Hint Hint Hubby: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas 2021

It’s that time of the month, I mean, year! Time to celebrate your love, of course! I gather you are here for some insight and guidance. 2020 was rough to say the least, and last year’s Valentine’s Day happened before all the mayhem. The lady in your life has dealt with her share of trials this past year and needs some extra pampering. Let’s shower her with some extra love and gifts she will appreciate.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

We categorized our Valentine’s Day gift ideas to help you narrow down your search. From practical to romantic, from unexpected to comforting, we have you covered! Explore our curated list below, and check out the Lars Valentine Shop for more ideas!

Lars Valentine Shop

Valentine's day gift guide

This is just the beginning of the Valentine’s Day Gifts we carry in our Shop. Click here to see more accessories, cards, decor, and more.

Romantic Gifts

Spoil her with a purse she didn’t know she needed, earrings that are on trend, candles that are on her wishlist, linen sheets that have over 2000 positive reviews, slippers and bubble bath soap that will make her feel like a queen. Indulge her hidden wishes and top it off with chocolate straight out of a Wes Anderson film. These are the gifts that are sure to win you a personal Husband-of-the-Year award.

Valentine's day gift guide | The House That Lars Built

Useful Gifts

So much time has been spent indoors and naturally there have been things around the home, things that are used every day, that are in need or are in desperate need of sprucing up. She might need a beautiful brass wick candle trimmer because it’s difficult to cut wicks that are towards the bottom half of the container. Speaking of candles, lighting candles on a modern Moroccan candlestick or these glass candlesticks will instantly upgrade dining at home. (And don’t worry, both of those candlesticks are great options even if your significant other is a picky decorator.) For everyday use, these pink blue light glasses, felt coasters, watering cans, and colorful slides will brighten ordinary tasks. There’s an upgrade you can find for almost everything she uses, and that is a gift that will tell you you notice all her hard work.

 

Unexpected Gifts

These gifts may not have crossed your mind but will be a pleasant surprise. Consider a charming chess set made of plexiglass board and wooden game pieces because she watched A Queen’s Gambit and is ready to learn or renew her love for the game. If she is not into chess but still loves boardgames and puzzles, this Scrabble Deluxe Edition or any of the puzzle sets are sure to provide some fun times together. If you want to pick out clothing or accessories and are unsure of her taste, you can stay safe with a nice pajama set and/or a chic headband. There are plenty more unexpected Valentine’s day gift ideas she will love!

Homey Gifts

Does your lady love decorating and rearranging the home? Gift her this functional and display worthy handblown glass cloche with matches. Or an oil diffuser that serves as a beautiful flower arrangement. If she’s redecorating for spring, a pop of yellow with this throw and striped pillow will definitely brighten things up.

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Wrap it Up

Valentine's day gift guide | The House That Lars Built

Don’t forget the gift wrap! Check out all of our exclusive wrapping paper designs here, including the fun bold shapes above + our Cherry Wrapping Paper and Chocolate Truffles Wrapping Paper made specifically for Valentine’s Day!

Find more ideas from last year’s post or make a larger version of our Valentine Fruit Piñata and fill it with gifts you’ve found above. We also think face masks, cozy loungewear for working from home, blue light glasses, or some new office decor would make amazing gifts. Click any of those links to see our favorite options available! Look forward to more Valentine’s Day gift ideas in the coming week.

New Face Masks For The New Year

With how the past year played out, it seems difficult to imagine what our futures will look like. Will life ever go back to how it was before the pandemic, or will face masks stick around for good? Maybe we’ll adjust to (another) new normal within the next year. Now that face masks are widely distributed, it seems like a waste to eventually box them up and never use them again. Especially when they come in such cute patterns, who wouldn’t want to show them off?

New Face Masks Roundup

Whether face masks are here to stay or will eventually become unnecessary for everyday use, it seems like we’re going to be wearing face masks for a while. So why not make the most of it? Back in April, we shared our favorite face masks with you. It’s been a few months since then, and many more masks have been created in that time! We’ve got a new face masks roundup for you with masks from around the web. A new mask is the perfect way to head into the new year. Practical and stylish? Count me in!

