New Year’s Eve star crown

 

I have to admit that my New Year’s celebrations tend to turn into duds. Maybe it’s exhaustion from Christmas? Who knows. We made this New Year’s star crown to combat any potential duddy celebrations. I’m pretty sure if you wear it, good things will happen to 2016. No promises, just almost positive 🙂New Year's eve star crown

 

DIY New Year’s Eve star crown

Materials:

  • chipboard (or cardboard would work too)
  • silver spray paint
  • silver glass glitter (we used this stuff)
  •  glue
  • silver wire
  • glue gun
  • headband
  • silver rick rack
  • paintbrush you don’t mind ruining with glue

Instructions:

  1. Cut out stars out of chipboard. We used a craft cutter to do ours. We did 6 (3 front and back) larger stars (2.5″) and 14 smaller ones (7 stars total front and back) (1.5″).
  2. With your paintbrush, glue the tops of the stars and sprinkle the glitter on top.
  3. Cut out two pieces of silver wire, one at 10″ and the other at 12″.
  4. Wrap rick rack around the headband and at the bottom of the wrapping insert and glue in the two pieces of wire.
  5. Keep on wrapping the rick rack around the headband and repeat to the other side of the headband so the two pieces of wire are staggered in height.
  6. Affix the stars to the wire starting with the middle stars and working out. Attach a star to the back as well.
  7. Voila!

Now! Where are you going to be for New Year’s?!

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Photography and crafting by Ashley Isenhour

New Year’s Eve party ideas

Now that you’ve got the crown, it’s time to think about the rest of your New Year’s! If you’re throwing a celebration with friends or family, send out some invites! These printable New Year’s Eve invitations are the cutest way to let your guests know the details! You can also find a matching printable crown (perfect for younger kids or adults!). If you want to go for colorful decor (who doesn’t?!), you can take a look at this art deco New Year’s tablescape we made. For the ultimate showstopper, take a look at how to make your own disco ball ceiling installation. Add some metallic fringe to match your New Year’s Eve star crown!

Our favorite face masks and a challenge

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Making your own face mask

Now, check out the masks that we made. Medical-grade masks certainly couldn’t ever be considered very stylish, but we made these homemade masks as cute as could be! Of course, you could whip these up with whatever fabric you might have lying around, OR you could make some to match your quarantine look! Quarantine fashion is a thing, right?

DIY fabric face masks

We opted for fabric with patterns that made us smile, even if you can’t tell under the mask. Plus, it was so easy to make these, and we think that it would be wonderful to make a load to donate to places giving essential care. The pattern we used came with extra-long ties for the mask, which makes them adjustable for any face! The long straps can be tied around your head as well, to prevent any irritation around your ears if you’re going to be wearing the mask for long periods of time.

The most beautiful face masks from around the web

Here are some of our favorites that we’ve been spotting from some of our favorite small businesses and makers.

Face masks from Clare V

Clare V just came out with some cute gingham ones with an embroidered kiss. So cute! They come in a set of 4.

cool face masks

You can find the Clare V ones here.

Face masks from Baggu

Love these color block masks from Baggu.

You can find the Baggu masks here.

embroidered face masks

Yumiko’s embroidery is beyond beautiful. Makes me want to spend my time creating one myself!

Yumiko Higuchi

Loving the mix of colors and florals on these ones.

Khanh.co

quilted face masks

These antique quilts turned masks are so pretty!

Farewell Frances

color block face masks

Love the color blocking on these ones from Quiettown Home.

Quiettown Home

All these beautiful stripes and ginghams!

Heather Taylor Home

floral face masks

Liberty of London at its finest! And for every one sold, they donate one!

Briar Baby

Owner of Loeffler Randall, Jessie Loeffler Randall whipped out her fabric stash and got to making. Very inspiring!

Jessie Loeffler Randall

Donate face masks!

Hospital staff and medical workers are always grateful for mask donations, and we suggest asking any of your friends and family who don’t have a sewing machine if they’d like you to make one for them too! Every help you can give during this time has a bigger footprint than you can imagine. Little things like a donation of (cute!) homemade masks are what keep us going during quarantine.

