In a patriotic mood, but want to spend more money on food for the cookout than on decorations? Well, make a cute, easy $6 DIY patriotic flip flop wreath!
I really wanted a new patriotic wreath for my front door, but it needed to be inexpensive and hold up to our daily Florida afternoon thunderstorms, too.
So, my daughter and I headed to the dollar store to see what patriotic decorations they had, and they actually had quite a lot. I grabbed 4 pairs of flip flops that had stars and stripes on them ($4), a red and blue shiny pinwheel ($1) and a burlap bow, stamped with blue stars and red stripes ($1).
And we ended up making a cute, weatherproof, patriotic wreath covered in stars and stripes for just $6.00!
I have seen several cute wreaths made with flip flops on Pinterest. Here is the one I based my design on.
Here is how I made MY patriotic flip flop wreath.
Here are the supplies we got at the dollar store. (The only thing not shown was a length of left-over burlap ribbon I already had that we used for the hanger.
Assembling the flip flop wreath.
First, I hot glued the first four shoes onto a scrap square of cardboard. Actually, I thought about using a small foam wreath frame I saw at the dollar store, but it was still too big and there were large gaps between the shoes. I also toyed with the idea of using a plastic lid, but the lid had a lip around it that I didn’t want to have to cut off, so I ended up just using a square of thick scrap cardboard.
Glue the first four flip flops to the cardboard, one at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock.
Next, glue the other four flip flops on top of those, at 2, 4, 8, and 10 o’clock. (So that they are glued on top of two of the bottom row).
Add the pinwheel.
Cut the stem off the pinwheel. Add a blob of hot glue and glue it in the middle of the wreath, between 2 of the bottom flip flops.
Attach the bow.
Simply attach the bow to the strap of the bottom flip flop. The bow comes with the twist tie already on it, so it’s super easy to do.
Make the hanger.
As I mentioned earlier, I had a roll of burlap ribbon. So I used a length of that for my hanger. A red or blue bandana would make a great hanger, too.
And that’s it!
My wreath was simple to make and since it came in at only $6.00, I think I am going back in a few weeks. Perhaps they’ll have some fun, bright colors of flip flops so I can make another one for summer. I could see a pair of bright plastic sunglasses in the center. (So, stay tuned…)
So what are you waiting for? Get down to the dollar store so you can make your own patriotic flip flop wreath!
P.S. And to help you get ready for that cookout, here is a fun list of patriotic treats for your celebration!
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