Casetify Phone Case: Honest Review

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Honest review of Casetify phone case

We were SO excited about launching our new collection of phone cases! And we were equally thrilled with the way the aesthetic elements of the cases turned out. Such fun color combos and patterns–I mean, what more could you ask for in a phone case? Well, obviously, durability. But there was no way to know just how good these phone cases would be until we tried them out. We’re still in the middle of it, but we want to give you some honest feedback about these Casetify phone cases and if they truly do what phone cases are supposed to do: protect your phone, while looking cute at the same time (this really does matter)!

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Hailey’s honest Casetify review:

How long have you had your Casetify phone case?

I’ve had my current case since our collection of phone cases was launched. But I’ve used Casetify for years!

What’s your honest opinion? How is your case holding up?

I have cracked every phone I’ve ever owned so I was a little skeptical that a non-bulky case would actually protect it. But boy has Casetify delivered! I’ve used Casetify cases for years and I’m never going back. I love that I can always find way cute designs on Casetify, too.

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Brittany’s honest Casetify review:

How long have you had your Casetify phone case?

I’ve had my current one (this one with a yellow edge) since our collection came out, but I’ve been using a Casetify case for a few years now.

What’s your honest opinion? How is your case holding up?

Prior to my Casetify case I had a case that just did the job–it wasn’t cute! I had dropped my phone enough times and cracked the screen that I didn’t want to risk it anymore. I got a translucent yellow Casetify case a few years ago and loved the look because my phone was also yellow so it was MAJOR yellow vibes–my favorite vibes of all the vibes.

The case is strong without feeling like a barricade and cute so it checks off all my boxes. I put a screen protector on the glass itself because I always seem to defy all odds with cracking the screen and that’s done a great job too. (I use this one if you’re interested).

I actually chose two cases from our collection because I couldn’t decide and I switch them out. I use this pink/red colorblock one (I chose the translucent neon yellow rim) with our blue socket and this folk floral one with translucent yellow rim with this green flower socket.

Compostable

One reason I really really love Casetify is because their cases are compostable. They use their own material that is made from plants and bamboo and each one is compostable and biodegradeable. They break down into carbon dioxide, water, and other naturally occurring minerals–no toxins left. SUPER into that.

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Jane:

How long have you had your Casetify phone case?

I’ve had my case for a few months now. It’s been a game changer for me!

What’s your honest opinion? How is your case holding up?

I’m obsessed with so many designs from our new collection with Casetify. But I narrowed them down to the Pink & Red Checkers with a blue outline. This is my first time using Casetify. I love that you can customize the case and that they have a variety of materials you can choose from, especially if you are environmentally friendly.

I’ve used other brands before and they have been durable, but heavier and chunkier for my hands. My Casetify case is super sturdy and lightweight! Of course, we all drop our phones and every time I’ve done that my phone is perfectly fine with no cracks in the screen or dents in the phone. I worry less about keeping my phone looking brand new and safe.

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Carrie’s honest review of Casetify phone cases:

How long have you had your Casetify phone case?

1 month

What’s your honest opinion? How is your case holding up?

I’m not exaggerating when I say it still looks brand new. I’ve dropped it a few times already but can’t even see scuff marks. I’ve had so many issues with past phone cases getting dirty, ripping, and just looking pretty sad in general. My previous phone case before Casetify was a minimal, red one (I thought it would show the dirt less than clear or white), but it quickly started to look so dirty from rubbing against the inside of my pockets and bags. With this new Casetify case, I don’t see any discoloration, even though the border is clear. Very happy with it!

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Based on our current experience using Casetify phone cases, we have been pleasantly surprised by how durable they are, not to mention some of the cutest phone cases we’ve ever seen. That said, this Casetify collection has our stamp of approval and you can rest easy adding it to your Black Friday shopping list. We should mention, Casetify has some amazing cyber Monday sales going on today and tomorrow, so now’s the perfect time to snag a great deal on an amazing phone case! Here’s the link to our Casetify collection.

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More inspiration

Loved this review and need more Christmas gift ideas? We’ve got you covered. Here are our 2021 must-have gift guides this Christmas season! Best gifts for crafters, Christmas gifts for men, Christmas gifts for kids, Christmas gifts for women, and Christmas decorations gift guide. Stay tuned, by the way–this isn’t the end of the 2021 gift guides. We’ve got even more coming your way.