Check out new face masks available below!

Face Masks We Love

Pattern Goals

Cottagecore Meets Color

A Face Mas(k)terpiece

Bold and Beautiful

Neutrals But Make Them Fun

A Subtle Statement

Accessories

Kid’s Face Masks

Making your own masks

If you prefer to make your own face masks, you can use the face masks roundup we curated as inspiration!  You could even make masks for the holidays like we did this past Halloween (maybe a Valentine’s Day mask for February?). Even after this pandemic is over, masks will come in handy for the colder weather! Pick out your favorite pattern, or make face masks for friends and family! Face masks would be great in a care package, plus they’re easy to ship!

Although this past year wasn’t what we had expected, you can brighten up the start of the new year with a new face mask!

Printable New Year’s Glasses

This project pairs perfectly with our New Year’s Printable Crown. And just like that last project, this one is printable (though not reusable…unless you invent time travel or take a Sharpie and cross out the 1 at the end, I guess). These glasses are classic for any New Year’s Eve party and they work for even the biggest party-poopers who don’t want to get all glammed up for a photobooth.

Did you know that New Year’s Eve Glasses have been around for 30 years? They were first popular because the numbers of the different years matched up perfectly with holes for the eyes. However, after 2009 ended, so did the era of New Year’s glasses with double zeros in the middle. Not to worry, though! Most places have found a creative workaround.

We have three types of glasses: The folk, The Flower, The Cloud. You can select your favorite and go for it!

The Flower

Just a dash of floral, of course!

The Cloud

Cloud eyes with a rainbow nose bridge!

The Folk

These ones are my favorite! Love how wild they are!

Printable New Year’s Glasses

Materials

Instructions

  1. Print off the templates
  2. Cut around the templates (it’s easier to cut out the inside of the glasses with a craft knife as opposed to scissors
  3. Attach the sides of the glasses with glue or tape

Need some more New Year’s Eve ideas? Check out our archive here.

New Year’s Star Crown
New Year’s Invitations
New Year’s Resolutions

Printable New Year’s Crowns

NYE Party Accessories

We’ve made New Year’s printable crowns in years past, and this year our crown is inspired by our wrapping paper. We’ve done a few in the past (see here and here) and they’re always a crowd favorite, so we thought we’d add to the group and fill it with all the craziness that this year has been–lots of patterns and colors, of course!

Like every other holiday this year, New Year’s Eve is bound to look a little different. But you still deserve to get a little glitzed up, even if you’re lounging in sweats as you watch the ball drop (wait…has that been canceled?).

Of course, the older I get (and the more kids I have), the more New Year’s Eve becomes just another night in, and I don’t usually make it to midnight. Still, I think 2021 needs a nice big welcome from humanity so we don’t get a repeat of this year…

Printable New Year’s Eve Crowns

These crowns are a cinch to put together. You could even leave out the paper and let everyone make their own! Could be part of the night!

Materials

Instructions

  1. There are 8 patterns in the PDF (here). Use two patterns per crown (or print off more to put the same pattern together. We recommend printing onto cardstock! Keeps them sturdy and reuseable! We designed them on 11×17″ paper so they could be big! If you don’t have that size for your home printer, we used our local print shop.
  2. Tape the two pieces from the inside and glue on the outside so you don’t see the seam.
  3. The tab is meant to be adjustable to the size of the head. Cut a slit where the head fits comfortably.
  4. Glue on poms for maximum effect.

We’d love to see your crowns in action. Tag us with #LarsMakes or #HolidaysWithLars so we can see them!

Other NYE Projects

If you liked this project, you’ll love these ones:

Galaxy paper crown tutorial is here (it’s got that vintage look we all love)
Printable NYE crowns
NYE party invitations
DIY Star Crown

In the Mood For: Andy Warhol Inspired Home Decor

Who Was Andy Warhol?

Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 6, 1928. Aside from being an influential artist, Andy also delved into film making, producing, and photography.

