You know we love some rainbows round these parts (#CraftTheRainbow anyone?!) We are also big fans of natural lighting and lovely windows. These DIY rainbow streamer curtains are combining two loves and deepening our adoration! Remember your grandma’s drab, heavy, and expensive window treatments? No thank you. We’ve solved all your curtain problems by crafting these colorful, and fun Rainbow Streamer Curtains! These curtains will brighten things up on a rainy day and bring a pop of color to whatever space you may use them in! Have left over streamers from the last party you threw? Then you’ve got all you need. They’re also the perfect decor far St. Patrick’s Day this weekend! We’ve provided some simple instructions below to get you rainbow connected and refresh your space!
I’m not sure foreigners (ie: my husband) understand the squawk Americans make about our birthday, but we love it! In addition to major patriotism it’s also a celebration of summer, family, food, and fireworks. It’s a good day. Here’s a sweet garland idea that Trisha (you may know her for her great photography) came up with. Isn’t it great! And she’s Canadian…double points!
Do you see the very distinguished lady with the yellow bag? She should have TAUGHT the class. She made 2 in the amount that people made one AND she totally showed me up.
Then, Jen Eliason and Tiffanie were kind enough to do an impromptu photo sesh with everyone’s flowers and an Anthro apron. Thank you Jen and Tiffanie!
DIY Paper Doily Honeycomb Decorations
You might recall that we made these custom Honeycomb Christmas decorations from templates that we designed, but we wanted it to be a bit easier. Turns out, doilies are great because the shape is created for you and all you have to do is cut them down the middle and assemble. Plus, the doilies create that beautiful lace effect.
The More You Know
I had to do a bit of digging to find out more about what a doily is and why we have them. Turns out, the term doily came from the last name “Doily”, a London firm of linen merchants who made fringed napkins in the 1700’s. Then, from 1711, a doily was a small ornamental napkin used at dessert. THEN, they were placed on the backs of chairs to protect them from the oil that men used on their hair. Nowadays, some people use them to protect surfaces of tables from decorative objects.
Ok, so now that we know the history of doilies, let’s get to learning how to make these honeycomb decorations. I’m thinking they would be lovely to give as a Valentine or adorn a branch tree (you know we love a decorative tree!) or taking the place of a wreath.
DIY Honeycomb Valentine ornament
- See above for where to get the doilies
- Glue gun
- Scissors or paper cutter
- Measure a line down the middle of the doily to create an axis of symmetry
- Cut doilies in half. If your doilies are heart-shaped and have different colors on each side (ours are white on the back) keep the right-sided halves separated from the left-sided ones. You will alternate gluing left and right sides of the heart.
- Glue a line down the middle of one half-doily (starting at the axis and moving to the edge.
- Place another doily on top. For heart-shaped doilies or ones with different colors on each side, glue the same colors together. The contrasting color/blank side will now be facing up.
- Glue two lines down the sides of the doily on the top of the stack.
- Place another doily on top, again gluing the same colors together.
- Carefully separate the layers where glue may have escaped to lower layers through the holes in the doily.
- Repeat steps 4-8 until the stack is tall enough to open up and wrap back around so that the first and last layers meet. This will be about 50 layers or 25 whole doilies.
- While pressing down the layers of doilies, glue a line down the spine of the stack and even it out with the warm tip of the glue gun. Make sure that all the layers are adhered together with this glue.
- Glue a loop of ribbon to the top of the spine.
- Fan open the ornament, carefully separating any layers that may still be stuck together, and glue the first and last layers together. You’re finished!
How to make a circle doily honeycomb decoration
Would love to see how you put them to use. What will you do with them? Tag us when you make yours with #LarsLovesLove #LarsMakes.
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Although throwing a dinner party can seem daunting, let alone Thanksgiving, we’re making it easy for you this year! With our Friendsgiving Printables, you can (1) Send out invitations, (2) Set the table with placemats, (3) Set the table with place cards or invite guests to bring a dish to share and label it, and (4), Send them away with leftover boxes. The key here is going potluck style: you be in charge of the turkey and perhaps a dessert, and then delegate the rest. This allows guests to contribute and bring a taste of their home to the party. Easy as apple pie!
Leftover boxes are a genius addition to any Thanksgiving feast because there is always so much food! And let’s be honest, those turkey cranberry sandwiches you make the day after are one of the best parts of the holiday!
- Invitation, Pink and Yellow
- Place Cards (Can double as Food Labels)
- Leftover Labels (Buy leftover boxes, here)
What’s better than adorable and disposable placemats? These will make such a lovely and festive tablescape without breaking the bank!
For our balloons, books, and babies baby shower (see previous posts here), Ashley made some adorable bows for the party straws made from pages from books, perfect for our book theme. Aren’t they adorable? This technique for making bows is a modern update from a simple bow tie (and pssst: I showed a gift topper idea here with it). See below for the full instructions!
Click below for the full instructions and template download.
