July 14, 2015

DIY Lilly Letters

If you've been around for a while, you'll know that I've been known to craft a time or two. While in the past, I've only shown mason jars that I've decorated (what, they're simple, look good, and pretty cheap to make!), I've also done other things.
As you know, I took two littles in my sorority this year, and when searching for something to make for little #1, I decided to make Lilly-inspired letters. But I'm honest with myself. I know my skills. I can't paint for shit. Wish I was kidding, but I literally can't. I have no skills. I scroll through the cooler connection group wishing one day I'll be able to create a masterpiece for a formal date, but I know it's never gonna happen.

So I decided to do the next best thing: fake it. Although I haven't used a Lilly planner for a few years now (ever since my discovery of Erin Condren planners aka life), I was smart enough to save the prints from each month's page. Smart freshman-year Caroline move, I'm not going to lie. I had about 10 or so usable prints that weren't completely ruined by my doodling - (dumb freshman-year Caroline move), so I pulled aside a few and got to work. I made a set of letters for my little - i did LITB because a) it means something so yay #sisterhood, and b) there were literally no X's available at any craft store within a 20 mile radius of my campus - the result of having AXO and XO on campus and it being formal recruitment season.

She loved it so much that I decided to make one for myself, cause why the hell not.. You may remember seeing Lilly print letters hanging above my bed in my room, spelling out CARO. Well, it was a lot more simple than it looks, and literally takes barely any time!

It's literally a three step process.. and can be done for next to nothing.

// Lilly prints (or really whatever print you like, it doesn't have to be Lilly): you can get them online and print them, or rip some out from old planners like I did #thrifty
// Mod Podge: the glue of the Gods - no lie. I don't have a preference of the kind I used, and I didn't buy any especially for this.. just used whatever I had in my craft bag.
// Wooden letters: I also did this craft on cardboard letters for my second little, and it didn't really have the same glossy effect as wooden letters - so if you have a choice, I'd go for those.
// Scissors: for the cutting, duh.


I placed the letter on the print I wanted, and used a pencil to just outline the shape of the letter. I then cut out the shape and matched it to the wooden letters.

After ensuring that the cutout fit the letters properly and trimming whatever excess shape I may have had (you'll probably have some excess, because you're tracing around the letter), I took a sponge brush and coated the letter with mod podge, and placed the cutout onto the letter. I smoothed it out as evenly as possible to avoid air bubbles, but if you have, you can always straighten it out with a ruler.

If you want the glossy look, wait until it's completely dry and put another layer of mod podge on top of the dried letters. Once that's dry, you'll get the glossy look and it'll look great. These pictures don't do it justice cause #iphone, but I promise once I'm back with my stuff I'll share some good pictures.

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  1. Such a cute tutorial! I LOVE Lilly, so I may have to try this out for my room!

  2. This is an amazing idea! Such a fun way to spruce up your room! I love loud prints and these letters will fit perfectly in my house (somewhere). I like that you glossed them at the end, it adds a nice touch!

    Alessandra | blog.pumpup.com

  3. This is such a cute idea! I have a 'K' that I purchased from anthro for a pretty penny, so I'm loving this bargain idea that is just as nice!


  4. I still have all of my old Lilly planners and wanted to do some type of DIY with the printed pages as well.
    These look so cute so thanks for the inspiration.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  5. I'm definitely going to have to try this. I'm in a brand new apartment that is dying to be decorated, I'm thinking about doing this for my kitchen or bedroom to add some contrast! Thanks for this!

    - Curly Kay thecurlylifeofkay.blogspot.com

  6. Oh my gosh this is such a great idea! Good for you for saving the prints, I don't think I would have thought of that! (:

  7. This is such an adorable, simple craft idea! It's perfect for little gifts here and there, too. I just got my first Lilly planner, but now I know to keep the patterned pages clean and save them for this, and similar, purposes. Too cute.

    Melissa | These words are my own.

  8. This is such a cute idea! Can you get the prints online from Lilly's site? Is that a dumb question? Help, I'm clueless!

    Savannah from http://thealwaysblog.com

  9. I love these, they came out so cute! I did the same thing for a canvas.

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  11. Awe these are so cute! I think this would look amazing as a monogram for my dorm room! I think I might be making a trip to Michaels soon :/

    Annie // Annie N Belle

  12. Hi, I have no artistic skills whatsoever so can you come over and help me decorate and do DIY?!!
    The Fashionista's Diary

  13. This was so much more simple than I thought it would be! Love this, might need to make some of these for my apartment! My walls are so bare!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

  14. This is so fun and so easy! Thank you for sharing this DIY...I definitely want to try for my new office!

    xo Ashley
    Twenties Girl Style

  15. So cute! I had letters on my wall in college, but nothing as cute as these!

    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

  16. I pinned this post earlier, I've been dying to modge podge some letters but I haven't tried it yet!! I'm thinking I will do my first initial so I can hang it on my bedroom door in my new apartment. Great post!!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  17. Such a good idea! I have a Lilly planner currently, but I'm looking to switch back to Erin Condren or even Emily Ley's Simplified Planner. I must remember to save the paper for DIYs like this!

  18. Pinned! I am so glad that I saved all of my old Lilly planners for crafting. Now I know what to do with them :) Great tutorial, love!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  19. This looks like such a fun project! and perfect timing because i just started doing some new DIYs to revamp my dorm for this year! Xo
    Chelsea // trendychelsea.wordpress.com

  20. This is such a cute DIY. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who saves my old Lilly agenda pages. I just bought a Day Designer from the Target collection and I'm so in love I don't think I'll ever go back to a horizontal layout!

    xx. Brittany | Southern Soul

  21. Wow, this is such a fantastic idea! I think my twin sisters-in-law will love this tutorial for their rooms!

  22. Pinning! I seriously want to do this ASAP!

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