DIY Happy Birthday Banners

DIY Happy Birthday Banners

 

Download the letter templates to make your own DIY Happy Birthday Banners!

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DIY Happy Birthday Banners

Materials:

  • 12×12-inch cardstock in 3 colors, about 15-20 pages of each color depending on how long you want your garland to be
  • Natural Twine
  • Hot Glue gun
  • Die-cut machine (This will make this project a breeze!) or scissors (this one is our favorite!)

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Instructions:

  1. If you have a Cricut machine, use font “Cricut Sans” at size 450. Each letter should be 6.25 inches tall. We used the phrases: “Happy Birthday To You,” “Make A Wish,” and “Hooray” in all caps. Cut out all letters with Cricut.
  2. If you don’t have a Cricut Machine, you can use a similar font in Adobe Illustrator or Word and size them so they’re 6.25 inches tall for a similar look. Hand cut out all letter.
  3. Choose one color for each phrase or mix it up!
  4. Once you have all the letters cut out, spell out all your phrases to get everything in order
  5. On the backside of each letter, hot glue a continuous piece of twine along the top edge of the letter.
  6. Glue each letter quite close to each other for each word, and leave a bigger space in between words. Then repeat the phrase until you have the desired length you want.
  7. Leave excess twine on each end to allow for some wiggle room when hanging your garlands.
  8. Repeat for additional phrases.
  9. Hang up all the birthday phrases, varying the garlands so you can see all the phrases clearly.

It’s party time!Happy Birthday Lyric Banner

DIY Happy Birthday Banners

DIY Happy Birthday Banners

DIY Happy Birthday Banners

DIY Happy Birthday Banners

DIY Happy Birthday Banners

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Photography by Jane Merritt | Crafting by Rebecca Hansen

DIY Easter egg name settings

To top off the spring party spread (see previous posts here and here), I made these mini Easter egg name settings. You know me, I love things either really big or really small–it just makes things more whimsical. So, I came up with these little name tags that would be a cute topping for a plate setting.

DIY Easter egg name settings

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Paint the eggs in a solid color.
  2. After drying, paint on an oval shape in a coordinating color. I chose colors in similar tones.
  3. Top it off with a simple monogram for each person at the table.
Donzo. I love ’em simple!

I wish this spelled something…missed opportunity. Sigh.

Easter egg crafts and (more!) name settings

If you loved these mini Easter egg name settings, be sure to check out our other name setting tutorials for Easter! We just can’t get enough of the mini place settings! These mini basket place settings are also perfect for Easter parties! These 3D Easter egg name tags are great for adding some color to your dinner table. Plus, there’s a tutorial for matching cupcake toppers here!

Here at Lars, we love finding new ways to decorate Easter eggs! Recently, we’re all about dried flowers (see our dried flower pumpkins and turkey gourds). Now we’ve got a tutorial for decorating Easter eggs with dried flowers! And if you just can’t get enough of the florals, take a look at these botanical Easter eggs. To match your Easter egg name settings, create this Easter egg runner. You can even match the colors to your name tags! To decorate your home, why not create an Easter tree? We have tutorials for a pom pom tree, a naturally dyed Easter egg tree, and a Swedish Easter tree! If you know Lars, you know we can’t pass up a holiday wreath. Check out this rainbow Easter egg wreath to hang on your door!

For more Easter crafts and inspiration, take a look at our Easter Pinterest board, and follow Lars on Instagram

Paper Quilled Flower Cake

Paper Quilled Flower

I have been absolutely enthralled with Anthropologie’s recent window displays for spring. Do you know that each Anthropologie has its own store artist and display coordinator? For each new window display, the stores are all given a common theme which they can then interpret in a unique way. For this season it was paper quilled flowers, and the results are breathtaking! If you haven’t been to your local Anthropologie, run, don’t walk! You can also look up #anthrowindows on Instagram to see the variety. One of my personal favorites is this pink and orange beauty at the Greensboro, North Carolina Anthropologie. The colors are pure magic and I love the combination of quilling with more traditional paper flower techniques. I don’t know about you, but paper quilling hasn’t really been my cup of tea. Yet, in small doses, it can be lovely!

We used their gorgeous window display as inspiration for this cake topper. We made small paper quilled orange blooms and paired them with some paper kumquat branches. *We’ll be posting a tutorial for the paper kumquat branches soon, but in the meantime, we would suggest using real kumquats! Quilling can be very intricate and complicated but we made simple, delicate flowers to adorn our cake. This cake would be perfect for upcoming spring bridal or baby showers and birthdays!