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

Here are some more small businesses to support this Small Business Saturday! I’ve grouped them into categories, but most of them are women owned and led! Enjoy! Anymore I should know about? I love learning more!

I also had to throw in a lot of our own stuff because what type of business owner would I be if I didn’t! We appreciate your support!

Crafts/Creative/Kits to support on Small Business Saturday

  • Fabled Thread. Upscaled embroidery kits. They’re so beautiful!
  • Neon Tea Party. Marissa makes crafting fun with these great kits!
  • Creators Club. Sara has created this awesome monthly subscription to learn about art for kids!
  • Flax and Twine. Anne has taken arm knitting and weaving to the next level. Her kits are so good!
  • Purl soho. The golden standard of kits!
  • Sweet Red Poppy. Kim has some awesome sewing and Cricut classes!
  • The Crafted Life. Rachel has curated the most colorful crafting supplies!
  • Yayday Paper. Amber of Damask Love has a crafting subscription that looks super fun!
  • Elle Cree. Paint by number kits! I had so much fun doing mine!

 

Artists/Illustrators to support on Small Business Saturday

Ok! Now for artists and illustrators who are in our Lars Print Shop but also have their own shops! They create their own worlds and I love seeing how they do it!

Floral prints by Chaunte Vaughn on a mint green wall

Poppy I print by Rachel Smith

Iris Apfel June Book Club Artwork

  • Yas Imura has a beautiful print in our shop!
  • Helen Dealtry creates the most unreal florals! We even have some of her designs on stickers in our shop!
  • Samantha Hahn is a wonderful letter artist who opened up a shop of rainbows called Maison Rainbow! We have one in our shop!
  • Merrilee Liddiard sells the most beautiful handmade dolls as well as printables. She’s an incredible artist! We have a Frida Kahlo print of hers in our shop.
  • Angie Stalker. Her works bring FUN into our shop!
  • Yelena Brysksenkova was one of the first artists I heard of when blogs became a thing. She has an Etsy shop where she sell her items but we also have some awesome things of hers!
  • Jessie Kanelos Weiner is a talened watercolor artist who has some wonderful things in our shop. She also has a new calendar out with Rizzoli!
  • Jessyca Gomes. I love the style of this Brazilian artist. She has the cutest children’s prints in our shop!
  • Jacqueline Colley has some awesome Christmas prints in our shop!

Phew! That was an epic list!

Utah based small businesses

You may or may not know that Utah has a ton of businesses that you’re probably familiar with and if not, get to know them! Here are a few of my favorites!

  • Heirloom curates the most beautiful items with soul!
  • Harmony. Anything bright and colorful for making projects, go here!
  • Gathre
  • Chatbooks
  • Hello Maypole curates fun colorful felt balls!
  • Mochi is a fun kid’s shop that just opened up a brick and mortar in SLC
  • Mabo just released a collab with Gathre that’s perfection!
  • Koo de Ker has a perfectly curated collection of womens wear.
  • Nena and Co is ethically made handbags. I love everything they stand for!

Splurges

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Children’s Shops to support on Small Business Saturday

  • Lewis Home. Organic basics for kids–I could live in their stuff forever if I could!
  • Winter Water Factory. Organic basics for kids with a focus on prints. We’ve done a few collaborations with them!
  • Raduga Grez has THE BEST children’s toys. They’re art.
  • Pehr has some of my favorite clothes for my boys!
  • La Coqueta has dreamy children’s wear
  • Oeuf’s winter collection right now is a dream!
  • Tubby Todd

I can’t believe we made it through that! Are you still here? Happy shopping! 

Christmas gifts for men

Christmas Gifts for Men

If you’re looking for more Christma gift suggestions, I got you. Here’s my complete list for Christmas gifts for men. Let me know if there’s something you think is crucial to add to the list!

Acrylic everything please

My husband is also a color lover and informed many of these selections. He especially loves acrylic anything so I included a tic tac toe set and those hysterical pills. Ha! In fact, I just stumbled upon this shop, which has a ton of acrylic products in bright colors, which is definitely his jam.

Also, did you see those beard lights? You stick them in your beard and they light up. Come on!

That’s not it, we have more gift guides for you!

Christmas gifts for women
Christmas gifts for kids
Holiday decorations
Christmas Gifts for men

Let me know if there’s a specific gift guide you’d like to see. I’m happy to add in more. Stay tuned for stocking stuffers, design books, and Christmas gifts for the crafter! 

