Christmas Tablescape

tablescape with mantlepiece

Christmas in the Studio

We spend pretty much all of our time in the studio here at The House that Lars Built. That means we certainly draw a lot of inspiration from each other, here on the team, as well as the many lovely bits of potential on the walls, floor, ceiling, etc. If it’s in the studio, you can bet we’ve probably mused about all the things we can use it for. So we got to thinking, if we’re in the studio so much, why not make a studio Christmas tablescape that highlights the things we love about our studio?!

tablecloth with centerpiece

Tablescape Inspiration

This Christmas tablescape’s inspiration came straight from the heart of Lars, triggered by our collaboration with the one and only Spoonflower. We knew we wanted it to feel festive and bright, so naturally, we picked a lovely checkerboard pattern of reds, pinks, and oranges to pair with the light, bubblegum pink of the studio floor. From there, we brought in a smorgasbord of golds and greens for the centerpiece and flatware. We topped it off with a backdrop featuring our charming poinsettias, greenery, and a smattering of what we’ve been working on in the studio! You can’t get more Lars than that.

trees and tablecloth

How to Recreate Our Christmas Tablescape

You may be wondering, how can I recreate this Christmas tablescape? Step right this way. What I love about this tablescape is that it’s so magical, yet feels so real and down to earth at the same time. The best part is, it’s simple and totally doable to recreate!

Here’s how to recreate your own Team Lars Christmas Tablescape:

 

The Tablecloth and Napkins

 

As I always say, the tablecloth and napkins are the key to creating a successful tablescape. They draw you in and set the tone for the entire occasion. That means it’s imperative that you be happy with them, first and foremost! Well, to say we were happy with our tablecloth and napkins would be an understatement. Spoonflower blew us away! The bright colors, together with the fun, checkerboard pattern were just the things we needed to get the inspiration flowing for the rest of the tablescape.

top view trees and table

We found our tablecloth and napkin fabric pattern here, along with other options we were considering. We went through a lot of options, and it was so hard to settle on just one. Feel free to peruse the options; Spoonflower has so many great ones.

As a note, we had some fun with our napkin folding for this tablescape. If you haven’t seen our full napkin-folding post, check it out here! It’s amazing what a fancily-folded napkin will do. We used the simple accordion fold for these napkins.

table setting with centerpiece

The Flatware, Glasses, and Plates

Target was our go-to for flatware, glasses and plates. We chose a classic gold for the flatware, glasses flecked with gold, and a dark cyan for the plates. The contrast between the dark, cool, cyan and the brighter reds, pinks, and oranges of the Spoonflower tablecloth and napkins was striking and eye-catching.

place setting

Tablescape Centerpiece and Decorations

For our Christmas tablescape centerpiece, we wanted something that felt Christmasy and would contrast nicely with the tablecloth and napkins. We decided to go with our tried-and-true crepe paper bottlebrush trees in various green shades. Then we added in some sparkling, gold accents and confetti. For the mantlepiece behind, we gathered pine boughs and some of our lovely paper poinsettias. Those elements, paired with some other inspiration we picked up around the studio fit amazingly with the rest of the tablescape.

tablecloth and napkin

Oh, and did I mention the pink floor?! It was one of those moments where I knew we’d made the right decision on that pink epoxy flooring, as tricky as it was. Naturally, not everyone has a pink epoxy floor for their tablescape, but that’s okay! Luckily, a rug like this, this or this can help complete the look in a similar way. Just try to pick something that won’t detract from that amazing Spoonflower tablecloth or napkins.

centerpiece

Shop the look

Here are just a few of the options we were considering. There are so many beautiful ones, we would love to see what you choose!

More Inspiration

Loved this post on our Lars Christmas Tablescape? Looking for more tablescape ideas? Here are some great ones you’ll probably love (bonus: many of them feature some lovely Spoonflower fabrics!). Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Tablescape, When Life Hands You Lemons Tablescape and Care Package, and Thanksgiving Table Decor.

 

Nativity Paper Dolls

Our Mid-Century Heirloom Nativity

If you’re new to this whole thing, I should start by introducing our mid-century heirloom nativity set. Inspired by the set my mom created when she was young, we decided to try our hand at creating our own version (I wish I could show you hers)! If you haven’t seen it, you can read more about our original nativity set here, since our original set is what inspired our nativity paper dolls.

Heirloom Nativity

But it turns out our relationship with that beloved Mid-Century Heirloom Nativity set was far from over. We received such a positive reaction from the first set that we got to work on the puzzle of manufacturing it, but to no avail. We did come up with a different solution, though: we decided to make a miniature version with wooden clothespins instead of the full-sized candlesticks. If you don’t want to spend quite so much time, painstakingly painting, this bite-sized, adorable version is for you!

Clothespin nativity

Nativity Craft Along

Midcentury painted heirloom nativity figures against a pink and red striped background.

After those two experiments with the nativity, we decided to launch our nativity craft along! This was SO much fun. We loved getting to support makers around the U.S. with donations throughout the craft along and from the charity auction at the end. There were so many wonderful things we learned. We especially loved getting to meet our guest stars and craft with them (and all of you!)

 

If you’re interested in reading more about our nativity craft along, see these posts: Nativity Craft Along, Nativity Craft Along: Meet Our Guests, and Nativity Craft Along: Auction Details.