 

DIY Mixed Media Earrings

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DIY Mixed Media EarringsWe’ve been a bit on a jewelry kick lately, but can you blame us? They are often the finishing touch to an outfit and have the power to take a look from blah to brilliant! We were inspired by the incredible jewelry designs of Ranjana Khan, and these earrings in particular.  She uses so many materials and the finished product is so lush and extravagant. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some supplies and play with all the elements! That is how these DIY Mixed Media Earrings were born. It was fun to see how some basic craft supplies could translate into such an elevated look. No one ever said handmade things need to look handmade! So save yourself some money and have some fun with designing your own earrings! People will be stopping you in the street to ask where you got them!DIY Mixed Media Earrings

DIY Classic Halloween Face Masks

Easy DIY Halloween Face Masks

Even if you’re putting on a costume to hang out at home and watch the Sanderson sisters’ hijinks, our DIY Halloween Face Masks Tutorial will scratch that creative itch. And, as everyone knows, I don’t believe costumes are just for one night in October. Where’s the fun in that? Yep, you can reuse these masks for playtime, too (or for wearing when you leave your house for the first time in months to take out the trash and you don’t want your neighbors to see you…).

One note: I already LOVED Portland Garment Factory’s plain cotton face masks, because I’ve found them to be the best shape for breathability–you don’t suck the fabric in and out! So, working with them on this project was really a practical choice. And a bonus that you can have so much fun with them!

How to Make DIY Halloween Face Masks

You will need:

  • Scissors
  • Face paint for the areas around the eyes
  • Sewing machine + thread to match the mask fabric
  • OR plain cotton face masks (again, we used the Artst set from Portland Garment Factory)
  • Iron + ironing board

Classic Halloween Face Masks

We chose some classic Halloween costume ideas to show just how easy to is to transform the iconic into a practical face mask/costume. You can choose from a jack-o-lantern, mummy, a Day of the Dead skeleton. 

Jack-O-Lantern Mask

Materials
Instructions:
  1. Sew your orange face mask
  2. Trace your template onto the mask
  3. You can see that I first was going to embroidery it, but I decided to paint it (easier and faster!). However you’d like to do it!
  4. Sew or glue the ric rac into the face mask (don’t you love how it mimics the mouth?!?!)

Mummy

This DIY Mummy costume requires no toilet paper, so don’t worry about making a dent in your 2020 stash. 

Materials
  • Plain muslin mask (from Portland Factory’s Artist pack)
  • Cheese cloth
  • Muslin fabric
  • Quarter inch cotton lace
  • Stretchy white netting
  • Gold and tan ribbon
  • Earl Grey Tea
  • Hot glue
  • Pins
  • Gold Thread
  • Metallic Gold Thread
Instructions
    1. Cut muslin fabric into a 8 by 8 inch square.
    2. Tear strips of muslin fabric into varying strips of ½ inch to 1 inch.
    3. Cut sections of cheese cloth into similar sized strips
    4. Fill a bowl with hot water and brew four tea bags.
    5. Submerge the strips of fabric in the tea, dying them until desired color is reached.
    6. Remove strips and rinse, the color will lighten slightly after rinsed and dried.
    7. Leave strips to dry, you can speed the process with a hairdryer and straightener on a low setting.
    8. Trim along the long edge of the gold ribbon and fray the edge. Cut into similar length sections.
    9. Cut the stretchy netting into three strips and form into a thin braid.
    10. Layer the fabric strips and ribbons in a criss-cross pattern across the mask. Use the pins to keep them in place.
    11. Trim excess fabric around the mask.
    12. Layer by layer hot glue each strip onto the mask and on to each other.
    13. Lightly hot glue the braid along the bottom of the mask.
    14. Sketch a scarab beetle onto a 1 by 1 inch piece of muslin fabric.
    15. Using the gold thread embroider along the pattern. Use metallic thread as an accent.
    16. Hot glue four strips to the back of the mask to serve as ties for the mask.

Ok, this picture I just thought was funny. I’m about 7 months pregnant and clearly my dresses aren’t wrapping around right now.

Need More Ideas?

Need some more Halloween costume ideas? Well you’ve come to the right place! Check out our Halloween archive for tons of DIY costume, party, and decor ideas. 

