Sunday, March 20, 2016

Flip-Flop Summer Wreath

****This has been one of my most popular posts, as well as Pinterest pins since I first posted in July, 2012. Since the past couple of weeks have shown a bunch of visits again, I figured it might be a good time for a little update for all of you. I've added some new notes to the bottom of the post. :) ****

 

Since the legs for my Vintage Suitcase Table are not dry yet, I had time to work on a quick project today….a new wreath for my front door. I have wanted to do this for a few years and just never got around to it. With the Patriotic Décor down and there still being another month of Summer left, I figured now was the time for a Summer-themed wreath.
So, I started with this bag of assorted flip-flops (purchased at my local grocery chain). These were $2/pair, but you can probably find them for $1 this time of year.

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I chose to use all the same size (these are ladies 5/6). Aren’t they fun?


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Then, I laid them all out in a circle using an old lampshade piece as a support.

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I didn’t like the way the metal looked, so I just hot-glued the flip-flops together without the ring.

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The shoes are glued together on the sides and the bottom.

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Unfortunately, without a support structure the flip-flops were a bit more “flop” than “flip! I was worried that they would not hold up to hanging in on the front door. Then, a stroke of genius!! Okay, maybe not genius, but it was something…a pool noodle.

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After trimming a little off the end, I duct-taped the ends together to form a circle. Then hot-glued the noodle wreath-form to the shoes

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A little curly, colored ribbon and viola….a fun, Summer Flip-Flop Wreath!

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The idea came from a painted wood cut-out I saw several years ago in a catalog. I figured I could accomplish the same look but with real flip-flops…why not?? Now on to the rest of the porch….

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What do you think? I would love some feedback and ideas.

 

****UPDATE March, 2016: I loved my flip-flop wreath the year I made it and it got lots of compliments from friends and neighbors. Lesson learned.....hot glue does not hold-up to the Texas sun that hits my front door directly!! Slowly, flip-flops starting "flopping" off the wreath and I'd find them on the welcome mat. :(

The fix: I secured the flip flops with florist wire by running the wire through the bottom of each shoe and then wrapping it around the wreath form. The wire could not be seen and the shoes stayed put! Just something to keep in mind, especially if your door gets direct sunlight.

The following year, I decided to change it up completely after seeing all of the cool square wreaths online:

Square Frame Flipflop Wreath
I found the metal number tags in the dollar bin at Michael's...aren't they cool?

Shortly after that, I painted our front door a pretty blue!

Everything looks better on my blue door!
FlipflopSquare frame wreath
Hope this update helps as you make your own
Flip-Flop Wreath variation!!

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Happy Summer!
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Sunday, January 24, 2016

DIY Crepe Paper Cactus

The entryway "photo spot" for our party needed one more thing.....a cute cactus in a colorful pot!

I was driving back home from being out of town last weekend and was thinking about what else I needed to do for Granny's FIESTA. I saw these cute cactus piñatas on Pinterest and I knew what I wanted to do.

The pot was something I already had in my craft room (a dollar store purchase years ago) and I knew I had saved an old poster tube from a purchase last Christmas. There was plenty of green crepe paper in my party decor stash and with a little Elmer's glue and tissue paper....I was set!

The cactus took no time at all and it was fun to put together. Granny took it home with her after the party to go with her Southwest decor.

Here's how to make your own cactus:

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Using a poster tube as the base, I simply taped crumbled paper to it for arms.

I cut strips of crepe paper into lengths just long enough to wrap around the tube. Then, I simply cut fringe on one side.

I used a little school glue applied to the paper and then wrapped the paper around the cactus form.

Just keep gluing strips of paper making sure to overlap them a bit.

Using some colored tissue paper, I added a bloom to the top.

I stuffed the plastic pot with more paper and situated the cactus in the center. I added a little colored filler and it was party ready!

Easy and cute!

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

 

 

 


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http://www.creativelylivingblog.com/2016/01/monday-funday-140.html

http://www.thegirlcreative.com/be-inspired-link-party-no-79/

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