Nativity Alternatives

All these experiences with our nativity helped us realize something: we wanted to make the nativity more accessible to a wider audience. As many of you know, the full-sized nativity set is quite the undertaking. It’s very time consuming, and some of you have mentioned feeling a bit inadequate as far as painting those perfect lines goes. It’s also not the ideal craft for younger children.

We partially addressed these concerns with our mini clothespin nativity. It’s a bit quicker because it’s smaller, but still requires some meticulous care with a paintbrush. So! If you want a fun nativity project related to our full-sized nativity, but that’s a lot more approachable, our nativity paper dolls are right up your alley!

nativity paper dolls

Nativity Paper Dolls

You may have noticed these sweet little paper dolls on our shop–they’ve been up for a few weeks now. We launched these towards the end of our nativity craft along, and we love this quick and easy version of the real thing! Spitting image of our original wooden nativity pieces, these are the perfect option if you don’t feel like your painting skills are quite up to par. They’re also great for younger audiences who aren’t quite ready for the meticulous patience the full-sized nativity requires. All you have to do is print and cut them out! You can find them in our shop. Play with them, hang them on the wall, these are such a fun little craft that’s quick and easy.

nativity paper dolls

uncut nativity paper dolls

Nativity Coloring Pages

When we decided to make nativity paper dolls, we couldn’t help but make some nativity paper doll coloring pages as well! These are a great alternative, especially if you’re looking for a festive, low-pressure activity to do with your kids at Christmastime.

nativity coloring pages

We love that these coloring pages are fun for a wide range of ages, and that you can happily color them any way you like! There’s no right or wrong way to do it, and they’ll look cute no matter what.

We would love to see your variations of our nativity paper dolls and coloring pages!

 

More Inspiration

If you loved reading about our Mid-Century Heirloom Nativity and all its variations, you’ll love these other quick and easy seasonal crafts. Our Printable cookie box is the perfect little package to send out holiday treats! Patterned Christmas Poppers are also a great way to send little goodies to friends and family. Need a little bit of color for your wall? Try our Cuckoo Holidays Print. And as you’re wrapping gifts, don’t forget about our Paper Holiday Gift Toppers and Holiday Gift Tags, which are such a fun way to spice up your wrapping job. Oh, and if you want to add to your tree decorations, Fair Isle Christmas Ornaments are a great option.

Pomanders

bow Pomander

What is a pomander?

You may be wondering, what is a pomander? The name was unfamiliar to me at first, too. It turns out a pomander is an orange that’s been decorated with cloves. I’ve been making these for years, but now I can put a name with it! I explain a bit more about it in the video below, but pomanders have been around since the middle ages, and were originally used to ward off disease. Can you think of a more fitting craft to make in the middle of a pandemic? The bonus is that they smell lovely with that orange, spicy goodness, and look so festive, too. We were also lucky enough to have Becky Edwards with us to make these pomanders, which was amazing!

Group shot

Introducing Becky Edwards

Who is Becky Edwards? You may have seen signs with Becky’s name on them around town. That’s right, friends, Becky Edwards is running for U.S. Senate to unseat Mike Lee! I’m a HUGE Becky supporter and even more so now. To say she was a phenomenal guest would be an understatement. I mean, did you know Becky is a seasoned crafter herself?! How could we have asked for more? We learned just as much about crafting from Becky as she did from us.

Becky and Brittany

Making pomanders with Becky was such a treat. And look at her own cute sweater! When she arrived, she brought a bunch of festive sweaters with her, just to make sure our outfits matched. Can you say soul sister? We clicked immediately. If you think she sounds fun so far, you should watch the video of our crafting session below!

If you’re local in Utah, I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about Becky Edwards over the coming months. I’m particualry excited about her because of her attention to women’s issues, and paid leave. I believe she’s just what Utah needs. She’s a moderate who I believe will do an incredible job for us.

Making pomanders with Becky Edwards

How to make a Christmas pomander

Here are the steps to making your very own Christmas pomander:

How to make a Pomander steps

  1. First, tie a colored piece of ribbon around your orange however you’d like. Get creative and have fun! We tied ours like wrapping a gift.
  2. The next step is to take your cloves and stick them into the orange, pointy side down. It should be sharp enough to puncture the orange skin without too much trouble.
  3. Arrange the cloves in any pattern you want! Becky made hers into a heart shape, which we loved!
  4. If you’d like, you can secure the ribbon to the orange with a dab of hot glue, so it doesn’t slip off.
  5. You’re done!

bow Pomander

Pomanders can be displayed on a mantlepiece, shelf, countertop, or even hung as ornaments from your Christmas tree. We can’t wait to see what you do with your pomanders, and we hope you had fun making pomanders with Becky Edwards!

More Inspiration

If you enjoyed this post about pomanders, you’ll probably also love these other classic Christmas crafts! Christmas bulb advent calendar, holiday nesting dolls, paper honeycomb ornaments, DIY nativity puppets.

Paper Poinsettia Wreath

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Paper Poinsettia Wreath

If you’ve been following our tutorials for a while, you might notice that the flowers on this poinsettia wreath look familiar. Right you are! We originally released a tutorial back in 2017, showing you how to make some paper poinsettia flowers, but then we got thinking: what if we turned those flowers into a wreath?! And the paper poinsettia wreath was born.

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A winter floral wreath is a breath of fresh air from all the pine-centric wreaths, if you ask me. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pine bough wreath, but I’m always looking for a way to sneak some flowers in. Can you blame me? The poinsettias are such a perfect way to make a wreath that feels seasonal and festive, but that’s fun, colorful, and whimsical at the same time.

