The Darling Nomadess: How to Paint Alpha Phi's Lilly Pulitzer Print

Thursday, October 31, 2013

How to Paint Alpha Phi's Lilly Pulitzer Print

Before recruitment, we received these new 5 foot Alpha Phi letters from a sister's dad! When they arrived in our suite, they were only primed. Sarah, one of my sorority sisters, wanted to paint them the Lilly Pulitzer print and I volunteered to help her. At the time, I had no idea how to even begin painting the print but she convinced me that it was very easy. She's right! Painting a Lilly Pulitzer print might seem intimidating, but once you start, it's actually very simple! 

Since painting these giant letters, I've been painting our Lilly Pulitzer inspired print on everything! I even made adorable canvas' for my Littles and a clipboard for another one of our new members! Since it's so simple, I figured I would teach you preppy Darlings how to paint Lilly inspired prints, too!

Step 1: Paint the desired area with pink paint. It doesn't really matter what the pattern looks like! It might look similar to pink camo print when you complete this first step. 
Side note: Make sure to prime the area you are painting white first. This will allow the pink to be brighter and it won't take as many layers of paint to get the opaque look. 

Step 2: Add details such as flowers, ivy leaves, forget-me-nots, swirls, letters, and Alpha Phi in cursive font! It's ok if you mess up because Lilly Pulitzer prints are not meant to look perfect! Use a small paint brush that you can easily control and a darker pink paint for these details. 

Step 3: Add the even smaller details. Paint the center of the flowers and Alpha Phi letters with a light pink paint. Make sure to leave the outside edge of the darker pink showing through!

As you can see, it's very easy to paint! I would love to see your Lilly-inspired painted items so feel free to send photos to!

With Love,


  1. Those are SO cute!! I'm not in a sorority, but I have a lot of friends who are in Alpha Phi!:)

  2. Love this!!! I bought several of the Alpha Phi Lilly Pulitzer print items and love seeing the big painted letters. aoe!!

  3. please make this for pi beta phi! I want to learn to print my own print :) Thanks for the post! Remember to enter my candle giveaway

  4. I love how crafty you are! These are the CUTEST!!


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