June 9, 2013

DIY Lilly Monogram

Since joining Phi Sigma Sigma (almost) two years ago I have become quite the crafter; between making a paddle for my big or crafting hardcore for my little, I've learned my way around a bottle of Mod Podge and Michaels Craft Store.

I'm still not the most artistic sister in the chapter but I sometimes get the sudden urge to break out the paint brush. It usually happens on rainy days or when I take a glance at Pinterest. I'm always on the verge of a trip to the craft store, in my mind.

This weekend in NYC with Tropical Storm Andrea ruining Friday night, it was the perfect time to craft something up.

I've been dying to use my Lilly agenda pages to make something and with the new Lilly agendas on the way, I broke out the sponge brushes and the Mod Podge and got to crafting.


I had a Monogram 'B' lying around from my last craft excursion and I thought a Lilly monogram would be a perfect addition to my new bedroom when I move into my apartment in August.

I had seen several posts on how to make this particular monogram and it's very simple. 

First I ripped out some planner pages with my favorite designs and cut them into tiny squares; some were larger than others and different shapes to cover the sides and inside of the 'B'.

Then, using a sponge brush, I put one layer of Mod Podge on the wooden letter. Mod Podge is a great sealer, glue, and finish that can be used pretty much on every surface. I used the matte finish but there is also a glossy finish available that I'm sure looks fabulous when dried.


Then I carefully placed the pieces of paper on the Mod Podge covered letter, making sure every bit of wood was covered. It got a little messy but I embraced my gluey hands.

After the paper is in place, let the monogram dry for at least a half hour. After it's dry, take the sponge brush and once again, apply a light layer of Mod Podge to seal and finish the paper. I was a little hesitant at first to layer the glue on top because it looks like the white will show up but after it's dry, you can't even tell.



Applying the last layer of Mod Podge, the monogram is sealed and finished, making it perfect for hanging.

This was such a simple craft for such a great finished product. I'm definitely going to save my old agenda pages (there is SO much left over) and figure out a way to use them to craft something else.

Get crafting, Lilly girls!


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