How-to after the jump!

Dyed Watermelon Blanket for National Picnic Month

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DIY dyed watermelon blanket for National Picnic Month from The House that Lars Built

National Picnic Month + Watermelon Day

It’s almost August, which is National Picnic Month, and Watermelon day happens to be in August too! August 3rd is the day to whip out those blankets, slice up some fruit, and head outdoors. Having an adorable (and on-theme) picnic blanket is the cherry-on-top for the perfect picnic.

This fabric stated out as a tablecloth that we turned into a cozy picnic blanket! If you’re reminded of the Harry Styles video, just know this was our idea first 😉 It was planned with friends and family in mind, all having a good time out in the summer sun.

Last year we loved this DIY watermelon picnic blanket because it’s the perfect size for social-distancing. But this year I’m glad we made such a huge picnic blanket so that we can fit more friends on it! Just add some delicious food (like this watermelon limeade), outdoor games, and fun activities and you’re set!

Watermelon Sugar High

If you just can’t get enough of all things watermelon sugar, let me point you in the right direction. Obviously, there’s the song of the summer by Harry Styles for all you fangirls. We have a super cute tutorial on watermelon friendship bracelets, and I am hoping to cover my arms in them like sleeves. Feel free to send me one! If you love the idea of a picnic but hate the “outside” part, try this watermelon tablecloth instead. This one is all paper, and easy enough that you could make it a family craft. If you’re still not satisfied, check out this roundup post with a bunch of cute watermelon ideas! We’ve got everything from doormats to lemonade.

DIY Watermelon Picnic Blanket Tutorial

watermelon-picnic-blanket-11See how to make the DIY watermelon picnic blanket below! 

Two St. Patrick’s Day Garland Ideas

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2 St. Patrick's Day garland ideas

I’ve was super inspired by a garland tutorial that Design Love Fest featured by Kamryn Stimpson and thought it would be fun to do my own version but in rainbow colors along with some token shamrocks for a stellar St. Patrick’s Day garland. Wouldn’t it be fun for a party or something? And the great thing about them is that you can mix and match them for all sorts of occasions. I can see certain color pairings perfect for Valentine’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, or just for funsies year round. I made two different versions because I really got into it and couldn’t stop cutting out shapes. And I even whipped out my Cricut machine, which lead to many many many shamrocks. That machine is super handy when you have intricate designs that you need to cut out in bulk. DIY Rainbow St. Patrick's Day GarlandMake your own Rainbow St. Patrick's Day GarlandMake your own Rainbow St. Patrick's Day Garland

DIY Rainbow Garland for St. Patrick's Day

This second garland I’ve had in mind for ages. I added in some “gold coins” to complete the Patrick’s Day fest. Though, I’m pretty sure I want it up year round.DIY Gold Coin Garland for St. Patrick's Day DIY Shamrock and Rainbow Garland for St. Patrick's Day DIY Shamrock and Rainbow Garland for St. Patrick's Day DIY Shamrock and Rainbow Garland for St. Patrick's DayPhotography by Trisha Zemp  |  Craft assisting by Alexa Jorgenson  |  Crafting and styling by Brittany Jepsen

See the full tutorial and shop the look below

Mother’s Day brunch & dinnerware sale

The House Lars Built Dinnerware for Twig NYMother's Day brunch ideas with dinnerware from Twig NY by The House That Lars Built crepe cake recipe for Mother's Day

When I see a product I love sometimes I have a hard time envisioning how I would use it and incorporate it into the things I already have. Perhaps the same goes with you? So, I thought it would be fun to show you how I styled my three dinnerware collections for Twig NY for three different parties/gatherings starting with this first one, a Mother’s Day brunch. I used my Scandinavian Flowers collection for the gathering pulling inspiration from a Danish summer home—the kind I used to visit when we lived there. Think farm tables and woods and gorgeous spring flowers (by my favorite Tinge Floral).  I paired it with a complementary palette of blues and mints and blush pinks and set a table of a crepe cake (by my favorite food ladies, Ramblin Rose Cafe) topped with edible flowers, macarons, tea, donuts, yogurt, and fresh juices.

And good news! My dinnerware collections are on sale from now until May 5th. Save up to 20%. And get free shipping on orders over $85 until April 30th.