Don’t Have a Wreath Form?

Don’t worry! If you’re looking for wreath form alternatives you can simply buy heavy gauge wire (see the link to it in the materials list above) and coil it into a few circles, securing with floral tape or something similar. This makes a DIY wreath form that’s sturdy enough to last in any size you like.

window shot of paper wreath

Paper Poinsettia Wreath Instructions

Here’s how to make your very own paper poinsettia wreath!

Prepping the flowers

  1. Using our Paper Poinsettia Flowers tutorial, assemble your flowers. You will need roughly ten large flowers. Note: when we made our poinsettia wreath flowers, we left out the leaves that are included in the original tutorial.
  2. Next, make five or six smaller flowers, using the same steps above. The difference is that you’ll only use the two small petals in the template, not the two large ones.

Assembling the wreath

Once all your poinsettias are made, you’re ready to assemble your wreath!

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  1. Resting the stem of the poinsettia against the wreath form so the flower faces towards the front, wrap the extra wire stem around it. Then secure in place with some hot glue.
  2. Continue this process all the way around the wreath until it’s full. Alternate with the small and large poinsettias so you have some size variation. Depending on the size of your wreath form and how bushy you want your wreath, you may need more or less flowers than we used for ours.

You’re all done!

close up of pinks

How to style your paper poinsettia wreath

This beautiful paper poinsettia wreath can be styled in so many ways! You can put it on your front door, but you can also hang it on any other door in your house. You can also hang it on your wall in the living room, kitchen, or any other room, really. Wreaths are really versatile, so if you don’t have very many indoor plants, this can be such a great addition, especially if you have a blank stretch of wall that needs a little love.

The best thing is you don’t have to water them and they’ll last a long time! If you’re like me and you’re constantly forgetting about your houseplants, paper flowers are the perfect solution. And if you’ve ever dealt with the needles dropping off of a pine bough wreath, you’ll love this paper poinsettia wreath.

We would love to see what you do with your paper poinsettia wreaths!

window wreath

More inspiration

If you loved this tutorial on how to make a paper poinsettia wreath, you’ll probably love these other paper flower and seasonal decorations tutorials, too: DIY paper hollyhocks, paper pansies, poppies and peonies and posies, crepe paper Christmas tree topper, paper mushroom wreath, and pink paper blossom wreath.

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Christmas Cards

Christmas Cards with Mixbook

This year’s Christmas card features team Lars! Sadly, we didn’t snag a photo with all of our team members in it, but you get the idea: lots of color, plenty of DIY, this card can’t get much more Lars than it already is.

Team Lars Christmas Cards

You might recognize it as our Team Halloween costume–Andy Warhol’s soup cans. It was only appropriate. And once I found the designs by Oh Joy, I knew we had to use it. Now, sadly, that means that we are missing a few players like Kerry, Carrie, Sophie, and Garet. We love you still!

I love how the card template we chose strikes the perfect balance of holiday cheer and essential team Lars spirit! It’s bright, colorful, whimsical, and just the thing to brighten up this season that is cold and dark so much of the time. I think we can all agree that we need color all year round, but especially at this time of year! If you’re interested in the templates we’ve made with Mixbook, you can take your pick between classic, bright, Lars style and more traditional, cozy holiday cards. P.s. if you happen to be getting married this winter, you’re in for a treat with our wedding invitation templates.

holiday cards

Our Take

One of the best things about Mixbook is how customizable their templates are. It’s so helpful to have a template as a base, but the fun of making your own Christmas card is being able to make it feel like yours, you know? Hence, Crafty Holidays was born. We were just feeling the creative spirit of making this holiday season. Anyway, what better way to spend your holidays than crafting your heart out?

We love sending out cards to our clients and friends. Email me if you’d like one! Happy to send one off to you! 

christmas cards

Other Mixbook projects

The fun doesn’t end with holiday cards! If you’ve been following along, we’ve also dipped our toes into Mixbook’s photo albums and year in review books. The results were stunning, and such a fun way to capture memories! You can read more about our other Mixbook projects here: new holiday card with Mixbook, Lars for Mixbook, and our year in review with Mixbook.

Here was last year’s Christmas card that we designed!

And our year in review book.

And our travel book! Oh little Jasper! I can hardly stand it! He can hardly stand too!

The House That Lars Built for Mixbook travel book

Mixbook Discount

Since it’s the holiday season and we’re feeling full of that Christmas spirit, we want to share the love! We’ve honestly been so happy with the way our Mixbook projects have turned out and can’t recommend them enough. To give you a nudge in the right direction, Lars readers get 55% off holiday cards using code HLARS50. Offer expires 1/01/2022, so don’t sleep on it! In case you missed it, here’s a link to Mixbook.

We would love to see what you choose! Crafty Holidays!

gold foil christmas cards

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

Nativity Craft Along Auction: Details

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the auction for?

The purpose of the Nativity Craft Along charity auction is to raise funds for Nest, an amazing charitable organization that supports makers in the global hand maker economy. We feel that it’s such a worthy cause, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it. To learn more about Nest, visit their website. You can also visit their instagram.

Nest and The House that Lars Built Maker’s United by Nest

In particular, we are donating to Nest’s Makers United program. With a focus on elevating BIPOC makers and delivering innovative market access solutions, Makers United ensures that the growing American makers movement is generating opportunity for all makers regardless of gender, race, economic means or ability.

