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DIY Button Flip Flops

Updated on November 4, 2013

Let the button craze begin!

I am crazy about flip flops! I just can't imagine a summer without them and as summer is closing in fast it's time to get a bunch of flip flops (the cheap ones) and give them a makeover.

My first project is a pair of colorful button flip flops and I have to say I just love how they turned out.

You can see a step by step picture (and word) tutorial on how I made them and I really hope you will be making a pair for yourself this summer as they are super easy and really inexpensive.

They work great with jeans and well pretty much anything else.

All photos on this site are taken by me unless stated otherwise.

What you need to make a pair - Supplies for the crafty

The most important thing you will need are flip flops (dooh). I was so lucky to snatch these beauties at a dollar store. Super price and no worrying if you mess them up as they didn't cost that much. The ones I got are quite sturdy and very comfy so I am positive they will last a long time.

Buttons! Any you like will do, if you like the ones I used you can find them at the bottom of this page.

Some fabric, the color of the fabric depends on the color of the flip flops. I used a pair of old white shorts that got torn. If you have a chance to use something old do it.

Glue gun, needle, string, super glue, hammer and nail (optional).

Lets Do It - Step by step

Start by cutting a small square piece of cloth. Put on the flip flop and tuck the cloth under the straps. This way you can align the cloth the way you want it to look in the end (how high the buttons will go) and more importantly how it will look on your leg. When done use a marker and trace it around the straps. Cut two cloths.

Take the glue gun and glue the cloths on the straps. Let it dry. Now it's time to add the first buttons! Decorate the straps with buttons (use glue gun). I do hope you are more skilled with a glue gun than I am as I always end up burning my fingers (thankfully the glue isn't hot enough to cause any serious damage).

Buttons Ahoy! - Sew, sew, sew cool!

Start sewing on the buttons. You can do more layers to get more volume. Let your imagination run wild.

Now the hammer and nail part is optional. I thought that buttons might start falling of or that the glue would not be strong enough so I punched the holes through the buttons and straps with a thin nail and hammer and sewed it up together. Any excuse to use a hammer is good enough for me =) plus after many weeks of wearing these now I know this was a good idea as all buttons are still where they should be.

Get the Buttons - You can never have enough buttons

Buttons are one of the few things I buy exclusively online as stores never seem to have the ones I want (just my luck I suppose).

Posing with the new flops - Don't you just love the colors?

You can make these in pretty much any color known to mankind and they will always look awesome. I wanted to do multi color as I needed something colorful to match my jeans but the more I think about it the more I want a mono-color (or gradient) ones.

While you're at it why not cover your ballet flats with buttons too? I think it would look equally amazing - this being my project for next summer. I'm thinking about making a pair of button flip flops with a pattern - flower, wonder how this will turn out... Stay tuned!

All in all this was a super fun project for me and I do think these would make a great gift or a craft for a teens birthday party... I mean who wouldn't want a pair (OK probably a few guys would mind walking around in these ;)

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Will you be making your own flip flops?

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Buttons I used

I got my buttons off of eBay and I really love them but they do take quite a while to arrive. There are thousand different buttons to choose from (only logical as they come from all around the globe) and they are all on a budget - but even if they are inexpensive I never manage to stay on a budget as I want them all and usually order more than I need - they are so easy to fall in love with.

These are exact ones (the seller is the same too) as the ones I used and they are great - I love how they are just a bit transparent and how vivid the colors are.

Will you be making your own pair? Have you made your own flip flops before? I would love to hear from you - experiences, suggestions or just saying hi!


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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      These are really, really cute and the perfect summer craft!

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      As the "Glue Gun Slinger Contributor" I absolutely LOVE this project. Put it in my Corral on Pinterest.

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      These are absolutely amazing! :)

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      I love flip flops and these look really cool! Great idea :)

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      acreativethinker 4 years ago

      These are so cool and creative! Thanks for sharing this lovely lens. Take care :)

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      surfingtheweb 4 years ago

      Wicked cute and so colorful. Seems like a fun craft to do!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i like this.beautiful work.

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      mcsburlea 4 years ago

      they are so cute

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      missmary1960 5 years ago

      I may try these!

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      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Very nice! You just inspired me to try this next time around! ^_^ Congrats on the LOTD!

