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Project

Flower Flip-Flops

Flip-flops adorned with fabric flowers are the perfect accessory for bright-colored shorts and bathing suits.

Introduction

These flip-flops aren't just for kids -- make a pair in your size so you won't covet a young friend's.

A single large daisy or sunflower is plenty for some flip-flops -- on others, try lining up a handful of delicate violets or other small blossoms.

Materials

  • Fabric flowers
  • Scissors
  • Hot-glue gun

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut stems from fabric flowers.

  2. Step 2

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    Glue in place with a hot-glue gun, using a dime-size dollop to ensure the flowers stay on.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, July/August 1999

Reviews (33)

  • Scrapjanny 21 Jul, 2009

    Fabri Tac worked great for me when I made these. My daughter and I have matching flip-flops.

  • IzzyyzzI 12 Feb, 2009

    I strongly differ with BrandyLea's suggestion for someone with instruction/product problems to notify ONLY site personnel OR to "gracefully" (without complaint??) opt for another product. Withholding negative project results is counter-productive! MS staff ideas are wonderful, but are not the third tablet! All posted cautionary tales, no matter crafter expertise, are experiences that may suggest alternatives forestalling anothern n n n n n s failure, save them money and/or repair time. I wouldn't

  • JavaGurl 9 Aug, 2008

    Gorilla glue is awesome! I get my flipflops from the local 1$ store

  • mom_of_2 24 Jun, 2008

    I haven't tried this project yet, but I'm a believer in Gorilla Glue (found at Lowe's, etc.) It has out performed super glue in many instances.

  • jaybird6 23 Jun, 2008

    We tried with hot glue and everything fell off . Went to hardware store and got industrial glue sticks made for plastic. Flowers fell off in the bag before we could get them to the store. Thank goodness!! imagine if they were sold!!! Any other ideas?

  • sjcloyes 22 Jun, 2008

    In Girl Scouts we tied Balloons to the flip flops - Very Cute also!

  • DebbieDurham 19 Jun, 2008

    Has anyone tried the glue dots used in scrapbooking and other crafts? Some of those, I'm told, will adhere anything!

  • BrandyLea 19 Jun, 2008

    I don't know why TriciaJay had such a problem with the hot glue. It works just fine for Me!!! I'm Sure Martha tries the projects before she shares them. If not Martha then her very capable assistants!!! I'm sure there is a number of different kinds of glue that can work for these type of projects. If something doesn't work for you or the the materials you are working with then It would be best to just e-mail the Martha Stewart Show, or Gracefully try something different.

  • dottikins 19 Jun, 2008

    oops, I keep forgetting that you can't use brand names, so anyway, I glued on different types of wrapped candy and gum, and the shoes were cute and everyone wanted some of the candy!! I used hot glue and it worked great.

  • dottikins 19 Jun, 2008

    One year for vacation Bible school, we decorated flip-flops, and I glued wrapped candy

  • TriciaJay 19 Jun, 2008

    There is a product called "flip flop glue". Perhaps that would work? It is sold at craft stores.

  • TriciaJay 19 Jun, 2008

    The flowers do Not stay on with the glue gun! Martha you need to try before you list these projects.

  • angelfish 19 Jun, 2008

    I suggest using Gorilla Glue, this stuff will glue and hold most any type of material.

  • foodie133 19 Jun, 2008

    P.S. Be careful folks- these type of shoes can be slippery on slick (wet) surfaces :) Happy Summer Ya'll

  • foodie133 19 Jun, 2008

    Cute craft idea, I've seen the flip flops @ Michael's, looks like a great summer activity to do with the kids-and my 4YO is always needing a quick slip-on since she seems to come in and out about a thousand times a day!!! There's always a pair by the back door! Does anyone know the drying time for Gorilla glue?

  • miria 19 Jun, 2008

    Isaacs Mom, can you actually stitch these on? Just kidding! You must have a sticky clicking key. I won't wear these myself, because I can't stand the strap between my toes, but my grandkids would enjoy these.

  • nakpunar 19 Jun, 2008

    I use handmade yo-yo's instead of flowers. I stitch yoyo's with bead and buttons to flip flop. It's looking wonderful... You can find yoyo's at
    www.ilobeyoyo.etsy.com

  • bloodredrosev 19 Jun, 2008

    Yeah, I'd vote for stitching - a sturdy upholstery needle should be able to get through the plastic strap easily, and waxed cotton thread or beading thread is strong enough to hold the flower on. I wouldn't trust hot glue to hold something that will actually get worn.

  • grannypeggy9 19 Jun, 2008

    from my experence, the hot glue does not hold, depending on the weather, if its to cold, it comes off, or if to hot, does the same. i have not made these, but make wreathes to hang on the door.i thought about using super glue on the flip flops, but maybe the super glue would melt the plastic?????? would be worth a try.

  • Isaccsmom 19 Jun, 2008

    you can actually stitch these on by hand using needle and thread - you can go through the plastic strap or you can wrap around where the plasic meats at the big toe and go through the flowers - just be sure not to have a knot where it will be rubbing in between your toes.

  • Isaccsmom 19 Jun, 2008

    you can actually stitch these on by hand using needle and thread - you can go through the plastic strap or you can wrap around where the plasic meats at the big toe and go through the flowers - just be sure not to have a knot where it will be rubbing in between your toes.

  • Isaccsmom 19 Jun, 2008

    you can actually stitch these on by hand using needle and thread - you can go through the plastic strap or you can wrap around where the plasic meats at the big toe and go through the flowers - just be sure not to have a knot where it will be rubbing in between your toes.

  • Isaccsmom 19 Jun, 2008

    you can actually stitch these on by hand using needle and thread - you can go through the plastic strap or you can wrap around where the plasic meats at the big toe and go through the flowers - just be sure not to have a knot where it will be rubbing in between your toes.

  • Isaccsmom 19 Jun, 2008

    you can actually stitch these on by hand using needle and thread - you can go through the plastic strap or you can wrap around where the plasic meats at the big toe and go through the flowers - just be sure not to have a knot where it will be rubbing in between your toes.

  • Gma-eight 19 Jun, 2008

    Ibuser, are you sure you don't mean "Gorilla Glue"?

  • odlelady 19 Jun, 2008

    I have found that "hot glue" rarely holds up long tern. Just FYI!

  • KelleyAnne 19 Jun, 2008

    We did these for a slumber party. We used a hot glue gun. Use the hottest setting. They have held up well.

  • wduke2 19 Jun, 2008

    My daughter made these for a birthday party and used hot glue on some and clear glue on some. The hot glues worked well. The flowers fell off the other ones.

  • CathyCummins 19 Jun, 2008

    I tried to do this ages ago using a hot glue gun and the flowers always fell off. I tried to wire them on but the tops of my feel kept getting scratched. I have never heard of Monkey glue but I will have a look in the hardware store.

  • lkford329 19 Jun, 2008

    Would fabric glue hold well to the flipflop "plastic/" Why not try the low-temp glue guns. My 6-year-old uses that with no problems. Dries fast - no burned fingers.

  • lbuser 19 Jun, 2008

    No, fabric glue won't hold up the the type of use and abuse that rubber flips have to take. I have had great success with Monkey glue, however, it takes a little while to set up and it foams up a bit so you need to use just a little and take the timing into account for your party and the age of your guests.

  • AnnAcrossthePond 14 Jun, 2008

    can you use fabric glue? we might do this project for a birthday party and it would be much safer to use that type of glue to attach the fabric flowers

  • AnnAcrossthePond 14 Jun, 2008

    can you use fabric glue? we might do this project for a birthday party and it would be much safer to use that type of glue to attach the fabric flowers