I was looking around Pinterest for a cute wreath for the 4th of July. Most of the wreaths that I found went around a circular form. I wanted something wider to cover more of my balcony railing, so I decided to do another one like I used last summer. It was brightly colored, and I added “Hello” across the tops and “SUMMER” across the bottom. It turned out great, so I went for it again. It was simple and very affordable, and you can leave it up from Memorial Day all through Labor Day if you want! You can get all of your supplies at the Dollar Tree!
So here’s the tutorial and the items you’ll need:
- 4 pair of flip flops- your choice in style (I went with 2 white, 1 navy, and 1 blue and white stars on one foot and red and white stripes on the other, sizes M 8/9)
- a pack of scatter foams with red, white, and blue stars in multiple sizes (I used 3 for this wreath and the rest on the wreath I made for my front door.)
- wire garland- silver with red and blue stars
- tissue paper- one sheet of each color you choose- I used red and white
- hot glue gun & glue
- stapler or a chenille stem (I always call them pipe cleaners)
Begin Layout of Flip Flops
Begin by laying out the flip flops and see what order you’d like them in. I started with a left white flip flop as the center then built out from there. Now place the color you’d like to the left of that shoe; I used a right shoe in navy. Place a strip of hot glue along the edge of the navy shoe on the outside of the sole and press the two together where they fit into the curve of each other. I didn’t get a picture doing this with the actual wreath, but I got one of the opposing shoes I didn’t use. Just remember you’ll be doing this opposite.
Continue doing this once you find the placement you want.
The pattern of my wreath from left to right was blue with white stars, white, navy, white, navy, and finally red and white stripes. Once you have all of the shoes placed and glued together (and enough time has passed for the glue to dry), you can attach the wire garland that the wreath will hang from. You’ll need to measure how much to use by measuring where you want the top of the wreath to hit vs where to put the nail, hook. or whatever you’re hanging it on. I needed 7.5in. I chose to place the wire from the outer left white shoe and the other side on the outer right white shoe. You can put yours wherever you need. Loop the wire garland on the back circular piece of plastic that holds the thong part of the flip flop to the back and spin it around that piece twice, then around the wire itself again like you would do a bread tie. Repeat that on the other shoe. (When I checked this post, for some reason all of the pictures were missing. I wasn’t able to find all from this particular wreath, but I was able to add this picture of adding a ribbon to another flip flop wreath. You’ll wrap the wire around just like this.)
Now be smarter than me and begin placing the decorative items after you attach the wire. I figured out the hard way that my pretties would get smashed if I did the decorations before the wire because they’ll be smashed when the wreath is flipped upside down! I used 3 of the left over foam scatter stars, 1 blue and 2 red. I also made tissue paper flowers, 2 red and 2 white. I put the 2 red stars on the white shoes, about 2in from the bottom, and the blue one on the center white flip flop, still about 2in up. I’m going to post another more in depth tutorial on the tissue paper flowers, but for now I’ll do a quick run through. I took 1 sheet of white and 1 sheet of red paper size 20×20. I cut them both in half and accordion folded them (you can also do the folding first and then cut it in the middle). I didn’t do that because I wasn’t sure what size I wanted. Next you can staple, or use a pipe cleaner, in the middle of the fold, staple running vertically to the paper that’s running horizontally. Then just fluff each fold up.
And that is how you make a beautiful flip flop wreath for all of your patriotic celebrations! If you like this, please share. If you make one, show us a picture in the comments. I would love to see yous!!
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