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DIY: Lilly Pulitzer Alpha Phi Print!

When I was crafting for my lovely littles, I was always intimidated by the Lilly print. But this year, I decided to make Lilly letters for my little sister - and Alpha Phi sister! - for her birthday, and I discovered that they’re not nearly as difficult as I thought! Now I’m nearly addicted - I love them so much, I’m about to craft another set for myself! Get ready to learn the secret for the perfect Alpha Phi Lilly print:

DIY: Lilly Pulitzer Alpha Phi Print!
Me with one of the finished products!

Start with:

  1. Letters. I got mine from A.C. Moore, and pro tip - gluing an I and an O together makes a perfect Phi!
  2. White Primer Paint
  3. Bordeaux, light pink, and dark pink paint
  4. A pencil
  5. Paintbrushes - one thick for priming the letters, and another thin one for details
  6. (Optional) - a picture of the Lilly Alpha Phi Print, for reference!

Step 1: Prime the letters with white primer paint! Acrylic paint works wonders on wooden letters. This gives a nice surface to start painting on - and lets you skip the step of painting inside those intricate designs!

DIY: Lilly Pulitzer Alpha Phi Print!DIY: Lilly Pulitzer Alpha Phi Print!Step 2: Sketch the designs on the letters. Sketch lightly using the pencil! You want to leave enough space so you can paint over all the details, but you also want to fill the letters enough to make them pop. You can use the print as reference, or you can combine the different elements - blocky Alpha Phi letters, ivy leaves, pink forget-me-nots, lily of the valley, cursive alpha phi, and beautiful loops - into your own design!

DIY: Lilly Pulitzer Alpha Phi Print!DIY: Lilly Pulitzer Alpha Phi Print!Step 3: Paint over the outlines in bordeaux

If the paint is too thick, a couple drops of water can thin it out enough that it glides on smoothly!

DIY: Lilly Pulitzer Alpha Phi Print!DIY: Lilly Pulitzer Alpha Phi Print!DIY: Lilly Pulitzer Alpha Phi Print!DIY: Lilly Pulitzer Alpha Phi Print!Step 4: Fill in the designs. Using the light pink paint, carefully fill in the large flowers and the blocky Alpha Phi letters! It all starts to come together here:

DIY: Lilly Pulitzer Alpha Phi Print!DIY: Lilly Pulitzer Alpha Phi Print!Step 5: Finalize it by filling in the background! Use that gorgeous dark pink to paint swatches of background. Make sure to balance the pink and the white background, and don’t worry about being precise - the beautiful thing about this print is that it’s so whimsical, going with the flow is all you need to make it gorgeous!

DIY: Lilly Pulitzer Alpha Phi Print!DIY: Lilly Pulitzer Alpha Phi Print!And voila ! There you are: your lovely letters are ready to go! Feel free to use these designs on everything from letters to canvases and pin boxes to picture frames - it’s perfect on everything!

DIY: Lilly Pulitzer Alpha Phi Print!

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