 

Gee’s Bend Quilters

This week I was lucky to interview two of the quilters from the legendary Gee’s Bend quilting tradition. Have you seen the PBS documentary about them? Last year, Nest worked with them to get their work onto Etsy to make it more accessible to purchase their famous work. This is one such example of the efforts of Makers United. Your contributions go directly to efforts like this.

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What will be auctioned off?

We will be auctioning off two nativity sets, one painted by the Lars team and one painted by our celebrity crafters (you can read more about who they are below). You are bidding on an 8 piece nativity set: 1 angel, 1 Mary, 1 Joseph, 1 baby Jesus, 1 shepherd, 3 wisemen.

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When will the auction be held?

The auction will start this Sunday, November 21 at 9am MST, and go until Tuesday, November 23 at 9pm MST.

baby Jesus

How can I attend?

The auction will take place on instagram, so you can participate from wherever you are!

How do I participate in the auction?

The auction will take place via comments on a post on the @houselarsbuilt grid. Each nativity set will have a separate Instagram post. To bid, simply comment on the post! As a note, make sure to specify the amount you are bidding (in US dollars $).

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Who painted the nativity set pieces?

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Celebrity Crafters!

We were honored to have eight amazing guests lovingly hand-paint each piece of one nativity set. The result was jaw-dropping–can you say talent? Wow! Amanda Seyfried went first, after which Sabrina Soto, Mary Engelbreit, Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess, Tracy Reese, Erin Jang, Lisa Congdon and Courtney Quinn of Color Me Courtney all joined us. Earlier this week, we dedicated a blog post to introducing them if you missed the weekly craft along videos. You can watch all of the videos and read more about them here!

Amanda Seyfried painted the angel

amanda seyfried painting

Elsie Larson painted Baby Jesus

Tracy Reese painted the Tall Wiseman

Tracy Reese painting

Sabrina Soto painted the shepherd

Sabrina soto painting

Mary Engelbreit painted the wiseman

Mary Engelbreit

Erin Jang painted Joseph

Erin Jang painting

Lisa Congdon painted Mary

Lisa Congdon painting

Courtney Quinn painted the last Wiseman

Courtney Quinn

baby Jesus celebrity nativity pieces

Team Lars

Who painted the second set, you might ask? The one and only team at the House that Lars Built. Brittany started each one live on IGTV with each of our guests and then the whole team pitched in to complete them. Each one takes at a lot of time so we had to have all hands on deck!

wiseman wiseman

And these soup cans painted the second set.

Andy Warhol soup can costume instructions

What if I can’t attend? Can I still donate to Nest?

Of course! You can donate here. You can also click on the donation link to learn more about Nest, your donations, and where they’re going. You can also purchase the e-book, which gives all the instructions and where to buy all the pieces from the nativity set. The e-book is in our shop.

Mary

Official rules of the auction:

Here’s a compiled list of the auction rules!

1. Each nativity set will be posted on Sunday, November 21, at 9 am MST on @houselarsbuilt.

2. If you want to bid on the nativity set, place your bid in the comments.

3. By commenting you are committing to purchase the nativity. You may comment more than once to increase your bid.

4. The auction is open worldwide. Please place bids in the comments with your price in $USD.

5. Bids will close November 23,  at 9 pm MST

6. The final bidder will be notified by Instagram message from @houselarsbuilt with instructions on where to pay.

7. All winning bids are final and must be paid in full.

@buildanest is a registered non-profit and donations to @buildanest may be tax deductible dependent on your circumstances.

Joseph

Other questions

If we’ve missed something or you have other questions, please let us know in the comments. This Sunday can’t come any sooner! We’re waiting on the edge of our seats. See you then!

celebrity nativity set

3 Pie Crust Designs to Wow Your Guests this Thanksgiving

3 Pie Crust Design Ideas

These 3 pie crust designs will give that extra bit of flair to your holiday desserts, and they’re super easy to make! You don’t have to be a baker (or an artist) to ace these pie designs.  Just grab some paper, food coloring, and pies and let’s get started!

Use a Stencil on your Pie

Send a cute or clever message with this stencil technique. This “Give Thanks and Eat Pie” does just that with powdered sugar. Perfect for some extra sweetness too!

I love how simple yet impactful this one is. Just grab some paper and a witty phrase and you’re golden.  Ashley came up with the idea to apply a stencil to a pie and decorate with powdered sugar…genius! This one is great for the Cricut or Silhouette machine. And it’s perfect for your Thanksgiving pie!

Give Thanks and eat pie stencil

Give Thanks and Eat Pie Stencil

Instructions:

  1. Simply download this file and cut it out on your machine or cut it out by hand. I used a piece of scrapbook paper to create the stencil.
  2. Set onto the pie. Not too firmly or it might take a layer of the pie off.
  3.  Sprinkle powdered sugar on top with a sifter.
  4.  Gently take the stencil with hands on either side so you pull it all off at the same time.

Voila!

Give Thanks and Eat pie pie stencil
Matisse inspired pie crust idea.

Paint your Pie Crust with Food Coloring–The Matisse Pie

Last week while I was in NYC I attended the exhibition on Matisse’s cutouts at the MOMA (after getting bummed I couldn’t go to the Tate in London). I was inspired by the colors and shapes, so we came up with the Matisse pie, of course! Put those beautiful shapes to use!
Carli came up with this brilliant idea to paint the pie crust with food coloring. It went on so smoothly and bakes brilliantly.

