Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Flip Flops With Flair!!

May Arts Ribbon Blog Winner!!

There are many women and girls out there who love their flip flops. Don’t you wish you could wear them with that cute little summer dress, but they’re a bit too casual? There are many ideas out there to dress up flip flops, but this style you can really dress up with different ribbon choices or make more casually cute. You choose. There are endless possibilities. Here is the step by step process to create your own flip flop flair, with additional instructions for a matching bracelet.
Supplies Needed:
Flip Flops
Craft glue ( I prefer Api’s, The Ultimate) and hot glue gun
Needle and thread
Center piece for flower ( I used a scrapbooking brad)
Ribbon of your choice
Lighter to seal ribbon ends
Alligator clips
To begin, I will teach you how to make the braid that we will glue on to your strap. First measure the length of the strap. Mine measures 6.5 inches. You will make one braid for each strap rather than one long braid. To get your length of ribbon multiply your strap length by 4 and add another 4 inches. i.e. (6.5 x 4) + 4 = 30 inches. Cut two pieces of ribbon 30 inches long to make your first braid.

Seal both ends of ribbon with your lighter. You will now fold the end of one ribbon over the width of the other to make a loop. I use my hot glue gun for making the ribbon braids only. Using your glue gun, glue the end of the ribbon making the loop. I am using ¼ ribbon, so my loop needs to be just big enough to slide the other ¼ inch ribbon through it.

Do this to the end of your second ribbon. You now have two ribbons with two loops. Slide one loop through the second loop making sure the glued side of both ribbons is facing down
Take the opposite ribbon ( the one you slid the loop through) make a loop and push through the existing loop. Now take the first ribbon and make loop pushing through this existing loop. Keep alternating to desired length.
A little video to give you a better idea!

Measure your braid to your strap to get accurate length.

To end your braid....

pull your last ribbon loop all the way through.
Trim excess with enough left to fold over and glue to back of braid. Seal the end of the ribbon with lighter and glue. Fold second ribbon over top of the braid and trim with enough excess to fold underneath and glue. Seal this end, and glue ribbon on top as you fold it over and also underneath. This end of your braid with come to more of a point than the other end, that’s okay it should look like this.

Another little video to show more detail on how to finish and glue. The video is a little shakey.

If you have some alligator clips or something similar, clip over braid and strap to hold securely while you make the second braid for this flip flop.
Make second braid and glue to strap with CRAFT GLUE not hot glue, and over lay the braids at the middle. Remove your clips from the other strap and now place on this one. We will now make your ribbon flower.

Ribbon Flower:
Small flower I used 4 pieces of , ¼ inch, ribbon 5 inches long.
Medium flower I used 4 pieces of, 3/8 inch, ribbon 7 inches long.
Big flower I used 4 pieces of, 3/8 inch, ribbon 8 inches long.

Make sure to seal all ends with lighter to prevent fraying!
We will start with the center flower. Thread your needle and knot it at the bottom. Place the needle through the center of each ribbon leaving them all on the needle. Do not put the needle all the way through yet, if you do cut your knot off the thread and do it again.
Another Video!

Starting with the top ribbon on the needle, fold one side of ribbon over the needle turning the ribbon so that the opposite side of the ribbon is being place over the needle. ( other wise it won’t loop like a flower) Now take the top of the second ribbon, and fold over the needle again turning the ribbon so the opposite side of the ribbon is placed on the needle. Now fold over the top part of ribbon 3 and 4. At this point you should now be starting with the bottom half of the first ribbon on the needle. Continue to fold over exactly as you have done the others, in order. This will give you a nice flowing pattern of petals, with one half of each loop lying over the 1st half of the second loop and so on. Now holding the center of your flower, pull the needle all the way through the ribbon. Continue to go back and fourth through the center of the flower a few times to secure it, cut your thread and re-knot for the second flower.

Make your second and third flowers following the same instruction pattern as the center flower. You now have all three flowers for one flip flop. Sew all 3 flowers together through the centers. You can reinforce with the craft glue if you want between the layers. Glue the center of your choice in the middle of your flower, and glue your flower to the middle of your braids on the straps.
I added a bit of ribbon at the bottom of the flip flop as well.
I just put craft glue following the line at the bottom of the flip flop and pressed the ribbon on. You can use a ruler and crayon to mark if needed. Wipe off any excess glue with a damp cloth.

WOW! Your first flip flop is complete. Repeat for second flip flop.
And now the bracelet!
To make your matching bracelet, measure the length first. Mine was 6 inches. You will need two pieces of ribbon 28 inches long. ((6 X 4 +4) = 28 inches. Make your braid just as you made them for your straps and glue to the bracelet. Place your alligator clips on to hold while you make your flower

For the Bracelet flower I used:
Small flower, 4 pieces of ¼ inch, ribbon 4 inches long.
Medium flower, 4 pieces of 3/8 inch, ribbon 6 inches long.

I also lined the back of the bracelet with 5/8 inch black ribbon to give it a finished look and to secure ribbons.

Good luck and have fun!!!!!

Thank you to May Arts Ribbon, www.mayarts.com/blog,  for the ribbon supply!!


  1. Holy Cow!!! You are so talented and creative, I love it. I will be sure to show my friends your site. They will love it too!
    -Jen Olson

  2. I love the braided look of the ribbon! Super cute flip flops!

  3. what an awesome and creative idea..thank you so much for sharing the 'how to'..you are the greatest..my grand-daughter is gonna love this

  4. Thanks for sharing! The video was very helpful. Can't wait to try this out :)

  5. very nice...tnx fot sharing.

  6. Thank you!

  7. I admire your creativity. Such cute flops! Wish the link to the video was still working :(

  8. I admire your creativity. Such cute flops! Wish the link to the video was still working :(

    1. Thanks for your sweet comments. The link to the video should work here on my blog. I'm not sure why you would be having trouble. I'm going to try uploading them to Youtube. I'll let you know when I have if you'd like! Have a good one!

  9. This is such an awesome cute. Cheap idea. Thanks for sharing!!

  10. Video works fine now. Thanks!

  11. This is so very creative and cute! Thank you!

  12. These are absolutely adorable!! I am going to post your link on my fun shoe page on facebook:SugarGlitzGlam where we are all about shoes <3 Thank you for posting such a detailed and inexpensive tutorial :)

  13. Love these, have made quite a few. Just wondering why to NOT use hot glue though? thanks.

  14. I have not had good success with hot glue adhering the ribbon to the shoe and staying permanent. They have peeled off shortly after gluing. Have you used hot glue and had it work? I would imagine it may have to do with the type of plastic some of the flip flops straps are made out of since some tend to be more rubbery than plastic. I would love to see pictures of what you have created!

  15. I tend to use hot glue for almost everything. Haha. But I made two pairs for a friend and she said after a few hours of wearing them in 90 degree weather they started peeling up where the flower is. So now I'm back using the craft glue. I'd love to show you some of what I've done. How do I do that? Lol.

  16. Very cute idea. Is there a way to print the steps?

  17. Hello! i didn't get how to braid the ribbons very well! I'll practise this first.thank you!

  18. Why not hot glue? I'm kind of a hot glue freak. :)

  19. Could you use a hot glue gun to attach the ribbon to the flipflops?


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  39. Great tutorial! I think this type of braid my work well for my wider strapped flip-flops as well. Thank you for posting!

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