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Posts Tagged ‘beach party decorations’

Do-It-Yourself Flip Flop Wreath!

Posted by Jody on June 21, 2014

Happy Summer! It’s a great day to hang up your flip-flop wreath!

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Flip Flop Fun! Flip Flop Fun!

When I saw a photo of a 5-shoe flip flop wreath a few days ago on Facebook, I thought it would be great fun to make one for us (only better, if I do say so myself)!

Here are the very simple step by step directions for how we made our very own fun and beachy Flip Flop Wreath:

Supplies: 4 sets of children’s size 10 flip flops and enough artificial flowers to cut 8, 4-inch wire stems. Gather together a needle nose pliers, hot glue gun, and a side cutter tool.

Note: I bought the children’s size 10 flip flops because I wanted to be able to have a reasonable sized wreath with 8 shoes in 4 colors. Of course, you can mix it up for your own taste and/or occasion! Think of how great this would be in red, white, and blue for a…

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Do-It-Yourself Flip Flop Wreath!

Posted by Jody on June 6, 2013

Flip Flop Fun!

Flip Flop Fun!

When I saw a photo of a 5-shoe flip flop wreath a few days ago on Facebook, I thought it would be great fun to make one for us (only better, if I do say so myself)!

Here are the very simple step by step directions for how we made our very own fun and beachy Flip Flop Wreath:

Supplies: 4 sets of children’s size 10 flip flops and enough artificial flowers to cut 8, 4-inch wire stems. Gather together a needle nose pliers, hot glue gun, and a side cutter tool.

Note: I bought the children’s size 10 flip flops because I wanted to be able to have a reasonable sized wreath with 8 shoes in 4 colors. Of course, you can mix it up for your own taste and/or occasion! Think of how great this would be in red, white, and blue for a backyard 4th of July party! Final material cost: only $6.00 from the nearby dollar store.

First, Greg and I placed the flip flops on the floor in various overlapping configurations. We determined that we would need to reverse the direction of the left-foot flip flops so they would come around in a circular fashion (toe facing inside the circle). Basically, once you lay your flip flops out, you’ll find the pattern that’s right for you.

Insert flower wire through toe post hole with needle nose pliers

Inserting flower wire through toe post hole with needle nose pliers

After we  finalized our wreath pattern, we started construction by pushing a single flower wire through the toe post hole of the top (overlapping) flip flop and continued to push through the lower flip flop so that the top shoe was anchored to the bottom one. In some cases we did not use the toe post, but instead pushed the flower through the heal of the top shoe first (this happened when we reversed the shoe order for the left-foot flip flops).

Insert flower wire through toe post hole

Inserting flower wire through toe post hole

Pull flower wire through flip flop with needle nose pliers

Pulling flower wire through flip flop with needle nose pliers

We pulled the wire flower stem through the bottom flip flop using needle nose pliers and bent the wires over on the bottom side to hold the flip flops in place. Then, we continued around  in a circular pattern until they were all connected into the shape of a wreath.

Bend flower wire into place

Bending flower wire into place

We shaped one wire flower stem into a hook for hanging.

Bottom of wreath

Bottom of Wreath

Once we had our wreath together, we made sure to push all of the shoes and flowers into the shape we wanted. We cemented the Flip Flop Wreath into its final form using hot glue.

Use hot glue to stabilize flip flops

Using hot glue to stabilize flip flops

Side View

Side View

Finally, we added a simple sunny yellow ribbon bow to our Flip Flop Wreath.

We added a simple ribbon bow to our Flip Flop Wreath

Ta-da!

You can personalize your Flip Flop Wreath by gluing on lightweight seashells, sand dollars, or other beach treasures. Have fun!

Wishing you a flip-flop-fun kinda day!

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