Christmas gifts for kids

Christmas gifts for kids

Here’s the rest of my guide for christmas gifts for kids. Hopefully there’s a price point for every pocket! I wish they made all of these in adult sizes! I’d be happy with that for sure! And once again, fair isle sweaters for the win!

You can see the rest of our guides here:

Holiday decorations gift guide
Christmas gifts for women
Christmas gifts for kids

Stay tuned for more:

Christmas gifts for men
Stocking Stuffers
Christmas gifts for crafters
Design books

Christmas gifts for women

Christmas gifts for women

This was a fun list to make. Every single item on it is on my personal wishlist. Santa, please and thank you?!

  1. Fair Isle Sweater–How stoked am I that fair isle sweaters are back and better than ever?! Loving them! This one is perfection. I just got mine in the mail!
  2. Flower sweater–It was sold out on the original website so I had to do some scouring for it. It’s perfection!
  3. Stripe eye mask–Yellow and pink are my JAM! I LOVE this color combo so much. They even have this stripe on pjs, bottle warmer, and more.
  4. Hand bag leather strap--I’ve been wanting a bag with a fun strap to boot. I am DIGGING this one so much!
  5. Handbag–It’s about time I invest in another handbag. I have this thing where I don’t switch mine out so I don’t lose things as often. Not sure if that technique actually works because I lose things all the time, but at least I need something new. This one is both grown up and fun!
  6. Mary Janes–Hooray! Mary Janes are back. Give me a lovely colored flat any day!
  7. Colorful socks–Why is it that we always need socks? These ones are a fun punch of color!
  8. Corduroy flower pillows–I think I’m going to attempt to make my own some time, but these are tempting to me because the colors are so good. And corduroy?! Come on!
  9. Color block beanie–Perfection in a cap. Love the colors!
  10. Floral rain coat–Again, perfection.
  11. Hair bow–Love this for the holidays. Nothing more elegant!

And here are more Christmas gifts for women

You can see our previous holiday gift guides here:

Holiday decorations
Advent calendars 
Christmas gifts for kids
Christmas gifts for Men

Stay tuned for more gift guides including one for men, crafters, kids, design/craft books, and more! 

Group Halloween Costumes

Group Halloween Costumes Idea

When coming up with a group Halloween costume idea, it’s good to think of items or people that can be repeated easily. There’s nothing more repeatable than Andy Warhol’s Soup Cans. We did it for our Team–a four person Halloween costume–but it could even be for three or more!

In his art, Warhol explored the themes of commodities and every day items by repeating it over and over in his work and glorifying it. Never one to escape an art history reference, we jumped on it and turned art into a crafty DIY costume that doesn’t require too much time.

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How to make the 4 person soup can group Halloween costumes

We thought of various ways we could have engineered the costumes–do we make them actually round (so we can fit through a door?!) or do we make it easy on us and do sandwich boards? We had a ton of cardboard boxes so yes, we made it easy on us and thus, easy on you!

Here’s Gwen, our designer/maker

Accessories for the group Halloween costumes

The sandwich boards would have been one simple thing but we had to add on some cute accessories to glam it up like easy open can toppers as a fascinator hat on top. Obviously! I know, I know, can didn’t have the easy can opening at the time the painting was released, but it just needed a little something extra you know?!

A colorful costume also required color blocked basics underneath. We used clothes we already in various colors and then united in colorful Converse high tops for the icing on the cake.

Let’s not forget the colorful wigs. They are essential! They made the costume!Jane Merrit Link Halloween costume Andy Warhol soup can

Here’s Jane our photographer

Hailey Heath Halloween costume soup can Andy Warhol

Here’s Hailey, our project manager

Andy Warhol Soup Can Group Costume Instructions

Our group Halloween costume can be made in the following way:

Materials (links above)

Quantities: Each costume requires two cans, one for the front and one for the back. You can either make two identical cans for each costume or contrasting cans for a reversible look. Whichever you choose, make two cans for each costume.

