Monday, September 22, 2014

Chi Omega Bid Day Decorations

Chi Omega Bid Day Decorations
This past weekend, I attended my 7th Chi Omega Recruitment and Bid Day Celebration! I worked this week on some decorations for them for Bid Day and finished some more this weekend with my Big Sister Tracy.  These would be fun for any occasion including Big/Little Reveal, Greek Week, Recruitment/Rush, or Homecoming.  Everything I made with simple materials that I got at the Dollar Tree or Walmart.  If you have any questions about the construction of anything, let me know!

This sign was a special request from the chapter and it includes their special events coming up and the number of days until those events.  This project used a dowel rod, cardboard, paint, a permanent marker, fake flowers, and hot glue.  I stuck the sign in a pretty mum I got from Walmart that actually had owls(our mascot) on it.  I think this would be super cute for an engagement party to have all the special dates coming up for the wedding party.

All of the flower posters were super simple to make.  We used red and yellow streamers that were .97 cents a pack at Walmart and school glue.  We started on the outside and pinched them as we glued them down to the poster board in layers.  I think these would be cute at a birthday party or wedding.

The Chi Omega Letters were a total Dollar Tree project.  The foam board, and fake flowers came from the there, and I already had hot glue and my hot glue gun at home.  I pulled all the flowers off their stems and went to town gluing them all over the letters until the white foam board was completely covered.  I used an exacto knife to cut out the letters before I started gluing.  These were super cute and light weight. I would have loved to have these at my wedding with our new initials to take pictures.  The girls had fun posing with them and they matched the flower headbands they ordered for everyone.

The cardboard crown was a bit tricky to cut out but it turned out cute too.  The theme of recruitment was "Only royals wear cardinal and straw" so the crown went along with it. 

I am so glad they enjoyed Bid Day and all the decorations! The girls did a fantastic job with recruitment and it paid off! They now have 31 owl babies in their new pledge class! So proud of all my Theta Lambda sisters!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Velvet Hanger Closet Revamp

Velvet Hanger Closet Revamp

So I realized I had a problem with where I hang my dresses when I couldn't fit anymore hangers on the rack.  My plastic hangers, were not working out, and breaking when I pulled too hard on a garment.  

This is what my closet looked like before, pretty scary!

I researched and read Amazon reviews on tons of different products to help in small closets and decided I needed some thin velvet hangers.  The 50 pack on Amazon was out of stock so I decided to look around in a few stores to see if I could find something similar without having to order online.  After reading the reviews, I came to the conclusion that most of the brands work the same whether its the cheap version or the expensive version some of the home stores sell.  I first checked Family Dollar and didn't think they had any until we checked their new arrivals section.  Sitting on the shelf were these colorful 10 packs of velvet hangers! The hangers even had the indent for hanging tank tops and strappy dresses.  

It took two trips to two separate Family Dollars to get enough, but I ended up with 150 hangers for around $60.  They ended up being roughly .42 cents a piece which was cheaper than Amazon's 50 cents a hanger price.  

Got them home and made sure to take a before pick of how crazy the dress section of my closet had gotten.  Next, I went through and separated out all the clothes into piles, work clothes, summer casual, winter casual, and fancy dresses.  I switched all the hangers, and was impressed that the velvet didn't rub off and the metal hook can swivel.  I hung them all back up and ended up with plenty of room.  

These are the lovely after pictures! It looks so much better and feels so much more organized!

This morning when I got up to pick out clothes for work, it was super easy to pull something out and put it back in.  I will update this once I have used them for a while.  I am also working on replacing my plastic shirt hangers with thin coated white wire hangers.  I will post on those later on.  Hopefully if you are having the same trouble as I am with small closets and too many clothes, this will help you out too! Happy shopping!

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