Monday, April 4, 2011
I know some of you still have snow on the ground, but for us Floridians summer is already kicking into high gear. And summer means flip flops.
Yep, we southern girls have 'em for everything: casual wear, evening wear, 'flops with heels, 'flops with big poofy flowers glued on...you name it. They're cheap impulse buys, so it's easy to accumulate a whole mountain of flip-flops in a single season.
But say you don't like the "mountain" storage method. Say you need to get your mound o' 'flops off the floor and into a tidy system, but are limited on space. What then?
Now, the fun part is the actual hangers. Here's how to make them:
First, grab a handful of the flimsiest metal hangers you can find in your closet. (You want to be able to bend them with your hands, if possible.) You'll also need a pair of needle-nosed pliers.
Cut off the bottom section of the hanger like so:
Now, using both your hands and your pliers, bend your hanger into this approximate shape:
I recently went back and decided to pretty them up, though. First I put a fresh coat of spray paint on them:
Make sure your ribbon is snug, so it doesn't fall off the hanger. To secure it you can use fabric or super glue - or, if the glue stains the ribbon like mine did, glue dots also work really well.
Step 6 shows the backside of the hanger. I suggest flipping it over like this to trim off the excess ribbon.
Actually I have even more than this, but I didn't want to hang them all up because then you'd know I have that many flip-flops and it'd be, like, totally embarrassing.
And now en masse:
Plus, here's a handy bonus: you can also hang your ballerina flats on these!
And finally, since I spent the better part of an evening cleaning it out, allow me to present - for your judging pleasure - a glimpse inside my closet:
I had to use a wide-angle lens to get this; it's pretty cramped in there. As you can see, when I'm not wearing flip-flops I'm wearing little boy's sneakers or boots. (I loooove boots.) I think the last time I wore a pair of heels was our Christmas cruise, but at least they look pretty on the shelves. ;)
So, do you guys have any nifty space-saving tips from your closet? Share in the comments!
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