DIY: Sandal Embellishments



I will be the first to tell you that I am not generally a flip-flop lady! However, this past week during a continuous period of high-heeled struts and elevated standing I needed to pull out my ballerina flats to come to the rescue. 

Then, one day after work I went to rest in the nearest Queen Anne chair to "cool my heels" by trying to find my luxe slippers for comfort. They were nowhere to be found or I quickly gave up searching for them due to exhaustion. 

My only sole solution within arms reach was a pair of flip-flops! They were incredibly comfortable and exactly what I needed at that moment. So, happy feet they were!

This triggered the idea of embellishing a pair of dull flip-flops ... sans flowers or puffed adornments,  just sparkled and beaded trimmings! I decided to buy a pair of flip-flops at an arts and crafts store, then I used studs, beads, and antique colour gems for a dust of dazzling style, which gave the rubber flats a whole new look. Here's the result:

    Materials: Flip-flops, metal/gem craft glue, Trim: studs, beads, and rhinestones.

The Makeover:
First, figure out what design you want to create. Then, insert studs by piercing them into the rubber. It works best if you gently semi-close the studs as you pierce them into the rubber.  


By using beads carefully glue them on the flat part of the thong of the sandal. Let dry. Next, I also used rhinestones as an addition to the design. (At this point, if you have matte beads you may dab a sealant over the beads to add a finishing luster.) You may also use a spray to have a glossier finish. I wanted a combination for this version.
 
That's it! Now, you have fashionable flip-flops with a touch of edginess!



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  1. These are so adorable. Great project.

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  2. francesca romana capizzi30 July, 2012

    .....I will never be able to do that! I am a total mess when it comes to DIYs...so I'll just be jealous of yours!
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  3. Oh I love them sweetie!! You've completely transformed them :)

    Take care and hope you had a lovely weekend, Daniella xox

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  4. What a great idea!
    Love this DIY!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  5. Genius! I love flip flops but only for inside the house, your pimped up ones are definitely outdoors-worthy! x 

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  6. Hi doll, how are you? This is a wonderful fun idea! I have so many flip-flops that need a serious makeover. Looks so cute!

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  7. sartorialsidelines30 July, 2012

    Wow, they really came out great - such a great idea too!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  8. I LOVE the personality that this DIY gives simple sandals - they look fantastic!  :)

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  9. The Dainty Dolls House30 July, 2012

    Those are great. I don't usually wear flip flops, but the sparkles give them a pretty look that would catch my eye. Wonderful. Hope you have a super week doll x

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  10. You could actually market these.  I wear flip-flops all summer especially now (on one foot) because I broke my toe.  It is great support for my good foot . . .
    oxoxoxoAmyhttp://bridechic.blogspot.com

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  11. This is cute!  I have a friend who did this for her bridesmaids at her wedding.  She figured that by the end of a night filled with dancing, the girls feet may need a break!

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  12. melanie mohr30 July, 2012

    very cool idea!!

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  13. GlamKitten8830 July, 2012

    So cute!  I love embellishing things.  It jazzes them up!

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88 

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  14. I'm not big on "bedazzling" things but you added just the right touch without going overboard! This would be a fun girls night/bachelorette party craft too!

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  15. Love this bit of easy 'pimp up my flip-flops' post! 
    Sounds like you've had a busy weekend with family... hope you have some time for you & the Olympics!
    There are definitely many countries to root for on my side too!

    x.o.x.o

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  16. Those look so cute - love how you spiced em up!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray 

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  17. thepreppystudent30 July, 2012

    these came out great. what a wonderful project! I am your newest follower. I cannot wait to read more of
    your posts and hope that maybe you can return the favor and follow The Preppy
    Student
    . I always comment for every comment left on my page and hope
    to start a friendly relationship with your wonderful blog! Have a happy Monday:)

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  18. Clara Turbay30 July, 2012

    its fun and stylish! 

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  19. Viktoriya30 July, 2012

    Thanks for shearing! Easy and beautiful!
    Thanks for lovely comment in my blog!
    Would you like to follow each other?Let me know please!
    kisses)

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  20. Mary Jo at Trustyourstyle30 July, 2012

    So very clever! Love that you thought to sew sequins on them too!

    xo Mary Jo

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  21. Clara Turbay30 July, 2012

    its fun and stylish! 

