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How To Make Fancy Flowered Flip Flops for About $10

Updated on March 22, 2015

Get Crafty With This 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! | Source

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

Item
What 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! | Source

Attaching the Flower and Ribbon

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Using wire cutters, trim the flower stems to about 3 inches long.Use floral tape to securely fasten the flower stem to the top outside of the flip flop.Glue dots and the stickiness of the floral tape help keep the ribbon in place.This is the trickiest part.This craft is easy to do and doesn't cost much either.
Using wire cutters, trim the flower stems to about 3 inches long.
Using wire cutters, trim the flower stems to about 3 inches long. | Source
Use floral tape to securely fasten the flower stem to the top outside of the flip flop.
Use floral tape to securely fasten the flower stem to the top outside of the flip flop. | Source
Glue dots and the stickiness of the floral tape help keep the ribbon in place.
Glue dots and the stickiness of the floral tape help keep the ribbon in place. | Source
This is the trickiest part.
This is the trickiest part. | Source
This craft is easy to do and doesn't cost much either.
This craft is easy to do and doesn't cost much either. | Source

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.

Needed For This Project

Glue Dots Craft Roll, Contains 200 ( .5 Inch) Adhesive Craft Dots (08165)
Glue Dots Craft Roll, Contains 200 ( .5 Inch) Adhesive Craft Dots (08165)

These glue dots adhere beautifully and don't cause a mess. Don't even try another type of adhesive with this project. This is what you need!

 

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!

Use Big Flowers To Hide Ugly Toes

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! | Source

What's In A Name? Locations With Names That Are Associated With Feet

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A markerHeel, Netherlands -
6097 Heel, Netherlands
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B markerToes, Portugal -
5110 Tões, Portugal
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C markerToenail Trail, Ontario, Canada -
Toenail Trail, Algonquin Highlands, ON K0M 1J2, Canada
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D markerFoote, Mississippi -
Foote, MS, USA
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E markerLeg, Poland -
Łęg, Poland
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F markerFlip Flop Lane, Panama City Beach, Florida -
Flip Flop Lane, Panama City Beach, FL, USA
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G markerCracked Crag, California -
Cracked Crag, Eldorado National Forest, California 96150, USA
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H markerFootsie Lane, Concord, North Carolina -
Footsie Lane, Concord, NC 28027, USA
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I markerBarefoot, Tennessee -
Barefoot, TN, USA
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J markerFoot Island, Alaska -
Foot Island, The Tongass National Forest, AK, USA
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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! | Source

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      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.

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      mariewj 3 years ago

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

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      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.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

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

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      Sally Branche 3 years ago from Only In Texas!

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

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Huntgoddess 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

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

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      Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      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)

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      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!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

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

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

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

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

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

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      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.

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      Donna Campbell Smith 4 years ago from Central North Carolina

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

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

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

      Voted up, useful and shared.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

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

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      agapsikap 4 years ago from Philippines

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

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

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

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      rebekahELLE 4 years ago from Tampa Bay

      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!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      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!

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      TheKatsMeow 4 years ago from Canada

      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 :)

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      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!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Judith Hancock 4 years ago from UK

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

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

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      Sonya 4 years ago from Indiana

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

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      @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!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      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!

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      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.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

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

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      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

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

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

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      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!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

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

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

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

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the read, Bill!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      How creative. Great job.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      @ 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.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      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.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      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"!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      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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