DIY Lace Block Letters

IMG_2894Greek girls love their sorority insignia more than they love rhinestones (which is a lot). Your letters are something to be proud of, which is why these DIY lace block letters are a great project for any sorority girl.

Sarah Dinell, a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, made this craft for one of her sisters.

“The great thing about this project is that you can really customize it however you want,” Dinell said. “You can make it your own by using a different color of paint or a different color of lace.”

It’s a new yet simple twist on a classic crafting project, and here’s how you do it!

Step 1: Find an old piece of cardboard and use a ruler to cut a square out of it. You can make the square as big or as little as you want, depending on how big you want the letters to be.

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Step 2: Paint the cardboard black, or any color that you want. Let it completely dry before moving on to the next step.

Step 3: Pick out some lace and wrap it around the cardboard, using super glue or masking tape to secure it in the back. Lace comes in a variety of different colors, so feel free to be creative when picking out your lace!

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Step 4: Buy small wooden letters that represent your sorority, and paint them the same color you painted the cardboard, or whatever color you want. Once they have completely dried, you can make unique additions to the letters.

“I added a small pink bow to the ‘D’ because I wanted it to stand out and look different,” Dinell said.

Step 5: Tape or super glue the letters to the cardboard squares and you’re done!

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Kristen Hwang, a member of Sigma Kappa sorority, praised Dinell on her project.

“Sarah showed me the letters when she was done and I thought it was so awesome,” Hwang said. “I will definitely be making letters like this sometime soon!”

Keep it crafty!

Rhinestoned Chevron Letter

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Chevron stripes are taking over the crafting world…or at least it feels like it! Painting a chevron pattern can actually be very difficult, especially on your first try. A good project for people new to chevrons is a rhinestoned chevron letter! Not only will it look adorable, but your sisters will fall in love with it.

Leighann Reynolds, a member of Chi Omega, has made numerous chevron-themed crafts.

“Once you get the hang of it, you’ll become addicted to chevrons,” Reynolds said. “Though they take some work they always end up looking so cute.”

Step 1: Go to your local crafting store and purchase a plain, wooden letter. Any size is fine. You can buy a couple letters for your sorority’s name or you can get a single letter that represents your sister’s initial.

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Step 2: Paint the letter white. Two layers should be enough. Once the letter is dry, use a chevron template that you can print from the internet, and trace the pattern onto the letter with a pencil.

Brooke Mitchell, another member of Chi Omega, gave some advice for this step of the process.

“Be patient when you’re tracing the chevron on to the letter,” Mitchell said. “This is the most time-consuming part of the project, so you have to try really hard to be careful!”

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Step 3: Once you have completely traced the pattern on to the letter, use some painter’s tape to cover up every other line. Try to be as exact as possible!

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Step 4: Pick your sister’s favorite color, and paint the untaped lines of chevron. Again, two layers of paint should be enough.

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Step 5: When the paint is dry, carefully take the painter’s tape off of the letter. At this time, you can do some final touch ups and make sure you have clean lines.

You can finish your letter there, or you can add some rhinestones using super glue. Remember, you can never have too many rhinestones! Try outlining every other chevron line with rhinestones.

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And there you have it! This letter is the perfect gift to give your sisters on any occasion.

“I gave a chevron canvas to my big and she loved it! It was totally worth all the hard work,” Reynolds said.

Keep it crafty!

DIY Photo Canvas

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When you’re running short on time and need to make a craft, a photo canvas is an easy and adorable way to show your sister you appreciate her. This project is quick, simple and thoughtful- the perfect craft for a busy sorority girl!

Rachel Avila, a member of Sigma Kappa, made this craft for one of her sorority sisters.

“I felt like crafting for some of my sisters one day, so I kind of just made it up as I went,” Avila said.

Step 1: Find a picture of your sister and you, and either print it out on your computer or order a print from your local drug store. Buy a blank frame from any crafting store. Hobby Lobby usually has great deals on canvases, especially when you buy them in packs.