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  22. Fashionably Yours31 July, 2012

    That's a cool DIY! Thanks a bunch for stopping by and commenting!
    Love
     Juneli from Fashionably Yours

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  23. This is a great DIY Madison! I can never find a pair of flip flops that fit the top of my feet that don't give me blisters :(

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  24. I really love how you put the studs around the base of the flip-flops.  I'm not a big flip-flop gal either (I don't even own a pair) but I would totally love to make and wear these!  Another DIY for my to do list, that's for sure:)

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  25. davie+erica31 July, 2012

    So pretty! What a seriously awesome idea!! Love this DIY!


     


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  26. I never thought about dressing up my flip flops like that - but it looks super easy!

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  27. Love the blinged out flip flops! Great DIY :)

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  28. this turned out really cute! a great way to take something simple to the next notch

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails 

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  29. This DIY is so cute! I love the flip flops!

    xoxo, Meera

    http://momentswithmeera.blogspot.com

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  30. ohh that looks awesome! It def looks better than the plain ones before :D

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  31. Supergute Idee, sind schön geworden und sehen damit echt hochwertig aus!
    Viele Grüße, Katja

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  32. These look so lovely!  You did a great job!

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  33. Lady, not only have you shown us how it's possible to turn something ordinary into extraordinary, you've also provided us with a wonderful, easy to follow tutorial! The finished flip flops are sensational and given I'm a flip flop girl, I am excited at the prospect of transforming a plain Old Navy pair I have laying about! Thank you! And thank you so much for your kind and comforting comment on my blog today. It meant the world to me! :)

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  34. sisters closet01 August, 2012

    You did a great job, it looks good!
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  35. Oh wow I love your DIY flops! I have a pair that would work great with the addition of some studs. SWEET!

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  36. Such a great idea! I love the final result.

    xo,
    Angela
    headtotoechic.blogspot.com

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  37. Elystar81301 August, 2012

    Wow they look awesome!
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  38.  haha,  Thank you. This one is quite easy Francesca! I'm certain you can do it! Enjoy your day. xx

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  39.  Thank you Daniella dear! x

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  40.  Thanks Vix! I'm not much of a flip-flops gal either outside the home, but these certainly made me rethink them for comfort that day!

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  41.  :-) *blushes* Glad that you liked them Amy!

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  42.  Thank you. Yes, I appreciate a good edit as well, when it comes to bedazzled items. These were just the amount glam that I needed! :)

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  43.  Great! So glad that you were inspired! Thanks for your comment Marisa!

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  44.  I agree, so much better than the plain Jane pair! :) Hope you're having a great week!xx

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  45. Hi Bella, Thanks very much!
    And you are very welcome, I'm glad that the comment was of encouragement in your moment of grief. :) Wishing you a peaceful week.

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  46. Vielen dank, Katja! Mach's gut! /xo

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  47. That's great! I can't wait to see what you do with them! 

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  48. I'm doing well Sam, thanks! Have a fab week dear!

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  49. rae_caacbay01 August, 2012

    super love it! i love DIYs too :)

    visit my blog? http://raellarina.blogspot.com/
    and if you like it, feel free to click that follow button pretty! :D

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  50. Hi sweety, thanks for stopping by

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  51. These are so cute! I like the studs on the sides.

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  52. I am such a flip flops kinda girl!  I think I have a pair in every color so this is such a super neat (and super easy idea) to take them up a notch!   So very pretty!

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  53. Oh to Be a Muse01 August, 2012

    You always glam up everything so well. Love how you embellished the thong part.

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  54. that is such a neat DIY! love how the gems just add a little sparkle to the plain flip flops.  

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  55. Cute! They turned out so well... they look like completely new sandals!

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  56.  Hi Viktoriya! Thanks for your comment.

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  57. Thank you for the sweet comment. Stay tuned for more posts! Have a great week.

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  58. Great DIY. Love the studs around the edging too. xxxx

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  59. This is such a great idea, especially with some of the free flip flops that so often come with magazines in the Summer issues.

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  60. Ah Madison, you are so talented. And beautiful! Thank you for joining us for the Chanel-inspired post. You are such a great stylist, I love the look you put together. XO, Jill

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  61. Great!!!
    xxx
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  62. I'm not a flip flop person at all, but these look really cool.

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  63. Beauty Follower02 August, 2012

    Great job!

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  64. Defninitely! :) Have a great wkd. xx

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  65. Thank you.  You're welcome, enjoy your weekend.  :)

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  66.  Yes, it's quite easy and gives them a stylish revamp! Thanks! :)

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  67. Absolutely adore this one! I might give it a go ;) thanks for sharing. xx

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  68. These are inspiring. Now I know what to do with my 2 year old, dull looking flip flops. Thanks for sharing!

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