A few of our favorite creatives in honor of Black History Month!

Alvin Ailey Plush Doll

Alvin Ailey was a dancer, director, choreographer, and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the most successful dance companies in the world. His work fused theatre, modern dance, ballet, and jazz with black vernacular, creating hope-fueled choreography that continues to spread global awareness of black life in America. We are inspired by Ailey’s movement, creativity, and motivation to create such meaningful and beautiful movement that leaves one feeling so inspired.

One of Paul’s favorite experiences was seeing the Alvin Ailey Dance Company when he worked at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. He still talks about it to this day!

Alma Woodsey Thomas as a Plush Doll

Alma Woodsey Thomas was an Expressionist painter and art educator best known for her colorful abstract paintings. We find ourselves in awe of her exuberant works, which are nothing short of noteworthy in their pattern, rhythm and color. There is nothing not to love about Alma’s work. Her ability to mix patterns and her eye for color are something we strive for in our own work here at Lars.

Beyonce as an Embroidered Plush Doll

Clearly, we had to create Beyonce in plush form. It was a given. Mostly, we wanted to bedazzle her in embroidery even more than she already is. Her raw talent and unstinted work ethic demonstrate to women of all walks of life that we can too. We look up to her ability to inspire others with her music, and that her creativity instills self-love, wonder, strength and an undeniable excitement and joy at being a woman. Beyonce is nothing short of pure magic!

Jean-Michel Basquiat as an Embroidered Plush Doll

Jean-Michel Basquiat was an artist most famous for his Neo-Expressionist paintings. Before Basquiat found his fame, he was using graffiti as an outlet of his artistic expression the name “SAMO.” His work was groundbreaking and addressed by the social and artistic elite. He took the consumerist pop model of the time and transformed it into a social commentary that spoke against systems of racism and power structures. We admire Basquiat’s persistence in creating work that held such powerful messages. Plus, we love his work!

We have even more plans for these dolls coming up, so feel free to comment below of people who want to celebrate. Who knows, they may just make it in a post! Stay tuned and be sure to make your own while you’re at it! You can find our tutorial here. Tag us with #larsmakes so we can see your creations!

A trend we love “cherry” much!

Trend Alert: Cherries!

Some of our favorite cherry inspired projects from Lars past are our paper cherry wreath and our tootsie pop cherry gifts! So of course now that cherries are majorly on trend WE ARE HERE FOR IT.

Click here to learn how to make your very own cherry wreath!

Very Cherry Statement Pieces

Cherries can make a statement in literally any area of your life, as you’ll see below! We found cherry inspired fashion, decor, stationery, art, and more! As the weather warms up, usher in spring and summer with some fun nods to this current trend.

Imagine a cherry 🍒 themed party?! Hang this garland, lay out these napkins, and you’re on your way! These cherry gift balls from Meri Meri are hiding fun party favors, and these clips from Ban.do make perfect party gifts too! Here are some of our favorite unique ice cream sundae flavors that will literally be the cherry on top of your party.

Cherry pillows are such a fun statement item! Find the grown up version here for your living room, or the kid’s version here!

Lars Exclusive

Our newest design in our exclusive wrapping paper line features this trend! And it is on sale right now!

Originally made to be valentines, our tootsie pop cherries can be given as gifts all year round! Think birthdays, teacher appreciation, and random acts of kindness to brighten someone’s day!

DIY Presidents Day Dolls!

George Washington

Our country’s first president is immortalized as a plush doll with some adorable embroidery accents. I’m especially loving the fringe of the blouse and sleeve details.

Abraham Lincoln

Because of it’s proximity to Valentine’s Day, we have dubbed him Baberaham Lincoln. And if you look closely, the detailing around his jacket is stars! Only appropriate!

How to make a Presidents Day Doll

Materials:

You can find the materials list in our e-book here

To find your Presidents Day picture files, we recommend the following:

  1. Searching for the highest resolution images with the name and then “full body”. In Google you can go to “Tools” at the far right top bar and then “high” for resolution size.
  2. We brought our images into Photoshop and cut around the body and saved it as a jpg. If you don’t have Photoshop, there are a number of free apps that do the same job.
  3. Per the instructions in our e-book, we printed ours as big as it could go on a 8.5×11” size paper.
  4. Follow the rest of the instructions in the e-book to finish it off!

If you haven’t tried making these yet you’ve got to give it a go! We know you are going to love it! Tag us with #larsmakes so we can see your creations!

Hint Hint Hubby: Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Husbands! Boyfriends! Significant others! We are talking to you. We assume your lady did her job and sent you over to our complete Valentine’s Day Gift Guide. Using this guide will allow you to surprise her AND find a gift you already know she will love! We have categorized our gift ideas to help you narrow down the search. What will make Valentine’s Day extra special this year for your true love?

For sentimental value

Heart jewelry is a natural direction to go when gift hunting for your Valentine. To make your gift long-lasting and unforgettable make sure to find jewelry she will love to wear all year long! These earrings and this necklace are simple and minimal, and she won’t want to take them off! Pair it with a fragrance you’ll both love and your upcoming date nights are sure to be extra special!

