Family Time Calendar: Decorated Flip-Flops

It's a familiar sound of summer: the flip-flop-flip-flop patter of rubber sandals, worn by kids everywhere. These inexpensive beach shoes are trendy and readily available at places including chain clothing stores, supermarkets, drugstores and even service stations!

Flip-flops come in a wide range of colors, but crafty kids can add fun embellishments. If the decorations look faded or worn out by summer's end, these fun foot fashions are so inexpensive that you'll want to start over again next year!

What you'll need:

  • Flip-flop sandals
  • Favorite decorations such as silk flowers, plastic "gems," buttons, shiny paillettes, thin silk or grosgrain ribbon, rickrack trim, small plastic or stretchy toy animals, feathers... whatever suits their fancy!
  • Hot glue gun (for adults only)

What you'll do:

  • For silk flower, gem or paillette flip-flops: Remove stems from flowers and reserve some leaves if desired. Let kids design their foot fashions, then an adult can hot glue the flowers, gems or paillettes to the upper straps, making sure they don't interfere with toes!
  • For button flip-flops: If the buttons have shanks, remove them with a shank remover (sold in craft stores) or use pliers to twist the shank back and forth until it breaks off. Then hot glue the buttons to the upper straps.
  • For ribbon or rickrack flip-flops: Cut ribbon to fit along straps, and glue in place. Add trim to sides of soles, if desired. Another option: Cut ribbon into strips that are six or seven inches long and tie the strips around the straps until they're full.
  • For animal flip-flops: Select plastic toy animals that are "long and low," such as alligators, iguanas, snakes, worms, etc., and glue them to the upper straps.
  • For feather flip-flops: Glue on as many as their ticklish toes can stand!
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