Enjoy the Sunshine and Avoid Dirty Feet with a DIY Flip Flop Bucket

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Summer time is all about slower days and playing outside, which I absolutely love. In fact, my kids often get up, eat breakfast and then head straight to the backyard for hours of outdoor play. For this momma, it just doesn’t get much better than that!

The only drawback? More often than not my 3-year-old gets a little carried away with excitement and dashes out barefoot, only to return later with feet caked in dirt and suffering from the occasional deck sliver.

This DIY project is just the thing to deal with the problem in lovely, organized style.  Plus, it’s so easy that you can have the kids help, or have them make one of their very own.

To make your family flip-flops bucket, you will need:

  • A large metal pail in the color of your choice (We chose white to really make the rest of the colors pop.)
  • Vinyl lettering or letter stickers
  • A flexible stencil (available at your local craft store)
  • Craft paints in your favorite colors
  • A sponge applicator

To begin, cut out your letters and play around with them, arranging them on a table until you get them how you want them.

Then simply peel and stick them, being sure to press down firmly on all parts of the stickers.

Next, place the stencil on the pail and smooth out any bubbles, again by pressing down firmly with your fingers.

Dip the sponge applicator into the paint and blot it on a paper towel or piece of paper to get rid of any excess. Then blot the paint onto the stencil, using a straight, up-and-down motion, being careful not to use too much paint.

Peel back the stencil and repeat the process elsewhere on the pail. Continue to do this until your bucket is decorated to your satisfaction.

The last step is to place your Family Flip Flops Bucket by the back door and fill it with everyone’s shoes. Now you have a cheerful spot to store shoes that can be slipped on whenever someone is overcome with the urge to run outside and enjoy the sunshine.

Photo credits: Stephanie Morgan

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