Soup can group costume intructions

How to make an Andy Warhol soup can costume

To Make the posters

  1. Download our soup label SVG and can template from the shop.
  2. For each can, cut out 2 rectangles of cardboard that are 2 by 3 feet each.
  3. Trace the can template on each rectangle of cardboard. Then add the curved line for the middle of the label, a circle in the middle, and an ellipse for the can top.
  4. Use your cutting machine to cut out your the label letters and stars. Make sure that you assign your intended colors to each piece of lettering! Most cutting machines can sort the shapes by color, which makes your cutting job a lot easier.
  5. While your cutting machine is whirring away, paint the colorful cans.
  6. For details on the can top and bottom, use big gestural strokes and squeeze paint directly out of the tube in big swooping lines. Let the paint dry.
  7. Arrange your letters on the can as pictured.
  8. With a glue gun, glue all the letters in place.

 

Make the soup can costume body

Now you have two big painted posters on cardboard, and your costume’s almost finished! Here’s how to turn your posters into a costume.

  1. Cut 2 strips of ribbon that are 2 inches wide. Depending on the size of the person who will be wearing the costume you can make the strips from 12″ to 18″ long.
  2. Glue the strips to the back of each poster to connect them. Let the glue harden, then wear with pride! You may need to attach with duct tape.4 person group costume

Make a can lid fascinator

We decided to dress up our Andy Warhol pop art costumes with a metallic can lid fascinator. Here’s how you make it!

  1. Use your Cricut or other cutting machine to cut out two pull tabs in silver construction paper.
  2. Glue the two pull tab cutouts together with the shiny side out.
  3. Attach the bottom of the pull tab to the silver plate with hot glue.
  4. Fold the pull tab up so that it rests at an angle.
  5. Glue a hair clip to the bottom of the paper plate. Once the glue cures you’re good to go!

Colorful Bob Wigs

We used these wigs to complete the costume

Pink Bob Wig  |  Purple bob wig  |  Green bob wig  |  Blue bob wig

Other posts you might like

If you liked this group costume you might also be interested in our rainbow ghost group costume.

You might also be interested in our Andy Warhol Great Artist course over at The School That Lars Built 

Simple DIY Hippie Costume

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Peace, Love, and Sunshine

I immediately envisioned an early 70s hippie for our Love and Sunshine inspired costume; however, I find that DIY hippie costumes tend to be a little corny and I wanted something that you might actually find in your closet with a rad headpiece as the topper. I turned to cardboard extraordinaire, Merrilee Liddiard, to create some groovy headpieces. She nailed it! I love how they turned out. Plus, they’re just cardboard and paint. Can you believe it?! So cute!
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Sunshine Cardboard Headpiece:

First up is our Sunshine Headpiece.  Grab your bendable headband, a piece of cardboard, and your paints.  We went with yellows, oranges, pinks, and burgundy, but you have full creative liberty here.

  1. Begin by finding a large and long piece of cardboard. Have someone trace around your head in the lower center portion of the cardboard to ensure proper fitting of headdress. This will be the center of the sun.
  2. Continue by tracing the sunshine template. Cut out.
  3. Paint your sun in fun colors, including a sun colored rainbow on the inside.
  4. Glue in a headband. (We recommend a bendable headband so that it will bend into place properly.). You are now ready to wear SUNSHINE!Sunshine Headpiece

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Love Cardboard Headpiece:

Next up is our Love Headpiece.  Grab your comb headband, a piece of cardboard, and your paints.  We went with yellows, oranges, pinks, burgundy, and some blues, but you again have full creative liberty here.

  1. Cut out 42 hearts from cardboard. Paint 6 groups of 7 hearts in different rainbow colors. 7 burgundy, 7 pink, 7 peach, and so on.
  2. You’ll need a headband (we recommend a comb headband to help secure the hearts in place) and seven 14″ pieces of thick wire (we used baling wire but any strong jewelry wire or coat hanger, etc. will work)
  3. Begin by placing a wire in the middle of the headband and securing it by twisting the wire up and over the headband and back onto itself.
  4. Repeat this for the remaining 6 wires, spacing apart evenly.
  5. Glue on your cardboard hearts starting from bottom up.
  6. Finish by gluing on all remaining hearts. Let dry and then you are ready to wear LOVE!
Love headpiece

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Finishing Touches

Finally, grab your 70s appropriate attire (flared pants and skirts welcome), and don’t forget to grab some coordinating shoes to boot.  Don your freshly made headpiece and you’re ready to rock every Halloween party and get-together this year.

We’d love to see your costumes! Tag us with #LarsinCostume!

