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❉ cute & crafty: how to paint a wooden badge box! ❉

A new semester means new sisters! A sorority badge box makes a beautiful big/little gift for initiation. Make your pin box the best it can be with these easy crafting tips…

❉ THINGS YOU WILL NEED:

  • Unfinished wood trinket box from the craft store
  • Acrylic paints & brushes
  • Primer
  • Spray sealer 
  • Tissue or tracing paper, pencil & fine point sharpie 
  • Computer printed design
  • Wood letters of choice 
  • Accessories such as ribbon or symbols 
  • Pearl trim, gems, or other accents
  • Hot glue gun

❉ STEP 1 Clean & Prep:

  • Choose a well ventilated area to work in.
  • Sand your box with a fine grit sandpaper if needed. A box from the craft store may be smooth enough that you can skip this step.
  • After sanding, wipe the surface clean with a damp cloth and let dry completely. 
  • Brush or spray on primer. This step fills the pores and ensures that the paint applies evenly.

❉ STEP 2 Trace or Freehand the Design:

  • Print your design from the computer. 
  • Lay tissue/tracing paper over the design and trace with pencil.
  • Place tissue paper on the surfaces of the box and re-trace the design with a fine point Sharpie. The line ink will soak through the paper and leave an outline for your painting. 
  • If you are freehand drawing, lightly pencil the pattern onto the box. 

❉ STEP 3 Paint & Seal the Box:

  • Paint one side at a time and allow to try, so the box can be rotated without messing up the paint.
  • Depending on the style of the design, paint the background color first and allow to dry. 
  • Paint the details on top of the background color if using this method. 
  • Don’t forget the bottom of the box and the inside. All surfaces should be painted in at least the base color.
  • Add a quote or name on the inside if you wish.
  • Allow the entire box to dry 24 hours.
  • Spray on sealer.

❉ STEP 4 Trim the Box: 

  • After the sealer has dried, accent your painted badge box by hot gluing on greek letters, pearls, ribbon, jewels, flowers, or other accessories.  
  • Don’t forget to accent the inside if needed. Another option is to line the interior of the box with a soft fabric. 

{all photos from Goggle search}

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sorority badge update…

follower follow up ~ 

I saw a couple of days ago, a woman asking about fraternity and sorority badges for sale. I just wanted to share that some organizations have specialized groups to bring the badges back into the organization.

My sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, has an alumnae association called Keeper of the Keys, which is dedicated to redeeming and preserving Kappa Kappa Gamma badges and historic memorabilia. With the hope of keeping the keys in the hands of sisters and the Fraternity. Members can adopt vintage keys and chapter guards through the association, rather than bidding on eBay, in fact, they prefer members do that rather than bidding against them.

The keeper of the keys also work on the history behind each key connecting the jewelry to it’s original owner. If anyone is interested in more information or adopting a key there website is: https://associations.kappakappagamma.org/goldenkey/pages/keepers-of-the-key.php . Other organizations may have similar groups too!

submitted by: Allison

You mentioned that some girls go to Ebay to get their pins. How much do pins cost if someone just gets them from HQ? Are they super expensive?

Asked by
talknautitome

Brand new badges are usually in the $100-$200 price range for the average model. They can cost lots more depending on the amount of diamonds or pearls added to the design. The choice between silver or gold also determines the price. So a gold badge lined with diamonds and pearls would be the most expensive.

Members may choose to buy the streamline model with no jewels,  or go all out with ultra fancy design. Legacy members are sometimes gifted with their mother’s or grandmother’s pin. It’s a real honor to wear a badge from a close relative. And it saves money too!  A guard and dangles cost extra. xoxo ;)

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Hi! So I was recently on eBay and Etsy, and I noticed that A LOT of sorority and fraternity pins were up for sale. This bothered me quite a lot because my sorority's policy is that after the member either passes away or gives up their member status, the pin must be returned to headquarters. I don't know if this is the same policy throughout Panhellenic, but I found it to be kind of disrespectful that something so meaningful was being sold online. What do you recommend?

Asked by
lizzyette

I don’t think there is much to be done about badge resales! Sometimes headquarters will buy pins back, but there are more pieces on the market than any HQ can purchase. Many of the pins probably come from estates after a member passes away. They are seen as jewelry by the resellers. Some badges are antique and quite beautiful as works of art. If a person is not misusing the pin, I guess it’s not the worst thing that can happen.

Purchasers may not be “all” bad. A collector may highly value the pins and keep then in a display case. Maybe a XYZ sister collects vintage variations of her own sorority badge to create a beautiful collection. Possibly a panhellenic minded person buys a badge from all 26 NPC chapters as a keepsake. A new member may purchase a pin on eBay at a lower price for her own legitimate initiation. There are many uses for used badges that are not disrespectful!

Even though it’s not the nicest practice, reselling things online is a fact of life. In a free market resales are legal. Hopefully the people buying them are respectful and will treasure the badges they acquire. Most are pretty expensive, so only serious collectors and sorority members should be willing to spend the money. xoxo ;)

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