DIY Lilly Inspired Canvas

So if you’re looking to add some new canvases to your room here’s an easy way to recreate a favorite Lilly Print: “You Gotta Regatta”.

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You’ll Need: canvas, acrylic paint (pink, blue, light blue, green, yellow, orange), paint brush

First take the dark blue paint and just sketch the outlines of the boats.

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Then just start filling in the sails with different colors and patterns. You can either copy the actual pattern or just do some of your own. On the actual pattern you can see a lot of the boats also have yellow highlights on them so you can add those too.

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Then just start adding in the waves. Use different shades of blue and just put in a bunch of squiggly lines.

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Once you’ve filled most of the remaining white space with water you’re done and have a beautiful new canvas.

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Gamma love,

Maggie

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The Crafting Corner: Treasure Box Secret Gift

Hi sistas! I’m back with another secret gift idea. If you’re like me and physically cannot wait until Activation to start crafting, then craft for your secret! They will be so excited to have a unique gift that they can use as a sister, and it won’t cost you a lot at all!

Gamma Sig Pin Box

I like this craft because you can fill the box with candy or can tabs, but once the secret becomes an active sister and receives her pin, she will have a special place to keep it! Here’s how:

You need:
wooden box ($2 at Joann Fabrics)
Paint
Candy or can tabs
Optional: ribbon, small wooden letters, other decorative add-ons, and glue

This craft is up to your own creative discretion: paint the box in your secret’s favorite colors, and you can either paint letters on or purchase separate wooden letters (they cost a few cents at AC Moore) and glue them on.
Then, fill it with candy or can tabs and a little note telling your secret that they will be able to keep their most special Gamma Sig keepsakes in this box. 🙂

Happy crafting!

Gamma Love,
Jessica

The Crafting Corner: GSS Magnets Secret Gift!

Hello sistas! Happy snow day! I’ve got a super cute secret gift idea for you all today courtesy of our lovely sister Becca Schuman.

Gamma Sig Soda Cap/Water Bottle Cap Magnets

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You’ll Need:
– The caps:  You can ONLY use soda caps or any non-alcoholic beverage cap,  caps from the craft store (you can get them with magnets already attached at Michael’s for $4 or in bulk on Amazon), or if you drink a million water bottles a day like me you can use water bottle caps.
– Paper
– A printer
– Mod podge
– Magnets
– Glitter

Print out your favorite GSS pictures (our crest, our letters, service quotes, a white rose, anything!) and cut them out into circles to fit inside the cap. Apply mod podge to the bottom of the paper and over top of it to seal it.

One it dries, add mod podge all over the outside of the cap and sprinkle glitter on it. Seal with more mod podge. Finally, once dry, glue a magnet to the back of the cap.

Secrets will love these cute magnets for their refrigerators and white boards! You can also buy cute little fabric bags to put them in, like these! They come in 2-packs for $1.50 at Michael’s, which is perfect if you have two secrets.

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Happy Crafting!

The Crafting Corner: Guardian Posters

Calling all guardians! Need a last minute idea for your angel’s poster? Look no further! Here are some great ways to make a cute poster.

  1. Incorporate our letters into the word(s).
  2. Use a bright colored poster board.
  3. Use scrapbook paper/paint/colored sharpies.
  4. Draw a penguin or a rose.
  5. When in doubt, Pinterest is your friend for finding cute quotes! Here are a few examples:

“Garnets, Pearls, and Gamma Sig Girls”
“Naturally some letters stand out”
“Lose yourself in the spirit of service”

Have fun!

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Shout out to Clare Lehnus for making this adorable poster!

The Crafting Corner is Back with Secret Gift Ideas!

Hey sistas! Crafts are back and with an exciting twist: INCOMING PLEDGES TO CRAFT FOR! Inductions are next weekend and the pledges need secrets (SIGN UP HERE) and this is a super cheap, super easy craft for the pledges.

