Make Pretty Sorority Crafts for Your Big or Little!
Sorority craft ideas for your big or little.
This summer I made a whole bunch of sorority crafts, some for my big (big "sister" in the sorority), some for my future little this fall, and some for myself.
One of the fun things about being in a sorority besides the sisterhood and events is that you finally have a legitimate excuse to make some of the crafts you find on places like Pinterest! I've gotten pretty crafty since joining a sorority in college (and joining Pinterest) and had a few "crafternoons" this summer because painting and crafting things can be both fun and relaxing.
The best part about crafting as a hobby is that you end up with a homemade finished product that you can give as a gift, like these Lilly Pulitzer-inspired sorority picture frames and other crafts. And my once-stodgy work desk is now covered in pink glitter! So show your appreciation for a fellow sister and craft them handmade something with love. :)
My Paddle for My Big - Lilly Pulitzer printout on the front, personal details on the back
No we don't beat each other with the paddles. They're just for decoration.
My Big's Paddle for Me - Isn't it beautiful?!?
Get some crafting supplies - Hint: Michael's and Hobby Lobby are the best place to find blank wooden letters and picture frames
This is most of the supplies that I used for crafting sorority items. The owl hanging and bag in the back I left undecorated, and my laptop was on this card table for a while so I could pull up reference pictures like Lilly Pulitzer designs. Make sure to cover your table in newspaper or butcher paper!
I bought the wooden frames for around a buck each and the white frames and heart are salvaged from old crafts that I did as a kid and removed everything from and then repainted white. The 'Katie' wooden name was made by my awesome dad. (:
There's also a bag of stickers and ribbon and stuff in the back. You'll also need acrylic paint in whatever colors you think you'll need (you can get small bottles for less than a buck each!).
Painted Wooden Sorority Letters - Add glitter for extra sparkle!
Close-Up of the Sorority Craft Supplies
Close-Up of Wooden Pictures Frames and Boxes
Making a Wooden Name - Hint: if you can't buy one, befriend a wood worker!
This wooden name was actually made by my dad because he's into woodworking and all that jazz, but you could always check for your name or other words or just buy small wooden letters and glue them together for this.
Start Painting Your Name/Word
I started painting this with some pink glitter paint but then I realized I'd get better coverage if I started with a more opaque pink color and finished with the glitter paint on top.
Are you in a sorority?
Finish painting the base color
Here is the word with the final coats of pink paint. And my laptop in the back probably getting covered in acrylic paint. Oops.
Add glitter to the front
After the pink paint was dry and painted on all sides and angles, I painted Elmer's glue onto the front face of the letters and poured pink glitter over it. Make sure you pat down the glitter onto the wood with a piece of paper after so it actually sticks.
Lilly Pulitzer-Inspired Heart Hanging - Start with any cardboard or wood shape. Mine is a heart.
Add a base coat of white paint or gesso to both sides so the paint colors on top will pop more.
Paint with Light Blue
Paint the whole heart in a very light blue color, erring on the side of a cyan blue rather than sky blue.
We're getting inspiration from this Lilly Pulitzer print, so feel free to use this as a reference picture like I did.
Use Medium Pink Paint for the Flowers
Start with some blobby flower shapes. You don't have to be an artist here. Just make lopsided circles. :)
Use Darker Pink for Shadows
Add shadows to the follows with a darker pink color. I also have a layer of slightly lighter pink under the shadows to give the flowers more shape.
Use White Paint for Highlights
For this step, don't blob on the paint. If you go back to the Lilly print, you'll notice that the white brush strokes have rough edges and tend to feather out on one end like they ran out of paint. You could even dry brush parts of this to make it look more authentic to the original print.
Add Lime Green Leaves
I made the leaves have fairly rounded, crispy edges unlike the flower petals. Use a medium lime green paint color.
Add Dark Green Shadows to the Leaves
I used a Kelly green color to add shadows to the bottom right side of the leaves.
Paint your letters!
As a final step, I snuck in a few sets of our letters written in white paint curved along the edges of the flowers. Done!
Which sorority are you in?
Lilly Pulitzer-Inspired Picture Frame
For this picture frame, start with a few coats of pink paint. I think the acrylic paint wasn't happy mixing with the white gesso underneath it so it took me several coats to actually cover this sucker!
Paint Light Pink Flowers
Once you have enough coverage from the pink, add a tiny amount of white so you get a slightly lighter pink color and paint some tiny flowers around the frame.
This frame was inspired by a Lilly Pulitzer agenda.
Small Picture Frame Project
Paint Some Greenery and Leaves
Get out your lime green paint again and add some leaves and green shapes similar to the print above. Also use a lighter pink color to add the other flower shapes to the bottom corner.
Add Dark Green Accents
Add some details and shading to the greenery with a nice Kelly green paint color.
Outline the Shapes in White
Use white paint and a small paint brush to roughly outline everything in white. As you can see from the print up above, the white outlining is not exactly on the shapes - some of the flowers and leaves have space between them and the white lines.
Reoutline and Add Your Letters
When the paint is dry, outline everything again in white to make the lines nice and crispy and then feel free to add your sorority's Greek letters somewhere.
Gettin' Crafty! - ... is a mess!
Here's another picture of the table set up with all the tools and supplies you need to craft just about anything. You can even see some of the complete projects.
Paint Another Wooden Frame Navy Blue
This next picture frame is also inspired by Lilly Pulitzer prints and starts with a navy blue base.
Add Pink Flowers and Writing
Add Greenery and Light Pink Shapes
Add some green leaves and stems around the flowers and some lighter pink flower shapes (they kinda looked like hands?).
Start Outlining in White Paint
Use white paint and a small paint brush to start roughly outlining the shapes.
Here you can see all the white details and the white highlighting on one side of the writing at the bottom also. Done!
Lilly Pulitzer Kappa Kappa Gamma Frame - Inspired by Lilly Pulitzer's KKG print
As you can tell I didn't start taking pictures until I already had a lot of this frame painted, but you'll need varying shades of Carolina blue paint, white, and pink, and a frame or canvas with a lot of space. I used this rectangle frame because the other picture frames didn't have enough space to paint the print.
Start by painting the whole thing periwinkle blue, then paint in the owl, key, and fleur de lis (irises here) shapes in white, followed by white crosshatches. Try to use the smallest paint brush you can find because the lines in the original artwork are very thin.
Add More Dark Blue Linework
I actually ended up lightening the outside lines, so use a medium blue to finish all the line work, including details on the owls and flowers.
Add Pink Letters!
Here I lightened up all the outside lines and added a few more white details and went over the lines again to clean up the painting. I finished by painting tiny hot pink KKG letters all around the frame. Done! I also painted the back of the frame the same periwinkle blue and I plan to write a message on it in Sharpie to my sorority "aunt." (:
Finished Sorority Crafts
Here is a picture of some of the finished picture frames and crafts as well as some of the in-progress pieces.