At first, his career aspirations were to be a commercial illustrator in advertising. When some of his art pieces gained traction, he began to establish himself as a well-known artist. His art gallery, known as The Factory, attracted a wide range of people, from celebrities to bohemians and everything in between. Did you know that Andy actually invented the phrase “15 minutes of fame”?

In the 1960s, Andy Warhol’s work began to reflect the time period. His most famous pieces were depictions of Campbell’s soup, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, electric chairs, mushroom clouds, and Coca-Cola. 

Learn More About This Great Artist!

Andy Warhol is one of the icons featured in our Great Artists! Course. During this 6 week kid’s course, an entire week is dedicated to hands-on projects designed to instill a love for creative learning while learning about Andy’s life and work! The course includes the Andy Warhol paper dolls shown below + daily videos, lessons, DIY project tutorials, and other fun printables. Click here to learn more about this art course!

You can find home decor inspired by other icons from our Great Artists! Course in our archives! Frida Kahlo here, Alma Thomas here, and Monet here

What was Andy’s interior design style?

Some sources say Andy Warhol was a hoarder. He would go shopping and then never take things out of bags. Large rooms would turn into big unorganized closets. 

In his interior design, he actually had very traditional, understated tastenothing crazy wild or colorful like his art. He liked antiques, statues, and for different rooms to have different design themes like art deco, American West, traditional American, French, Roman, etc. He didn’t host guests at his home, not even close friends. 

Mood board photo sources: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Andy Warhol Inspired Home Decor

Even if your design style is understated like Andy’s, you can enjoy “pops” of color (see what I did there?) throughout your home. Take a look at our fun Andy Warhol inspired home decor (plus other stuff, like masks of course!) and channel your inner pop artist.

 

Check out our Great Artists! Course for kids that includes some wonderful projects cooked special for you by our Lars team. During the course your family can create Warhol inspired pieces to perk up your home.

Fun Andy Warhol Gifts

Gift some colorful Andy Warhol inspired gifts paired with access to our Great Artists! Course this Christmas! It makes for a unique present for the little artist your life. Plus you’ll be gifting 6 weeks of fun and creativity!

 

This post is a part of our In the mood for series. In this series we show you how to recreate interior design styles and fashion inspired by people we admire! Click any of the links below to check out the past posts in this series!

Anne of Green GablesEmma WoodhouseIris ApfelWes Andersonthe Royal FamilyLittle WomenMonetFrida Kahlo, Alma Thomas, and Alexander Girard

Stocking Stuffers Ideas New to Our Accessory Shop!

Colorful Stocking Stuffers Ideas!

Geometric Hair Clips Sets

These hair clips sets are already hand-curated into Lars-approved color schemes! Pair unique shapes together to make any outfit instantly more fun. Personally I am loving the burnt orange + lilac, but this pale green is also so on-trend right now. Click here to shop endless color combinations.

Cross off your to-do list on time and order gifts for friends and fun stocking stuffers now! Limited quantities available.

Who to gift these to…

You artsy friend! With a perfect mix of muted and bright colors, your friend will appreciate how out-of-the-box these minimal accessories are.

Beaded Hair Clips

stocking stuffers ideas

These refined bead clips come in such pretty color schemes you’ll want to base your entire outfit off your clips, instead of the other way around. Like this clip featuring sage, peach, and taupe paired with the loveliest shade of blue. Or this clip in shades of lavander and chartreuse. These colors are giving me some major inspiration!

This bead clips come in other fun shapes too! Like this and this.

Who to gift these to…

Your thoughtful friend. Let them know you care with a hand-picked clip set in a color scheme inspired by them!

Wave Hair Clips

stocking stuffers ideas

I am obsessed with a curvy shapes and you can find plenty of those in this new collection. This wave pattern has already inspired some of my recent DIY projects, like this Scallop Wave Pinboard. So of course it has been so much fun to add my current favorite pattern into my wardrobe!