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 5 years ago from Johanesburg

      Nice lens , beautiful designs , can't wait to make my own flip-flops.

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      erickaregy 5 years ago

      So Creative! this look beautiful :D

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      shlbycindy124 5 years ago

      I just bought two pair of flip flops and couldn't figure out what to do with them to dress them up. I'm definitely going to try this. Thank you for sharing.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Outstanding. Love 'em!

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on LOTD. I don't think I will be trying this one though, I prefer my thongs to be plain and manly!

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      kmyangel 5 years ago

      So cute and original !

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      Zienna1 5 years ago

      I'll pass it on to my daughter. This is another project we can do with all her buttons collections. What a great idea!

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      MaiAki 5 years ago

      omg so cute! will def try!

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      Valerie Smith 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Congratulations on LOTD. You certainly have a great lens :)

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      HalloweenRecipes 5 years ago

      Congrats on LoTD. This looks like so much fun and the finished flip flops are great!

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      GameHelp 5 years ago

      Fantastic idea, thank you very much!

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      GrammieOlivia 5 years ago

      Congrats, you really deserve the kudos you are receiving! Well done!

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      fredginni 5 years ago

      Pretty and cool idea.

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      This is a great DIY lens with a beautiful end product! Nice job!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a great idea. So bright and colorful!

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      Bercton1 5 years ago

      Great talent. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Susan Hazelton 5 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      I like crafting with buttons. This is a cute idea. I will be trying it.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Way cool! Love your creativity. Congrats on LotD!

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      Charlie43 LM 5 years ago

      My wife runs a consignment store in a small Midwestern town, and these would sell like hotcakes! Going to give this a try. Congrats on LOTD.

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      Teri Hansen 5 years ago

      fun and adorable. What is it about buttons that are I love buttons and I love flip flops.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very groovy idea. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      ArtDiva 5 years ago

      Easy crafty idea, and can go beyond buttons.

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      amiref 5 years ago

      Beautiful idea, i like it

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      This is a fantastic idea. I always find flip flops uncomfortable but I love this so much I almost want to get some so I can try it out.

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      ChrissySays LM 5 years ago

      This is such a great idea! Glad I have always saved all of my buttons :)

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      zonasahl 5 years ago

      I like this idea.

      But maybe i wont make it in this near time.


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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      They are cute daughter loves her flip flop season lol, I'll have to tell her about this idea. Congrats on lotd and the craft quest!

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      greytdogz 5 years ago

      So cute! I may have to make a pair too.

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      orcamom lm 5 years ago

      Neat idea, and looks so easy to do! Thanks for the info

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      Two Crafty Paws 5 years ago

      @MrsTickle73: The hot glue is just a short-cut, you can sew the buttons on (it takes a bit longer though). Oh and hot glue burns aren't all that bad haha =)

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      Two Crafty Paws 5 years ago

      @Dressage Husband: My grandma had this habit and it was passed on to my mother and I can proudly say I am a button hoarder myself =).

      Thanks =)

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      Two Crafty Paws 5 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you Susan =)

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      I love these flip flops! Congratulations on LotD!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Back to say congratulations on your fabulous Lens of the Day!

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      MrsTickle73 5 years ago

      WOW they look fabtastic. If I wasn't too scared of a hot glue gun I would try it lol. They really are awesome. x

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      Violeta Naruseviciute 5 years ago from Bristol, England

      Amazing job with flops! It was a great inspiration for me to read your lens.

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      This is a great way to use up old material and buttons. My mother used to keep all the old buttons off of our old clothes in old biscuit tins sounds like shew was someone like you.

      She said you never knew when they would come in handy! This would really have appealed to her! Well done on the LOTD!

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      Mommy-Bear 5 years ago

      Great idea! they're gorgeous!

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      Ash2013 5 years ago

      Well done on LotD, given me some inspiration too! Thanks

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      smsr0100451 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD.

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      Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

      Congratulations on LOTD! What a cute way to perk up your flipflops! Love it :)

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      HughSmulders LM 5 years ago

      Adore everything hand-made. You can be always sure that no one has the same. Rather individual and stylish!

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      Rhonda Lytle 5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Major congratulations on LOTD! This would be so cool with red, white and blue buttons for Independence Day.

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      denetraharris 5 years ago

      Great idea.

      I might try this with my niece this summer.