How to win this year’s Halloween costume contest
7 Artsy and Iconic Halloween Costume Ideas
Our Favorite Face Masks

DIY Silk Hair Bow

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DIY silk bowJanuary can sometimes be a little lackluster for a lot of us. Colder temperatures, post-holiday blues, never-ending resolutions, seem to take over our lives. Don’t let January’s bad reputation get you down though! There are plenty of things that will keep that pep in your step, including this DIY Silk Hair Bow! We’ve been spotting the bow trend in lots of places and we had to join in. There’s no need to let winter take the life out of your hair. This generously sized bow is made from silky materials to give it a super luxurious look that will make any do’ shine! The holidays may be over, but you’re still allowed to get dolled up every once in a while. You can make these hair bows with or without a sewing machine, so everyone can DIY Silk Hair Bow!DIY silk bow

In The Mood For: Iris Apfel

We are such big fans of Iris we have this print of her by Rosie Harbottle in our shop! Rosie is a UK based illustrator with a passion for travel and culture, has a knack for prints and textiles, which made her the perfect person to illustrate Iris Apfel. Last June, we read Accidental Icon, a collection of Iris’ musings, for our book club! If you are new to the eclectic and patterned-filled world that is Iris Apfel’s, we recommend starting with this post about her here, and grabbing your own copy of Accidental Icon! It’s a very entertaining read, packed full of photos that will make you want to avoid anything that is a bore and live like Iris does!

Decorate like Iris

“I am inspired by everything around me…I’m just inspired by being alive and breathing and meeting people and talking to people and doing things and absorbing what’s happening. I think if more people did that, there would be better fashion. “

Iris Apfel is iconic for her fashion sense, but her taste spills over to her interior design in abundance. With references to 18th century France and Italy, vintage monkey sculptures everywhere you look, hand-painted chinoiserie patterns, and bold prints that somehow just work, Iris Apfel’s homes are strong evidence that self-expression is the way to go!

 

Dress like Iris

“You have to look in the mirror and see yourself. If it feels good, then I know it’s for me. I don’t dress to be stared at, I dress for myself.”

Below you will find chunky acetate chain necklaces (an absolute Iris staple) paired with patterned blazers, hot pink head wraps, and thrifted finds but with a wink in Gucci’s direction. If anything we just said feels overwhelming, don’t worry, take a note from Iris’ playbook and start wherever feels right. But trust us, you’ll be surprised how good an eyebrow-raising day of fashion can feel.

 

“There’s no how-to road map to style. It’s about self expression and, above all, attitude.”

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DIY Gold Foil Star Crown

We could have bought one for her as our gift, but what’s the fun in that when you can make it yourself and then have that added special sentiment? We made a template just for it so you can either hand cut it or put it into your craft cutter.

DIY Paper Gold Star crown

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Using the template cut and out as many stars as you will need. The amount of stars you need will vary depending on the size of the head you are creating the stars for. All of the large stars have 3 stars stacked and the small stars are stacked with two.
  2. We used a craft cutter to cut out stars but you can do this with scissors or an x-acto knife.
  3. Once you have the right amount of stars cut out you will gold foil them.
  4. To gold foil the stars you will apply a small amount of gold leaf adhesive, allow 10 seconds to dry and apply a sheet of gold leaf.
  5. Allow 2-3 minutes for the gold leaf to set and then gently brush away using your soft bristle brush.
  6. Repeat step 5 on the other side. If you feel it looks okay you can just cover one side, however, Later on you will turn the edges up slightly which may reveal more color than you would like to see of the back. We covered both sides.
  7. Once all of your stars are foiled you will begin to stack them.
  8. To stack your large stars you will use a variation of three sizes of large stars and to connect them you will use a small dab of hot glue. Be sure you are placing them correctly because if you have to pull it off to replace it it will pull off the gold leaf.
  9. For the small stars you will repeat step 6 however you will only stack 2 of the small ones.
  10. Once all of the stars are stocked correctly you can begin laying them out on top of the string so you can adjust the placement and check that you have enough to make sure you have enough of the stars.
  11. Once they are all positioned correctly you can apply them to the ribbon with a small hot glue dab to the gold ribbon.
  12. Once all the stars are attached you will use a dab of hot glue to connect your ribbon ends, try to strategically place your stars so that the stop where the ribbons overlap is covered by a star.

Would love to see if you make it! Tag us with #LarsMakes so we can take a lookie! 