Perhaps my favorite part of this new hair clip trend is that there is a way for everyone (of all ages) to pull it off. Unlike many trends that feel exclusive and unattainable, this trend really is for everyone. We worked hard to fill our Accessory Shop with a great mix of colors, patterns, and styles so everyone kind find something they love! Which of the new clips match your personality best?

This trend is casual, easy, and colorful. These x-shaped hair clips feel like quite the throwback. And it’s fun to feel like a kid again once in a while 😉

Who to gift these to…

Your spunky friend! With extra bright color pairs and shapes, these clips will stand out just as much as they do.

CHUNK Accessories

stocking stuffers ideas

CHUNKS is an indie brand created by accessories designer, Tiffany Ju. Designed in Seattle and proudly manufactured in China. I have been eyeing her designs for quite a while now and I am so excited to carry them in the Lars Shop! It is a great opportunity to support a female POC-owned company.

In addition to fantastic claw clips, we also dropped this eye-catching sunglasses in blue, tangerine, and neon pink.

Who to gift these to…

Your stylish friend! Bold prints like checkboard and are so in right now, these clips will fit right into their already fabulous closet.

Other Accessories and Stocking Stuffers

All of these clips come in limited quality and we cannot guarantee a restock, so help Santa out and order stocking stuffers and friend gifts now!

Click here to shop our full Accessories Shop or explore the links below!

 

Jasper’s Viking Cardboard Box Costume

Over on Instagram I’ve been doing a Jasper Costume Countdown from the previous couple of years. Do you remember them? First year, we had fun with a Picasso and Painting mommy and me costume. That little pudge! I can’t even handle it!

Picasso and Painting

But for actual Halloween night I turned him into a colorful French clown. Don’t ask where the make-up ended up.

The next year, he played Jared Leto at the Met Ball

And then Mommy and Me as Lady Liberty and her little tourist.

And then a squirrel for actual Halloween night.

DIY Cardboard Box Viking Costume

This year, I was inspired by his Nordic DNA and went a little more savage. Now, if you recall from this post, I have a number of requirements that accompany each costume choice. If you’re child has no opinions a la Jasper, then you can do whatever you darn well please and that’s when these decisions matter most. I really should have gone with a rotund animal selection because Jasper still has all the right curves (thankfully!), but a little mini viking was too cute, especially before he truly does become more savage with age.

Additionally, Paul’s number one choice for Jasper was Odin. It was a bit *much* for me so we got some use out of it in this more temporary context.

Cardboard Box Costume Viking Costume

I was inspired by my friend, Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag who creates the loveliest cardboard costumes. She has a series of cardboard box costumes that I love  so what started out as a plain ‘ole Viking turned into me thinking I turn his wagon into a ship and then before too long it became a cardboard box.

Here’s how I did it:

Materials for Ship:

  • cardboard box big enough for your child to fit into
  • Craft knife
  • Glue gun
  • Sharpie or pencil
  • acrylic paint in brown, blue, red, yellow, gold
  • string or rope
  • dowel
  • poster board
  • paint brushes

Instructions:

  1. Cut an oval hole into the top of the box and cut the other side out completely
  2. Draw and cut out your dragon design. I inserted it into a hole in the box and then secured with glue gun. Repeat to the tail.
  3. You can see in the pictures that I painted the sea first, but in hindsight I should have painted the brown of the ship first and then done the sea afterwards. I ended up doing both.
  4. I wanted a painterly/weathered look so I didn’t add too much paint onto the box, but enough to cover all the markings.
  5. I added in some metallic gold paint for accents. And then the sea with large strokes.
  6. Viking ships have those round shields on the side so we added those on too.
  7. We created a red and white sail with paint and added holes into it for the dowel.
  8. I added straps into the box from the end of the ship to the front so that they can be used as shoulder straps.

DIY Viking Helmet made from Cardboard

Jasper has been taking his viking hat EVERYWHERE we go–to the grocery store, returns…It’s hilarious. I’ve been wanting to make this Viking hat from Zygote Brown because it’s too darn cute! The one she has uses a different technique for the horns, which is AMAZING. I was spending SO much time on it that at midnight I had to say “serenity now” and figure out a faster technique so I did just a 2D version with the shape itself.

