Posts Categorized: Party

DIY + paper flowers + Party + Projects / Monday, 18 Nov 2013

DIY holiday amaryllis

I go back and forth between sharing my flower patterns. I’d much rather you learn it in person with me in a workshop chatting and crafting over an open fire. But seeing as how you live in North Dakota, Nepal or  or Neptune, it probably won’t happen anytime soon. AND, this is a time of generosity and gratitude and I AM after all a DIY blogger, so I thought I’d spread the amaryllis joy so you can recreate it for you holiday festivities. It’s the one I did for the West Elm shoot and event (check out more photos here). And if you do create it, I’d love to see it! Put it on Instagram and tag it with #larsflowers

Materials: red paper (I used Canson pastel paper in tomato red), green double sided crepe paper from Castle in the Air,  scissors, glue gun, wooden dowel ½” for each flower,  stamen pieces (I bought mine vintage but you can use this here) or you can improvise with rolled up crepe paper…like a joint…sorry, that’s the only metaphor I have), paper wrapped wire 18 gauge like this  (one per flower), chipboard to cut out the templates, template (download here)

1.     Trace the petals onto red paper (there are two sizes, cut 3 of each)
2.     Cut out the petals
3.     Fold the bottom half of the flower length-wise.
4.     Curl the upper half of each petal with a paintbrush or pen or pencil or something.
5.     Add a dab of glue to the (smaller sized) petal in the bottom crease and immediately add on a piece of wire.

6.     Add a dab of glue onto the right edge of the next petal and attach it to the first petal.
7.     Add glue to both the left and right side of the last smaller-sized petals and connect it with the first and middle petals so it becomes a circle.
8.     With the larger petals, add glue onto both sides at the bottom of the petal and spread them around the back of the first petals evenly.
9.     Glue the end of the stamen bits and add them into the center of the flower.
10. Cut a 1” strip of crepe paper that’s about the length of the whole piece (about 2’) going against the grain
11. Cut out your leaves (if you want leaves) going with the grain
12. Stretch out the leaf a bit at the bottom and at the top to give it some shape.
13. Stretch out the crepe paper (but careful because it’s fragile)
14. Add glue about ¼” above the end of the base of the flower and wrap the crepe paper around all the way and start winding down the wire.
5. Add in the dowel to give the flower stem some thickness about  1” down.
16. Keep on winding the green crepe paper in.
17. Add in a leaf at any point (I show it here at the bottom of the stem, but you can add it in the middle too) by gluing the base of the leaf and slightly folding it onto the stem.
18. Keep on winding the crepe paper around until you get to the bottom.
19. Seal it off with glue.
Optional: adding paint. I sprayed mine with spray paint and I added some gouache (or acrylic is fine) with a thin paint brush along the back petals to create a more realistic flower.
1.     Put floral foam into the bottom of a pot.
2.     Stick the dowel into the foam.
3.     Add some moss on top.

photography by Nicole Hill 

contest + Costumes + halloween + Life + Party + Projects / Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013

Halloween costume contest winners

The tallies are in! Here are the winners of the 2013 2nd Annual Halloween Contest. There were some really wonderful submissions, but sadly, I had to limit it to just a few so I didn’t make this a long post. I’m posting the rest to my Pinterest costume board. I died when I saw Simon and Garfunkel by Audrey and Griff. I LOVE Amelia Earhart and her plane, above, by Aubrey and Philip Westlund of Yes, Dear Studio. And Michelle and Brandon’s Mr. Fantastic Fox costumes that she handmade herself. So beautiful.

 And good uni-brow Frida by Tess M. is one of my favorite ideas.

And you know I don’t like scary costumes, but this one is so good. I mean even the all-white walls! It’s so asylumy.

And I had to show Michele Brummer Everett’s costume for 2013. A sharpener to complement last year’s pencil. A bit morbid, no?

And I LOVED these kid’s costumes. A unicorn for Nohea by Jed and Tanei and a dinosaur, both so so awesome.

Now it’s time for a tragic tale. You see, I meant to show our costumes here too, but after something funky happened, I have to wait for spring. Sounds odd, I know, but they’re good. Trust me. Just keep up the excitement would ya?

Winners! You’ll receive a prize of either chocolate from Cocoa Vitale (delicious stuff!) or some beautiful stationery from Darling Clementine. Congrats and thanks for entering! 

DIY + Events + holiday + paper flowers + Party + Projects / Monday, 4 Nov 2013

Paper flower amaryllis tutorial

It was so wonderful to meet so many of you at the West Elm Etsy Pop-up shop on Saturday. Thank you for coming!
Speaking of West Elm, they approached me awhile back to style a shoot around a brand new DIY project that I could teach at an upcoming in-store event on November 14th. I chose to create a paper flower amaryllis that could be styled on a table spread for the holidays. And tell you what, I had a ball making them and styling them. They sent over a smorgasbord of products that I could use to make it all look pretty including their new plate set, flatware, mercury hurricanes, birds, butterflies, drinking glasses (and secretly I was hoping for a sofa and love seat–gah! they’ve got awesome stuff!).
See the full paper flower amaryllis tutorial below! 

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Brooklyn Bride + paper + Party + Projects / Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013

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.

collaborations + DIY + Party + Projects + Scandinavia / Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013

Make a maypole

Midsummer is now behind us, but dancing around the maypole can be done all summer long. And you know what? This maypole is the EASIEST thing to make. Whenever it comes to actually having to construct something, I get really nervous and anxious–the same way I feel about cooking. I was really hesitant to make a maypole just for that reason, but with a little help from my friends at Home Depot, I think I came up with the easiest solution (with a nod to Martha’s maypole) that can be done by yourself for really cheap, which are my two requirements for most things in life.

You will need: 10 foot 3/4″ pole (I got a galvanized metal pipe for $1.59 from Home Depot), a metal circle that fits onto the top of it (I have no idea what the proper term is called, but show them the picture or go to the plumbing section), a wooden circle 8″ (mine is from Joann), nails (with a top that is wider than the 4 small holes in the metal circle), glue that holds metal, white spray paint, thumbtacks, ribbon (I got 18′ ribbon from Joann)

Step 1: Fit the metal circle onto the end of the pole. Make sure the circle is flush with the pole. Mine fit without sliding down, but if yours is sliding a bit, add some glue onto both the pole and circle and leave it to dry over night. 
Step 2: Add some glue onto the top of the metal circle and to the bottom of the wooden circle in the center that fits the width of the metal circle. Leave it to dry.
Step 3: When it’s all dry, add in the nails into the four small holes.
Step 4: Spray paint it all white. Let it sit over night.
Step 5: Find the center of the ribbon and center it onto the wooden circle. Tack both sides of the ribbon onto the circle.
Step 6: Take your next ribbon and do the same. Continue adding on more colors. Each side of the ribbon will be for one dancer.
Step 7: If you’re adding flowers, use a circle flower oasis from the craft store. Use wires to secure it onto thumb tacks.
Materials: 4′ rebar 1/2″, hammer
Step 1: Hammer the rebar into the ground. Here the ground was so hard we only got it in about 5″, but it was secure! 
Step 2: Slide the pole onto the rebar. If needed, dig the pole into the ground a bit too.

This Midsummer series was a collaboration between Ciara Richardson, the photographer, Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral, and myself. To learn more about how to celebrate Swedish Midsummer, check out last week’s post. And once again, a huge thank you to my helpers: Audrey EllsworthMaurine Anderson, Carla da Silva, Maude Lee, Jenny Ellsworth