If you like cardboard costumes, here are some more projects that you’ll love!

Mommy and Me Sun and Rainbow Costume
Viking Costume
Fancy hats made from cardboard

DIY Quilted Face Mask

As you know, I’m a big fan of quilted everything. It was only a matter of time before I made a quilted face mask. As much as we all hoped that we wouldn’t even be considering COVID-19 anymore by now, the reality is that it’s still very much an issue. I know that lots of people are in a stage of the pandemic where we just don’t know what to do with ourselves anymore, but I have a proposition: When in doubt, CRAFT IT OUT! I’m facing my pandemic blues by making myself a stylish new quilted face mask.

Brittany puts on a quilted face mask while wearing a matching quilted coat.Closeup of Brittany wearing her quilted coat and face mask.

My Quilted Journey

If you’ve been following me for a while, you may be familiar with my quilted coat saga. I’ve loved all things quilted for a long time, after all!

Brittany puts on a quilted face mask while wearing a matching quilted coat.

To make a long story short, I lusted after quilted coats for years and years. Then, last year, I finally bit the bullet and hired Romy-Krystal Cutler of Sew Like Romy to make me a quilted jacket. She did an incredible job and helped us put together a tutorial, so now you can make your own, too! (Check out Romy’s interview and follow her on Instagram @sewlike to keep up with all her fantastic makes. She truly astounds me at every turn!)

Brittany wears a pink and neutral quilted coat in front of a white house with green grass.

After Romy finished the coat, she left some of the quilt top unused. I knew I wanted to keep it to use later, so I tucked it away for while. I used a little bit of the leftover quilt for a sleep mask shortly after I had Felix, then I set it aside again.

Brittany sits on a bed wearing blue pajamas and a pink and white quilted eye mask around her neck.

Something I love about quilting culture is the way that quilters use all the little pieces of fabric, then keep reusing them again and again when they repurpose the quilt into clothing. In keeping with that tradition, I’m using the quilt top again to make a face mask!

Brittany wearing a matching face mask and quilted coat.

I’ll never get tired of quilted!

“But Brittany, you already made that sleeping mask and you made a coat out of masks in April! Aren’t you tired of this yet?” Ohohoho, no. I’ll never get tired of quilted things! The irony isn’t lost on me that after making a quilted coat out of mask, now I’ve made a face mask out of the same quilt that I used for a coat. It’s something of a tongue twister, I know, and at this point Mother Goose could write a nursery rhyme about all my quilt, coat, and mask escapades. But we’re going with it.

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Make Your Own DIY Quilted Face Mask

Materials

You’ll need about 8 square inches of quilt top or patchwork fabric, backing fabric, 20 inches of 1/4″ elastic, matching thread, fusible interfacing, 4 small beads, a sewing machine, an iron, and an ironing board.

Instructions

Prepare your materials
  1. Cut 8 inch squares out of your quit, your backing fabric, and your fusible interfacing.
  2. Iron your fusible interfacing to the back of your backing fabric.
  3. Cut the elastic into 2 10 inch strips.
  4. String two beads onto the middle of one of the elastic strips. Then pass one end of the elastic back through the second bead. This makes your mask adjustable. Repeat with the other piece of elastic.

Mask Construction
  1. Pin the elastic to the right side of the backing fabric, making sure that the elastic isn’t twisted.
  2. With the front side of the quilt down, pin the quilt fabric to the backing fabric and elastic. Pin the whole fabric sandwich together.
  3. Starting on a side just above the bottom elastic, sew most of the way around the perimeter of the fabric and elastic sandwich. Leave a gap at the end.
  4. Turn the mask right side out through the gap you just left. Use a pencil or skewer to push out the corners and iron it flat.

step by step photos of sewing a quilted face mask

Finishing up
  1. Sew the gap shut.
  2. If you like, you can topstitch the mask pieces together along the patchwork lines.
  3. Fold three pleats into each side of the mask and secure with a pin.
  4. Stitch back and forth along each pleated side.
  5. Voilà! You finished your mask. Make sure to wear it covering your nose and mouth!

step by step photos of sewing and finishing a quilted face mask

More Mask Fashion

For more face mask inspiration, check out Our Favorite Face Masks for 2021, another face mask tutorial, and Halloween costumes incorporating face masks!

