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Make Perler Bead Flip Flops
Step into summer already by making these cool Perler bead flip flops. A girl can simply never have too many shoes, especially in the hotter weather when you get to show your painted toenails off with sandals and open-toe footwear. These beaded designs are just a wee bit smaller than my palm and make really ideal embellishments because they're crafted from tough plastic.
You can turn these into bag charms, novelty necklaces, keychains and keyrings, cake and cupcake toppers, party favors, handmade card and scrapbook embellishments, hanging decorations and just because you want to projects! I used the fused beads to make curved straps for the flip flops but you could use some glass beads or even some ribbon to make your finished pair very different. Come and see how they're made.
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Cute Beaded Summer Footwear - Make Fun Craft Embellishments for the Summer Season
What You Will Need for This Project
You will need a good mix of beads. Handily there is a sunny days bucket which is full of cute summer shades of colors already. Having a themed bucket mix where all the shades already work well together takes some of the guesswork out of combining colors if that is something you're not confident with in crafting. You also need a small heart pegboard and some thin 1-2mm twine or hemp.
How to Make Fused Bead Flip Flops
This is a fun summer crafting project and the completed flip flops are the right size for use as your own 3D embellishments for handmade greeting cards, scrapbook projects, decorations, party favors and more. These are just the right size to turn into key chains and they would make cute cupcake toppers too. I'd love to know how you use them.
- Perler, Hama or Fused Beads
- A Small Heart Shaped Pegboard
- Thin Twine or Hemp Cord approx 1mm Thick
- Tweezers to Pick Up Beads (Optional)
- Strong Wet Glue (Optional)
1. Turn your heart shaped pegboard over on to one side as shown so the right straight edge is horizontal. Work the outline pattern as shown with the bright orange beads.
2. Fill in the outline beads with a different color. I have used colors that can be seen against the board background but I actually prefer a white outline with a summery color in the middle. That's because a lot of traditional flip flops are white on the sides.
3. Iron your pattern on both sides according to the manufacturer's instructions and repeat the process of step 1 and 2 to make another flip flop base. If you have more than one heart pegboard, this process is easier.
Next you need to enlarge the holes in your ironed designs - I've indicated the locations on the photo for this step. You can use a paperclip or a pair of pointed tweezers to push through these 3 holes to make them big enough to accommodate the twine or thin cord.
4. Cut off two similar sized lengths of twine - make these about 2 or 3 times the size of your Perler bead design. Push these two pieces of twine through the top hole. I normally push one through with no problems and then use pointed tweezers to help push the other piece through. They only need to go through far enough so you can knot them together at the back.
5. Turn your design to the back and knot the ends of the twine together tightly. To stop them coming apart, you can add a dab of strong glue on the knot. A hot glue gun is perfect for this because it hardens and dries quite fast. You must make sure an adult operates it.
6. Turn back to the front of your design which should have two lengths of twine or cord coming out near the top. Choose some fun colored beads and string these onto the left piece of twine. I used 6 Perler beads for this - you could use different types of beads if you like. Push the end of the cord through the left hole you enlarged earlier to make a beaded strap. Repeat this on the right side.
7. When you've completed your beaded strap for your summer shoes, you will need to knot off the twine at the back of the design. To hold the knots permanently, add a dab of glue as I mentioned back in step 5.
8. Turn over to reveal your very cool summer footwear embellishment - make as many as you need. Try summer shades of yellow, orange, blue and hot pink. I hope you've enjoyed reading my lens or article today, thanks for your visit. This was a lot of fun to make. If you love these types of crafts, come follow me with my various sites listed further down this page.
TIP ON GLITTER BEADS
For this project, I made use of some pretty glitter Perlers on the flip flop straps. When you use the glittered beads in your normal projects, you don't really notice the actual flecks of glitter once ironed and fused together unless they are placed right on the edge of your pattern. But on the straps of this design, they can be seen and look really pretty. You could also try metallic shades of gold or silver.
Stock Up On a Variety of Beads as You Can Never Have Too Many!
Once you get addicted to this craft (like me) you can never have too many beads! I like to use a wide variety of different colors and styles of these beads from plain colors, glitter, metallic, glow in the dark, pearls and more. That way I can pretty much guarantee I've got exactly the right shades and types whenever I get inspiration to make something new.
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