I first made these because my dog chewed up one of my slippers. I needed some new slippers to just walk around the house and outside in, but I didn't want to pay a lot for a fancy new pair. I saw a hot glue DIY for a pair of flip flops in a video a while back and I looked it up again. I added my own little twist and voila! Others have probably made them already, but I hope this Instructable helps people make their own pair of glue sandals. They're quick, easy, and cheap, and although they are not as comfy as Ugg slippers, they get the job done as a temporary (or permanent if you really love them) replacement.
I hope you enjoy this Instructable!
Step 1: Gather Materials
You will need exactly the following to make these sandals:
- Cooking Parchment Paper
- Hot Glue Gun
- More than 6 Hot Glue Sticks
- Writing Utensil
- Any Shoe That Fits
Step 2: Make the Stencil
Once you have your materials, take the cardboard, scissors, shoe, and pencil, pen, or other tool, and take the footprint onto the cardboard. If it is a few inches short or long, it does not matter, just remember to add more or less glue when the time comes. After you trace both feet onto the cardboard, cut them out.
Step 3: Create the Base
After both foot stencils are made, place a sheet of parchment paper over. You might need to put pressure on the ends of the paper so that it does not roll up while you work. To make the base of the sandal, first lay glue on the perimeter of the shape. Then go crazy! put as much glue anywhere you want and everywhere, as long as it goes inside the first glue circle you made. Don't worry if you made some mistakes though, spread the glue where you want it with the scissors. Be careful not to put to much glue in one place because it will layer and feel uncomfortable.
Repeat this step for the second shoe and set them aside to dry.
Step 4: Measure the Band
To create the band of the shoe, take your stencils and put one plate on the ground. Put your foot on top and find where you would want the band to be. Mark this area with a pencil or pen. Next, put the other stencil on top of the first where the band would go. Leave an inch or two on either side of the first stencil, so that the band can bend and still fit. Mark the second stencil where the band would end (see picture for reference).
Step 5: Make the Band
Once the stencil for the band is made, put parchment paper over that area. Use the hot glue gun to outline the shape and fill the inside. Remember, it does not need design unless you want it to! Put glue anywhere and everywhere to make it stronger. Do this two times, one for each shoe. After every part is made, put them all next to each other and wait for them to cool completely.
Step 6: All the Pieces Are Ready for Construction
Once they have cooled, all the parts should peel right off the parchment. If some glue sticks, it has not completely cooled. After you have all the pieces, you can trim the base shoe parts to make the prettier and easier to walk in.
Step 7: The Shoe Is Ready
This step will make you impatient, but if you push through it too quick it can ruin the shoe, so be careful! If you haven't figured it out, the part your foot will touch is the smooth side, not the bumpy one. First, work only on top of parchment or else it will stick to a different surface. Smooth side up, put your foot on the base and measure if and where the band fits. Remove your foot and flip the bases to bumpy side up. Glue one side of the band to one side of the base and wait for them to dry. You can do the same for the other shoe while you wait. Once the side has cooled and it can be tugged without coming apart, flip the shoe to smooth side up and glue the other side of the band down. Coax the band so that it is not slanted, but stand straight up on its one without tilting to one side. You can break or bend the glue and re glue it if you need to. Do the same for the other shoe. Let them both cool and test it out.
Step 8: Use of Shoe
The first time I wore them, they made a lot of noise. It will die down, don't worry. It had just rained, so I walked out to my back porch and walked on the wet wood and rock. My feet were a little cold, but completely dry. I then walked onto the grass and tested their capability there. The shoe will stop most moisture, rocks, and hard dirt from coming through. Grass, sand, and leaves are also alright if it is not wet. They are great house wear if you do not want to touch the cold floor though. If they get dirty, they are just glue so you can wash them off.
I hope you enjoyed the demo and wish those who make it luck in creating a great pair of shoes!