Summer means painted toenails, flip-flops and sandals. If you love showing off those tootsies during warmer weather, have we got a great collection for you!
We have found 15 of the neatest and easiest ways for you to DIY your own summer flip-flops and sandals. They are all really easy and there’s something in here for every occasion. Need something fun and colorful to wear to the beach? Or how about something a bit more formal for one of those June weddings you plan to attend?
We’ve got you covered no matter what you need great summer shoes for. And, many of these simply require you to recycle your old flip-flops. In the event that you do need to buy a new pair, we strongly suggest getting the cheap ones at the Dollar Store or Old Navy when they’re on sale. Then, just choose the pair in the collection that you want to recreate and voila – you’ve made a great pair of summer shoes for only a couple of bucks! What could possibly be better than new shoes? Well, besides adorable, fun and cheap shoes, that is.
These great recycled flip-flops sort of resemble suede but they’re actually felt. You just cut the straps off your old worn-out flip-flops and then use the felt to make a new pair of sandals that are so adorable. They’ve got that cute little big toe catcher and the felt ties up the ankle a bit sort of like gladiator sandals. The best part is you are recycling old flip-flops and turning them into sandals that are sleek and sexy and will cost you nothing if you have a bit of felt on hand. You can do these in any color, although we love the brown because it makes them look like suede.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Cutoutandkeep
Knot So Hard Flip-Flops
These cute flip-flops are also a great recycle project and if you have a bit of scrap fabric on hand, they also won’t cost you a dime. You need a pair of flip-flops and again, if you don’t have an old pair that you can use, then take advantage of Dollar Stores or even yard sales to get a cheap pair. The entire project takes less than half an hour and there is no sewing required at all. You just cut the fabric, stick it through the holes where you removed the straps and then knot it. You can glue it if you want, but it’s really not necessary as long as you tie a pretty good knot.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Themotherhuddle
Here’s a great pair of sandals that you can completely DIY in less than an hour. And, you don’t really even need to know how to macramé. There is absolutely no sewing required although you do need to have a little know-how when it comes to square knots but those are really easy. You will need an old pair of flip-flops (or a new cheap pair) and some t-shirt yarn. By the way, if you don’t already have t-shirt yarn on hand, you can make some yourself. The sandals are gorgeous and have that “tie up the ankle gladiator” look to them. Plus, you can do them in whatever colors you want.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Bywilma
Beads would be the perfect embellishment for your flip-flops if you want them to look a bit more dressy and elegant. Have a wedding to attend this summer? Why not create your own beautiful sandals to wear? These beaded flip-flops are really easy to make. You will need a pair of flip-flops, some ribbon, beads in various different shapes and sizes, some tiny seashells – if you want that great beachy look – and a hot glue gun. You do need to sew just a bit but it’s all hand sewing. You can turn even the cheapest pair of flip-flops into a pair of beautiful and elegant summer shoes.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Trinketsinbloom
Friendship Bracelet Flip-Flops
Remember friendship bracelets? Well, you can recreate that look and get yourself a great new pair of flip-flops at the same time. Friendship bracelets are so easy to make, even if you’ve never done them before. You need some yarn and the soles of old flip-flops – or you could completely DIY this and make the soles yourself. These are so easy and you can have them completely finished within an hour. Plus, you get to choose whatever colors you want and they have that great “friendship” look about them. Note that once you’ve finished, you will need to trim down the yarn so a utility or crafting knife is a good idea for this one.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Dreamalittlebigger
Inexpensive jewels and glue. That’s all you need to create these amazing sandals that are as colorful as they are cute. You can make these so elegant looking by maybe using all one color of jewels or make them as colorful as you want. You can buy the jewels at your local craft store along with the glue and this is the perfect way to reuse those old worn out sandals that you may be thinking of throwing out. If you have leather sandals that have nips and cracks in them, just cover those imperfections with jewels and enjoy a brand new pair for summer.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Paperyandcakery
Key West Flip-Flops
How about a beautiful pair of bright blue flip-flops that are perfect for the beach? These Key West flip-flops are perfect for lounging by the pool or getting a little attention when you head to the beach this summer. Lightweight fabric is perfect for these and you can add a little (or big) bloom to the side to really make them unique. The fabric is knotted into the flip-flops so there’s no sewing required unless you want to add the flower. Plus, you can make these from cheap Dollar Store flip-flops or any old pair that you have on hand. You know, those with the straps coming out.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Themotherhuddle
We simply love this idea of adding embroidery thread to regular old sandals. Not only is it a great way to customize them but you can redo them whenever you want. This gives you the perfect way to always make sure your shoes match your clothes or even your toenails. Thinking about doing those tootsies in red? Just wrap red embroidery thread around your sandals. Next week, when you opt for blue toenail polish, you can just rewrap them and really, it doesn’t take long to do it and you can have one pair of sandals that gives you the fashion possibilities of ten.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Awelltraveledwoman