If you do use my dinnerware for your events, take a pic and tag it with #LarsForTwig. I love to see how you use it!

Photography by Chaunte Vaughn  |  Food by Ramblin Rose Cafe  |  Styled by Brittany Jepsen  |  Flowers by Tinge Floral  |  Macarons by Seine Macarons  |  Additional dinnerware accessories provided by Terrain

Complete the look:

Scandinavian flowers dinner plate  |  Scandinvian flowers dessert plates  | Scandinavian flowers mugs  | Scandinavian flowers bowls  |    Rose tumblers  |  Pale mint tablecloth  |  Gold-tipped flatware  |  Small ceramic ring dish  |  pink ceramic dishes from Suite One Studio  |  Edible flowers  |  Grey ceramic dessert tray

Origami diamond ring napkin rings

I made this little origami diamond ring napkin ring for Brooklyn Bride and I thought it was too cute. Once you get the hang of how to fold them, they’re super easy and shouldn’t take much time to do. Just sit and fold as you watch Father of the Bride or something. 
Full tutorial on Brooklyn Bride.
photography by Trisha Zemp
craft assisting by Erica Urry

Easter Shop Now Open!

Easter Activity Pack

First up, our Springtime Activity Pack. This is intended to sit snuggle inside of an Easter basket for your craft child. It comes with a set of double sided origami paper, ten rolls of beautiful washi tape and an acrylic tape dispenser, a set of pastel rainbow pens, and a set of colorful glue sticks. SO fun!

washi tape holder and rainbow washi tapeEaster origami chick and bunny

Stay tuned for some origami Easter tutorials!

Easter basket stuffers for your child

Next up, the cutest accessories you ever did see! I mean, look at this adorable bunny visor!

bunny ear visor

And bunny socks for someone who is TOE-tally awesome?! I may make Jasper wear these! 😉bunny socks for toddlers

Easter Hair accessories

Now for the hair clips, which are my personal favorite.

Here’s to a good HARE day (comes with the card so it can go straight into the basket). A velvet bunny hair tie.

And some metallic gold bunny bobbi pins. These are my personal favorite.have a good hare day card and clipgold bunny hair clip

As well as some bunny hair clips in blue and deep rose.bunny clips

Toddler Easter basket stuffers

Now, for the babies! I LOVE this wooden egg set. One half of them come with magnets and reveal a little yolk inside. How sweet is that?!

wooden eggs magnetic with yolk for kids

Ok! Those are my faves from the bunch, but we have more! Head on over to the Lars Easter Shop to see them all!

Geometric paper garland DIY

I recently worked on an exciting project (details to come soon!) and we made this geometric paper garland for one of the scenes. I’m so excited to share it with you today. Isn’t it great? Just a nice dainty touch to a room or party. Check out Brooklyn Bride for the full instructions. A HUGE thank you goes out to Maurine for being an A+ intern and executing the project so well. Thank you!

UPDATE: Turns out, there’s a great French designer, Maïze, who has been making garlands like this for awhile. Though I was unfamiliar with her work, I think you should buy from her! She’s got lots of amazing garlands. Here’s her website.

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.

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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.

DIY Spider Web tablecloth

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Halloween means costumes, candy, and a little bit of crazy, but it also provides a golden opportunity for parties! This DIY spider web tablecloth or backdrop makes a perfect addition. My ideal Halloween would be having a party at my home with close friends and family, delicious foods, creative costumes (if you haven’t been able to tell…), and decorated to the nines. This spider web backdrop is so simple to recreate but makes a big impact! Can you guess how we did it by the looks?

Moon Phase Lights

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Moon Phase LightsThe decorating is still in full swing over here and we’re starting to prep for some upcoming Halloween parties! I’ve mentioned before that I tend to stray from the creepy, scary aspects of Halloween. Hocus Pokus is about as scary as it gets in my household. These moon phase lights are much more my speed and the perfect pretty Halloween decoration! All you need to do is jazz up a pair of charcoal Bright Lab lights (the best!) with some gold leaf and you’ve got a lovely strand of lights. We wish we would have thought of this prior to the Eclipse, but luckily these work splendidly for Halloween, New Year’s Eve, or any party that needs a little magic from the moon! I feel like I need to listen to “Dancing in the Moonlight” by Toploader when I see these and I’m not mad about it.

Get the full DIY after the jump!