DIY Cardboard Viking Hat Materials:

Instructions: 

  1. Use the Zygote Brown viking hat base (the price is worth it because it involves exact math!)
  2. Cut out the 2D horns and insert them into the side of the hat and glue in place.

I did have to give his hair a little boost because it’s so long that the curls are getting weighed down. Curling iron to the rescue!

DIY Viking Costume

For the actual costume, our sewing intern made a few fun things:

  1. Sweet furry vest (the furrier the better!). It just so happens to be the same as the squirrel costume from last year!
  2. Spats She also made some spats in the same material to go over his shoes. I tied them up with twine so that they would hold in place and provide more texture.
  3. Turtleneck and pants I used this cream turtleneck from Maisonette and some pants he already had.

And that’s it! Love my little viking and yes, of course he’s taken on the persona and all the comes with it perfectly 😉

Can’t wait to see what you come up with! Show is your costumes with the tag #LarsInCostume

If you liked this post you’ll love these ones too!

Girl With a Pearl Earring Costume
Vincent Van Gogh Costume
Birth of Venus Costume

 

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

Meet: The Lars Girl (+ everything she needs for summer!)

Who is the Lars girl? Hopefully you!

The Lars Girl is the person we all are in our imaginations. With some intentionality, we can all become her! She is a person who loves color and whimsy. She has solid goals. Some seem lofty and impossibly, but she has a plan for each step along the way. The Lars Girl loves to explore different ways of being creative, especially with how she dresses. Though tempted by the occasional trend, she has her own stylistic fingerprint. Those who know her can look at something and know it is ~her.~ 

I guess what I’m trying to say is that the person I’d like to be is someone with quiet confidence. Someone who listens, someone who has a ton of fun but doesn’t lose sight of what she really wants. She is adaptable and flexible, but stays the course. And yes, she is prone to the occasional moment of obsession over a pair of shoes… I’m trying to be realistic here!

Becoming

It is my firm belief that having a fiercely-held idea of what you want can get you there. A *realistic* picture of the person you want to be can help you grow. Of course, there is a lot more to it than that, but I’m not the self-help guru. I am passionate, however. I am driven. I am excited, excitable, and at times entirely too frivolous. I’m who I want to be right now but I am conscious about how I have changed and how I hope to change in the future. 

Sorry for the mush!! This project of mine is designed to help you live a more beautiful life, and sometimes that means more than helping you pick color schemes. Don’t think I’m above that though – I love for color schemes. If you’re still having trouble picturing what you look like as a Lars Girl, check out our shopping links below! It’s got everything a Lars Girl needs for her summer style. Of course, there is more to a person than what she wears, but fashion is a perfect way to show who you really are. 

Go wild, my dears!

A lars girl summer style

A Lars Girl Summer Style

Summer dresses

You know I love dresses. I LOVE THEM. You can read all about why I only wear dresses and where I buy them, here. When we did our Dress the Rainbow series, I managed to find no less than 60 dresses in every (and I mean every) shade of the rainbow. Though I might never have the energy to tackle something like that again, I will never get tired of buying a new dress here and there. Even though I make dresses work all year round, even through snowy Utah winters, it is nice to be in the season where everyone loves a good dress.

 

Sun hats and accessories

When we can’t find the perfect sun hat, we just make our own! But the hats and accessories below are pretty darn perfect already.

 

Swimsuits

This past Lars girls’ bathing suit and matching pink pool has us day dreaming a long and colorful summer. Shop any of the suits below, and let us know if you find a matching pool 😉 At the very least pick out a matching pool float!

 

Sandals

Every year we set out on the hunt for the perfect summer sandal. And this is one way 2020 really does feel like our year!

 

For more fun summer style ideas, follow us on Pinterest here! And check out our fashion board that I add to all the time.

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!

 

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.

DIY block printing stamping art with potato DIY block printing stamping art with potato

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.

DIY block printing stamping art with potato DIY block printing stamping art with potato

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

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.