 

Easy Halloween Ideas From Our Shop

My ideal Halloween is playfully spooky, crafty, and (above all) easy, and there’s no such thing as too many easy Halloween ideas. If you’re looking for a fun, simple way to celebrate the season without turning your home into a Spirit Halloween storefront, read on for easy Halloween ideas!

Easy Halloween Decorations

This Haunted House makes a perfect Halloween centerpiece and conversation starter. You’ll make it from recycled cardboard boxes, which is a win for Planet Earth, and it’s beautiful enough to come back year after year, which is a win for you! Check out our blog post on it here.

Cardboard Haunted House for recycled holiday decor

If you love the spooky aspect of Halloween, check out this Vampire Teeth Garland. It’s creepy without being too macabre, and oh so easy.

DIY vampire teeth garland

Another slightly spooky and impeccably easy decor idea is this wooden transfer plaque template! I’m all for riding the line between pretty and creepy at Halloween, and these really fit the bill. Find the tutorial here.

wooden cross sections of branches with spiders and bugs transferred onto them hanging from maroon ribbons.

This painted pumpkin face template makes for such a fun, easy DIY! Give your porch some whimsy this Halloween by painting these sweet characters on your pumpkins. Read the tutorial here and get painting!

painted pastel pumpkin faces against a pink background

How many times can you say “pretty paper pumpkin project?” Whatever your answer, you should check out this template for rainbow paper pumpkins, along with this tutorial blog post. These make a beautiful, refined, seasonal table setting, they’ll look great for all of Autumn, not jus Halloween. A Thanksgiving comeback, anyone?

orange, gold, and yellow paper pumpkins on a table setting.

If you’re in a pinch and looking for quick decorations, don’t forget this post about last minute Halloween decor!

Easy Halloween Costume Ideas

There’s something to be said for a super intricate, detailed costume for sure. But even if you don’t have the time and energy to become a perfectly accurate storm trooper, dressing up doesn’t have to be out of your reach. Lots of our costume templates just require some simple clothing, some paper, and a prop or two. No professional costuming degree necessary!

Our Ruth Bader Ginsberg collar is maybe our simplest costume for adults. Just cut it out (a cricut or other cutting machine is helpful here), put it over a dark dress, and pull your hair back. Voilà! You’re ready to advocate for your sisters.

A white paper lace collar on a black background.

If you’ve been a Lars reader for more than about a minute you’ll know that I love flowers. So of course I wanted to dress up as a bouquet! Ha! Practice making some paper flowers for this Sweet Pea Paper Flower Bouquet costume (and read the tutorial here).

Brittany wearing a bouquet costume with paper flowers and a white paper wrapper against a green backdrop

Group costumes are always so fun, so pair your bouquet costume with greenhouse garb for a friend! This greenhouse costume uses cardboard and iron-on flowers, and is sure to turn heads. You can find the tutorial here.

a white woman with brown hair wears a green dress with iron on flowers, a greenhouse hat, and yellow clogs. She's holding flowers and a watering can.

Another cute Halloween costume for a pair of friends would be our beehive and picnic costumes. Both use an iron-on technique to make easy halloween costumes that are as cute as a bug. Find the tutorials here.

Brittany wears a gingham red dress with ants ironed onto it and holds a rattan picnic bag. a white woman wearing a yellow dress with iron-on bees, black gloves, a bee headband, and black shoes stands in front of a blue background.

This constellation costume with iron-on stars is absolutely dazzling. Honestly, you might as well break it out all year round because it’s that beautiful.

a blonde woman wearing an off-the-shoulder black jumpsuit with silvers stars all over it, sparkly makeup, and a spangled headband against a periwinkle background

For a subtle Halloween look, just print off our Pumpkin Crown and wear warm autumn tones.

Printable Pumpkin Crown

Easy Halloween Costumes for Kids

One of our most glamorous costumes with templates in the shop is our sun, cloud and rainbow set. This makes a great baby and mom costume, because you can add sun rays to a baby bonnet. I love how our model matched the baby’s outfit to her sling! With this costume you can invest as much or as little as you want. Just want the Sun and Rainbow headpiece? No problem. What about the Cloud Bag and Cloud Earrings? Done. Just want a sunny baby bonnet pattern? Your wish is our command. Make the costume just how you like it with this tutorial.

Rainbow costumeRainbow and sun mommy and me costume

This Giving Tree costume is another easy Halloween idea that you could make in a flash. And who doesn’t want to reference a classic children’s book in their costume? Find the tutorial here.

