2.28.2012

Tutorial: Easy Silk Flower Embellished Flip Flops

I know it's technically still winter for a little longer, but it's been sunny and almost 80ºF here is southern California. The other day I was browsing the clearance section at my local JoAnn's and found a pair of white flip flops for about $1! They were my daughters size so I couldn't resist! 

I brought them home and saw some silk flowers in my craft room, and voila! A craft was born! 


The great thing is that this is a fun craft you can do with your kids {though I would recommend they are old enough to know how to handle a glue gun if you want them to do it on their own!}. What a fun idea for your daughter's next birthday party! Do pedicures and have each girl create their own custom flip flops! 

Or... make some for your own little girl {like I did} to make those cute toes look even cuter! Perfect for Easter or spring pictures! Match your flip flops to her Easter dress and you are golden! 
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Make some for yourself! 

Want to make your own? 


Here's how....


Supplies:
flip flops
2 small silk flowers
glue gun and glue sticks

Start by removing your flowers from their stems. Then separate the green leafy backing from the actual flower.


Then separate your flower layers. You can adjust them now however you like making them thicker or thinner flowers {by the number of petal layers you choose to include}. 


Then grab your glue gun! Place a small ring of glue around the center of your flower like shown and place glue the layers of petals together. Don't use too much glue or your layers won't sit nicely! Just a little dab to hold them in place is enough. 


Then stick the center back through the hole in your glued petal layers. To keep mine in place I put a small dab of glue on opposite sides of the center to hold it against the top petal layer. If you use too much glue you'll see the glue spilling out the side of your center, so use just a tiny bit! 


Once you are done, and you flip your flower over - you'll see a white spot where I let my bottom layer of flower get glued to the paper I was working on !! BUT, you'll also see that the center part from your flower sticks up a bit from the back! 


Just grab your scissors and trim it so that it is just about flush with the bottom layer of your petals. This gives you a nice flat surface to glue on to your flip flops. 


Put a decent amount of glue onto the back of your flower. You'll want to make sure it covers the center part {that you trimmed} as well as some of the petal layer. 


Then place it onto the center of the flip flop strap {where the big toe meets the middle toe!} Press it firmly and hold it in place until the glue hardens. Only a couple seconds -- glue gun glue gets hard pretty quickly. 


Repeat for the other flip flop and you are DONE! Slip those puppies on your feet and enjoy! 



**Just a note: While using a glue gun is totally easy for a project like this, there is no guarantee that the flowers will stay on for-ev-er. If you want to be sure that they stay on, you may want to opt for crazy glue, or something else from your local craft store that will be guaranteed permanent. 
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2 comments:

  1. These are so cute, I am going to have to try this. Eventhough I am not a craft person, this looks easy enough that I could do it :-) Thanks for sharing.

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  2. These are gorgeous! u sure are talented!

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