Step 2: Glue the photo to the canvas. You can use any type of glue, but superglue is probably your best option.

Step 3: Using a fine paintbrush, paint the name of your sorority on both sides of the photo.

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Step 4: Tie a piece of ribbon into a basic bow. Or, if you would like to, you can do a more complex bow.

“There are so many different ways to tie a bow, so be creative! It’ll definitely make your canvas look nicer,” Avila said.

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And there you go! Even though this is a really simple project, all of your sisters will adore it.

Kristen Hwang, also a member of Sigma Kappa, received one of these canvases.

“I’m absolutely in love with it,” Hwang said. “It’s so meaningful and looks perfect on my wall!”

DIY Fleece Tie Blanket

Who doesn’t love a warm, cozy blanket?  Not only is a fleece tie blanket a perfect crafting project for all girls, but it is a popular item for sorority girls to give to their sisters. You can even pick a pattern that incorporates one of your sorority’s symbols, like one of my sisters did with this blanket below!

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My sorority sister, Brooke Mitchell, made this particular blanket for a sister during her spare time.

“I love these blankets more than anything,” Mitchell said. “They are sort of time-consuming, but totally worth it.”

Step 1: Go to your local crafting store and pick out two yards of two different pieces of fleece. You can pick two fleeces that both have a pattern on them, but normally people pick out one fun pattern and complement it with a solid color of fleece. JoAnn is a great place to go for fleece because they have an insanely large selection, and they usually have great sales.

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Step 2: Once you have picked out your fleece, lay them out on top of each other. Make sure the two fabrics are lined up as closely as possible, as you will be cutting both fabrics at the same time. Start by making 2″-2.5″ cuts, all along the entire length of the fleeces. When you get near a corner, make sure to cut out the corner completely, making a slightly bigger cut than normal. This process can take a long time, but be patient!

“The corners always messed me up,” Sarah Dinell, a member of another sorority, said. “It seems confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it it’s not that bad.”

Step 3: Once you have made all necessary cuts, you can start tying the top layers of fleece and the bottom layers of fleece together. In order to make sure the blanket does not come apart, make double knots for each tie of the blanket.

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And there you go! You just made a beautiful blanket.

If you have any questions or suggestions for my next crafting project, please leave a comment below!

Keep it crafty everyone!

DIY Sorority Letters

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In need of a gift for one of your sisters? Thankfully, you can never go wrong with DIY wooden letters. You can go to your local crafting store and find wooden letters that represent your sorority in a variety of different shapes, sizes and colors.

“They’re so easy and fun to make,” Chi Omega member Brooke Mitchell said, “Plus they look really nice once they’re finished.”

Step 1: Go to an arts and crafts store; places like Hobby Lobby have a large selection of wooden letters for a decent price. Pick the letters that correspond to your sorority, or you can even order customized Greek symbols online. Try to find letters that are either white or natural colored because they will be easier to paint over.

Step 2: Pick out a bright color of paint and put about 2-3 layers of paint on the letters. Make sure to paint the sides of the letters as well!

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Step 3: Find some fun felt stickers or mini flowers to decorate the letters with. If you can’t find any felt stickers, get any sort of embellishments and attach them to the letters using super glue or a hot-glue gun. Try organizing the embellishments in a creative way and use a variety of colors that compliment the color of the letters!

And there you have it! If you want to make the letters a little more interesting, you can add stripes or polka dots in a different color of paint, or you can add rhinestones, every sorority girl’s favorite add-on.

“You can never have too many letters, so it’s always the perfect gift for any sister,” Mitchell said.

What sort of embellishments do you usually use for your letters? Do you have any techniques or tricks? Is there another DIY project you’d like to learn how to do? Comment below and let me know what you would like to see next!

The Perfect Pink Paddle

Initiation into a sorority is the most special experience you will ever have as a Greek. You learn the secrets of your sorority and become an official member for the rest of your life.

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!

IMG_2246Step 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.

IMG_2268Step 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.

IMG_2253Step 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.

IMG_2273Step 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!

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