A mom wearing a green outfit with leaves and holding a felt apple bag stands next to her child in red overalls. They're dressed as the Giving Tree.

If you have a gaggle of children to costume, consider our Three Blind Mice baby costume pattern or our Crayon Hat template. Both are simple to put together and oh so sweet.

3 blind mice diy costume for kidsFour kids wearing crayon halloween costumes in orange, red, blue, and green.

Halloween Party Supplies

Even though gathering in big groups for Halloween parties is starting to look less and less likely (again 😔), you can still throw a Halloween party for your family, roommates, or pod! This Halloween Party Suite includes printable invitations, placemats, party tags, and place cards. Talk about easy Halloween ideas!

Halloween themed place cards.

Paper party goods with a halloween theme on a black background. They're orange, yellow, black, white, navy, and peach.

And for a party favor, try these printable poppers or printable Halloween candy gift boxes.

Halloween party poppersPrintable Halloween Candy Gift Box

These Halloween coupons make a fun halloween activity for your family. They’re a great way for parents to get their kids to relinquish some candy in return for fun activities.

halloween coupons in pink, red, blue, and black.

These illustrated Halloween cards are another great party favor because you can attach them to treat bags, trade them, send them as cards, or just hang them up.

Printable Halloween Cards

If your party is more freaky than funky, you might like this elegant invitation and Halloween dinner menu.

black and white illustrated halloween party invitation in a black decorative hadn surrounded by foliage and fruitsBlack and floral printable halloween menu

Party Food

Real talk here: what’s a party without cake? Use these printables and templates to make your Halloween cake extra fancy. The Spooky Town printable cake topper set is quaint and just a bit creepy, while this Black Birds cake topper is decidedly Hitchcock-approved. Red velvet cake makes it even more dramatic!

a colorful, cute printable cake topper set on a cake."The Birds" Cake Topper

If your fall party isn’t so Halloween-specific (or even if it is!) this Fall Leaf cake topper will add elegance and fun to the celebration.

DIY fall leaf cake topper

Looking for more cards, costumes, and decor? Search for Halloween on our blog! You’ll be blown away by the years of great, easy Halloween ideas and DIYs. If you’re interested in many of these ideas (who wouldn’t be!?), you can check out our E-Book, The Halloween that Lars Made. It’s a one-stop shop for easy Halloween ideas, DIYs, and projects.

Our new collection of cell phone cases! (and discount code)

New cell phone cases from The House That Lars Built

I was gifted a yellow cell phone case a year or so ago from Casetify and and it is seriously the best. Super protective, plus a fun color. I’m unintentionally very harsh with my case and it protects it so well. (I paired it with this adorable socket from our shop and it’s extra cute.)

Bright and colorful retro vibes

I loved Casetify’s cell phone case quality so much so I was stoked to partner up with them with our first collection. I wanted to do some designs that are super current but also super Lars so lots of color of course combined with the ever trending checkerboard (we’re keeping it around as long as we can!), flowers in fun shapes, colorblock, waves, marbling and more!

Here are some of my favorite cell phone cases:

You might have guessed that the colorblock flowers cell phone case is my absolute favorite. It has that quilt thing going on that you know I’m in love with right now. But really, I might need to have a case of the day because they are all that cute.

I also love the “Call Me” in chunky letters and abstract shapes above. It’s subtle yet serves a purpose 😉

Some of the cases are transparent so that the color of your phone can shine through. Mine happens to be yellow so I love the idea of that peeking through on this one below:

Customizing your phone case

Casetify allows you to customize your cell phone case in dozens of ways. You can change the border color, the transparent color, the type of case you want, and so many other details that make it so good.

There are so many more AND AND even apple watch bands and AirPod cases. I can’t wait for you to take a look and let me know what you think.

Casetify Discount code

Casetify is giving Lars readers 15% off their order with promo code THLB15 at checkout.

If you get one of our cell phone cases, tag us with #Larsforcasetify. Would love to see them! 

If you like this post, you might also like our laptop covers post! 

Laptop Cover Trends for 2021

A laptop cover is kind of like a phone case. It’s a fashion statement and it’s an important protective tech accessory, but after using it for so long it can become invisible to us. You know that feeling? When you chose a phone or laptop case that you love but after seeing it so many times you don’t even enjoy it anymore? I’ve definitely been there.

