DIY Ribbon Flip Flops

DIY Ribbon Flip Flops |

I’m actually glad to see Monday come this week. Why do I feel the need to cram the weekend full of cooking and crafting projects? I spent spare naptime moments decorating flip flops and making necklaces. Oh yeah, and spray painting my dining room chairs. (Not sure that one was too successful.)

I’m not sure why I decided to decorate flip flops since I don’t actually wear them. I spent last summer in oh-so-attractive support hose trying to fix pregnancy-related circulation issues. Fun times in 90+ weather. Now I can’t wear flimsy footwear without courting major leg pain.

Anyway, my plan had been to make these for my mom and sister and present them over the 4th of July. Then my plan was to make them together (aww!) over the weekend. Then my plan was to finish one flippin’ pair before losing a finger. Mom, Sus, you can fight over ’em. :)

DIY Ribbon Flip Flops |

DIY Ribbon Flip Flops

What you need:

  • Pair of flip flops
  • Length of ribbon cut into four 18 inch pieces
  • Some sort of craft knife. EDIT: A genius reader suggest a small hole punch to cut the holes. So smart!

Step 1: Measure 1/4 inch from the top of the strap (the part that goes between your first two toes). Cut a vertical slit on each side.

CAUTION: This is hard. First, my straps must have been made from industrial plastic or something because I had to saw to cut it. Second, while you’re sawing away, it’s easy to get carried away and slice all the way through the strap. This pretty much ruins the project … and your flip flops. Third, try to not lose a finger.

Step 2: Measure 3/4 inch from the first cut and continue making vertical slits down each side. Make sure you have an odd number of slits. I cut 7 on each side.

Step 3: Cut four 18 inch pieces of ribbon.

Step 4: Pull apart the bottom of the flip flop and thread the ribbon up through. Leave about 2 inches on the bottom of the shoe. Wrap it around the strap button and push the button back in.

DIY Ribbon Flip Flops | DIY Ribbon Flip Flops |

Step 5: Weave the ribbon through the holes until you reach the top. Tie the ends into a bow and trim off the excess ribbon.

DIY Ribbon Flip Flops |

I shouldn’t post this photo, my pedicure looks so bad. I’m going tomorrow. I promise.

DIY Ribbon Flip Flops |


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  1. Sue says

    Making these tonight with 11 year olds at a birthday party. I used my Crop-a-dile punch to make the holes – so easy!! Thanks for the great idea :)

  2. says

    Lovely tutorial! A thought for some flip flops that might work- CHACOS. They have great support, and wonderful colors! I have super high arches and I can’t wear too many flats because a lack of support, but these rocked my world. Hope it helps :)

  3. says

    I didnt read all of the comments, so if someone already made this suggestion… I apologize. I wonder if you could use a hole punch to make holes in the straps?


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  6. Sue says

    Hey off topic sort of.. I had a lot of foot problems and heel and leg pain and was told no more flip flops … darn cause I am barefoot or in flip flops — then I found Crocs brand flip flops that was several years ago.. they have wonderful support — and my chiropractor was satisfied!
    Good Luck!

      • Cathy says

        These are very adorable! What kind of flops should I be looking for? A rubbery type strap? I see some are kind of like a foam type strap that is why I am asking. thanks for sharing your idea!

  7. says

    These flipflops are adorable!! These would be so cute to make for bridesmaids in your wedding party using the colors of your wedding…they could slip them on during the reception if the heels are uncomfortable!

  8. says

    Wow, you're handy woman! My brother-in-law made the marquee for his wedding and you know what, he actually did lose part of his finger in the process…
    Ronnie xo

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