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How to Make Fancy Flowered Flip Flops for About $10

FlourishAnyway is a psychologist with a special interest in crafts as a way to relax, create, and connect with others.

Wearable Do-It-Yourself Artwork

Hit the beach this summer these cute flip flops. Although I made this pair several years ago, they are still going strong and always get me lots of compliments!

Hit the beach this summer these cute flip flops. Although I made this pair several years ago, they are still going strong and always get me lots of compliments!

Make These Fancy Flip Flops on a Budget

If it's summer, then it's flip flop time!

Dress up those drab but dependable summertime staples with a few craft supplies and a little imagination.

After all, what's better than wearable do-it-yourself artwork? This is an easy craft that takes less than an hour.

About $10 in Supplies

ItemWhat It Cost Me

flip flops

$1.99 / pair

2 artificial flowers with wire stems

$0.99 each

textured satin ribbon, 5/8 inch wide

$3.99 / 10 yard roll

floral tape

$1.99

scissors

already on hand

wire cutters

already on hand

glue dots

already on hand

Stella, My Creative Consultant

My creative consultant, Stella, has an eye for color.  She is an extremely crafty cat!

My creative consultant, Stella, has an eye for color. She is an extremely crafty cat!

Step 1: Select and Prepare Your Materials

Choose an artificial flower with a bendable wired stem. Use the size of your flip flop to judge the size of the flower head. (A bigger shoe size can accommodate a bigger flower head.)

Select a type of flower that lays flat, such as a zinnia or mum. Stiff, poufy flowers such as roses may not stay on the shoe well, but flatter styles stay in place nicely.

Remove tags from the flip flops and flowers. Then, use wire cutters to trim the flower stems so that they are only about 3 inches long.

Step 2: Attach the Flower

Cut a strip of floral tape approximately 18 inches long. Begin to wrap it around the lower base and upper stem of the flower.

Position the flower stem along the upper outside of the sandal strap (see photo above). Continue to wrap the floral tape around both the flower stem and the sandal strap until the entire stem is smoothly covered.

Floral tape is sticky, so press it into place. Do not skimp on floral tape, as this fastens the flower to the sandal. The flower should be securely fastened at this point.

Got Ugly Toes? Use Big Flowers!

You may wish to go with smaller flowers if you are blessed with fancy feet.  The good thing about making your own shoes is you get to customize them!

You may wish to go with smaller flowers if you are blessed with fancy feet. The good thing about making your own shoes is you get to customize them!

Step 3: Wrap Decorative Ribbon Around Straps

Cut a piece of decorative ribbon approximately 30 inches long. Place glue dots on the outside of the sandal strap. Secure the end of the ribbon using a glue dot, then wind the ribbon around the sandal strap.

Overlap the ribbon rather generously, and use the glue dots to secure the ribbon at regular intervals. (I prefer glue dots to hot glue because they are less hazardous to work with and hold just as well.)

When you come to the middle section, wrap the decorative ribbon around the opposite sandal strap and continue until you reach the sandal base (see photo above).

To finish, simply use a glue dot to firmly secure the ribbon on the outside of the sandal strap.

Step 4: Bend, Fluff, and Wear

Bend and fluff the wired flower so that it sits properly on the sandal strap. Now, your work of art is ready to show off!

Ready for the Beach Now!

The skies at beautiful Murrells Inlet, SC.  I'm ready to hit the beach!

The skies at beautiful Murrells Inlet, SC. I'm ready to hit the beach!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 27, 2013:

mariewj - Glad you like these! Flip flops are versatile and comfortable, the old staple, and now you can make them pretty. Thanks for reading and commenting.

mariewj on October 27, 2013:

These flip-flops are so cute. I often wear them instead of slippers. I like the idea of jazzing them up a bit!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 21, 2013:

Crafty - Glad you liked this. This is definitely the time of year to stock up. They are easy to make, and floral tape is much superior to hot glue (doesn't melt the plastic and much safer!). Thanks for reading and commenting.

