I haven’t really had time for a craft or DIY project in months. Our days have been filled with doctors appointments and hospital visits but now that school’s out and I have one less thing to worry about, I thought I’d tackle a project. I bought all the stuff for this flip-flop wreath a year ago with the intention of replacing the Mizzou one out front that is getting worn out. I finally got the chance to work on it this weekend and I was pleasantly reminded why I love to craft. It’s relaxing and fun. Here’s what you’ll need to make this wreath.
- One 18 inch wire wreath form
- Two rolls of 10″ decorative mesh
- Chenille stems to match the mesh, cut in half.
- Four child medium flip flops (I bought cheap ones at Michael’s at the end of the season last year).
- Wired Ribbon to match
- Floral wire
- Wire Cutters
Originally, I was going to pop some flowers into the wreath for color but once I started making it, I changed my mind. I liked a simple version with the ribbon better. However, if you’d like to add flowers, bugs or butterflies, I think it would be cute.
Step #1- Fold a handful of mesh in half and attach to the wire frame (for this project I flipped the frame upside down so the flip flops would have a place to nest). Attach to the outside of the frame with a chenille stem. Repeat the process attaching to the inside of the frame. Continue all the way around.
Step #2- Adjust the mesh so it covers the frame. With an 18-inch frame and one roll of mesh, there will be gaps.
Step #3- Fill in the gaps with a complimentary color. I added a darker blue to give it a little dimension attaching with a darker piece of chenille.
Step #4- Take floral wire and loop it around the bottom of the flip-flops so they can be attached to the wreath.
Step #5- Attach the flip-flops to the wreath. I positioned them first to make sure I liked them and then ran the wire through the mesh to attach then to the wreath form.
Step #6- Prep your ribbon. You’re going to use it to fill in any gaps you see in the wreath. This is also the point where you’d add your flowers.
The final step? Figure out where to hang it. Originally, I hung it outside but now I’m having second thoughts. I think it’s too pretty to get pummeled by all the rain we’re having here in Kansas City. What do you think?