Mysterious Feet




Make local headlines with this cool April Fools trick. 

And you know what else, because this Instructable has bird feet in it, I can enter it in the birds contest.  And you can too!  Just make something involving birds in some way.

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Step 1: Materials

2 or 3 pairs of flipflops, the cheap kind        $3   (Goodwill often has these for about a buck a pair)
1 small jar of WeldWood contact cement    $3
sharpie or other pen

thicker flexible foam (like the inside of a Dance Dance Revolution pad)
foam cutter
vapor mask

Step 2: Measure Your Feet

Measure the width and length of the flipflops you have chosen to sacrifice for this project.

Scale and print out your chosen footprints to fit reasonably within the area of the bottom of the sole of the shoe.

Step 3: Trace the Footprints

Using a sharpie or some other pen, trace the outlines of the footprints of your choosing onto the bottoms of one pair of flipflops

Step 4: Cut Out the Shapes

Using a big pair of scissors (or a foam cutter), cut out the footprint shapes.

Remember to make left and right images, if they should be mirrored, remember to do that. 

Step 5: Prepare the Glue

Lay out the shoe and the shape. 

Apply the contact cement to the footprint shape.

Press it onto the bottom of the shoe so you can see where to apply glue there.

Remove it again.

Apply glue to the shoe in the places where the footprint will be attached.

Lay the two separated pieces out somewhere with good ventilation.

Let that set for 15 minutes.

Step 6: Put Them Together

After 15 minutes have elapsed, put the footprints onto their respective shoes, matching up the glue.  It should hold firmly and still be flexible.

Step 7: Go Stomp Around

Go outside somewhere sandy or muddy and walk around.

Admire your strange footprints.

Hide in the bushes and see if any passers by notice it.

Hee hee har!

Step 8: Other Variations

I found that the thicker the footprint material, the better the result.

I had some flexible strong foam that I saved from a discarded Dance Dance Revolution pad.   I cut out the footprints using a really cool tool called a Proxxon foam cutter.  I can't recommend it highly enough.  There are lots of instructables on how to make your own, but I went ahead and bought this tool and it's one of my favorites.

Anyway, with that and a fume mask, I cut out some thicker shapes, maybe one and one quarter inch thick and they worked pretty well.

Using the Proxxon, I was able to do a little sculpting of the features of the raccoon feet to give it a little more realism.

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    18 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Put your own bare feet into a plaster cast or cement pad bury it in the back yard for someone to find in a few thousand years. Let them or whomever get excited over it.


    5 years ago

    would work in snow to

    jaguar bone

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Oh that is a great idea! Don't forget to go "pigeon toed" when making those dinosaur tracks!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    By the end of this I was grinning so widely. Now I have such devious ideas. Great instructable. :)

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    This very much reminds me of what a nutty biology teacher I had claimed to have done. He made a set of big chicken tracks and stamped them all around a local pond. Then he wrote a letter to the editor, saying that all the talk about a monster being seen in the pond area was a bunch of hokum.

    Nobody had seen a monster (or even heard of one there) until he denied its existance, then everybody was seeing it.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    hah! that's funny! I remember, I think it was in the Dirk Gently series by Douglas Adams, that is where I first saw that protest and deny it approach to tempting interest:


    6 years ago

    Epic :) these would be fun to bring on a hike or something, were it is out in the wilderness, yet would still be seen by a lot of people :)

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