Sunday, August 31, 2014

This week

This week was Nuts with a capital N, but I guess that's the name of the game these days. We returned from Canada and went straight into the last minute details of a big collaboration we shot on Friday. I cannot wait to show you more details, but of course, I cannot keep it all to myself so I've been showing some sneak peeks on Instagram (@houselarsbuilt).

This week on Lars
Learn the art of dyeing and make this clutch
Take an Ikea pillow, bleach it, dye it, pom pom it
DIY God's eye
Crochet your house
Dessert sushi! 

Lars elsewhere
Decorate your house with garlands
Mint floors
DIY dinner napkins (and the new Brooklyn Bride website!)

Take a look
Searching for Anne of Green Gables
This ring 
This gorgeous lamp

photo from my instagram of this week's collaboration

Thursday, August 28, 2014

DIY Blogger Handbook winners announced and sale!

Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic response to my new online class, the DIY Blogger Handbook on Atly. I couldn't be doing what I do without you. And thank you to those who participated in the giveaway. The winner of the giveaway who will receive a free entry to the class is...Sara Palaez. Please contact me at to receive the code for the class.

As a thank you for participating, I'm doing a quick flash sale that ends today at midnight. Use DIYFLASH25 at checkout to get 25% off the class. Here's the link to see more about the class.

Happy crafting!

Dessert sushi

Dessert sushi
If you don't like raw fish maybe you like raw cookie dough? With ice cream? As sushi? Just maybe? Guys, dessert sushi rocked my world. It would be so fun for a party or a fun dinner surprise. 
Chocolate and peanut butter sushi
dessert sushi
Baker ME Hammond replicated a full sushi experience with sweets. Here's what we did:
dessert sushi
Whipped pistachio paste for wasabi
Starburst for ginger
Chocolate sauce for soy sauce
Coconut flakes for rice
Strawberry ice cream with sugar dough and sprinkles
Vanilla with chocolate chip cookie dough
Chocolate ice cream with peanut butter
dessert sushi
vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip cookie dough
dessert sushi
dessert sushi
styling by Brittany Jepsen

See the instructions from ME below:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DIY room to room: crochet

DIY God's eye

DIY God's eye
Glamping times to us is not only fun and fames but also a time of meditation (see our other projects here). So, Ashley came up with our own version of a God's eye, or Ojo de Dios to evoke a beautiful tradition and craft.

Traditionally, a God's eye is a ritual tool to celebrate an event or blessing, like the blessing on a home. They were believed to be used by the ancient Pueblo Peoples and were continued to be used during the Spanish Colonial times, from the 1500s-1800s. The four points represent the elements--earth, wind, fire, air--and the center is the all-seeing eye of God. The God's eye was traditionally created in solitude as a form of prayer. In some forms of the tradition, when a child is born, the central eye is woven by the father, then one eye is added for every year of the child's life until the age of five. 

I find the tradition beautiful and meaningful and we respectfully created one to honor this tradition. 
DIY God's eye
Crafting by Ashley Isenhour
Photography by Trisha Zemp and Sheena Bates 

This project is sponsored by Harmony

 To learn how to make one of your own, read the full instructions below.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ikea hack embellished pillow

If you're just joining us here on Lars, we are just finishing up some epic glamping DIY projects that would be perfect for a late summer glamping trip (check out the rest here). Round 10 comes in the form of this Ikea pillow embellishment using a little dye and yarn. You know that black and white Ikea pillow that everyone has? With some bleach and yarn it's now pink and peach and ready for some pom poms! I love what Ashley did to it! Pom pom making would be perfect for sitting around a campfire, wouldn't it? 

photography by Trisha Zemp and Sheena Bates 

crafting by Ashley Isenhour 

This project is sponsored by Harmony of Provo who has an amazing selection of beautiful yarns. Thank you Harmony! 