Instructions:

  1.  Cover your pie with the dough to have a large surface to work with.
  2. Use a paintbrush to paint on your design with food coloring. We used pure food coloring, not watered down. We looked at images from Matisses’ paper cut-outs to mimic the shapes
  3. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes to brown the crust (you should have already baked the pie filling).
Matisse inspired pie crust.
Voila!
And, if you want to throw your own tortured artist 
party, try out this pie crust decoration to incorporate Matisse!
Dot pie crust.

The Polka Dot Pie Crust Decoration

We also wanted to play around with texture on a pie and Victoria delivered.  She came up with this fun and easy idea of decorating your pie crust with, well, more pie crust!  Decide on a shape you want to use.  We decided to go with little circles to make polka dots but I think stars would make for an excellent Fourth of July themed pie.

Instructions:

  1. Roll out your dough
  2. Use the back end of an icing tip to punch holes into the dough like a cookie cutter.
  3.  Apply the dots to the perimeter of the pie then coming into the center of the pie filling and bake for the last 15-20 minutes of the pie cooking time.

Voila!

Pie crust idea.

How will you be making your pies for the holidays? Tell me in the comments!

Have some leftover slices of pie? Check out our printable boxes for Thanksgiving pies and summer pies

Photography by Laura Sumrak
Baking and crafting by Victoria Riza, Carli Randolf, and Ashley Isenhour,

Kid’s Toys: Lars Shop Highlight

What is Eeboo?

We couldn’t tell you about our Eeboo kid’s toys without introducing the company’s incredible background. First of all, women and mothers run this company. I mean, who knows kid’s toys better than mothers? I love how thoughtful these toys are. They make board games, watercolor sets, puzzles, and so much more. (You can find them here!) It just goes to show how the experience of being a mother influences their ability to understand children’s brains and what they need. And need I mention that they have the awards (Oppenheim best toy awards and honors) to prove it?

kid's toys

kid's toys

Encouraging development in children

One amazing aspect of Eeboo as a company is their focus on developmental learning in kid’s toys. They help kids develop skills like literacy, storytelling, drawing, imaginative play, and basic math. I mean, could I be more impressed? Kid’s toys that help their development while also helping them have fun? I can say from experience that it can definitely be a challenge to get kids to want to settle down when they’re feeling wild. And you can forget concentrating on learning things like math. So to have kid’s toys that are fun, interactive, and help make learning fun is a dream come true.

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Screen-free

At Eeboo, the goal with their kid’s toys is to integrate learning and play in a screen-free way. This is so important (and need I say refreshing?) when we all have screens coming out our ears! It’s hard to get away, and these kid’s toys are a really beautiful way to succeed at it.

Commissioned illustrators

They also commission all their artwork from well-known and well-loved illustrators. It shows, too! The illustrations make their kid’s toys feel so fresh and original–artwork straight from the source. And friends, these illustrations are beautiful. They are delicate, detailed, and full of personality. Need I add that they are colorful and bright? They’re just what every child needs to stay interested and engaged.

Look at the illustrations on these watercolors and paper! Incredible, right? They’d make the perfect gift for a rainy afternoon to get those creative juices flowing.

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Care and dedication

I’d have to say one of my favorite things about these Eeboo kid’s toys is the care and dedication they give to their customers. They even have a booklet that talks about their values and priorities. I mean, come on! They go to great efforts to be sustainable, respect diversity, value design, and so much more.

I just keep dreaming about the things I would have done if I’d had these toys as a kid. I love how these building blocks promote creativity and imaginative play, for instance.

kid's toys

If you haven’t caught on by now, I am in love with these kid’s toys and can’t wait for Jasper (and eventually Felix) to start playing with them! Click here to get to our whole Eeboo shop collection. If you also fell in love while reading this, you’ll probably also love these other favorites: Kid’s art kit, Op art paper mobile, Thanksgiving coloring placemats, and quilted dog book plate.

Family Costume Reveal

Where the Wild Things Are Family Halloween Costume

I just realized that this is our first family Halloween costume we’ve done with our kids. I always just highlighted Jasper–that was fine enough for me. But once Jasper started really acting like Max from Wild Things I knew we had to do this costume as a family. Gwen from our team took on the challenge and SHE NAILED IT! Seriously so good. We had a lot of hands on it too since I’m still in baby survival mode ;).

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Where the Wild Things are Max Costume Idea

This part of our family costume is so simple. Seriously, it hardly takes any time at all, so if you’re in a pinch, this is a great option: cute, cozy, and simple.

First things first, you’ll need a white jumpsuit. Easy. This is a good option if you need help finding one. We added in some more visible buttons like the illustration as well as a tail.

wild things max costume

You’ll also need: 

  • Faux fur like this (for the tail and crown)
  • A crown. For ours, we used Jasper’s flower lane crown. We would highly recommend! They are durable, comfortable, and adjustable and you can use them for birthdays and more. If you’re interested, you can find them here.
  • Hot glue, safety pin, or clip (to attach the tail)

Instructions for DIY Max Costume

  1. First, cut the length of the faux fur rope needed for Max’s head circumference. Tie in a knot. (crown should fit snugly inside)
  2. Then cut another piece of faux fur rope for the tail (estimate length as needed). Hot glue, pin, or clip the faux fur tail in place.
  3. Done! So easy, right?

