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Here I will show you how to create your own embellished Flip Flops with strands of beads using clear nylon thread and needle, that will appear to float on the flip flops band and not come off like the glued ones you buy for triple the price in stores. Using this sewn on method, you will not see or feel the nylon string on the band at any point. This string back through and needle inserted method will double strengthen your strand of beads as well to hold it on in place and last, without breaking or coming off as glued on beads or embellished items do.
Before I begin, just a helpful note as to where and what items you can buy to have many choices for your embellishments.
Approximate Time: 30 minutes or less
First, pull out a long piece of your clear nylon string about 20-24 inches long and run it through your needle then match up both ends and tie it off in 2-3 knots.
Now run your beads on the string with your needle in a matching pattern you like, using the same design on each half (here I used a variation of small beads then my largest in the center which will be in the center of my band when completed).
After your strand is complete, take your needle to one side of the end of the band on the flip flop (I'm right handed so I began on the left side of the band). Now insert your needle down through the band and pull the strand of beads until it is flush with the band and then push your needle back up through the band right beside of where you just came down through it and again pull taut. Then take your needle and go back through the beads as though you are stranding them. Stop halfway up the strand and come out thorugh the beads. Again go back down through the band with your needle, pull the string taut and come back up again right beside where you just brought your needle through. Here you will overloop your strand of beads that are laying on your flip flops band. As you over loop it, go back down with your needle into the band again as before and come back up again and insert your needle into your beads in that section again as though you are restringing them.
Continue through until you reach the center point of the band (where your toes are split at the bands center) and here you will just repeat that same process of going up and down through your band with the needle and restringing it through your strand of beads until you reach the other end of your band on your flip flops. There you will go down the last time with your needle and cut your string there, leaving a long tail so you can tie it off in knots about 3-4 tight. Cut your string tail closer to your tied knot.
Your finished item will result in your string beads floating on top of the band that are double stringed by the method you took and no nylon string will be visible anywhere nor will you feel it on the under side of the band against your foot. And this method will result in beads not falling off from glue when your flip flops become wet.
Once you create your first pair and see how easy it was with beautiful results you will be hooked and look for more ideas to create.
NOTE* Flip Flops are just $1 at the Dollar Tree and $2 at Walmart. They come in lots of colors so you can really add colors with different embellishments and create one of a kind designs that others will think you payed lots of money for. You can make the cutest ones for your kids too and match up to their theme clothes, like lady bugs or watermelon for girls, or firetrucks or bugs for boys.
I tried to also give you a written diagram (below) of how to insert your needle through your band as well as tell you. It seems as though it sounds difficult but its not and goes really fast. You simply want to pass in and out through your band to achieve two things. One is to hold it on and two is to secure your beads again by restringing through them while on the band and going in and out through your band at separate intervals so it stays in place at even points.
The funnest part is creating your strand the way you like which I did by laying my beads first in a tray lined up the way I wanted then began the procedure. Have fun with it and Enjoy!
By Julie from Tenn
We painted the outside part of our flip flop straps with glitter fingernail polish. I did not paint the inside of the straps where it would touch our feet when we wear them. They are so pretty. We like to see them sparkle in the sunshine.
Source: All the fingernail polish and art we got for Christmas and Birthdays this year between me and all the kids :)
By Robyn Fed from Tri-Cities, TN
Take a pair of flip flops from simple and cheap to beautiful and different. You can create these flip flops with few supplies. You only need silk ribbons in different colors, needles, nylon, rhinestones, fabric glue, and creativity.
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Does anyone out there know the exact procedure for crocheting the yarn that is really fluffy like a boa, over the straps of a flip flop shoe?
By Robyn Fed from Tri-Cities, TN
It's rather difficult to explain, but here's a website that shows you how to embellish flip flops.
Thank you so much! This is just what I was trying to find out! Blessings,
Go to LionBrand.com Signup, it is free. They have instructions for many different styles of flip-flop embellishments all free. They also have a website BK4K (By Kids for Kids) that may have additional options. Good luck and enjoy.
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I bought water balloons from Dollar Tree. I tied two balloons together and then tied them to a flip flop. You can use as many or few balloons that you want. The more balloons, the more colorful they are
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What glue do I use to glue crystal rhinestones to Hawaiian flip flops?
Jodelle from Gilbert, AS
You should use house hold GOOP, it is made for wet repairs like sneakers. Their are five GOOPs now, look at the label for the glue for your project, chart on back of packages.
You can buy a tube of Shoe Goo which is used to repair tennis shoes. (01/26/2007)
I do use shoe glue, but it is hard to work with. There has to be a glue that is easy to use, thanks (01/27/2007)
I use my trusty glue gun! (01/28/2007)
I've been making swarovski crystals flip flops for a year now and I love a glue I found at Michael's. Flip Flop glue! It comes in a pink tube and I love it! And it dries clear.
Here is a cute way to jazz up those flip flops you wear all summer. You need 1 pair a shoes, something to decorate with (sequins, beads flowers, etc.), flip flop glue from Hobby Lobby.
I have decorated old and new shoes. If using old shoes be sure they are clean. Decide where you want the decorations to go. I put it on the straps, but it could just as easy go around the soles. Or just a flower on the toe.
Source: Hobby Lobby tip sheet
By Randa Wagner from San Marcos TX