See below for full instructions 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Ink-dyed clutch

DIY Ink-dyed clutch
As you might have seen from our previous projects, we’ve been loving our partnership with Craftsy. It's given us the opportunity to try out new techniques. Our final installment of the series is the The Art of Cloth Dyeing class with JaneDunnewold. This class comes at a time when ink-dyeing techniques have made a full circle in their trend cycle. No doubt you’ve been spying all the shibori and tie-dying going on? Well, this class provides you with the basic dyeing techniques to do all of that! And today you have the opportunity to win a spot in the class (click here for more info). 
In the class you’ll learn the entire process of ink-dyeing like the following:
  • color-mixing and chemistry of fiber-reactive dyes
  • learning how fabrics will react to dyes and absorb color
  • the supplies you’ll need to do it all from home
  • basic fabric manipulations like rubber banding, folding, pleating
  • how to mix dyes
  • the science of calculating how much time to allow for the dyes to react, otherwise known as batching.
  • The secret to a fast and easy washout.
  • Some more advanced dyeing techniques (they’re so rad!)
  • What to do when you’ve overdyed your project
  • What to do with your fabrics afterward
I had the talented Ashley Isenhour take the class and she said that the class was easy to follow and inspiring in creating your own projects with it. As Jane Dunnewold literally wrote the book on the subject with Complex Cloth and Art Cloth: A Guide to Surface Design onFabric, she trusted her advice and found it to be practical and easy to understand.

Ashley came up with a fancy application to the cloth-dyed fabric by making a black and white cloth-dyed clutch that you can take out and about on the town. It’s lined with a pink linen and I love how it turned out!
DIY ink dyed clutch

Learn how to make the clutch after the jump

Sunday, August 24, 2014

This week

This week...let's see...what's been going on? I'm typing from my laptop in Vancouver, Canada where I held two workshops at Poppytalk's new studio and shop. We're also visiting family and trying to see as much as we can of this beautiful city while we're here, but I'm afraid we're just not close to scratching the surface, which just means that we'll have to come back again very soon. People are saying that fall has arrived back in Utah though so we may never leave this town as the weather has been perfect and fall to me means winter and winter means death. ugh. And yes, I'm overly dramatic.

These picture above is of the neighborhood we are staying in. How quaint, eh?

This week on Lars:
I just announced my new online class and giveaway called the DIY Blogger Handbook (enter the giveaway by Tuesday to earn a spot in the class)
Make some simple wood DIY projects 
Glamping continues! Make an herb fire starter
Make some adorable shadow puppets with these free printables
Make these color block rock dominoes out of rocks
A sneak peek at a new collaboration I'm doing with Twig NY
DIY camp chair cover
Homemade heart marshmallows
Floral campfire mandala

Lars elsewhere:
Back to school projects on Interior Collective
Make some projects based on your summer travels
5 gorgeous table settings on Brooklyn Bride

This rare interview of Sarah Burton (the dress designer of Kate's dress) is enlightening
Merrilee of Mer Mag is doing a back-to-school sale on her Kid's Craft Camp class
What's in your purse?
Floral sprinkles!

photo from my instagram

Friday, August 22, 2014

DIY room to room: wood

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Homemade herb firestarter

Greetings from Vancouver! This city is stealing my heart. I taught a paper flower workshop at the new studio/shop of Poppytalk and I'll be teaching another tomorrow (psst: there's still a couple of spots left! Sign up here).

Continuing on our glamping series, every glampsite needs a bon fire and every bon fire starts with herbs, right? Right! Kandyce of Ramblin Rose came up with his homemade herb starter, aka is nature's perfume. Trust me, you'll want in on this.

Materials: kindling, mint, lavender, twine (mint and lavender are natural bug repellents, FY!)
Step 1: Take a little of each herb and kindling and wrap with twine.
We've had a good time craft glamping. Check out some of our other crafts!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DIY Blogger Handbook is now open & giveaway!

Glee! I've been feverishly working to put the final touches on the DIY Blogger Handbook, an online class with the new platform Atly, and it's now ready! 

