Flip flop season is in full swing in Florida, and decorated flip flops are super hot. There are some adorable flops out there! But I just can’t bring myself to spend a ton on flip flops, so I taught myself how to decorate flip flops. I have made a number of pairs for myself and friends, and it really is easy.
- Flip flops – I like to use Havaianas because they hold up so well season to season, but any flip flop will do.
- Ribbon – I use 1. 5 inch Grosgrain ribbon. While you can buy this anywhere, I usually buy in eBay for the best selection and price.
- Rhinestone Buckles – I use 1.5 round buckles.
- Cording – thin nylon cording.
- Craft glue – I like cheap white tacky glue, but anything that dries clear will work. (I buy the $.99 bottle at JoAnn’s.)
- Scissors – make sure they are sharp so you get a clean cut on your ribbon
The materials above are perfect for women’s shoes, but if you were going to decorate kid’s flops, I would go with smaller ribbon and buckles. Perhaps 7/8 ribbon with coordinating buckle. Also, you are not limited to round or square buckles, I have seen some neat shapes including crowns, paw prints and flowers.
Step 1 – The first and most important step is to attach your buckle to your flops. While it is easy, you want to make sure you do this TIGHT so your buckle doesn’t slip (I learned from experience, when my buckle fell off in public once – oppse). I use approx 12 inches of cording for this step, and what you want to make sure you do is weave the cording back and forth crossing the cording in and out of the buckle bar for a tight tie. It is hard to describe how I do this, so I made a little video of me tying the buckle on.
Step 2 – This is the optional step in the video – glue. You don’t have to glue the cording, if you tie it tight enough it isn’t going anywhere, but I like the extra added security. So I dab on a little glue to the knots top and bottom.
Step 3 – Adding your ribbon. I use approx 11 inches of the grosgrain ribbon for my bow. I like the look of either forking or cutting the end of the ribbon at an angle – it also helps with fraying of the ribbon. (Note, you can heat seal your ribbon ends if you like, but I typically don’t bother because they are so easy to swap out for fresh ribbon.)
Once you have your ribbon cut, just fold it in thirds and feed it through the buckle — as seen in the video.
Fluff your bow, and you are done.
If interested, yes – I do sell these. Contact me through the contact form if you are interested in purchasing a pair.