutes and roll it into a tube. Secure with a dot of hot glue. This is your flower center. 
  12. Cut small oval petals (about an inch tall and tapered more at one end) from your pink crepe paper. Each flower has five petals. Glue the extra tapered end to the rolled flower center just below the fluted tip. There should be extra paper at the bottom of the flower center. 
  13. Glue the remaining petals to the attached petal so that they overlap. Put a line of glue along the bottom of the petals and wrap them around the flower center so that they meet up at the first petal. 
  14. Gently stretch the petals so that they curve up a bit. 
  15. Use your pink paint to put thin  lines on the petals leading to the flower center.
  16. Cut a piece of floral wire about 3 inches and poke it through the center of the flower, down the middle of the rolled crepe paper. Put a bit of hot glue on the top of the wire before you finish pulling it into the flower to secure it inside.
  17. With floral tape, wrap the bottom of the flower and down the wire. Flowers are done!
  18. It’s time to attach the shamrocks and flowers to your wire crown form. Wind the bottom of the wire stems around the crown to attach them. At this point, some of the stems might be wobbling loosely and not all staying on one side of the crown. Don’t worry! We’ll address this in a few steps.
  19. Repeat for all your shamrocks and flowers, and distribute the colors, shapes, and stem lengths so that it’s nicely varied.
  20. With your wire cutters, trim any wires that are poking out. Don’t skip this step, or your crown will be painful to wear!
  21. Wrap floral tape around the crown to cover all the coiled wire and pokey bits. It is easiest to do this part with sections of tape about a foot long each rather than juggling all of the tape. 
  22. After that, adjust and arrange the stems of all your shamrocks. Voila! You’re done!

These shamrock crowns are a fun St. Patrick’s Day craft and can be saved and used for years on end. Be sure to be on the lookout for anyone not wearing green. Instead of a pinch, if you feel so kind, you can crown them with some luck to save for next year.

Other St. Patrick’s Day Craft Tutorials

St. Patrick's Day craft from The House That Lars Built

In addition to our most popular St. Patrick’s Day craft tutorials above, you can also check out our Pinterest here for even more ideas!

Origami stars and stripes cake topper

Origami stars and stripes cake topper

Three cheers for the red, white, and blue and what better way to celebrate the fourth of July than with some cake. Frosting please! We created this cute origami stars and stripes cake topper with easy to find materials so you don’t have to spend time searching for unique materials. Paper only! And the origami stripes would be perfect to hand over to your kids for a fun challenge. See the full tutorial below! 

Valentine’s Day balloon heart

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BALLOON HEART TUTORIAL 1

I realize this Valentine’s Day balloon heart tutorial is coming so late in the love day game, but the idea just came to me recently (based on this balloon arch from last year) and I had to try and rush to put it out there just in case anyone needs a last minute backdrop for a party or Galentine’s Day or something. You never know! As you know, I’m super last minute in everything so perhaps there’s a kindred spirit out there? Yeah? I was thinking it could be fun as a backdrop or just a fun decor piece. And this one didn’t nearly take as long as the arch, nor did it cost as much. Bonus!

Balloon heart tutorial

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Balloon heart tutorial

 

If you make this project, don’t forget to tag it with #larsmakes. I like to feature your work on my feed and on blog posts!

Happy Halloween!

Well, anyone else exhausted from Halloween and the day has only begun? With all the costumes that went on here on the blog over the past month or so, Paul and I still don’t have some for tonight. That’s the life of a crafter I suppose. I admit that I do like the challenge of putting something together last minute. Let’s see if I’m up for it after all. Right now I just feel like staying cozy in my Mary Engelbreit sweatshirt with my green smoothie.

This week on Lars: 
Tongue Twister Halloween costumes (I love our She sells seashells one!)
Animal headwraps part 1
Animal headwraps part 2
Camille Styles’ book is out now! 
Today is the last day to enter the Winter Water Factory giveaway!
Ghost tablecloth

Loving these Halloween ideas:
These costumes with balloons
Glazed donut pumpkin seeds
Spooky Pie Pops
WOW! Make your own harvest table for under $80!
These adorable pumpkin buckets

Lars elsewhere this week: 
Every house needs some of these
5 clever ways to hang theses
I made some cherry pumpkins for Design*Sponge 

Must sees/reads:
I know I’m WAY behind (274 million views late), but this video is mesmerizing and I can’t get it out of my head. So gorgeous. 
Living in Hocus Pocus
How to create a great storyboard
#Crafttherainbow continues on Instagram! 

