Do you have tons of flip-flops and need a better storage solution?
Then you are in the right place!
I created this Flip Flop Bin because of the disorganized pile and inconvenient way I store my flip flops. I am being really transparent here with this picture and letting you get a look into my real life closet. This isn’t even worth watermarking :-/, no photoshop touch up here folks.
Ok ok so I know I need to clean up those scarves regardless if I organize my flip-flops, but that is another post for another day.
Summer is one of my favorite seasons. So it’s fitting that flip flops are my all time favorite shoes to wear. Like the
obsessive amount many camis I own that I shared in my Cami Organization post, I also own many pairs of flip flops in various colors all near and dear to my feet :-).
TOOLS FOR FLIP FLOP BIN
- Nail gun
- Staple gun
- Electric sander, sanding block and/or sandpaper 80 grit
- Screw driver
- 1 1/4 inch nails
- Paint/stain brush
- Old T-shirt
SUPPLIES FOR FLIP FLOP BIN
- 1 – 1 x 10x 6
- Pressed plywood
- Wood glue
- Wood filler in natural
- Rope – 1/2 inch in diameter
- Hose clamps – 1/4 inch – 5/8 inch size
CUTS FOR FLIP FLOP BIN
- 1 x 10 – 2 – 13 1/2 inches – for the sides
- 1 x 10 – 2 – 16 1/2 inches – for the sides
- Plywood – 1 – 15 x 16 1/2 inches – bottom
- Plywood – 2 – 8 x 13 3/8 inches – dividers
- Plywood – 2 – 8 x 14 3/4 inches – dividers
I measured my cuts based on the space I had to work with in my closet and the length of my flip flops. I wear shoe size 5 – 5 1/2 so my flip flops measured about 9 1/4 inches at the longest length. Adjust your cuts accordingly.
If you don’t own a saw there is always the option to have the cuts done at the hardware store.
STEPS TO MAKE FLIP FLOP BIN
Step 1) Line up the edges of the 13 1/2 inch board with the 16 1/2 inch board, apply wood glue along the edge and nail the edges together. Repeat this until all the sides are glued and nailed together.
While the wood filler was drying I made the dividers. To get the measurements of the dividers I measured the length, width and depth of the inside of the box allowing for a little extra space on the sides to be able to slide the dividers in and out. For the height I made my cuts slightly shorter than the heights of the sides.
Step 4) To make the dividers I started by measuring out and marking three equal distances across the board where I wanted my dividers to cross. My measurements were approximately 5 inches apart on the longer boards and 4 1/4 inches apart on the shorter boards. I wanted to be able to fit at least two pairs of flip flops per opening. Then I marked two measurements; one measurement was slightly more than halfway up the board, at 4 1/2 inches, and the second measurement was slightly more than the thickness of the board at 1/4 inch. Here is a picture of the longer divider with the cuts.
There are two ways to create the slits for the dividers. One way is to use a saw and cut away at the slits little by little until you have cut out enough width so the dividers can slide in the slit. In this case 1/4 inch. The other way is to make two cuts on either side of the slits and then use a screwdriver head to pop out the remaining attached piece.
Here is a tutorial on How to Make Wood Dividers.
Step 5) It was now ready to be stained, painted, labeled and roughed up beach style.
These steps are completely optional, but since flip flops represent summer and the beach to me I thought it only fitting to give the flip flop bin some summer style. For the stain I used Rust-Oleum in Dark Walnut and for the paint I used Deco Art Americana in Delicate and Refreshing.
I stained the entire piece inside and out. After the stain dried I applied the two colors of chalk paint and painted random/semi strategic areas with each color, leaving areas of stain exposed. Once the paint dried I then applied white chalk paint over the entire piece inside and out covering the yellow and green/blue chalk paint.
I used a mixture of white latex paint and BB Frosch to make the white chalk paint.
This was my first time using BB Frosch. I really liked how easy it was to mix, it had great coverage, and I also liked how I was able to mix up only what I needed for this smaller project, using any color paint I wanted. I will definitely be using it again.
At this point I was left with a white box. I used 80 grit sand paper and sanded all over the piece. As I sanded, the stain, yellow and green/blue started to come through giving a beach like appearance. I loved how it was turning out. Next I created a “Flip Flops” stencil using my Silhouette Cameo. I have to admit I have not quite conquered the learning curve for my Cameo. I probably need to use better vinyl. So I have to say it is a work in progress. I have every intention of making the stencil, and spray painting or painting the letters, but unfortunately end up tracing the letters and then painting them with a gray acrylic paint. Anyhow I got to the end goal eventually though. After painting the letters I sanded them as well.The next step was to make the rope handles. I struggled with this part a bit. I knew I didn’t want to make a knot because it would be too big and take up too much room inside the box. I ended up finding this website 4 Men and 1 Lady where they used rope and hose clamps to create a rope handle, great idea! I bought the rope at Michaels, don’t forget your coupon, and the hose clamps at The Home Depot (I wish they had coupons :-/). I measured and marked my spot for the rope handles. I made sure that my drill hole was not in a spot where it would hit the dividers inside. My drill holes ended up at the 4 1/2 and 10 1/2 inch spots, down 3 1/2 inches from the top.
To make my holes for the rope handles I started out by making a small pilot hole. Then I used a 3/4 inch drill bit to make a bigger hole for the rope to fit through. Although the rope measured 1/2 inch in diameter I had to use a 3/4 inch drill bit for the rope to fit.
I wrapped the end of the rope with a piece of tape to thread the rope through the hole. Then I wrapped the hose clamp around the end of the rope and tightened it with a screwdriver. I trimmed the end of the rope to get rid of any frayed or loose ends and then added the dividers. Now it was time to put my flips flops in the new flip flop bin. It held 20 pairs of flip flops and fits perfectly under the bottom shelf in my closet.
The only thing I wish I could add to this to make this perfect is casters. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough room to add casters to the bottom. However, if I get lucky and have a future closet with the room I will definitely be adding casters.
Of course, a beach vacation in February won’t hurt either, but in the meantime, I will just dream.
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