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Baby Wild Thing Halloween Costume

Baby’s costume was super simple because we started with a simple furry onesie base and worked it out from there.

wild things costume for baby

You will need:

  • Furry jumpsuit with hood (we used one like this)
  • Cardboard
  • Horn template from our shop
  • Masking tape
  • Acrylic paint (we used white and gray)
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Face paint (we used black for his little nose)

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DIY Cardboard Horns and feet for Wild Things Halloween Costume

where the wild things are papier mache mask

  1. For the horns, cut out two sets of our template, found here.
  2. Print out the templates.
  3. Trace the templates onto cardboard, then cut out the templates as indicated.
  4. Slide the two separate pieces into the corresponding slots, then wrap completely with masking tape so the cardboard is covered. Wrap as if you’re wrapping a mummy, so the tape is nice and flat, no bumps or wrinkles (this will make painting them a lot easier later!)where the wild things are webbed feet cardboard
  5. Paint the horns your desired color/pattern/texture! We did kind of a gradient to mimic the original illustrations in the book.
  6. For the feet, print out the template (found here), then trace it onto cardboard and cut out.
  7. Paint the feet however you want! We chose gray for the claws and white for the rest, then added some texture.
  8. Wait for the paint to dry, then use hot glue to attach the horns and claws to the furry jumpsuit.
  9. Ta da!

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Adult Where The Wild Things Are costumes

The adult wild things costumes were definitely the most time intensive of the family costumes, but are also showstoppers. So worth it. For these, you’ll need:wild things costume with big masks

  • Cardboard (plenty of it! You’ll use it for the masks and feet)
  • Newspaper, 1 part flour, 5 parts water, 2 Tbsp salt, and a pot for the paper mache
  • Scissors
  • Black faux fur like this
  • orange/brown yarn like this
  • Two baseball caps
  • Twine
  • Acrylic paint
  • Yellow sweatsuit set (something like this and this)
  • Brown hoodless sweatshirt
  • Gray sweats
  • Yellow felt
  • cream/white felt
  • Hot glue
  • Floral wire (we used 22 gauge)
  • Styrofoam balls for eyes (3in diameter balls are a good size)
  • Elastic (¾ or 1 in width is good)

wild things costume masks

Instructions

Prepping the masks

  1. Cut out two large circles of cardboard, one for each mask. Make one slightly larger than the other.
  2. Cut three, evenly-spaced slits in the top third section of the cardboard circles
  3. Overlap each of the slits with each other slightly, then hot glue. This will give the mask a little dimension.
  4. Cut off the bottom third of each of the circles(these will be the mouths)
  5. For the teeth, cut out roughly ten triangles (just estimate the size) for the smaller, yellow wild thing, and 14 for the bigger, horned wild thing.
  6. Next, glue the teeth onto the bottom of the top third section, underlapping them slightly. Leave a few inches of space on each side of the teeth. Do this with both masks.
  7. Then, hot glue the bottom section of both masks back on, bending the top third around so the bottom section underlaps slightly and gives the sides and bottom a little depth.how to make a papier mache mask
  8. For the horns on the bigger wild thing, you can use the same template used for the baby wild thing (found here) and just make them bigger.
  9. For the eyes, poke wire through the styrofoam balls and loop back through to secure. Then poke the wire through the cardboard and twist in the back to secure.
  10. For the nose, take one styrofoam ball (for the center of the nose) and do the same thing you did with the eyes, placing it where the nose should go. Then, for each nostril, shave off the bottom as needed (roughly one third) to let the balls settle down on each side of the nose center. Secure with wire.
  11. Now, crumple/fold some pieces of newspaper and build them up around the top and bottoms of the eyes. These are the eyelids.

Now you’re ready to do the paper mache!

how to make a papier mache mask wild thingsPaper mache

Prepping the paste/newspaper

  1. Cut a bunch of long, thin strips of newspaper. It’s nice to have them cut in advance so you don’t have to do this with sticky hands later. Cut as many as you think you’ll need to cover both masks adequately in a couple layers.
  2. Boil 4 parts water. In separate bowl, whisk 1 part warm water with one part flour. Try to get out any lumps. If you live in a humid place, add a few tablespoons of salt to prevent mold growth. 
  3. Once the flour mixture is done, slowly stir into the boiling water. Mix it in well, then let boil for a few minutes. If it seems a little thick, you can add water, and if it seems thin, you can add flour.
  4. Now you’re ready to apply the glue!where the wild things are bird costume with long hair

Glueing the masks

  1. First, take a strip of newspaper and dip it into the paste. Coat the paper completely, sliding your fingers over the paper so the paper is covered in a thin layer of the paste. 
  2. The next step is to apply the sticky newspaper to the mask! (Note: you make want to use gloves for this step, it can get pretty messy)
  3. Keep applying the newspaper pieces until the mask is covered (cover the teeth, too!). Tip: Make sure to place them randomly, rather than going the same direction the whole time. The paper mache will hold better this way.
  4. Remember to cover the horns with paper mache, too! Wrap them like a mummy, using the same wrapping technique as for the baby wild thing horns.
  5. Let dry COMPLETELY before moving on to the next steps.

