Deco Mesh Flip Flop Wreath

Monday, June 24, 2013

Well I decided to start my summer vacation off with a craft project.  I spend way too much time on Pinterest!  I saw some deco mesh wreaths and decided to give it a whirl. I decided to do a gathered bow type of wreath rather then the loop one.  I used an 18 in wire wreath frame with pipe cleaners, I do think I would like to use a foam wreath form with the floral pins instead for this type of wreath.  Personally I think the foam would be easier to do, but I would need to try one to see.


1 - 18 inch wire frame wreath ($3.49)
1 package of purple pipe cleaners  ($.99)
3-pairs of children's medium size flip flops ($1.30 each)
1 Roll of each color - purple, neon green, hot pink, 12 inch x 10 yards deco mesh ($9.99 each)
8 - polka dot flowers - 4 green & 4 pink ($.59 each)
1 package felt flowers for top of flip flops ($2.49)
2 - Rolls of wired coordinating ribbons ($3.49 each)

All materials were purchased at Michael's Craft store - using a 40% off coupon for the deco mesh & 15% off entire purchase for the rest.

Step One:  twist pipe cleaners on the outer 2 rings where the seems are - 9 total.

Step Two:  twist pipe cleaners in-between the the seems on the 2 inner circle rings.

Step Three: Cut Deco Mesh into 10 inch long pieces.  9 of each color for a total of 27 pieces.  For my  wreaths in my Etsy Store I use the 10 inch pieces to give you an idea. Alternate the colors as you put them on the wreath

Step Four:  Gather the mesh scrunching it like a bow - pinch the center and attach by twisting the pipe cleaner around it.  Start in the outer ring first, then do the same for the inner ring. I alternated each piece - 1 horizontal then 1 vertical to give it a fuller look.
I used the purple first to fill the outer rings, then I alternated the green & pink on the inner rings.

 Step Five:  I wired on the flip flops - wrapped the wire around the nub (don't know what to call it - the plug that keeps the flip flip strap attached to the bottom of the shoe).

Step Six:  Add flowers - I tried to wire them in but I found it much easier to load up with hot glue and place in wreath.

Step Seven:  I also used extra ribbons to embellish - I cut strips of 12 inches of coordinating ribbons, attached by floral wire and placed in wreath to give extra color.  You can load this wreath up with ribbons and it will look great.  Wired Ribbons in coordinating patterns look great.

Step Eight:  Hot glue on felt flowers to flip flop strap.

Brooklyn my helper :-)

Hang up your wreath and enjoy!

Happy Summer <3