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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Yay! LOTD!

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      rainykua 5 years ago

      The flip flops look so cute and unique! Super cool!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning to congratulate you on LotD honors, how wonderful for you....joining you in the dance of joy! :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I love doing button crafts too but I would never have dreamed up a craft project like yours. Those flip flops look so fun. You rock for summer crafts.

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      In New Zealand flip flops are called Jandals:)

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      I wear flip flops all summer. These are cute and colorful. They would really to with everything.

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Very attractive flip flops. Easy to make and unique. Nice information to make them.

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      This flip-flop craft would be a good one for tweens! I have a ton of buttons that could be used to make this diy project!

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      Two Crafty Paws 5 years ago

      @nancyahuja: =) do let me know when you make them. I would love to see your flops.

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      Elaine Chen 5 years ago

      although i am lazy to make one for myself, but i really like your DIY flip flops

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      a great DIY lens and cute outcome, nice job!

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      Rhonda Lytle 5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      What a great project. This would be loved at a slumber party as an activity.

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      overflowcafe 5 years ago

      Really good idea, thanks for taking the time.

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      nancyahuja 5 years ago

      Awesome!!!! Inspired me to do the same and I am gonna try for sure! Lovely lens!

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      Oussmanee 5 years ago

      lovely <3

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      I absolutely LOVE this idea and your excellent tutorial. Terrific photos and step-by-step instructions. Now if only I could wear flip-flops! I may have to adapt this idea to another type of strappy sandal. And congratulations for being featured in Bonnie's new "20 Craft Lenses We Love" post.

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      lewisgirl 5 years ago

      Clever! The possibilities are endless!

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      cgbroome 5 years ago

      I'm one of those people who can't wear flip flops that go between your toes. However, I love your idea so I will pass it along to my daughters!

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      reviewcorner 5 years ago

      I love flip-flops too and these are lovely.

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      noner 5 years ago

      Those are so cute! I need a new pair of flip-flops and I may just have to button them up now.

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      Kylyssa Shay 5 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      These are great! I can't wear flip-flops but I may just use the same technique on a different type of inexpensive floppy sandals.

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      Hal Gall 5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Although these are not quite my style being a guy and all, I wear flip flops all year long.

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      dakadare 5 years ago

      My kids will be into this! Thanks!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great project! I love flip-flops, too, and love the idea of having something so unique. Great tutorial!

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      about-pomeranian 5 years ago

      Wow! really vey creative idea. Thanks for sharing.

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      Torrs13 5 years ago

      What a cute idea!!! I have some flip flops but they are boring. I like this idea and may need to try it out this summer. Thanks for sharing :)

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      Valerie Smith 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Wow - I love your button flip flops; they wouldn't look so good on me now, but they'd look great on my granddaughter! Nice lens.

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      RogerBonger 5 years ago

      Very nice

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      topbuilderlist 5 years ago

      Good stuffs for kids.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I will be sharing this page with a friend who also makes creative flip flops.

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      smsr0100451 5 years ago

      Looks cool. Thanks

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      clevergirlname 5 years ago

      How pretty and fun!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Great idea and wonderful presentation! Congratulations!

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      zurrybahari 5 years ago

      great idea!!! i'll try on my own!!! thanks..

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      dudokdudok 5 years ago

      Gorgeous! Love the flip flops with buttons.

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      rebecca-mathews1 5 years ago

      So Crafty :) I love the concept and the lens is very helpful and informative

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      jura 5 years ago

      I think it is great idea i am not handy so i am not going to atempt to make them but it great lens .

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      StrongMay 5 years ago

      I don't wear flip flops because that thing between the big toe and other toes doesn't feel comfortable to me. But your shoes look cute, and I can adopt the method to other shoes and items. And I have a box full of buttons for all kinds just begging to be used.

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      evilcruisar 5 years ago

      I will try my best to make my own

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What cuteness...and just in time for summer fun creating personal footwear that is sure to draw compliments...I'm thinking this is going to be very popular....grab your glue guns and button box! :)

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      john9229 5 years ago

      This is Great Idea. I like the colorful button and I'll start make my own :)

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      I usually have so many spare buttons hanging around the place but I may just invest in buying some especially for this project. Sounds easy enough for me!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice! I agree, you can never have enough buttons.


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