Build Guides

Original Greek is committed to providing you with as much information and support as possible. This is why we've started to create guides for you if you decide to Do-It-Yourself.


We'll show you how to get started, what materials we recommend, and some of the techniques we use to build our unique products. It's currently under construction, but we hope to have it available to you as soon as possible.

If you need help now, we're more than happy to help. You can contact us here.

Getting Started with Paddles


Are you here because you were told you needed to purchase a paddle and you have no idea what that entails? Great! We're here to help make the process as easy as possible.

Original Greek is proud to have created over 1000 paddles for the collegiate Greek community. You can trust us to create a memorable gift your recipient will cherish as well as be admired and envied by onlookers. Below is a guide to help you get started.

Getting Started

What is a Paddle?

While the paddle might have a negative connotation outside of Greek life. Inside, it's a gift given to someone whose support you appreciate in your Greek journey. Whether it's part of your organization's tradition or not, the paddle is symbolic of the relationship you have with the person you are gifting it to. It might be banned in some organizations, which is why we don't really care if they're called paddles. To us, they're art pieces with sentimental value and sometimes even function! (More on that later)

Where to Start

If you've been required to purchase a paddle, finding out if there are limitations will help narrow your project and choose what type from our options below: Paddle Types

These are the epitome of paddles. With a traditional shape, no modifications link to modifications definition have been applied. If your organization is all about tradition, these are the ones you want. We offer these in Maple and Oak Wood (read about the differences in Wood type here). "What...? These are paddles? That's so extra!" -real person Yes! These paddles have extra characteristics, but why not? Traditional paddles are displayed in greek houses, why not make them an art piece? Semi-Custom paddles are that extra step above our traditional line. With ready-made templated shapes and features, this is the perfect option if you want something different without breaking the bank. You can personalize these with your own information such as greek letters and names. There is another step above Semi-Custom—and that's our Full Custom option. This is for anyone who wants a totally unique product created from scratch. You can design everything or even allow us total creative freedom. You can find the Full Custom Build guide here.

Where to Look

Now that you have an idea of what kind of paddle you want to purchase, it's time to find a place. Unsurprisingly, paddles are not very popular outside of greek life barring its negative reputation. Paddle shops are few and far between and might not have what you're looking for. Luckily, places like Etsy provide a marketplace for niche markets. Here's ours! Additionally, there's other Greek websites that specialize in apparel and also sell traditional paddles; however, you won't find a selection like ours. We take pride in our craft and creating admirable products is what we strive for.


Letter Calculator

Use this letter calculator to help determine the quantity needed for your letters purchase. The characters w/o spaces is the number you want to pay attention to.