Aside from the bonding and sisterhood, initiation is also usually the time to make a paddle for your sis! Paddles, which are not used for hazing purposes, are cute and colorful projects that members of a sorority make for each other, commonly between a big and a little. These paddles are usually hung up on a wall, and they are essentially a token of appreciation and love from a sister.
Though making a paddle may seem daunting at first, I will show you a step-by-step tutorial for a paddle I made for my big.
Step 1: Go to the nearest craft store and purchase a paddle. Places like Michael’s or Joann usually have paddles. You can also see if your school has a Greek store that sells everything needed for paddles. You should also purchase paint, ribbon, glue and any other additional items you want to decorate your paddle with. I bought a massive bag of rhinestones and some felt owl and flower stickers for mine!
Step 2: Paint your paddle. I only painted the sides of my paddle because I glued sparkly pink scrapbook paper on the front. If your school does have a Greek store, you can ask them to help you make a paddle topper.
Step 3: Once the paint is dry, superglue rhinestones to the side of the paddle. Alternate between one big and one small rhinestone until the entire outer edge of the paddle is covered. I challenge you to try to NOT superglue your fingers together. Believe me, it’s hard.
Step 4: Paint all the letters, words and symbols that you want to glue onto your paddle. It is suggested to include your sorority’s letters, the words “big sis” and “lil sis”, your name, your big’s name, your crest and anything else that you want to add on. And if you love rhinestones like any other sorority girl, you can even bejewel your letters after painting them, as shown below.
Step 5: Attach all your decals to your paddle. You can do this by either using a hot glue gun or superglue. If you’re lucky, you can find wooden letters that come with a piece of paper on the back that you peel off and then can stick to the paddle.
Step 6: Once everything is in place, make any final touches. Add ribbon, felt stickers, bows, or even more rhinestones…because you can never have too many rhinestones! And voila, you just made a paddle. Snaps for you!