It is SO EASY to dress up a cheapo pair of flip flops! How many times have you seen bins of brightly colored flippies (as we love to call them) for $1? Seriously, you can load up on these versatile sandals and add your own personal flair for WAY UNDER $5 per pair. You can make them as blingy or boho as you want…..the possibilities are endless!
**Note: The glue from heated guns doesn’t work well applied directly to flip flops. To make sure embellishments stick, you want to use an epoxy like E6000. For the ribbon wrapping, I DO use a glue gun because it holds ribbon to ribbon.
Here’s the basic recipe for a ribbon-wrapped pair of FUN:
Bling out the sides, if you want. Be generous with the E6000! Since the rhinestones will slide while the epoxy is drying, you have to do one side at a time. I sandwiched mine between two books (super fancy). Note: Save a few rhinestones as it’s INEVITABLE one or two will pop off.
Put a drop of glue on the base of the strap (do it on the TOP of the strap so it doesn’t bother your foot when you’re wearing the finished product)…..then adhere one end of the ribbon to the strap, then wrap ribbon around the strap to cover the unfinished edge of the ribbon. I like to singe the ends of the ribbon so they don’t fray out, in the event they become a bit exposed. Use your glue gun (or adhesive of your choice) to periodically glue the ribbon wrapping as you go.
After you get the straps wrapped, the rest is up to you, the flippy ART-TEEST. You can add flowers, buttons, rhinestones, whatever suits your fancy feet. When I use buttons or flowers with “backs”, I just cut them off so they fit flush on the ribbon straps. It’s is really important to use a strong epoxy on the embellishments as they DO occasionally get caught on chairs, doors, etc, and they can pop off. And, I can think of a sadder moment than looking down at your rockin’ flip flops…..and your amazing rhinestone button is MIA. It’s a moment I want you to avoid. Use strong epoxy. ‘Nuf said.
My girls and I love to make pair after pair of these cute little sandals. They look great with dresses, shorts, jeans….ANYTHING! Get your creative on, spend less than $5, and rock your flippies!