Don’t forget! The 3rd Annual Halloween Costume contest goes until Tuesday! See here for deets

The photo above is from my Instagram. I made a pumpkin family like last year’s DIY collaboration (see here). Thank you Oh Joy for the sweet mini party hats. We’re clearly loving her new Target line. And her winter collection is out now

This Girl: Printable Ice Cream Cone Wrappers

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Printable Ice cream wrapper

Is there anything better than an ice cream cone on a hot summer’s day? Cold cream dripping down your hand as you try to lick up all the goodness before it melts away. Mmmm. Personally, I’m a mint chocolate chip fan, but Oreo, cake batter, and peppermint are all close seconds. I try not to discriminate. To make your ice cream experience even better this summer, we’ve created some printable ice cream cone wrappers inspired by our favorite Mara Hoffman patterns (see below)! These are perfect for any gathering where ice cream is involved. I think I might even need to plan an entire party around the ice cream cones themselves! Create an ice cream bar with the cones wrapped in their printable wrappers, supply a million toppings and ice cream flavors, and let the guests go to town! I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Continue for the printable ice cream cone wrappers 

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.  

DIY Vampire teeth garland

DIY vampire teeth garland

DIY vampire teeth garlandOur building needed some sprucing up for Halloween, but with all the creating we do, the only time I have for pure unadulterated brainstorming is in the car (and ahem, shower!). The dentist I’ve been going to is up in Salt Lake City, a 45 minute drive,  and since I’ve had so many cavities (finally my chocolate covered cinnamon bear intake is catching up with me) recently, that means I’ve also had lots of brainstorming time. Clearly, any trip to the dentist reminds you of your mortality and your teeth. So yes, canines were on my mind. I came up with a vampire teeth garland. Muhahaha.

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! 

Surprising Ashley

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Christmas Paper Office Decorations

From our office paper Christmas party, we had bags and bags of holiday decor that we were going to toss out, but after thinking on it a bit we thought perhaps someone else could benefit from them? We put out the call on Instagram to see if anyone would like to nominate someone and you man, you guys responded. We received dozens of emails from people nominating their loved ones and why they could use some Christmas cheer. Our hearts exploded. I was in tears for a good two days as I read all the emails. You know what? Life sucks. It does. I don’t mean that in an Eeyore, depressing, hopeless way. I do believe in hope and I’m a naturally optimistic person, but it doesn’t excuse the fact that life. Just. Sucks sometimes. And people are fighting the most terrible things. My heart cries hearing about it. Though I believe we all go through our own battles, I also believe we go through them at different times in our lives so that we can help support each other when we need it. We also thought it was a good time to get in on the #LIGHTtheWORLD campaign. There’s something we can all do, in our own way, that can help someone who just may be needing it. We just gotta take that chance.

Alexis Shaeffer nominated her friend, Ashley Parks, to receive some Christmas cheer. Ashley is 31 years old, married with 4 children here in Utah, and recently went through her last treatment of chemo for breast cancer. In addition, she is due for a double mastectomy and radiation in January. Mary, our business manager here at Lars, recently had a best friend diagnosed with the same diagnosis so the news was a little too real for us over at the office. We arranged a time when Ashley’s family was out of the home. With Ashley in bed in the other room, we tip toed into the home and with an hour, we hung our paper chains, lanterns, oversized stockings, assembled snowball sculptures, and hung the Dresden wreath and then promptly split!

and we’re off!

Paul and I just decided to take a little road trip around the island of Iceland. We’ll be taking the southern route and ending up at Jökulsálón, the glacier lagoon. We are stoked! Thank you for all your tips on Iceland. It seems like everyone who has been here has loved it and I can see why. This place is phenomenal. I’ll most likely be silent for the next few days as we will be *deep breath* CAMPING.*

*Note: I don’t camp. This should be interesting.