I enjoy doing DIY crafts and decorating projects, and love giving advice on how to use colors.
Flower shoe clips are very popular in spring and summer. It is a festive way to dress up your pair of shoes, slides, slings, and flip-flops. Most department stores like Target and Wal-Mart carry a few styles, but some of them are just plain boring. If you're like me, you want your accessories made a certain way so that they're more wearable.
For me, that means either buying and redoing them or just making them from scratch. It's less work and more rewarding.
Flower shoe clips are really easy to make. You don't need to make the flower design from scratch, just pick up a few flowers that you like from your local craft store. When you do pick your flowers, buy them in pairs and try to get them in the same shades, as some of the flowers do tend to have slightly different colors and sizes. So you need to carefully pick ones that are identical in shade and size.
DIY Flower Shoe Clips
To make a pair of flower shoe clips, you'll need the following items:
- Flowers: This is the main ingredient. A pair of medium-sized soft silk flowers with the stems cut off. Any color will do.
- Shoe Clip Base: This is the metal piece that the flower will be attached to. It is the piece that secures the finished flower shoe clips to the shoe. Some people like to use small paper clips (ouch!) or earring clips in the absence of the shoe clip base. Those can work too, but they tend to scratch and pinch at your skin and can be very irritating as you walk. So I strongly recommend that you use the real shoe clip base (pictured right in the image below). They are comfortable and grip better than paper clips and earring clips. This way, you don't have the fear of your clips slipping off your shoes. Shoe clip bases can be bought on Etsy or eBay.
- Glue Stick/Glue Gun: The hot glue gun and fitting glue sticks are needed to attach the flower to the shoe clip base.
- Two Pieces of Cotton fabric, Ribbon, or Flower petal: Each piece should measure about 1"L x .5"W. This will be used on the shoe clips to protect your shoe from the glue that can sometimes run onto your shoe and cause damage.
Once you have all the ingredients listed above, then it's time to put it all together.
Apply glue in the center of the back of the flower.
Secure the metal shoe clip base on glue area. Press gently to set.
Dab a little glue over the bottom half of the base, as shown below.
Place one of the flower petal pieces over the glue area. Let it set for about five minutes. Your flower shoe clips are ready to use. Repeat steps 1 through 4 for the other half.
Making the Flower Shoe Clips
The first thing you want to do is to cut off the stems, the plastic and metal stem below the flower. Try to get it all off without cutting the flower itself. Once that's done, it's time to begin.
To secure the flower to the shoe clip base, you can either:
- Sew the flower to the base
- Glue the flower to the base
The latter secures it better. For this tutorial, we'll use the glue option.
Step 1: Apply glue to the center-back side of the flower as shown.
Step 2: Secure the base onto the glued area. Press the base gently down on the glue to set.
Step 3: Dab the base, the part with the hole, with some more glue, as shown.
Step 4: Place one of the flower petals or any piece of fabric or ribbon (a really tiny piece) over the glued area. This is to prevent the glue area from coming in direct contact with your shoes (it can damage that part of your shoe if it's made of real leather).
Once flowers are secured to the hole part of the base, wait a few minutes (about five) to allow the glue to set well and hard. You may need to clean around the metal clip base to remove any excess glue residue. A damp cloth or paper towel does the job well. At this point, you are done making your flower shoe clips.
Making shoe clips is not hard at all. Whether you're using flowers, fabric, leather, or feathers, the process is the same. Once you know what you want, map out your materials, and follow the steps above. It's that easy.
Next time we'll take a look at how to use flowers for other accessories. Now, go ahead and attach the flower shoe clips to your shoes. Your feet will thank you.
Curious about how the metal base actually attaches to the shoes? Then watch the accompanying video. You'll see firsthand how to attach the finished shoe clip to your shoe.
Other Types of Shoe Clip-On You Can Make
|Shoe Clip-On Type||Needed Accessories|
Rhinestone Shoe Clip-On
Pair of vintage rhinestone brooches, hot glue-gun, glue, shoe clip base
Beaded Shoe Clip-On
Woven/stringed beads, hot glue-gun, glue, shoe clip base
Fabric Shoe Clip-On
Ribbon/regular silk, chiffon, sequin, linen fabric, hot glue-gun, glue, shoe clip base
Button Shoe Clip-On
Pair of large buttons, hot glue-gun, glue, shoe clip base
How To Use Them
Don't let the name fool you. Shoe clips are not just for your shoes. Though they usually come in pairs, shoe clips can also be used as fashion accessories in a variety of ways. You can:
- Pin them to your hair - This is especially true for those rhinestone and feathered style shoe clips. They look great in your hair.
- Attach them to your evening purse - To add sparkle or to give a different look.
- Use the clips in your gift package - For weddings, such as bridesmaid gifts.
- Attach clips to plain belts - For that extra flair.
- Use as a brooch - On jackets or blazers.
Applying and Removing Your Shoe Clips
Caution: The prongs on the shoe clip base have been known to wear on the inside of shoes. That is because most people tend to yank it off their shoes, causing the clip base to rip off little by little. The best way to remove the clip is to pull it gently away from the inside of the shoe.
© 2011 Comfort Babatola
Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on March 01, 2015:
@ tillsontitan. Yes shoe clips gives that endless possible ways to wear old plain shoes. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment. Very well appreciated.
Mary Craig from New York on February 27, 2015:
What a great idea. I remember wearing shoe clips when I was younger and they do certainly dress up a shoe. I never thought to make my own!
Voted up, useful, and interesting.
Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on April 15, 2013:
Hello Judith. Thank you for visiting my hub. To answer your question, you can find those clips here
Judith on April 14, 2013:
Where do you buy the clips
Tina on February 26, 2012:
I would like to place an order from you my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you contact me so we can talk I would like to buy from you at wholesale?
Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on November 08, 2011:
You're welcom smcopywrite. I'm glad you find this useful.
smcopywrite from all over the web on November 07, 2011:
voted up and useful. i have seen these around on different shoes and didn't know you could create your own. thanks for the hub.
Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on July 13, 2011:
You're welcome (@ladyjojo. Yes it's in vogue. It used to be in the 50's and now it's coming back.
ladyjojo on July 13, 2011:
The flower looks very pretty. Yes i have seen many shoes with flowers actually it seems to be the present style.
Thanks for sharing ;)
Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on July 08, 2011:
@alocsin - Now you know. I'm not surprised that you've never heard of shoe clips before. Most women haven't either. I first heard of it about 6 yrs ago, and I've been making and selling it since then. Thanks for the 'Up' and 'Beautiful'.
Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on July 08, 2011:
I've never even heard of these things. Voting this Up and Beautiful.