I think wearable DIYs are some of my favorites. I love upcycling or buying supplies to make something brand new that I can actually wear. I love picking out colors, writing down directions, and then actually wearing/using the item. Trust me, I do!
Today I’m offering a ribbon sandals DIY. I know, I know – are these feasible? And the answer is: I just made them this week, so I don’t know how long they’ll last. But they survived the long process of shooting and posing, so I’m hopeful they’ll last a good long while. If not, they weren’t expensive to make, so no great loss. They were definitely fun to create, so give them a try! They look cute, they’re comfy, and they’re thrifty.
- Basic black flip-flops (I bought a pair of black ones from my local craft store)
- 10 ft black double-sided satin ribbon, 5/8″ wide, plus extra for trims.
- Black cord or mercerized cotton thread (I used Aunt Lydia’s Size 3)
- Glue gun
First off, you’ll want to trim off the rubber bits of the flip-flops. Trim close to the sole, and cut off the toe grip as close to the sole as you can. You can then hot glue the toe part in place (so you don’t have a gaping hole in the toe of your sandal).
Next, cut eight 2″ lengths of the thread. These will be your loops for the ribbon.
Fold each 2″ piece in half and glue the ends together to the side of the sole. You’ll glue 4 to each of the soles. To figure out where to glue them, put your foot on the sole and mark where you want to ribbon to cross your toes horizontally, and where you want it to cross over, thread through the loops, and wrap around your ankle. You can see more details in the photos at the end of the post.
Now cut little rectangles of ribbon and hot glue them over the thread loops for extra security.
And you’re done! Cut that 10 ft length of ribbon in half and lace up those gems. I started at the toe, crossed over, threaded the ribbon through the instep loops, and tied them at the ankle in a double bow. Love!
Voila! A fun pair of DIY sandals you can wear out and about! Few pro-tips for you though: glue more neatly than I did (heh), and clean the glue strings off your jeans before taking photos. Don’t be unprofessional like me. 😉 Also, you’ll notice these look a little small for me. This is because I sized down for my feet – flip-flops have a habit of giving me too much toe room, so when I sized down I barely had any. Go with whatever size works for you!
Have fun! As always, if you make these and want to share photos with me, tag me on Instagram @melmariadesigns or comment here with a link to your photos!