I told you before how I met the most incredible group of girls while attending Creative Estates, right? Today I am so excited to share another great friend I met at the conference. Rebecca from Freckles Crafts is super sweet and has a fantastic craft site for children.
So here is what you need to get started:
· Flip flops (I got the plain rubber kind at Old Navy. Two for five bucks! Score!)
· Embellishments. (Anything that can withstand the wear and tear kids put on their shoes can be used(i.e. puddle jumping, climbing, kicking their brother J). I used rubber thumbtacks that can be found just about everywhere from the craft stores to Target and Walmart. They are usually located with the teen room design stuff. I found mine in the clearance bin at Michaels for $.79 for a pack of 9. (Score two for me!) You can also check the scrapbook department at your local craft store for embellishments.
· Vinyl words (Arrr and Rock Star)
· X-Acto Knife
· Mod Podge and Paint Brush (not shown)
· Clear acrylic spray
Begin by removing the thumb tack from the rubber front. To do this, use the X-Acto knife to make a small slit on the rubber back and then pop the tack out. Don’t worry about having a cut in the back because you will not see it when it is attached to the shoe.
Once you get the tacks removed you can begin gluing the embellishments on to the flip flops. Decide how you would like the embellishments to look on and lay out your design. Wen you have your design plan add a small dot of E600 on the back of one of your embellishments and glue it directly to the flip flop strap.
Here is how the pirate embellishments look glued to the straps.
It takes some time for the glue to dry so here is a little tip: use clothespins to hold the embellishments in place while you move on to the next step! Works like a charm! I also put a paper towel around the toe strap to hold the straps up while the glue dried. This seemed to help keep the embellishments edges tight on the straps.
Cut your vinyl letters. I used my Cricut and cut the letters to be ½ inch size using the George Font. If you don’t have a cutting machine then you can use an X-Acto knife to cut out the letters or use letter scrapbook stickers. Apply the letters to the straps and apply a thin layer of Mod Podge over the letters to secure them in place.
The last step is to spray the straps with a light coating of acrylic sealer. This will help the shoes to be water resistant and keep the vinyl letters in place. Tip: cover the shoe part with a paper towel so only the straps get sealer on them. If you don’t do this the shoes will be pretty slippery. Not fun for little ones who will run right out of their shoes!
So here you have it! A quick and easy project that took boring flip flops from this:
Super cute right? Thanks A Couple of Craft Addicts for allowing me to share my tutorial with you!
Thanks for sharing this fun tutorial Rebecca!