Beribboned Flip Flops

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

I don’t know a single kid who doesn’t end up spending a good chunk of the summer in flip flops. Actually, most of the grown-ups I know use them as their primary footwear in the hotter months as well. Their the perfect summer footwear, cheap (so if you loose one, no big deal) cool and comfortable. They are also pretty plain which is great if you are an adult who needs versatility but not so fun if you are an I-love-bows kind of girl. Dressing up flip flops is fun and easy, and a great activity for a hot afternoon.

Here’s what you need…

Pair of plain flip flops
Three or four spools of ribbon  (coordinating with each other and with your shoes)
Pinking shears
Fabric scissors

Begin by cutting four 8 inch lengths of each color of ribbon. You’ll probably need more but better to cut more later than to end up with too many.

Tie each piece of ribbon along the top strap of the flip flip, pushing each toward the toe after you make the knot to squeeze as many in as possible.

Once you have as many ribbons ties on as possible, go back and cut the ends to about 1-1 1/2 inches (shorter for littler girls) with the pinking shears to keep the ribbon from fraying.

Using a variety of widths of ribbon adds interest as does the inclusion of corkscrew ribbon or raffia. Although any combination will turn out fun, for best results, stick to a pattern for each side of the shoe, distributing the colors evenly.

Have fun and don’t forget to check back every Thursday for more Summer Fun!

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About Gillian

Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

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