How to Make Fancy Flipflops




I've been appalled at the price for anything related to weddings, so I bought some cheap flipflops and dressed them up with lace. The cost was $2.50 for flipflops and $1 for 1 yard of lace. Time spent was less than 30 minutes.


Step 1: Materials

Pair of Flipflops in the correct size, thong-style $2.50 at Old Navy
One yard of lace in a pattern you like, $1 from JoAnn fabrics
6 Safety pins
Scalpel or Xacto knife
Opposable thumbs

Step 2: Cut Lace Into Appropriate Length

I used 18 inches of lace on each shoe. You may need more or less depending on how far back the holes are or the size of your shoe.

Step 3: Remove the Thong Part of the Flipflop

Use scissors to cut off the plastic as near to the sole as possible.

Step 4: Push the Attachments Out

In order to empty the holes you will be using, you must remove all the old plastic bits. Push them through to the tread side of the flipflop and try to keep the hole as small as possible.

Step 5: Affix a Safety Pin to the Midpoint of the Lace

To help you thread the lace through the hole, use a safety pin as your needle. It will also be your anchor for the lace. Affix the safety pin to the strongest part of the lace at its midpoint and push the pin through the hole from the top of the shoe to the tread.

Step 6: Rotate the Safety Pin and Secure It

Using your scalpel or xacto knife, cut a tiny tiny slice across the hole on the tread side of the shoe. This will be a niche to hold your safety pin so it doesn't scratch the floor, come undone, or fall back through the hole. Wedge the safety pin into the hole.

Step 7: Admire!

Try on your new flipflop. Collect compliments. When you are done with the laciness, you can recycle the sole or replace the thong with something more durable.



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    12 Discussions


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Hmm - three safety pins on your soles might work for a quick ceremony, but you wouldn't want to do any reception with those, I think. I guess you could simply fill up the hole where the old plastic bits were with a dab of hot glue, and then trim it flat, for a more permanent version.

    4 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Good idea! I'll try it and post the results. I'd hate to have my flops give out on me at a crucial moment.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    check out the comment about replacing the safety pins with buttons. You might be able to find decorative studs (round ball type) that might work, too.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Old Navy changed the type of thong material from something that used to be comfortable and now hurts the feets. The lace thong is very comfy!


    6 years ago on Step 6

    You could replace the safety pin by sewing on an old button that was bigger than the hole, but smaller than the divot around the hole. A metal button would probably outlast the shoe.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I don't understand what flip flops have to do with weddings. I'm getting married soon and I still have yet to find out what this wedding flip flop business is about. Surely the bride doesn't wear them, so what are they for? My best guess is bumming around when you're getting your hair and makeup done. I hope someone will clear this up for me. They look cute.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    "Surely the bride doesn't wear them, so what are they for?" Do you think they could do matching pairs for the groom and best man? I'll bet if they did, as step 7 says, they would definitely be admired and collect comments!


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    This bride is going to wear flip flops. Most of the time, a bridal gown covers the feet anyway, so might as well wear some comfy shoes. However, my dress is tea length so my flops will be part of my look. Very casual for my in-the-park wedding. They'd also be good to wear while preparing hair and makeup.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Would love to see the wedding pics! I will be trying this with my old thongs as I wear them everywhere, including my own wedding (at the reception)They would be be good too for my sister who has one enlarged foot caused from cancer surgery to her leg...might try a pair for her too.