Let’s just say that I figured out that Instructables needed an ‘Embellish your own Flip Flops’ set of instructions, and I just so happened to be making a pair of embellished flip flops!
Made with ribbon, beads, shell beads, and buttons, I plan on making my personal (grey) pair using some flea market clip earrings as a centerpiece. (But that’s another day!)
Step 1: Materials & Tools
- Pair of Flip Flops
- Ribbon – 1/2-inch thick to no more than 1-1/2-inch thick, a total of about 9 to 10-feet long.
- Pearls, I used 6 mm (but 8 mm could also be used)
- Seed beads
- Shells and/or other type of matching beads
- Containers for the beads (I used plastic baggies when needed)
- Buttons and/or other smaller embellishments such as earrings, pendants, nail decorations or other “bling” such as glue-on jewels, etc.
- Beading thread and beading needle (I used size 10 and 13, and four broke)
- Wire cutters or button shank cutters if you use buttons with shanks on them.
- Aleene’s tacky glue and I use toothpicks to place it
The first shoe took me about three-and-a-half to four hours to complete because I was trying to get the hang of it. I tried regular sewing machine thread at first, only to be extremely disappointed in it as it snapped more times that I could remember.
I probably completed the second flip flop in about three hours as well.
Total time commitment: About six (6) hours.