How To Make A Sorority Paddle ft. Campus DIY

Happy Monday! My day consisted of class, a good workout, lots of assignments to finish, and chicken parmesan (minus the cheese because I forgot to buy it at the grocery store) with spaghetti squash. It was seriously one of the best dinners I have ever made and spaghetti squash is the perfect substitute for pasta. I actually like it better.

If you've been around for a while, you probably are well-aware that I am in a sorority. I'm a sister of Alpha Omicron Pi and I'm super proud of it. I really love being in a sorority and all the love and happiness that I'm surrounded by. I cannot imagine my life without it, that's for sure. For many sororities, paddles are important. At my chapter, new members make paddles for their Bigs and reveal them after they get initiated. Some girls also make paddles for their Bigs for their birthdays or when they graduate. When I was initiated, I was not very aware of the birthday paddles and my Big's 21st birthday was almost right after initiation, so I didn't make her a paddle. This year, I decided to make it up to her by making a 22nd birthday paddle with the help of Campus DIY!

Campus DIY is such a great company. When I made my Big's first paddle, I remember walking into the craft store feeling really overwhelmed because I had never made a paddle before. There was so much and I didn't know what I could and could not put on the paddle. Campus DIY is great because they really have everything you need right there and they'll also paint the base color of the paddle for you! How cool is that? Also, they'll ship your paddle in a super cute box with your sorority's name on it, making it the perfect gift box, too.

Making a paddle can be intimidating, but it isn't that hard and pretty fun. Here's a step-by-step guide for you!

1. Decide what you want to do and buy everything for it. Don't start until you have a good idea what you want to do.
2. Sand the paddle and then paint it. Let each coat dry before adding another. I usually do two to three coats of paint.
3. Once you have the base painted and it is dried, you can start really decorating! On this paddle, I used stick-on letters and I hot glued the '22', blue ribbon, flowers and gems.
4. Let you paddle sit and dry before you start the other side. You don't have to put anything on the back, but a message or a quote is a simple, but good idea. On this paddle, I put 22 things I love about my Big. She loved it (and cried because she's emotional lol).

Making a paddle is really fun and shouldn't stress you out. Check out Campus DIY  for craft materials and inspiration for your next project! I'll see you on Wednesday!


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