Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Decorating Flip Flops With Ribbon and Beads

Here is another fun project that we did on our family reunion vacation.  I picked up a pair of flip flops for each of us girls at the dollar store.  I also picked up a small sewing kit, some ribbon and a package of multi-colored beads at Walmart.

We wrapped the ribbon around the flip flop straps, attaching the ribbon by sewing it at the bottom.

I did a running stitch along the back side of the ribbon just to help it stay in place.

On my flip flops I made a little bit of a weave a the top to give me extra room to sew on my beads.

Then I sewed the beads onto the ribbon, stitching the ribbon into place at the same time just to make it a little more stable.

I would recommend getting a glue gun to start the ribbon on the flip flop.  We didn’t have one, so we had to make do.  I also think that we could have used the glue gun for some of the beads.  It would have gone a lot faster.

Oh man do I need a pedicure, but here is what they looked like when I finished.

Each person made up their own style.

It was a lot of fun, and we ended up with some pretty cute flip flops. 

Here are some other fun flip flop ideas:

Make a flip flop gift bag:

Make a flip flop wreath:

Decorating T-Shirts With Bleach

On our family reunion vacations we like to do crafts as a family.  Every year we like to decorate t-shirts.  This year we decided to decorate our t-shirts with bleach.  We used two different techniques:

1.       The bleach pen

2.       Bleach spray with stencils

I bought some foam letters with sticky backing, along with sticker dots and some bleach pens.  We also filled a spray bottle with bleach. 
I explained to everyone how it worked and let them just come up with their own ideas.

We lined the shirts with card board boxes.  I read that you can iron on freezer paper onto the inside of the shirts.  That probably would have worked better, but we had to just go with what we had.

Once each person had the design that they wanted, we rinsed off the shirts with the hose.

Almost everyone went back and added some more details to their shirts. 

What was cool is that the bleach spray could look like sand, or stars, or mist.  Remember that, less is best with the spray.  It might not seem like you have enough on, but we actually like the look of the ones that had less bleach.  We found that going back and adding more bleach with the pen, or the spray gave the shirts more dimension.

When we were all done with our shirts we washed them in the washing machine, then dried them in the dryer.

It was a lot of fun and everyone loved their cool new shirt.

Here is another project that I did for a family vacation .  Check out how I did it by clicking on the picture below: