Flip Flop Frenzy – Part 2

I had so much fun making that first flip flop wreath and had plenty of materials leftover, so I decided to make another wreath with some of that deco mesh we’ve seen everywhere lately. I didn’t use any of the ribbon I bought for the first flip flop wreath I made (Click Here to see that post), so I knew I wanted to use it and incorporate those colors in this wreath. I set out last week to make a trip to our Hobby Lobby and Trees and Trends stores which are an hour drive, one-way, from our small town.  All-day shopping excursion — YES!!!  😀

Here are some of the items I purchased to start my new crafting adventure:

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Looking back now, I realize I once again bought too much “stuff,” but since I have to drive an hour one way just to get to a larger shopping center, I don’t take any chances of getting home and during the making of the craft think, “Gosh! I wish I would have bought that __[fill in the blank]__!”

I watched several videos on YouTube on how to make a deco mesh wreath until I felt fairly sure I could make one. The first thing I did was attach the pipe cleaners to my wire wreath base (that’s what my generation calls them; NOW they are called chenille stems – that does sound classier more chic, doesn’t it?).

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Then I started to attach the yellow deco mesh going around the inner part of the wire frame first, then moving to the outer part…just like the videos had instructed.

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I must admit that I didn’t like the way it looked the first time, so I took the mesh off to re-do it. However, I didn’t know that deco mesh does NOT straighten out very easily (it’s plastic and once it is squished together the wrinkles don’t want to come out of it). I thought I had totally ruined the mesh and was going to have to make the hour drive AGAIN to purchase some more yellow mesh.

Because I was stressing out, I decided I needed to take a break. It was almost lunch time, so I fixed my lunch. While I ate, an idea popped into my head. The sun was out and the day was warm. I decided to stretch out the mesh on my deck and set a couple of deck chairs on each end to hold it down and stretched out. I wasn’t very confident that it would work, so I didn’t take any pictures of THAT step! I went back inside and did a couple of “chores” (dull, boring, mundane housework!). After a little while I took a deep breath and mustered up the courage to go outside and see if I “saved” the deco mesh. SUCCESS! It looked as though I would be able to re-use the mesh.

After attaching the mesh (again!) around the inner and outer parts of the wreath, it looked like it just might work!  Almost finished with attaching the mesh for the second time:

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Next I attached the accent colors, ribbon, and some sparkly bead garland.

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Starting to actually LOOK like a wreath!

Starting to actually LOOK like a wreath!

Now for the bow. I’ve made many wired ribbon bows in my lifetime, however, it has been a LONG time. SOOOOO, back to YouTube for a refresher course on bow making. How on earth did we EVER learn how to do things before the internet and the invention of YouTube?! Here’s how my bow turned out. I even purchased a flower pin to “bling” up the bow!

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I had purchased two pairs of flip flops, but as the wreath began taking shape, I realized I would only need one pair. Now to bling-up the flip flops!

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The next step was attaching the flip flops to the deco mesh. Since I haven’t ever worked with deco mesh, I wasn’t sure at all how I would accomplish this. It took a while for me to think this through. I pulled the plastic strap that goes between the toes on the flip flop down and twisted one of the pipe cleaners uh, I mean, chenille stems, around it just above the enlarged disc that holds it secure underneath the sole of the shoe. I thought, “Hmmmm, this might work!” Using my cool temp hot glue gun (isn’t that an oxymoron?) I glued the flip flops down as much as I could.  Flip flops attached = check!

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Attaching the bow was easier, and so was attaching a chenille stem for the hanging loop. Here’s the final product hanging on my front door:

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I must admit – working with the deco mesh was a little more difficult than I anticipated.  However, I’m sure that the more I work with it, the easier it will become…well, at least I hope so because I bought these supplies that same day:

Can I hear "Happy Fourth of July!" from anyone?

Can I hear “Happy Fourth of July!” from anyone?

Flip Flop Frenzy

Flip flops have invaded the shoe world in the last 10 years.  I remember when I was a kid, flip flops (aka: thongs – this is what they were actually called back in the 60’s) were only worn to the swimming pool.  Back then it was considered a social “faux pas” to be seen wearing your flip flops anywhere else!  MY!  Things have certainly changed!  Nowadays you would be committing social suicide if you didn’t wear your flip flops everywhere and have at least half a dozen pairs.

I finally joined the flip flop frenzy last week when I bought about a dozen pairs of flip flops.  However, I wasn’t planning on wearing them.  I found this really cool craft idea on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a try.  I tried numerous times to go to the original post so I could give credit to the original blogger/creator, however, I kept getting a message that the page is no longer available.  They do have these wreaths available for purchase at etsy.com so feel free to browse their selection (just click the link).  WARNING:  They are quite pricey ($40-$54)!

I’m not a real “crafty” person, but I have made a several craft projects in my lifetime.  During the early 1990’s I actually made quite a few craft items to give as gifts (money was pretty tight at that time because we were trying to prepare for our two sons to enter college).  When I saw the price of those flip flop wreaths on etsy.com, I decided I could definitely dig out my packed-up-for-over-ten-years crafting paraphilia and give it a try.

I went to our local Ben Franklin, General Dollar, and Family Dollar stores and purchased flip flops for a dollar a pair, along with some ribbon, flowers, glitter glue, sequins, and rhinestones.  This is what I purchased.

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After purchasing that wire wreath, I wasn’t sure how I would attach the flip flops to it. I decided to return it and get a straw wreath.  Of course, I purchased more bling for decorating while I was there!

As I was looking at my purchases trying to figure out just how I was going to make this flip flop wreath, I went to the basement to find my hot glue gun and any left-over crafting supplies from the 90’s.  LOOK at all the goodies I found!  I probably won’t use those wooden decorations on this project.  I had NO idea I had that much left from my crafting days, or that I had three hot glue guns!

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First thing I needed to do was figure a way to arrange the flip flops and how to attach them to the wreath.  That took some time and several trips back to the dollar stores to exchange flip flops for a different size.  Once I figured that out, it was time to decorate the flip flops with a little bling.

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Sorry — this picture is a little blurry. 😦

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I decided to wrap the straw wreath with some green ribbon; it wasn’t cloth ribbon, but it wasn’t paper ribbon either.  I attached the ribbon with some straight pins from my sewing kit (I don’t really sew in the true sense of the word).  Anyway, it was a good thing I covered the straw wreath because it really made a mess!

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After blinging up all the flip flops, it was time to attach them to the wreath.  On one of my many trips to the craft stores I found these little gems.  BINGO!  I can stick those wire thingy’s right through the flip flop and into the straw wreath!  Add a little hot glue to seal it down, and VIO-LA!  Attachment achieved!

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Trying to orderly arrange the flip flops in a “balanced” manner was no easy task, so there are no pictures during that phase of the project.  Here is the finished project which cost considerably LESS than the ones I saw for sale online!

I think it looks pretty good on my door.  Don't you?

I think it looks pretty good on my door. Don’t you?

After getting all the blinged-up flip flops attached, I decided there wasn’t any room or need for the ribbon or a bow.  Now I’m thinking about another flip flop wreath using that decorative mesh along with the ribbon I didn’t use on this wreath.   GOTTA GO!  I’m headed out to go buy that wire wreath again, some deco mesh, and some flip flops!!

Bye for now!

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