DIY Beaded Mittens

DIY Beaded Mittens

Winter has finally arrived and we’ve been dealing with some pretty chilly temperatures. We’ve enjoyed the season’s first snow and the colder days are begging for mugs of cocoa and cozy sweaters. If you’re lucky (or unlucky for those of you with a cold weather aversion) enough to live in a climate that requires warm weather ware, then you’ve probably been unpacking the extra layers. But just because you’ve got to bundle up, does not mean you have to look like a lackluster marshmallow. Slip on a pair of these DIY Beaded Mittens to solve your winter woes!DIY Beaded Mittens

We wanted to glitz things up this year and when we happened upon the stunning knitwear work of Laerke Bagger, we were immediately inspired! I can’t imagine how much time it takes her to make all her stunning creations. A boring pair of mittens is the perfect vehicle for loads of sparkle and a fun way to pump up a winter outfit! This project is ideal for a few nights in watching holiday movies.

Get the how-to after the jump!

Lars’ Favorite Laptop Covers

Best laptop cases and coversIt’s that time of year when the stores are packed with new school supplies, fall clothes are starting to fill the catalogs, and the leaves are just barely starting to turn. We have mixed emotions about this whole fall thing, but we’re trying to embrace certain aspects of it. Insert: Back to school shopping. Although many of the Lars Team are finished with school, we often have college interns returning for fall semester. Perhaps you’re taking a few courses yourself, or have kids starting soon. Whatever your situation, this time of year everyone is allowed some “back to school shopping.” A little retail therapy is always a great way to transition to a new season. We’re covering laptop covers today, to ensure your tech accessories are in tip-top shape. Whether you’re at the library, the office, or working from home, it’s always nice to personalize and protect your laptop in a pretty case.

See the complete list below! 

DIY Block Printing with a Potato

DIY block printing stamping art with potato

Perhaps our favorite thing about this project is it is just as fun for kids or adults! The short material list and simple shapes make it a very kid-friendly craft. However, this is just a starting point for any design you want to try! Try out more intricate design at any skill level.

How to stamp with a potato

Supplies:

  • Potatoes
  • Acrylic or fabric paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Fabric or paper surface you want to print on

Steps:

  1. Cut your clean potatoes into the shape you would like to stamp. We used half circles but you can stamp in any shape!
  2. Apply paint evenly to one edge of potato stamp
  3. Press firmly down on your paper or fabric surface
  4. If you would like to combine two potato shapes to make one full color-blocked circle, place both potato stamps before lifting the first, as shown below.
  5. If desired, fill in design more fully after stamping the basic shape.

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What to block print on to

We choose to block print onto a canvas art supplies portfolio, we have holding our coloring pages and supplies!

In the past we have also stamped onto bandanas, napkins, wrapping paper, and more. The options are limitless! If you chose fabric, just make sure to use fabric paint.

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More block printing and stamping tutorials

DIY block printing on bandanaDIY block printing stamping on linen napkinsDIY block printing stamping art on ceramic plates

Read our interview with one of our favorite professional block print artists, Jen Hewett, here!

Once you start stamping you won’t want to stop. We know from experience. Though block printing is probably our favorite method, there are plenty of other fun ways to make your own design. Try this method for stamping onto a ceramic plate.

What other unexpected supplies have you used to block print? We would love to hear! Comment below

DIY rainbow ricrac placemat clutch

DIY ric rac clutch made from a placematHas anyone else been daydreaming over resort collections? Maybe anxiously anticipating the release of spring collections? Guilty. Loeffler Randal, in particular, has caught my fancy with their overload of ricrac and rainbows! They are speaking our language! So we’re taking a page from their book with this DIY Rainbow Ricrac Clutch! But that’s not all: this clutch is made from a placemat. Yep, a placemat. In other words, not only will this clutch brighten up your wardrobe, it will cost you less than $10! We’re sold. Every day is worthy of a rainbow so go ahead and make this Rainbow Ricrac Placemat Clutch and daydream of warmer days ahead!DIY ric rac clutch made from a placemat

Get the full tutorial!

DIY Tie Dye Bandana for The Fourth of July

What your tie dye bandana says about you

While current events can impose a sense of despair, making something tangible helps me feel better. And by making this Fourth of July themed tie dye bandana, I found a way I could remember and honor the American ideological roots of independence, freedom, liberty, equality, which I still believe in and have hope in.

Part of the fun with making something yourself is that because you choose each element of the project, you can put own emotion and meaning into things. Something as simple as a piece of tie dye can be a powerful tool. 

Making a craft with my own two hands is grounding, and it helps me remember that I can be independent and make my own choices. Using the red, white, and blue tri-color combo has its own importance too. It has been a symbol of liberty since the 16th century! No matter your country of origin, those are ideals resonate deep. 

