July 28, 2014

Dorm DIY #1: Lilly Pulitzer decor

Yesterday I decided to take a trip to Michael's to pick up some supplies to do some crafts for my dorm.  I've seen Lilly Pulitzer Mod Podge DIY letters all over the place so I figured I'd give it a try, so I purchased wooden letters for each of my initials.  I had not only saved my Lilly agenda from this past school year but from the one before that as well, so I had a lot of prints to work with.   I also picked up a wooden picture frame and small box.  I have to say I am completely thrilled with how everything turned out.  My projects will definitely help brighten up my dorm room and make it feel more homey.

While it's pretty easy to figure out, I decided that I'd share step-by-step instructions on how to create these projects for yourself!

What you'll need:

  • Lilly Pulitzer agenda (If you don't have an old agenda print out prints you like online on to normal printer paper, or if you don't love Lilly Pulitzer print out other designs).
  • Wooden Letters (or any other wooden object you would like to use)
  • Sissors
  • Mod Podge (I used the glossy finish)
  • Paint Brush
  • Newspaper (for protection)
  • White Paint (for box only)


  1. Start by ripping out pages of the agenda that have the most pattern (these tend to be the first page for each month. 
  2. Cut the patterns into squares that could be used to cover your letter.  
  3. Once you've cut your agenda in to pieces you can work with start thinking about which patterns you'd like to go where.  Once I decided that I wanted a specific pattern in a spot I would flip the paper over and trace the letter so I could have an exact fit.  Then I used the trace to cut the paper down to size.   After I had my shape I numbered the area of the wood it went in as well as the back of the paper so I could keep track of where each piece was going.  
  4. I continued to repeat step 3 until the entire letter was accounted for.  
  5. To glue each piece on to the wood I applied the Mod Podge to the wood as well as the back of the paper.  
  6. Once all the paper was glued on I took the Mod Podge and went over the entire letter to seal everything in and give it a glossy finish.  

Picture Frame:(4x6)
  1. (see letters step 1)
  2. (see letters step 2)
  3. For the frame I used 8 different patterns.  4 corners and 4 middle pieces.  For the corners I cut out an "L" shape but made sure to leave from to wrap around the edges of the frame.  The middle pieces were just rectangles. 
  4. This project is slightly messier than the last. To glue the pieces on I again painted on a layer of the Mod Podge to the wood as well as to the back of the paper.  I had to use my hands to really mold the paper onto the frame.  
  5. Once all the pieces are glued on run a layer of Mod Podge over the entire frame to seal.  


  1. (see letters step 1)
  2. (see letters step 2) 
  3. For this project I used 4 patterns.  Using the squares I had cut out I lined the paper up over each side making sure to cover some of the bottom.  To cover the inside of the box I cut out little flaps that would fit.  I then repeated this step 3 other times for the other sides.  
  4. Gluing this piece was also messy because the paper had to where to four sides (bottom, side, top, inside).  I ended up using my hands to smooth over most of it. 
  5. Apply a layer of Mod Podge for a glossy finish.  
  6. Once the Mod Podge drys paint a few layers of white paint on the bottom. 



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