DIY Tie-Up Sandals for Young Fashionistas

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My oldest daughter grows like a weed. So much that she wears almost the same size shoe as me. She’s 8. The challenge is that I’m forced to shop in the women’s section for shoes that can fit her, but a lot of the styles are just a tad too grown up for my little girl. We typically end up buying basic shoes that she can wear with anything, including flip-flops. But we all know they aren’t exactly the most stylish shoes in the world. So when Walmart challenged me to create a summer DIY project, I thought we could do something cool to dress them up.

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This is an amazingly simple project that kids can do on their own and that can be changed out at will.

You’ll Need

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This idea was inspired by an eco-friendly shoe company I’ve been stalking for years called Mohop. Their signature shoes can be laced and tied in unlimited ways using colorful ribbon. These aren’t exactly the same, but they’re cute, easy and inexpensive.

If you’re using a scarf, I’d definitely recommend a lightweight spring or summer scarf rather than a heavy winter scarf. First, you need to cut it in half lengthwise, so you’ll have a piece for each shoe.

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Next, simply fold or bunch the scarf into a small roll, and start wrapping it around the top of the flip-flop, from the piece that goes between your toes. You could also use Havaianas sandals for this project. It may take some creativity to achieve a wrap that properly covers the flip-flop, but experiment with a couple of ways. This may involve doubling back over some sections. Just try to spread out the scarf fabric as much as possible so it doesn’t get too thick.

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When you reach the end, tuck the end of the fabric back up through the last loop to secure it.

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That’s it! You could use hot glue or thread if you wanted to make it more secure, but this is really plenty secure on its own. Also, this allows the wrap to be interchangeable, so the ribbon or fabric can be changed easily to match an outfit, or removed altogether if you’d prefer the to wear the flip-flops plain one day. My daughter has already begged me to buy more ribbon so she can change the wrap.

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What do you think? Would you try embellishing some basic flip flops?

Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links have been used.

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  • char July 12, 2014, 5:35 pm

    how do they tie in the back? is it possible to see the back?

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  • CHRISTINA COOKE July 15, 2014, 11:33 am

    I”M GOING TO TRY THIS FOR MYSELF,I LOVE WEARING FLIP FLOPS BUT HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO SINCE BACK SURGERY IN 2011 THAT LEFT MY LEFT TOES ON MY LEFT FOOT NOT WORKING SO FLIP FLOPS DO NOT STAY ON MY FOOT,THIS JUST MIGHT WORK AND LOOK NICE AT THE SAME TIME,THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS GREAT IDEA !!!!

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