One of the greatest parts of joining a sorority is getting the opportunity to have a “Big Sister!” There’s a tradition that many girls in every chapter do for the big sister which is decorating a sorority paddle to gift to them. Not really sure how it became a thing, but I know that your big will definitely appreciate it! Here are some cute sorority paddles that you should make for your big ASAP!
White Claw Paddle
Is your big a huge white claw fanatic like most college students? If the answer is yes, then this design is sure to make her laugh. Plus it’s easy to make even if you’re not that big of an artist.
21st Birthday Gift Paddle
One great idea is to give your big a paddle on their 21st birthday! I like this design as it legit looks like a wine bottle…so cute and creative! A heartfelt gift for their 21st birthday is the way to go.
I love how this person collected seashells and put them on the paddle to make it look like an actual beach. Your big may be a big fan (pun intended) of the ocean so why not embrace it? This is great to make especially if you go to a school near the beach!
Cup O’ Flowers
The two daisies in a cup with the big and little names on the side are such unique and cute ideas! It’s very sweet and heartfelt. If you’re not super artistic you may have to have a friend help you out to make the flowers, but other than that it’s not a super complicated design.
Tiffany&Co. But Make It Big and Little
Super simple, but still a gorgeous paddle! Bonus points if you add the rhinestones to the side of the paddle too! Your big will love this Big and Little and Co. themed paddle as much as they love you.
Butterflies And More Butterflies
People are getting everything with butterflies now from their nails to wearing it as a design on a shirt, so adding it to a sorority paddle sounds like a fantastic plan. It is the new aesthetic that will for sure catch the eye of your big. Sure you may have to spend some time making the butterflies detailed and perfect but in the end, it will be worth it.
Marble Background And Add A Picture
Marble is super trendy and chic, especially black and white. Adding a picture of your big and you on your paddle is such a sweet idea! It will give them something to always remember and a picture does savor all the memories that you and your big are going to share together.
Rock N’ Roll
The black, red, and cheetah print colors look amazing all put together. Maybe add in your big’s name and your own or your Greek letters to customize it more. It’s super aesthetically pleasing and I’m obsessed.
Simple And Rustic
Sometimes just some nice handwriting and a few designs are all you need to make a great paddle. The intricate flower designs might be a bit hard to accomplish, but other than that all it requires is the ability to do cursive.
Lilo and Stitch
“Ohana means family” definitely applies to your big and you! If your big is a Disney fan, she’ll definitely love this paddle. As an idea maybe put “Ohana means [insert sorority name]” and then add both of your names on it. It will personalize it and make it more heartfelt!
Who doesn’t love tie-dye? Especially since tie-dye matching sweatsuits are now a thing. Adding the rhinestones on top is totally brilliant too. Tie-Dye stands out and will be a fun project for you to make as well!
XOXO Gossip Girl
I would say that most college girls have watched Gossip Girl at least one time through in their lives (probably more). Customizing your paddle to something your big is a fan of is more special and also shows how much you pay attention to the things they like! Gossip Girl may be their favorite TV show so incorporate it into a paddle!
Maybe your big checks her horoscope rigorously every day and swears by it. I mean sometimes my horoscope is pretty accurate it’s scary. If you have a big that is super into astrology and knowing all about her sign, creating an astrological paddle is such a cute design. As the paddle says, “Chase the stars, Life is short.” An encouraging and beautiful paddle? I think yes.
Create A Paddle Based On The Theme Of Your Sorority
For example, Delta Gamma (DG) is associated with “Anchors Away” so creating a paddle based on your sorority theme is always a classic, staple idea. Your big will most likely save her paddle for a long time so making a design around what your sorority theme is will always bring her back to what her chapter means to her. Every chapter is different so be creative!
For Your Big, That Loves To Travel
No matter where your big let her know that her sorority and you will always be there for her! This is a cute plan especially if your big is graduating soon or maybe traveling abroad. As the Gilmore Girls theme song “Where you go I will follow” except you won’t follow literally just in spirit, of course.
I’m not sure how people actually can do this themselves, but if I could, I definitely would attempt this design. It looks so cool and also shows how much time and effort you put in while creating your paddle for your big!
Ultimately I’m sure your big will love any design that you choose to make. Even if you are not an artist, it’s possible to make a cute paddle without having an extensive artistic ability. It’s fun to go all out for your paddle and impress your big! So pick a design and get to work on your paddle!
What design would you make on a paddle for your big? Let us know in the comments below!
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Caitlyn is a third-year student at UCLA. She is majoring in English. She enjoys writing, and going to hot yoga classes and, of course, binge-watching Netflix. At UCLA, Caitlyn is a feature writer for HER Campus, part of the American Cancer Society club, and a member of Alpha Gamma Delta.