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Little known fact to many people, Canada has a summer and we have our very own beaches, actually many of us even have our own pools. I know that is a bit shocking if you believe all the urban myths that we all live in Igloos and ski year round, but trust me its true, we have awesome beaches and they get used a lot…
So in the winter I may travel to find sun and sand, but in the summer from May till September/October I will be in Canada, and you may hear me say ” Let’s Go to the Beach….”
Honestly I have a beautiful beach 10 minutes from my house, and it is usually a very popular spot between May and September. Petrie Island ……
actually it is pretty popular all year long, if you like Fall Foliage and winter sports….( and hello we are in Canada so we love all seasons right)
For me I love to spend most of my time in my backyard, in that little Oasis
I have but I do miss the sand so we have tried to incorporate all the positive aspects of the beach around the pool. we have beach games, beach towels, water devices ( floaties LOL) and of course all things Flip Flop related because beach equals flip flops right??
So just in case you are a city dweller and not able to get to the beach as often as you might like I thought I would walk you through an awesome beach craft I made, A flip Flop wreath to hang on a fence, a balcony or even in your bathroom if you just want to
Ever wonder what to do with all of those flip flops that end up in your house each year?? A wreath works perfectly, or if you are like me and want to hold on to your flip flops head to your nearest Dollar Store, Giant Tiger, Old Navy, which ever one you are loyal to and purchase a few ( or lots) pairs of children s flip flops. I love the Children s selection because they usually have awesome designs and colours. I have made this wreath twice but this time I went for the ” Full Beach” look. I purchased nine pairs of sandals and found a funky pair of sunglasses
Practice first, I find it takes me a few tries before I get the look I am happy with. Take one of each sandal and create a circle. I personally like to start with the sandals going toe to toe. For the second layer I have them going heel to heel and then they all rest on each other
You can see the heel and toe concept illustrated clearly in my first wreath, I used hot glue and glued the toes together and then as I add a layer not only do I glue each sandal to the one beside it but also to the one it is resting on.
The best thing about a summer flip flop wreath is you make it to your taste, as full or as sparse as you like.
I like the multi layered look, nine pairs and four layers make for one fantastic wreath.
After I have created my perfect circle and I am happy with the look, I add layers ( again alternating toes together, heels together) I, then glue one pair to the center of the wreath as an anchor piece and finally add a pair of sunglasses, if you were really inventive you could add a small bottle of suntan lotion. I also use one flip flop on the back so that I can use the straps as my hanger. Quick easy and very inexpensive and it gives you that Let’s go to the Beach kind of feeling every time you look at it.
What a nice welcome on your front door or hanging on your back fence right? How about other flip flop accessories? Maybe a welcome sign or just a fun wall hanging…. I like to add colour to my fence.
sign from Michaels
So there ya have it, Canada really does have Summer, and we love the beach and the pool, seriously put us near water and sun and just like a a Lupin we grow and flourish (do you like the wild flower reference?) Have you hit the Beach yet?? For me, I have not only hit the beach I have been living in this little beachy backyard of mine.