Flip Flop Wreath

Sorry, I’ve been MIA since the holidays, but I had such a fabulous day today that I thought I’d keep my happiness going and pull out some stuff to craft.

This is actually similar to a wreath I made last summer, but it bares revisiting with one important change — which I’ll be sure to point out when we get there.

You know those rare friends that you don’t see or even talk to very often, but when you do, you just pick up where you left off? That’s the kind of friendship I have with someone I’m meeting tomorrow for lunch.

I trained her as a teller back in the 80s. It was a savings and loan that was bought out by a bank, and then sold, again. She eventually relocated to several places, including Georgia and the west coast of Florida, and I stepped away from the banking industry after about 25-years.

We lost touch with each other – until, of course, Facebook brought us back together. She lives a little more than an hour away from me, and although we only see each other once or twice a year — it’s always as if we’ve never been apart. We laugh, we cry, we screech, and we sometimes get weird looks from other people. But we don’t care.

Here’s the really cool thing, about 16-months ago I went back into banking, at the very same location where I had trained my friend as a teller 33-years ago! Sure, it’s a different bank today, but it’s the same location!

Why does any of that matter?

It doesn’t really, but I thought I’d share that fun story with you, because the wreath I’m making tonight is a gift for her.

Supplies:

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wire wreath form, lots of silk flowers, a pair of children’s flip flops, strips of burlap or burlap ribbon, hot glue gun

All of my supplies came from my Dollar Tree store, you know, the one they opened just for me and just a mile away from my house. My total cost was $10 (not including the hot glue). This is a very simple project that only takes about 30-45 minutes to make, but, because of the hot glue gun, I don’t recommend it for children.

Shall we get started?

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Cute, isn’t it? Perfect for summer.

Here’s what’s different in the making of this one from my previous wreath: I used two-inch burlap ribbon to wrap the wire wreath form so the hot glue has something other than the wire to adhere to. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos of that process, but all you do is hot glue one end of the ribbon to the back of the wire wreath form then wrap it all the way around the form, gluing it at the end. Take a look at the photo above that shows the supplies needed for the project.

I wanted to apply my three largest flowers, first, but always remember — it’s your project, so you put your flowers onto the wreath form any ol’ way you want to.

Put a glob of hot glue on the back side of the flower and then hold in place on the wreath until it’s cooled.

After my three large flowers were in place, I began gluing down all the other flowers, leaving space to glue down the small flip flops. I used hot glue for everything.

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I filled in the empty spaces with more flowers, and boom! It’s done.

My friend, who has a beautiful backyard pool area, will love it. I hope you do, too — and that you reply with photos of yours.

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Happy Crafting!

 

 

 

 

 

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