CraftytotheCore on September 21, 2013:

Oh wow, that is neat! I never thought to use floral tape for a project like this. My daughter would love this. She just now started wearing headbands with flowers on them to school because it's the in thing around here. I should tell her how to make this. She would get a big kick out of making herself a pair. We went to Kohls recently and they had all of their flips marked down to $1 and $2, too bad I didn't grab a couple of extras.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 29, 2013:

Sally - Glad you like these, and I hope you have an opportunity to try them. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Sally Branche from Only In Texas! on July 28, 2013:

Well, what a cute idea! Voted up and useful! ;D

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 10, 2013:

huntgoddess - Thanks so much for the kudos. I sure try to be organized. You're never too young or too old to be organized or to love simple things like flip flops.

Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on July 10, 2013:

Awww, those are so pretty!!

Even the cool chart with the breakdown of costs! That's helpful, and that's what I call ORGANIZED.

Which I'm still hoping to be someday -- maybe when I'm 70?? I'm only 65 now, so . . . .

Up, awesome, -- all.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 08, 2013:

Dolores - That's a great use for these! I like the idea of complementary folowers in the bouquet. Thanks for reading, commenting, and sharing.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on July 08, 2013:

So simple and cute! I know that some bridal parties have taken to wearing flip flops for outdoor weddings. Adding flowers similar to the bouquets would be awesome! (Voted up and shared)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 28, 2013:

Moonlake - Thank you for the read and comment. Especially now that summer is in full swing, it's a good time to pull out the flip flops!

moonlake from America on June 17, 2013:

Very nice I love flip flops. I really like the way the flowers look on them. Voted up.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 15, 2013:

Stephanie - If the reactions I've been getting when I wear mine are any indication, you'll do great selling them. People always comment when I am out and about in them. Good luck with your endeavor and thanks for stopping by.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 15, 2013:

Donna - I agree. I'm sure it would work with sandals too. Thanks for the read and the comment.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 15, 2013:

Rajan - Thank you for the positive feedback! I appreciate the read and the share.

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on June 15, 2013:

Very cute. I just bought a ton of flip flops on sale so I can decorate and sell them. I haven't made any yet. But this gives me some ideas beyond putting the sticker rhinestones on them.

Donna Campbell Smith from Central North Carolina on June 15, 2013:

I don't like wearing flip flops, but I think this idea will work with regular sandals, too. Thanks for sharing the idea!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 15, 2013:

Very useful and interesting. You make the whole process so simple to understand and the flip flops look great.

Voted up, useful and shared.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 09, 2013:

agapsikap - Thank you for the vote, read and visit. I hope you'll be able to try them!

agapsikap from Philippines on June 09, 2013:

Great hub! Very creative. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 07, 2013:

So glad you visited, rebekahELLE! I hope you do get to try the craft! Thanks so much for the encouragement!

rebekahELLE from Tampa Bay on June 06, 2013:

I love this! I'm definitely going to follow your instructions and make a few pairs for the summer. Love the images, and Stella, your creative consultant. I found this on my feed!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 06, 2013:

vespawoolf - Thank you for the positive feedback and the share! You are so kind. Stella the cat thanks you too. I'd make my kitty two little pair of flip flops if I could so we could be matchy-matchy ... but she prefers to play with the flowers.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 06, 2013:

Kat - I agree this is a much more economical option than Coach flip flops and you can tell people you made them yourself! Sometimes low-cost and low-tech is better! Thanks so much for the visit!

Katee Shew from Canada on June 06, 2013:

This is such a wonderful idea, I am going to try this! I had a pair of coach flip flops with flowers on them, they were very expensive and very uncomfortable. I love the fact that with this tutorial I can make my own, that way I can use comfy shoes that won't hurt my feet :)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 06, 2013:

This is a well laid out and useful Hub! I think even I could manage to dress up my drab flip flops and I like the idea, too. Your creative consultant is too cute. : ) Voted up, up, up and shared!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 05, 2013:

Glad summer has arrived for you, Judi! I hope you'll be able to give this a whirl. They're fun to make and garner lots of compliments. I appreciate the comment, vote and pin.