Painting

Once you’ve applied two or so coats and they’re dry, you’ll be ready to paint! Note: it usually takes at least a day or two for the paper mache to dry (faster in dry, hot climates, and slower in cold, humid climates).

papier mache maskFinishing touches

  1. Now for the fun part: paint the masks! Use ours as a reference for colors, and we’d also recommend looking at the original illustrations if you need more help figuring out how to paint them.
  2. After the paint is dry, you can cut out strips of the faux fur and hot glue them all around the bigger wild thing’s head. Cut strips of yarn and hot glue them onto the smaller wild thing’s head. To make the yarn look like it’s parted in the middle, you can fold the strips of yarn in half and glue the folded sections to the middle where the part is.where the wild things are with long hair
  3. Now, poke two eye holes below the nose (they will look like nostrils). You want to be able to see while wearing this thing!
  4. The next step is to hot glue the baseball caps inside the masks. Place them so the back of the hat is just above the eye holes. This should make it so you can see when the hat is on your head.
  5. If you would like, you can also hot glue a couple of pieces of twine to the back of the mask that you can tie around your head for extra stability.
  6. The masks are done! Whew!

family costume where the wild things arePrepping the adult clothing

Prepping the adult outfits of the family costume is simple:

  1. Cut out a bunch of yellow, felt strips. Hot glue them onto the brown sweatshirt.
  2. For the pants, cut out a bunch of strips that are flat on one side and have a row of triangles on the other (see photos of the costumes for details). Hot glue these on in rows.
  3. Last is the feet. For these, cut out cardboard feet using our templates (found here)
  4. Next, paint the claws on the yellow wild thing. We did white for the claws and the rest a bit textured with yellow, gray and brown.
  5. Glue a yellow piece of felt onto the main template for the smaller, yellow wild thing. For the bigger wild thing, glue gray felt onto the feet, then more white felt cut the same way the pants are.
  6. When the paint is dry, hot glue a strip of elastic to each corner of the backs of the feet to make loops like stirrups (the loops will attach around the backs of the heels and help keep the feet on over your shoes). 

That’s a wrap! Let the wild rumpus start!

If you loved this costume tutorial and would like to find more great family costume ideas, check out these other posts: Mom and Baby Costumes, Group Halloween Costumes, and Last Minute DIY Costumes, Jasper’s Viking Costume

Char-boo-terie Halloween Snack Board

Our char-boo-terie board is a Halloween snack board in the shape of a ghost! It’s perfect for movie nights and Halloween parties, but hey–I’m not going to stop you from eating it for dinner.

Closeup of a ghost shaped Halloween snack board. It includes oreos, yogurt-covered pretzels, merengues, jicama, white chocolate chips, pita slices, ghost-shaped potato crisps, rice puffs, cheese, goat cheese, and crackers.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m really not a fan of cooking. It’s just not my thing. But I do love snacks! So rather than cooking up a meal, I arranged some snacks into a cute ghost-shaped char-boo-terie Halloween snack board!

You can easily make a char-boo-terie board, too!

Closeup of a ghost shaped Halloween snack board. It includes oreos, yogurt-covered pretzels, merengues, jicama, white chocolate chips, pita slices, ghost-shaped potato crisps, rice puffs, cheese, goat cheese, and crackers.

Make Your Own Halloween Snack Board

You’ll need:

A wooden cutting board and an assortment of white snacks. We used yogurt-covered pretzels, merengues, jicama, white chocolate chips, rice cakes, goat cheese, pita wedges, sliced cheese, crackers, and ghost-shaped potato crisps, then Oreos (or a similar cookie) for the eyes and mouth. Trader Joe’s is your friend here.

Closeup of a ghost shaped Halloween snack board. It includes oreos, yogurt-covered pretzels, merengues, jicama, white chocolate chips, pita slices, ghost-shaped potato crisps, rice puffs, cheese, goat cheese, and crackers.

Instructions:

  1. Place a stack of 2-3 oreos where you want each eye. Make a pile of cookies where you want the ghost’s gaping mouth.
  2. Arrange white snacks in a ghost shape around the eyes and mouth.
  3. Consider what flavors you want touching each other. We used neutral-tasting foods like jicama and rice cakes to separate our sweet and savory snacks.

Enjoy your boo-tiful Halloween snack board!

Closeup of a ghost shaped Halloween snack board. It includes oreos, yogurt-covered pretzels, merengues, jicama, white chocolate chips, pita slices, ghost-shaped potato crisps, rice puffs, cheese, goat cheese, and crackers.

More Inspiration

Because charcuterie refers to a specific kind of meat, I’ve started calling my boards “snack-uterie” boards. Do you think it will stick? Either way, you can see my first Kids Charcuterie Board here.

If you’re looking for more Halloween inspiration, you’ll find lots in our Halloween shop! I also recommend these easy Halloween ideas and this post about how to get into the Halloween spirit!

A ghost shaped Halloween snack board. It includes oreos, yogurt-covered pretzels, merengues, jicama, white chocolate chips, pita slices, ghost-shaped potato crisps, rice puffs, cheese, goat cheese, and crackers.

2021 Costume Ideas: Lars’ Top 15

The Lars team brainstormed 2021 costume ideas that reflected our most memorable moments from the past year, and we realized something. Picking a Halloween costume is a great opportunity for reflection! We always try to dress up as something that’s just right for the current year, which means that we spent some time looking back on our favorite (and sometimes least favorite) moments, events, and pop culture icons.

Here’s to another year of unforgettable moments!

