As a senior at the University of Mississippi and a proud member of Kappa Kappa Gamma (Delta Rho chapter), I know a thing or two about the ins and outs and the dos and don’ts of sorority fashion in the South. Being a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I have made both lifelong memories and friends.
Now that we’ve addressed the cliché why-I-love-my-sorority-talk, check out some of the must-haves for sorority girls in the South!
The Lilly Pulitzer Jumbo Agenda (top left) — An absolute must in order to stay organized in college and plan all of your sorority social and philanthropy events! This agenda comes in many fun, colorful prints!
The iPhone cover in Kappa Kappa Gamma print…of course! (middle top row) — Keep your phone covered, safe, and cute!
Pearl stud earrings (top right) — These are my go-to earrings on a daily basis while going to school, and pretty much every other day too! They’re an absolute classic. These earrings are the Tiffany & Co. Signature Pearl Earrings.
Rent the Runway! — This dress here is the ‘Cheetah Crawl Dress’ Mark & James by Badgley Mischka (bottom left) — I somewhat recently discovered Rent the Runway and I think it is down right brilliant! Seriously people, this website is GOLDEN. Rent the Runway is fantastic for date parties, formals, and other social events where you wouldn’t be caught dead in the same dress. If you want to know more about Rent the Runway and how it works, read my blog post about Rent the Runway.
The Tory Burch ‘Jaden’ Tote (middle bottom row) — Well I don’t have this, but I sure would love to! Every girl needs a cute and colorful tote to carry their homework and textbooks in.
The Metal Script monogram Necklace from Moon and Lola (bottom right) — I found out about Moon and Lola while reading a magazine years ago, I have loved it ever since. I never really monogrammed many things before college, just my Jon Hart Luggage, a scarf, towels, and bedding…okay so maybe I monogrammed a couple of things. But when I started my freshman year at Ole Miss I was in awe of exactly how many things girls (and even boys!) were monogrammed. I mean you name it: key chains, bath curtains, rain jackets, sweatshirts, Nike shorts…the list goes on and on! I immediately followed suit and I haven’t stopped since. My mom always said I have the perfect initials for a monogram (MHE). I’m going to be in quite the predicament whenever I get married…oops.
I was inspired to make this DIY project after I found a picture on Pinterest from the Gather Love Tumblr account. I especially loved doing this DIY project because I used all of my grandmother’s buttons, so it added a special factor to this decor piece.
What You’ll Need:
One picture frame (I bought mine from JoAnn’s but you can find one anywhere, such as Michael’s)
A small piece of fabric (measure according to your picture frame. I chose a neutral color so that the buttons would stand out.)
Buttons (LOTS of buttons — I used my grandmother’s buttons that my mother has kept in her sewing drawer for years!)
A hot glue gun (and extra hot glue sticks)
Spray adhesive glue
Stencil of a fleur-de-lis (I Googled “fleur-de-lis” and found one I liked, printed it off, and cut out the fleur-de-lis).
*I bought all of these things (except the buttons) at Jo-Ann’s Fabric and Craft Store. You can find any of these items at any craft store, such as Michael’s.
Step 1: Carefully remove any cardboard or glass from the picture frame.
Step 2: Measure your fabric so that it fits the size of the picture frame glass.
Step 3: Use your spray adhesive glue to spray the piece of glass from your picture frame. Make sure to get the corners, but don’t spray too much so that it’s soaking wet. Then, carefully place your fabric onto the wet piece of glass. Smooth out any wrinkles and make sure it sits well on the glass and covers every corner. Cut the excess fabric around the piece of glass once the glue has dried (wait several minutes).
Step 4: Place your fleur-de-lis stencil (I printed mine off of Google and cut out the fleur-de-lis) onto your piece of fabric. Trace your fleur-de-lis with a pencil.
Step 5: Once you have all of the buttons you want to use (and you’ll need a lot) figure out where you want to place them inside your fleur-de-lis. I used a neutral color scheme and a large variety of texture and style for my buttons. I worked on small sections of the fleur-de-lis to see which size buttons fit where. I recommend that you DO NOT lay out all of your buttons and then glue…it makes it easier to do one section of the fleur-de-lis at a time.
Step 6: After you have placed your buttons where you want them (and where they fit), use your hot glue gun to glue the buttons to the fabric. Repeat this step until you’ve filled up your entire fleur-de-lis! I added extra buttons on top of other buttons so that every bit of space was filled up.
I hope you enjoy this piece of art as much as I do!