Easy Pool Towel Rack (using Dollar Tree Flip Flops)

Learn how to make this easy pool towel rack using Dollar Tree flip flops. You’ll always be able to find your favorite towels and keep your towels dry while you relax by the pool!

summer pool towel rack poolside

Summertime is here and that means cooling off with a dip in the pool. Instead of tossing your pool towels all over the place, try making this easy pool towel rack using Dollar Tree flip-flops.

Not only is this project adorable, but it also costs less than $5 to make! Here are the simple instructions so you can make your own!

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Supplies Needed for Easy Pool Towel Rack

  • Over the Door Hooks from Dollar Tree
  • Summer Flip Flops from Dollar Tree
  • Small Summer Flowers from Dollar Tree
  • Buffalo Plaid Ribbon from Dollar Tree
  • Vinyl Alphabet Letters from Dollar Tree
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Wire Cutters
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How to Make a Dollar Tree Pool Towel Rack

This pool towel rack is a great way to keep your pool towels organized and within easy reach. Plus, if you don’t buy new ones, it’s a great way to upcycle those old flip flops that you never wear!

Step by Step Video Tutorial on How to Make a Pool Towel Rack

If you prefer to watch a step-by-step video tutorial on how to make a pool towel rack and two other easy flip flop DIYs, then watch the YouTube video below.

This video includes 3 Easy Dollar Tree Summer DIYs! The tutorial for this project is in the middle. Use the timestamps in the video description to navigate to each tutorial.

Step 1. Glue flowers to flip flops

Start by hot gluing summer faux flowers to the center of each flip flop. You can use whatever flowers that you like, but I went with pretty pink flowers.

summer flowers

You only need a dab of glue for the flowers.

gluing flowers to flip flops

Step 2. Attach letters to flip flops

I chose to add the word “summer” to my flip-flops, but you can choose any six-letter word that you like so you can put one letter on each.

Here are a few other six-letter summer word ideas:

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adding summer letters to flip flops

I used large sticker alphabet letters from Dollar Tree. You can also use letters that you cut with a cutting machine.

adding letters to flip flops

Even though the letters are sticky, I still added a little extra glue to make sure they were extra secure.

Step 3. Attach ribbon to flip flops

Measure the length of ribbon that you need to cover the thong area of each flip flop.

Use fabric scissors to trim the ribbon.

gluing ribbon to flip flops

Secure the ribbon with hot glue under the summer flower to the end of each thong. I love how the buffalo plaid ribbon looks on each flip flop.

gluing ribbon on flip flops

If you are a fan of buffalo plaid too, you definitely want to check out all of my buffalo plaid craft and DIY projects HERE.

Step 4. Bend the door rack hooks

You will need to bend the door rack on each end at the “hook” part so that it lays flat. Pliers or wire cutters will work for this.

snipping dollar tree rack

Step 5. Attach flip flops to the door rack

Now you want to attach the summer flip flops to the door rack. You can find really fun and colorful flip-flops at most dollar stores.

If you don’t have one close by, you can also find them for a couple of dollars at Walmart.

gluing towel rack

It’s best to add the glue directly to the wire rack and not the flip-flops. Be sure to press down on the flip flop and hold it for a minute or so until it is secure.

Three pairs of flip-flops fit perfectly on the door rack. I used two of the same size flip-flops for the end of the pool rack and a smaller size in a coordinating color for the middle.

It would also be a fun look to alternate the flip-flops in varying colors and designs.

Step 6. Hang and enjoy!

All that’s left now is to hang your super cute towel rack by the pool and enjoy your craftiness!

dollar tree flip flop pool towel rack

I’m so in love with how this inexpensive and unique DIY project turned out.

pool towel rack with towels

This pool towel rack is perfect for poolside and makes a great addition to any pool area.

This pool towel rack is easy to make and only requires a few supplies. Dollar Tree flip flops are the perfect size for this project, and they’re also very inexpensive.

finished pool towel rack diy

What do you think? Is this something you could see yourself making? If you give it a try, please leave me a comment below and let me know how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy summer!

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If you have a pool storage box, you may want to try this little makeover trick that I did on mine. It still looks fabulous! See the Entire Tutorial HERE.

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Easy Pool Towel Rack (using Dollar Tree Flip Flops)

Keep your towels within easy reach by making your own pool towel rack using Dollar Tree flip flops. It's a great way to add some personality to your pool area.
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  • Over the Door Hook
  • Summer Flip Flops
  • Small Summer Flowers
  • Buffalo Plaid Ribbon
  • Vinyl Alphabet Letters


  • Hot glue summer flowers to the center of each flip flop.
  • Measure the length of ribbon that you need to cover the thongs of each flip flop.
  • Add the word "summer" to the flip flops using alphabet stickers.
  • Attach the summer flip flops to the door rack with hot glue.
  • Snip off a little of the door rack so it is the right length.
  • Hang and enjoy!


  1. Great idea but how did attach it when you hung it?

    1. southerncrush says:

      I used a screw in the fence and hung it up.

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