Judi Brown from UK on June 05, 2013:

Summer has made a tentative appearance here and I've got my toes out - definitely going to give this a try. Pinned and voted up.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 31, 2013:

@theryanpride - Glad to know you liked this so much and will be trying it! I'm sure you'll love the results!

Sonya from Indiana on May 31, 2013:

Great idea love it i usually do balloons or ribbon but never flowers i can't wait to try it thank you for sharing.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 31, 2013:

@Thelma - Thank you for the visit and the read. I hope you are able to make yourself a cute new pair for the summer!

@dghbrh - Thank you for the read, comment, and share. Hope you can give it a try.

@SuzieHQ - Glad to know you liked these enough to share. I so appreciate it!

@pinto2011 - Thank you for visiting and commenting. It's an easy, inexpensive, fun craft that doesn't take long either!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 31, 2013:

ishwaryaa22 - I like your idea of a business based on these, creating customized flip flops based on shoe size and color/flower preference. I can especially see creating them for little girls, brides/bridesmaids, etc. Best of luck if you pursue this.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on May 31, 2013:

Great hub! This is nice and affordable to make. I love to use this idea for my old flip flops. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

Subhas from New Delhi, India on May 31, 2013:

Hi FlourishAnyway! Flips flops are always a hit and you have made them more desirable through your beautification of this podiatry care. Very well written.

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on May 31, 2013:

Wowww...this is beautiful and simple also. Thanks for sharing and shared and votes up also.

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on May 31, 2013:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Love this creative idea as I am a flip flop fan! Great to see I have a few of the tools like wire cutters from making jewelry. Love these you made and good to know still going strong all these years later! Voted up interesting and useful, shared.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on May 30, 2013:

Welcome to HubPages! Wow! What a creatively unique craft idea! With this, you can create a successful business. With your easy-to-follow instructions and helpful photos, anyone would be willling to give this a try. Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 29, 2013:

Thanks for stopping by, Rebecca! They are fun to make!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 29, 2013:

Nell, so glad you enjoyed the hub. I hope you are able to try them. They are pretty easy, and the four-legged help is a real benefit.

Nell Rose from England on May 29, 2013:

Great fun and so easy to do! I love your little helper in the photo! gorgeous cat! lol! I love my flip flops so I may just try this!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 29, 2013:

Too, too cute! Walk them flappers on up to Sunset Beach, NC where my Mom still lives!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 29, 2013:

Thank you for the read and compliments, Ceres. I hope you'll be able to give the craft project a try.

Ceres Schwarz on May 29, 2013:

This is a very creative and interesting hub. The image of the flip flops with flowers looks really great. Those flowers really make the flip flops look much better. It's also good to see that this craft isn't expensive to do and that it doesn't take much time at all.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 28, 2013:

Thanks for the read, Bill!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on May 28, 2013:

How creative. Great job.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 28, 2013:

@ kidscrafts - My creative consultant doubles as my editorial consultant. I bet Lotus is good for that, too! They are so talented! She was very excited with all the ribbon strewn about.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 28, 2013:

tobusiness - Thank you for the read. This craft is pretty darn easy! I'm kind of low-tech, so anything I do most people should be able to achieve, haha. I thought about doing a video to show how easy it was. The biggest struggle was trying not to get stuck with the glue dots. ;-) Thanks for the read, vote and share.

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on May 28, 2013:

Great way to dress up those flip flops! Great step by step instructions!

I love your creative consultant .... I have one of those also.... his name is Lotus. He is sometimes stealing materials from me but the good thing is that usually he makes enough noise that I can catch him "the paw in the bag"!

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on May 28, 2013:

Beautiful, clever and so very practical....I love how you gave a new lease of life to the trusted old flip flop. Now is it really as easy as you made it look? :)

Great hub, Up and sharing.

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