Well, my proposed solution to this is to buy a new laptop cover! Choose something you love again and see your tech with fresh eyes.

Back-to-school shopping isn’t something most of us at Lars have had to think about in a while (as we’re done with school), but we often have college interns returning to their universities for fall semester. Perhaps you’re taking a few courses yourself, or have kids starting soon. Whatever your situation, a little retail therapy is always a great way to transition into a new season, and the first priority should be protecting your tech. We’ve compiled a list of the best laptop cases, so if you find yourself at the library, the office, or working from home, you can personalize and protect your laptop in a pretty case.

See the complete list below! 

Lars’ Favorite Laptop covers and cases

A graphic of 18 laptop covers on a blush pink background.

  1. Liquid Swirl Abstract Earth Tones
  2. Pink Vegan Leather
  3. Wildflowers
  4. Roses and Lilies
  5. Hustle
  6. Sunshine and Stripes
  7. Pale Grey Leopard
  8. Nostalgia in the Garden
  9. Howdy Howdy
  10. Leopard Vase
  11. Midcentury Geometric Shape
  12. Vertical Garden
  13. Black Grid
  14. Velvet Peony
  15. White Gold Sands
  16. Marble
  17. Leather Tie
  18. Orange lemon and leaf (and have you ever seen anything more on-brand for Lars?)

Here’s an easy, shoppable grid where you can find all my favorite laptop covers:

And don’t forget to get stickers for your laptop! You can find my favorites in the shop, plus a few more that I love here:

Have you seen some laptop covers that you’ve loved? I love keeping tabs on them. Send them my way!

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How to Make a DIY Beeswax Wrap

Colorblocked lunch sacks and beeswax snack wraps surrounded by play fruit and blackberries.

Make Your Own DIY Beeswax Wraps

Did you know one study found in 2020 that “9.71 million Americans used 21 or more sandwich bags” in seven days?! If you take into consideration that the run-of-the-mill plastic sandwich bag has been making it into our lunches since the late 1960s, that’s a lot of plastic. Save the planet and your wallet by creating these reusable DIY beeswax wraps. Every little bit helps! 

Colorblocked lunch sacks and beeswax snack wraps surrounded by play fruit and blackberries.

Along with these snack wraps, we’ve made some reusable lunch sacks (which you can see in the photos). Keep your eyes peeled for a tutorial!

Colorblocked lunch sacks and beeswax snack wraps surrounded by play fruit.Colorblocked lunch sacks and beeswax snack wraps surrounded by play fruit and blackberries.

What You’ll Need

Brittany sits at a sewing machine and makes a beeswax snack wrap. She's wearing a striped green dress and surrounded by colorful, solid fabric.

step by step photos of making beeswax wraps

Instructions

  1. Measure 5 x 9 inch rectangles onto your fabric. Alternatively, measure rectangles that will fit onto the baking sheet you are using. The measurements aren’t fussy, but whatever size you make cut out rectangles.
  2. Lining a baking sheet with tin foil, then lay down the fabric rectangles flat side by side. 
  3. Begin to sprinkle beeswax making sure to distribute evenly (Tip: Because the beeswax will melt in the oven, you don’t have to cover generously. Think sprinkling an ice cream sundae instead of salting a sidewalk).
  4. When all three rectangles have been covered with beeswax, place in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Don’t forget to set your timer!
  5. After 10 minutes, the beeswax should be melted. When you pull your baking tray out of the oven, the fabric color will look uneven. Don’t be afraid of the splotchiness!
  6. Sprinkle a second layer of beeswax, especially making sure to target the areas that didn’t have enough wax the first time around. You’ll be able to see them because they’ll be lighter.
  7. Put back in the oven at the same temperature for another 10 minutes. 
  8.  Pull out of the oven and let cool. Fabric should feel firm and waxy. 
  9. Take one rectangle and fold onto itself leaving a 2 inch flap similar to a plastic sandwich bag.
  10. With a sewing machine, sew up one side using a zigzag stitch. Repeat on the other side.
  11. You should now have a little pouch. Fold over the 2 inch flap to close. Voila! The perfect on-the-go snack pouch!

Colorblocked lunch sacks and beeswax snack wraps surrounded by play fruit and blackberries.

Can’t wait to see your DIY Beeswax wraps using #larsmakes on Instagram!