COVID-themed costumes

It wouldn’t be a list of 2021 costume ideas without some mention of COVID. I know, I know, we’re all sick of hearing about it. But what’s scarier than a deadly disease (and a society that refuses to acknowledge how serious it is??) In order to keep from crying, we have to laugh. You could be:

  • a mask. Or check out our Quilted Face Mask Coat from April Fool’s Day for a twist.
  • a nasal test swab. After all, gross is good at Halloween!
  • a vaccine syringe. You know those ketchup bottle costumes? I bet you could modify one into a vaccine with just a little craftiness.
  • or mask costumes to coordinate with the costumes like this Mummy mask and this pumpkin mask.

halloween costume of a vaccine illustration: a blonde woman wears a blue and white shift dress with numbers drawn on to look like a syringe. She's wearing a tall sharp hat that looks like a needle. The background is green.

Stay safe, everyone!

Movies and TV

You can’t go wrong with movie and TV-inspired costumes. Here are some of our ideas:

  • Bridgerton. I’m all about the costumes and wigs from Bridgerton. Get some great inspiration from this pink Marie Antoinette costume from a few years ago!
  • Queen’s Gambit-inspired chess pieces. Okay, technically it came out last year. But it was right before Halloween, so we didn’t have much time to put together costumes! Cut us some slack! And enlist your friends to be chess pieces with you.
  • The Black Widow. We love a female superhero!
  • Cruella. All right, all right, we also love a villainess!

Cruella illustration: a woman with black and white hair, a mask, and a red gown on a pink background.

2021 Current Events

  • Tom Daley knitting. Did you catch Tom Daley’s amazing knitting skills during the Olympics? I have to admit, I’m not a huge sports watcher, but I could watch Tommy knit and purl between dives all day. Check out his Instagram account @MadeWithLoveByTomDaley and go Team Great Knittin’!

Tom Daley Knitting costume: A woman wearing a blush pink swimming suit with an olympic gold medal knitting a red, white, and blue scarf.

  • Bernie with mittens. Speaking of yarn, this meme would be a great (and cozy!) costume.
  • a boat stuck in the Suez Canal. There are so many hilarious ways you could do this: I’m thinking paper mache boats, all blue outfits with a sideways boat appliqué, the sky (or sea) is the limit!

Celebrity Hijinks

  • Olivia Rodrigo’s drivers license. Picture this: a big cardboard card that you rig so that your face fits where her face would go. I love this idea so much that if you don’t do it, I just might.

Olivia Rodrigo Drivers License illustration: a woman with a pink and red heart sweater and jeans with a california drivers license cutout around her face

  • Britney Spears. #FreeBritney!
  • Frank Ocean’s alien baby from the Met Gala. This is still fresh on our minds, and it would be pretty easy: all you need is a sleeper set and some florescent yellow-green paint!

Frank Ocean's Alien Baby costume illustration: a woman wearing green face paint and a green printed footie pajama set on a blush pink background.

  • Lady Gaga at the Inauguration. Her performance was incredible. Also, speaking of the inauguration, I’m still thinking about the beautiful moment when Jennifer Lopez yelled “una nación bajo Dios con libertad y justicia para todos!” during her musical number.
  • Elon Musk, Grimes, and their baby X Æ A-XII. This would be a hilarious (and not too difficult) family costume for someone with a baby. I’d love to see you pull it off!

I’d love to see your Halloween costumes and hear about your 2021 costume ideas! 

 

A Fall Movie List & Cozy Pajamas

Now that it’s starting to cool down outside and the days are getting shorter, it’s the perfect time to snuggle up in cozy pajamas and watch a movie. The Lars team put our heads together to come up with a great fall movie list, with options ranging from cozy to creepy.

Depending on your mood, you can find a something sentimental and sweet or creepy, all of which are perfect for chilly nights and changing leaves.

But first, find your new favorite fall pajamas!

My Favorite Fall Pajamas

A strict dress code of cozy pajamas for movie nights is non-negotiable, if you ask me. As a kid, my siblings and I always had to get into jammies before we started a movie. Now I realize that there was a great reason for that rule–my parents didn’t want to have to wrangle any kids into pajamas late at night when everyone was extra sleepy!

Still, I’m a firm believer that pajamas are vital to any good movie night. The snugglier the better! I’m a sucker for matching pajamas, so you’ll see some sets that are available in kid and adult sizes, which is an added bonus! Here are my favorite fall pajamas:

For Kids

For Grown Ups

If you’re looking for more of my favorite cozy clothes, check out this loungewear in all colors of the rainbow, my favorite everyday leisurewear, and these cloud-like pajamas!

Fall and Halloween Movie List

There are so many great fall and Halloween movies, so something from these lists is sure to strike your fancy! Still, not all of them are family-friendly or for everyone, so use your judgement to find something you’ll feel great about watching. And we won’t tell if you hide beneath the blankets during the scary scenes. 😉

Cozy

  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • Coco
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • the Harry Potter movies
  • Little Women
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • You’ve Got Mail
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Dan in Real Life
  • the Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Dead Poet’s Society
  • Legally Blonde

Creepy/Halloween Themed

  • Halloweentown
  • Casper the Friendly Ghost
  • Hotel Trannsylvania
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman (which may have given a team member nightmares)
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Goosebumps movies
  • The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (which may have made another team member afraid of the piano as a kid)
  • Watcher in the Woods
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Ghostbusters
  • The Addams Family
  • Twitches
  • ET
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • A Ghost Story
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Knives Out
  • Heathers
  • Coraline
  • A Quiet Place
  • Nosferatu
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • Beetlejuice
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Crooked House
  • Ophelia

Found a new favorite fall movie? Tell us which one, and let us know what your favorite flicks are!