I'm super thrilled about the new class as it's something I wish I would have had when I was starting out as a DIY blogger. I've learned so much along the way. In the class, I detail everything you should think about when starting out or as you're looking to improve the content of your tutorial-based blog. The class gives you the option to upgrade to "Instructor feedback" so that you can submit the deliverables to me in order to receive the best feedback and improve the quality of your work. I even hold interviews with some of the best DIY bloggers out there like Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge and Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day. There's even a section on DIY photography as taught by Trisha Zemp, the photographer who I've been working with over the past year. 

Atly is a brand new platform and has invested a lot into make the user and teacher experience a good one. It is so so easy to use and from the instructor side it's been pretty fluid (pssst: if you're looking to teach, I'd certainly look into Atly). Plus, Adam, the president of the company, and everyone else at the company has been super helpful and supportive as I've gone through the process. I've researched a lot of platforms to take this class to and ultimately I went with Atly because I feel like they are taking all the right steps to making this the best experience for learning. I used Skillshare for my Paper Flower Class, and that was a great platform for my crafts, and now I've selected Atly as the host of this new class (and possibly more, stay tuned!)
I'm joining a host of other new classes with awesome teachers and classes like
Take a look at the promo video to learn a bit more about what you'll be learning in the class and to sense my ultra enthusiasm about the class (yikes! I get a little too excited!).

AND, to kick off the class, I'm doing a giveaway for two people to take the class here, one opportunity here on the blog and the other on Instagram. You may enter in both places. To enter here on the blog:

2. Share this new class on the social media platform of your choice (can be your personal Facebook page)
3. Leave a comment here on the blogging telling me that you've entered and how you've shared the new class and why you want to take the class.

The giveaway will end one week from today on Monday, August 25th and a winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 26th. 

I truly believe this class will help you create and improve the  content of your work. If you know someone who you think could benefit from it, please share the love! I mention on the class that I don't think it's a competition, but a supportive community in which we can all raise the standard of work on the Internet. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Shadow puppets & Cricut template

Guys, I don't care if I'm not 10, I'm shadow puppeting! At our glamp site we totally got into the puppet spirit with this adorable animals that you can print and tell stories with. Personally, I find everything more inspiring against a pink background. I just might be painting my walls pink soon. Maybe! 
There are two ways to make this project:

  1. Free Cricut files
  2. Free PDF printable that you can download and cut out yourself
Materials: black paper, craft knife or Cricut machine, bamboo skewer or stick, Cricut file download (click here), PDF download, tape or glue

For Cricut: 
Step 1: Upload the file onto your Cricut
Step 2: Attach the skewer to the back of the puppet with glue or tape.

Step 1: Print out the PDFs.
Step 2: Cut out the page with your scissors or craft knife.
Step 3: Trace the figures onto your black paper and cut out.


Step 2: Put the PDF onto your black paper and cut out the two at the same time.

All you need is a flash light and darkness and a sheet and you're good to go! Happy puppeting! 

We've had a good time craft glamping. Check out some of our other crafts!

photography by Trisha Zemp 
shadow puppet illustrations by Victoria Riza Illustration
hair/make up by Jessie Mcarthur 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Color rock dominoes

As many of you head back to school this week, we're still glamping! There's still time to fit it into the summer, right? Well, these color rock dominoes would be good for any time of the year. I thought the color idea was a nice alternative to painting little dots onto the domino, and much more bold.
Materials: You will need 6 colors of acrylic paint, brush, 28 flat rocks

Step 1: Leave one of the dominoes blank. This will be the double blank domino. 

Step 2: For the rest of the "blanks," leave one half of each domino blank and color the other half of that side of the domino with one of each colors. Once you use a domino in a particular suit, you will not use that color again in that suit. For instance, once you make the "blank-mint" domino, you will not use another mint with the "blanks" suit.

Step 3: Repeat this process with the rest of the suits. Avoid replicating any of the dominoes. Take a look at the picture above to see the complete set of domino colors and how to paint them.

And check out our other crafty glamping projects:

photography by Trisha Zemp (in studio) and Sheena Bates (environment)
styling by Brittany Jepsen
assisting crafting by Eleanor Mika, Ashley Isenhour, Kelly Curtis