For the hostess

Does your wife love to host amazing parties? These gifts will know you took time to think of what she would love most. Bring a hint of romance to every party with this agate cheeseboard made of amethyst, February’s gemstone. Putting your flowers into a new amazing vase this year will instantly level up the gift.

For everyday

Sometimes the best gifts are the simple ones, that she can use every single day! Above you’ll find a floral thermos, a portable charger, a new passport cover (maybe to tell her about an upcoming trip, eh? 😉 and more – all in colors she will swoon over!

For the hopeless romantic

Flowers she can keep forever (they are dried!) romantic vases and perfumes that hint of Paris – the city of love. Make this Valentine’s Day feel like her favorite romantic movie with these gifts.

Surprise her! Unique and unexpected gifts

Your Valentine will never expect a fun gift like this heart-shaped waffle maker – Even better, use it to make her breakfast in bed! And bring her this monogrammed mug with her initial!

For a well-deserved spa day

Offer to watch the kids for a couple hours and let your wife try out all of these self-care items – like this luxurious waffle robe, or this silk pillowcase. Write a sweet love note in this bar of fancy soap. She’ll love you forever for it.

How to wrap your gift

When it comes to gift-giving, it’s really the details that make it special. Taking extra time and care your wrap your gift will pay off, we promise she will notice! Below you’ll find our special Valentine’s Day wrapping paper, and some of our favorite gift wrap items. Your lady will be thanking you before she has even opened her present!

Find our full Valentine’s Day wrapping paper collection here! And to include a fun valentine card with your gift, click here!

Phew, now that we’ve gone over the big stuff, time to get a card, head on over to our shop to pick one out! 

Good luck!

Valentine Hair Clips Round-Up

A handful of our favorite hair clips!

We got a new batch of clips in and listed them in the shop. You can find them here!

Valentine hair clips

Total e-clips of the heart printable card

Or grab our new clip Valentine cards here.

Snag these up quick so you can send these cards out to everyone you love! Be sure to show us how you styled the card with #larsloveslove!!

In the Mood for: Little Women

Which Little Women character are you?

Little Women was on our list of 50 creative and inspiring movies, and we’ve compiled some style inspiration for you based on the March sisters. Find your style picks below!

Meg

Meg March, the perfect example of fashion on a budget. With the right eye, you can fill your closet with classy pieces without breaking the bank! Below you will find our balance between comfort, price point, and glam:

And we can’t forget, Meg is also a supermom! Her love for children will always come before her love for fashion and luxury. Accessories like this pearl headband instantly glam up an outfit, while staying right out of the reach of a little Boo’s reach. Even in the middle of all your many mom duties, don’t forget to set aside time for romance! Put on this dainty statement necklace and hit the town with your true love! Take a note from Meg’s diary, little details like pom pom shoes and puff sleeves will take your wardrobe to the next level this year.

Jo

Jo, fiery, ambitious, and forever on the go. Below you will find items for the Modern Jo March:

If you are the tomboyish and passionate kindred spirit to Jo, we have curated this list with you in mind! Nothing can get in your way, you are sure to trade heels for sneakers, so we included our favorite pair in just the color scheme for you. For you and Jo, accessories are an after thought, but you don’t have to sacrifice sensibility for fashion – these geometric earrings will catch eyes at interviews and elevate your style with ease. We imagine Jo’s favorite current print trend would be leopard print, so this print necktie is just the touch. Of course you will need a good writing desk and a pencil case (you never know when the right story will hit you!) Even if these items seem a little girly, like this floral purse, don’t be fooled – this is all about function (maybe with some style tips taken from Meg.)

Beth

Oh Beth, the sweet and soft sister we could all learn to be more like. Beth’s list is all about comfort. If you’re a homebody, we have you covered:

This knit sweater has such a lovely bit of lace even the most selfless of us are tempted to slurge. Even in the middle of all your giving, don’t forget to take care of yourself! Have some fun this this cute sloth phone case, or these velvet hair bows! Your home is your sanctuary, so dress it up right in this subtle floral wallpaper. (We imagine Beth’s favorite current print trend would be florals.) Make memories with all your loved ones with this pastel polaroid camera!

Amy

For the bold artist in all of us, Amy’s list is full of color, shapes, and fun! We know even everyday items like hand soap and staplers can be masterpieces, as you’ll see below:

Refined, artsy, and stylish – our vision for Amy’s interior design style. We imagine Amy’s favorite current print trend would be abstract shapes, and are dying over this paint stroke light shade. For you Amy March Soul Sisters, we found this amazing purple chore coat (imagine your paint brushes in those pockets! Ah!) and these painted vases. Whether you have been to France yet or not, want to carry around this phone case everywhere you go? We say oui! You are art, dress like it with this floral sweater.

Which modern March Sister’s style are you drawn to the most? We would love to hear in the comments below!

If you loved this Little Women inspiration, check out more of our “in the mood for” style inspiration here. And if you love the book, check out our Little Women book club from January.

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 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 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

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!

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

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!