Lettered Mugs

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These mugs are so cute. All you have to do is buy a mug from the dollar store and a sharpie, write Gamma Sig letters and whatever other design on the mug, and you’re done! How great is that? Making cute stuff for your secret is as easy as that!

Happy crafting,
Jessica J.

The Crafting Corner: Thank You!

Happy Friday! Sorry that my craft post is a day late – I was busy transforming into Katniss Everdeen for the Mockingjay part 1 premiere…

Because this is my last craft post of the semester (sob) and because thanksgiving is a week away, I wanted to say thank you for letting me share my love of crafting with you all this semester! In honor of being #gss_thankful, the last craft of the fall semester is this super cute “thankful” picture collage!

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You’ll need:

*A long piece of flat wood
*Paint
*Chalkboard paint
*Chalk
*Tacs/nails/decor for the corners of the letters
*Hot glue
*Clothespins
*Pictures of your sista friends!

Here’s How:

1. Paint the piece of wood whatever color you desire!
2. Paint squares of chalkboard paint on the wood once the original layer of paint dries (8 squares for the letters of “thankful”)
3. After it dries, add decor to the corners of the squares of chalkboard paint, and write “thankful” with chalk, one letter on each square!
4. Hot glue the clothespins to the bottom of the sign, and clip your favorite pictures in. Hang on your wall so you can always remember the sisters you’re thankful for 🙂

I hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving, a successful rest of the semester, and a wonderful winter break.

Until Spring, & Gamma Love,
Jessica J.

The Crafting Corner: Winter is Coming

It’s freezing today… do you know what that means? It’s almost time for stores to start selling penguin things!

But honestly, why wait when you can craft your own penguin goodies, right?

1) Make your own penguin mug with sharpies!

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Draw penguin(s) on a white mug with sharpie paint pens, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 425 degrees (put the mug in before you turn the oven on – no preheating!)

2) Make your own penguin holiday ornaments!

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Turn light bulbs and golf balls into adorable penguins (these are cute secret gifts for our upcoming pledge class to enjoy… just sayin’)

3) Penguin cookies!!!

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How cute are these? Decorate sugar cookies to look like penguins… because who doesn’t love snacks…

Happy penguin season!

Gamma Love,
Jessica J.

The Crafting Corner: Gamma Love Jars!

Happy Thursday! November is the month of Thanksgiving, and I think handmade crafts are a really cute and meaningful way to give thanks and show your love for your big, your little, or any sister at all! This craft is simple, but probably one of the most special to give: a gamma love jar!

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You’ll need: a mason jarpaint, ribbon, mod podge, a pen, a paint brush, and popsicle sticks.

Decorate the jar however you want to. When I make these, I typically paint the lid or mod podge glitter onto it, but you can paint the inside of the jar or personalize it however you want to. Just make sure to seal any artwork with mod podge when you’re done so it doesn’t chip. I also like to tie a ribbon around the top of the jar, so it looks more like a gift.

Then, write love notes on the popsicle sticks. You can write whatever you want: inspirational quotes, complements, words of encouragement, or reasons you love your sister. Fill the jar with these popsicle sticks.

Any time your sister needs a pick-me-up or a reminder that she’s a wonderful person, she can pick a random stick from the jar. Instant smiles for as long as they last 🙂

Have a great week and enjoy this simple but special craft!

Gamma Love,
Jessica J.

The Crafting Corner: Cinnamon Candles!

If you’re anything like my roommates and I, you’re obsessed with fall scented candles. However, Yankee candles are crazy expensive, so here’s a cheap and wonderful smelling alternative that also looks super cute: cinnamon candles!

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What You’ll Need: cinnamon sticks, yarn, cheap white candles from the dollar store, floral sheers, hot glue

Simply cut cinnamon sticks to size with the floral sheers, and hot glue them to the sides of the candles.

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Light it and soon your apartment or house will smell like fresh baked cupcakes and autumn in no time! 🙂

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Gamma Love,
Jessica J.