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christmas + paper + Projects / Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014

Oversized holly & berry paper garland

Though I’m right in the thick of my Valentine’s Day posting, I thought I’d take you a few weeks back to a time when sugarplums dance in our heads. And because of the nature of Pinterest, I’m hoping that my tardiness in posting doesn’t mean that the project will get lost in no man’s blog land, so please pin for next year!
I created this oversized holly and berry paper garland for my parent’s house when we went to visit them over the holidays. My mom is the most clever decorator you will ever meet, but was really over Christmas decorations this year. I think it’s because she never does the same thing twice–I  am my mother’s daughter. So, she asked if I wanted to make something and I obliged. Or begged. I can’t remember. I’ll do a tutorial on it when Christmas gets closer, but let these pictures suffice for now. 
See that painting below? That’s my mom as painted by my uncle. As it’s placed right by the entry of the house, it reminds us not to get into any shenanigans. 

Again, stay tuned for a full tutorial closer to the holidays on this oversized holly and berries paper garland. I’m sure you’ll be waiting at the edge of your seats.

UPDATED: You can find the tutorial here.

Thank you to my awesome brother-in-law, Walker Boyes, for taking the photos! He’s the best!

DIY + paper + Projects + valentine's day / Monday, 27 Jan 2014

Oversized heart chain

Photography by Trisha Zemp 

I’m baaack from three conferences last week and I can’t wait to tell you more about it.

But in the mean time… I’ve spotted a cute paper heart chain on the interwebs (like this one from Just Bella or this one from Trendenser) and of course I wanted to try and make it huge like I do everything else so I came up with this oversized paper heart garland, which would be perfect to hang from a door or a entry way. I had to add some arrows in to act as support so it would retain it’s shape and it worked pretty well. Let me show you how to do it ombre style.

Materials: Canson art paper (learn how to ombre it here), paper wrapped wire (order some here), white crepe paper to wrap around the wire, black paper, glue gun, hole punch, craft knife
To make the heart strips: 
Step 1: Ombre your paper (learn how to do it here)
Step 2: Cut it into strips 1 1/2″ strips
Step 3: You will hole punch two sets of papers per heart. The first strip: punch about 1/2″ from one end and then about 8″ from there. The second strip, punch 1/2″ from the end and then 8″ from the other end.
To make the arrows
Step 1: Cut a piece of crepe paper about 3/4″ inch strips going against the grain and wrap it around the wire. Use glue to secure it at both ends.
Step 2: Cut out arrow tips out of black paper.
To form the heart:
Step 1: Glue two strips together at the end (the ends without the holes) and glue another set of strips together. This last one will form the second heart.
Step 2: Glue the ends of the first set of strips onto the outside of the tips of the second heart shape.
Step 3: Bore a hole at the point of the first heart. I used a craft knife here.
Step 4: Repeat until you have the amount of hearts you would like on your garland.
TIP: You will want to trade off which way the arrow points (for balance) so make sure to switch off which way the holes face.

To insert the arrows:
Step 1: Start with the middle holes and insert the tip of the wire in and down through the bottom hole and then up through the top hole.

To finish off the arrows:
Glue the black parts of the arrow onto the tips of the wire.

Voila! Let me know if something is unclear!

Happy early Valentine’s day and I’d love to see your oversized paper heart garlands. Tag all your projects with #thehousethatlarsbuilt

If you’re looking for more Valentine’s Day ideas, check out my Valentine’s Day Pinterest board.

Life + Review / Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014

Lars in 2013 by color

In my mind, 2013 went like this: moved to America, made some stuff, met new people. Done. When I went back through the archives of the blog, I was shocked at how much “stuff” I had done. And how many great people I met, and the places I got to go. Tip: if you have a bad memory, keep a blog! Or scrapbook! Or take pictures. It’s so helpful for this aging noggin. I took a tip from the fine ladies at Sister Mag and decided to do a recap of the year according to color. Why? Same reason we now categorize our bookshelves in the same why-no order, just color. 

 Featured in Uppercase Magazine  |  Oversized Easter Egg  |  American flag picnic blanket  |  Something Blue wedding  |  Make a camera strap from a scarf  (one of my most pinned images!)  |  Taught at Anthropologie  |  Back to School stickers  |  Being a ballerina  |  France  |  Gift toppers  |  Father’s day wrapping idea  |  Halloween care package idea  |  Bonnie  |  Spotlight on QP Collections  |  Paper cut Boutonniere  |  Candy Bomber  |  Behind the scenes at the ballet  |  Head scarf

Make an envelope pillow  |  succulents and pumpkins  |  Maypole  |  Nutcracker  |  How to make polka dot wrapping paper  |  Maypole  |  Sewing kit printable  |  Oversized snowflake backdrop  |  My 2013 calendar  |  paper cut out card for the bridal couple  |  Fall decor idea  |  glitter heart packaging

Tomorrow I’ll be going over some New Year’s Resolutions. Yawn, you might say, but don’t worry, there’s something in it for you. Muhahaha.

Style + This Girl / Friday, 22 Nov 2013

This Girl

My This Girls have become so monochromatic lately. What’s the dill?

This Girl  |  Winds  |  Decompresses

Have a lovely weekend.

ALSO, Cait of Pretty and Fun, you’re the winner of the Caitlin Wilson giveaway! Please email me with your mailing address! 

DIY + gift wrapping + holiday + paper + Party + Projects / Thursday, 13 Jun 2013

Father’s Day gift wrap

My dad works in finance and says that the best gift we can give him is no gift at all. I’m ALL about that–I’m totally cheap. But, I’m guessing there are some fathers out there who love a good gift and this gift wrap idea takes the form of a card too, so consider it part of the gift. My dad’s really good at putting up scanned photos of us as kiddies on Facebook, so I just collected them and printed them off in black and white. Bada bing, bada boom.

Supplies: box, kraft paper, pictures of your dad (make sure you shrink them down to a small size that will fit the size of the hole you create–I made mine 2×2″), scissors, x-acto, circle template, tape

Step 1: Cut the kraft paper to the size of the box and wrap it to find out where you should put your holes. You don’t have to wrap it all the way.
Step 2: Using your circle template (I used the cap of a Mod Podge bottle), trace onto the kraft paper and repeat for all the photos you want to use.
Step 3: Cut out half of your circle with an x-acto knife and crease the circle over so it opens half way.
Step 4: On the back side, select a photo and affix it into the frame of the half circle.
Step 5: Secure it with tape.
Step 6: Repeat for all the circles.
Step 7: Finish it off with a ribbon.

Donzo.

Isn’t it so fun?! It’s like a trip down memory lane AND a gift all in one. I’m a big fan of this pop-up method and I can envision it for so many things. Remember the Valentine’s hearts? The fun never ends.

Happy Father’s day to all you dads! And a special early Father’s day to the original Lars.