DIY Bleach Tie Dye Bandana

Supplies:

 

Steps:

To mix the dye, mix hot water a tiny bit of dish soap and a couple teaspoons of salt. Add add your dye color. Test color with a paper towel to make sure you have your desired shade.

Put the bananas under cold water.

For the twisted look (1), wrap the bandana around a pole (we used a broomstick) and then wrap twine around it then scrunch the bandana together. The more scrunched it is the less dye will show through.

For the square look (2), accordion fold the bandana one one and then the other way, alternating directions. Place two pieces of plastic or wood blocks on each side and add rubber bands to keep it in place.  The more rubber bands you use the the less the dye will show through.

For the circle look (3), Accordion fold in one direction and add rubber bands on alternating sides

For the scrunched look (4), scrunch it up and add rubber bands! Super simple.

Leave them wrapped with rubber-bands few hours for the dye to set. Then rinse and wash. Enjoy your new tie dye bandana!

You can also use dark colored bandanas and bleach instead of dye to achieve a similar look!

10 ways to wear a bandana

We love things that feel homemade and whimsical with a touch of vintage-flair. It should come as no surprise to you that we love tie dyed bandanas! In case all you can picture when you hear the word “bandana” is a cowboy, I’ll brainstorm some cute styling ideas for ya.

As a headband

Lay out the bandana flat and fold in two opposite corners to the center. Then choose one side you’ve just folded, and continue to fold in 2-inch wide segments until you get to  the other side. Bring the two pointy ends together in a knot around your head with the knot on top of your head or hidden under your hair. 

10 ways to wear your tie dye bandana

Pony Up

Tie your hair up into a ponytail first, then tie the bandana around your ponytail holder. If you like a more relaxed, romantic pony, use the bandana as the hair tie and let some pieces of hair fall out of the tie dye bandana. Tres chic!

10 ways to wear your tie dye bandana

PanAm Stewardess Style

This one is swoon-worthy. I love the vintage flight attendant uniforms, and the neckerchief is what really makes it for me. Using a tie dye bandana as the scarf makes the whole look more casual and wearable. Fold the scarf into a long strip (like you would for a headband) and tie it around your neck loose or taught. Let the tails hang out and you’ll have mastered the “I tried, but not too hard” look. 

10 ways to wear your tie dye bandana

Bag accessory

I love to tie a scarf onto the base of a purse strap. It’s an easy way to accessorize without putting on anything extra! If your outfit for going to the grocery store feels a little bleak, knot your bandana onto your bag for an instant color-infusion. 

Dutch Milkmaid style

This is currently the trendiest way to wear your bandana. Fold it in half into a triangle and tie it at the base of your neck under all of your hair.

10 ways to wear your tie dye bandana

Cowgirl Face Mask

This method is becoming super trendy right now as it is a DIY face mask that requires no sewing!! (I just heard a crowd of people in my mind, cheering). Since Western wear is trending again, feel free to go full-cowgirl and tie it around your face in the classic style. 

10 ways to wear your tie dye bandana

Surgical-style Face Mask

If you want to put in a bit more effort (still no sewing), try this method!

Lay out your square, freshly tie dyed bandana flat. Fold in the top and bottom edges till they meet in the center. Next, Flip the cloth over so the opening is in the back. Repeat the same fold again, bringing the top and bottom edges into the center. Flip the fabric over again. Place loose hair ties or ribbons on the left and right sides of the fabric, segmenting it into thirds. Fold both side towards the center with the fold at about where the hair tie is. Fold the left side at the hair tie towards the center and tuck the left end into the opening on the right end to secure it. Place the elastics over your ears with the folded-in side on your face. The layers act as a filter, and the folds make it super easy to wear while talking, etc. 

Scout Style

Lay out the bandana flat and fold in two opposite corners to the center. Tie the bandana around your neck with the point in the back.

10 ways to wear your tie dye bandana

Around a belt loop

If your outfit could use a little more style, add a bandana around your pant belt loop! It immediately levels up a classic tee and jeans. 

10 ways to wear your tie dye bandana

Full head wrap

Be bold enough to wear your bandana in this fun style. And a pro tip: it nicely covers up your unwashed social distancing hair 😉 

10 ways to wear your tie dye bandana

*** Tips: press the folds at each stage and use a stiffer fabric for stability. Adjust the thickness of the wrap/folds to facilitate ease.  

Other tie dye things we love!