You can never have too much cake, right?! We made this cake chandelier a few years ago and thought it might be handy to have a printable version too. It’s like a classed up piñata! You could actually use it as a piñata if you wanted, but we think it might be too pretty to put a bat to. It’s a whimsical addition that would look lovely at any birthday celebration, or even in a child’s bedroom. It’s been topped off with cut out cupcake liners. So easy! And they go super well with our printable birthday 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!
- Printable NYE crown templates
- scissors or craft knife
- metal ruler (optional)
- tape or glue
- poms (optional)
- 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.
- Tape the two pieces from the inside and glue on the outside so you don’t see the seam.
- The tab is meant to be adjustable to the size of the head. Cut a slit where the head fits comfortably.
- 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
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Spring blossoms are a huge source of inspiration here at Lars, especially when my garden is overflowing with blooms! Is there anything better than a space filled with fresh blossoms? No sir, there’s not. Unfortunately, that can cost a pretty peony… I mean penny. But, that wasn’t going to stop us from creating a magical garden indoors. Consequently, we turned to one of our favorite mediums: Balloons! As a result, we created a DIY Balloon Garden! (and pssst: The Wall Street Journal just caught onto the balloon moment!)
Simple, eye-catching, cheap, and whimsical, it makes the perfect backdrop for a party or shower. It’s easy to create and just as easy to take down. All you need is an assortment of skinny balloons, commonly used to create balloon animals. We were pretty heavy handed when it came to the number of balloon flowers, but go big or go home, right?! At the end of the gathering, let everyone take one or a bunch home!
If you’re just joining me, I threw a garden party with Sarah Jane Studios, Mer Mag, One More Mushroom, Sycamore Street Press, Caravan Shoppe. It was a way to say thank you to all the people out there who support us because we couldn’t do what we love and without you. It turned out to be a party much bigger (and better!) than any of us intended, but we couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out so we’re boldly calling it a success. I’m dividing the photos into two parts–they’re just too lovely not to share all of it with you. It couldn’t have happened without the support of many, many people–especially Cricut— so stick with me as I attempt to thank them here.
I learned so much from this event so I thought it might be helpful to share some tips on what to do and what NOT to do.
You might also be interested in these Midsummer posts
How to throw a garden party
To do #1: Throw a party! But only do so if you’re totally committed to throwing a party. I initially texted everyone and said “how about a stress-free party to celebrate midsummer?” That “stress-free” party turned out to be anything but, and of course, the timing was horrible for everyone involved. I think had we known what we were getting ourselves into, we may not have done it, but we committed to throw it and make it the best we could for the sake of a beautiful event with lovely people.
To do #2: Involve other people. I originally thought of throwing a Midsummer party by myself. I suppose I could have done it on my own, but it wouldn’t have been as good, well-thought out, and meaningful had I not invited other hosts to come on board. By bringing on others, we grew closer, relied on each other, and helped bring creativity and loveliness out into the world, which is ultimately our end goal.
To do #3: Involve sponsors who believe in what you do. Sponsors like Cricut and Save-on-Crafts, Atly, Land of Nod, and Blickenstaffs and many other raffle and swag bag sponsors and vendors made the party possible. When you work with people who believe in what you are doing and mutually get something out of it, there ain’t nothin better! And tell you what, these sponsors have been so supportive and generous. We couldn’t have been more humbled by the support. PLUS, they helped make the party look good!
Create a hashtag
Hire an awesome band
Involve Local artists
To do #19: Get help! Though it’s #19 on the list, it should really be #1. Do yourself a favor and when people ask if they can help, say yes! All of these people above played an instrumental role in helping out with the event. They contributed countless hours in making this event possible and I am so so grateful. I’m especially grateful for these two below, Brynn and Kelly, who spear headed the efforts. They worked with my indecisiveness and last minute calls for Home Depot runs. They kept us on track and organized when I was going nuts. Thank you so much.
A few weeks ago we held a baby shower for one my assisting contributors fashion illustrator, Victoria and her new baby, Anthem. Victoria was a big help to me over the holidays with my shop and 2 window displays I did for the holidays and I wanted to throw her a shower that reflected her fun and easy going personality. I asked her if she had any input and she mentioned that she thought a children’s book themed party could be fun, which is something I’ve wanted to try out so we started there. And because I’m somewhat obsessed with balloons these days, I added in a big helping of those too and turned it into a Balloons, Books, and Babies baby shower. No tie between the three other than the letter B and lots of charisma and being photogenic. I turned to my friends at Zurchers, a local and online party store, for the balloons and Chronicle Books, to make it happen and I love how it turned out AND we had a ball–double whammy!
Here’s the new mommy. Isn’t she adorable?!
I got the main inspiration from this image that was one of the very first photos I ever put on my blog. I even toyed with the idea of doing it as a theme for our wedding 5 years ago, but realized that flowers might be a better way to go for us. After trying to figure out how to make it work, we decided to take it outside and turn it into a picnic as we enjoyed some early spring days (sorry East Coasters!).
After we all cleaned up we just had to get our own shots to feel like Miss Dior. You know how it is. Here’s Hillary:
The photographer, Melissa:
I’ll be showing some of the fun craft projects we did (like the colorful layered cake) to make it happen. Stay tuned!