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 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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