SUMMER'S COMING......FLIP FLOP DECOR
This is a very quick and enjoyable project because it is easy and you can see
the results in about 2 hours. Make it in the morning and admire your work
of art all day long !
I find my slats on the beach while walking my Great Danes - I love to scavenge !
There is minimum cutting and sanding. Dry brushing the paint allows you to
get started on your quote in a matter of minutes. I like quick projects - I
Choose your slats - my flip flop template was 11.5"h and about 5"w.
I used 7 slats.
Place slats flush against one under and trace flip flop.
I cut the slats using my scroll saw because the pieces were small and
I got nice curves. Take 1st slat, cut, sand edges lightly, put on table, then
on to the next one until all slats have been cut and sanded. This step is
When you are satisfied that all slats fit nicely together - apply wood glue to the edges and press them together. Next, cut a piece of plywood to attach to the back of the flip flop so that everything stays together.
Ready to put the back strip on. Apply wood glue and use finishing nails to attach. Make sure each slat has a nail in it.
Back is now attached. Make sure your back piece does not go right to the top. We have to drill a hole there.
Front of flip flop. Now, that didn't take too long did it ?
Now drill 3 holes - one on either side and one at the top off centre a bit.
If you have a flip flop - take a look at the hole placements. The size of your holes will be determined by the type of material you use for the thong part.
Now the fun part. I painted the slats yellow and turquoise. I dry
brushed it very lightly. Then I traced a quote on them and painted them with a paint pen. I used "old tech" - carbon paper to trace. Very quick.
I do not have the patience to cut stencils ! For the quote, I found an image and enlarged it to fit .
I inserted the rope for the thong part - please note in the photo - if you cut approx 12" of rope - fold in half to find the centre - thread this centre through the hole you drilled at the top - front to back. Leave about an inch of rope - this will become the hanger. Tie a knot at the rope at the front (carefully so as not to pull the loop at the back) and then separate the two strands threading them individually to each side hole. Once they are pulled through - add a dab of hot glue and tie twice. Cut off remaining rope. You now have your flip flop done with an added bonus
of your hanger being done also.
You are finished. Wasn't that fun. Now go grab a cup of coffee and admire your work !
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