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Flip-Flop Refashion: from “blah” to “ahhhhh!!”

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Hey, how’s everyone’s immune system doing lately?  Ours are pukey.  I think we’re allergic to our new house.  Ha……just kidding.  The pukes all started right before we moved in.  Like, the night before.  And cycled through each of my kiddos all last week.  And our brand new clothes washer is a lemon (and we’re still waiting on our replacement to be delivered)… we have a lot of trash bags filled with, well, smelly laundry.  Darn.  But hey……we’re making some really great memories around here. ;)


But, let’s talk about something a lot more fun.  Like a simple little project that’s easier than easy.  And maybe you’ve already done this same thing 17 different times……but I still get excited when I turn something ungly into something much more pleasant to look at.


Hooray for ugly flip-flops!!  Because then I can appreciate the make-over that much more.  (And yeah, those bows are some sort of sport-jersey type of fabric. Weird.)




Go on, admit that you have an old pair of un-loved flip-flops in your closet. 


Don’t ignore them any longer……add some simple beauty to them.




Oh, I better explain something.  I have a problem.


Have I told you that I wear a size 12 shoe? (The only thing worse than that……is wearing a size 13. Ha!  Sorry if that’s one of you……but really, it’s not that much worse.  We’re in the same big-foot boat. ;) )  Anyway, size 12 shoes are pretty hard to find (especially on sale), so the “problem” surfaces any time I see a pair of size 12’s.  I run through a checklist of reasons why I may need this pair of shoes sometime during the next century of my life…..and then I usually buy them.  Yeah, it’s bad. (Ask Steve!!)  So, when I saw these boring black flip-flops at TJ Maxx, I decided I needed them.  They’re not just your regular foam flip-flops (which I can buy in the men’s section any time. ha!)……but they were women’s.  So a little less boxy, and a little more curvy.  Oh, and they’re about a 1/2 step up from the foam ones, on the fancy scale.  So, I decided I needed them.  And would fancy them up.




A little better, right?


If you’ve done this before, you can skip this mini tutorial…..but if you want to compare notes, see below:


  1. First, grab your flip-flops that need some love.
  2. Tear/clip/pull off the offending embellishment.
  3. Purchase (or make) some sort of embellishment to add onto your flip-flops.  I bought these little beaded swirls at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.  So, $6 for both.  However, if you want to make your own, try the Shirred Fabric Flower, the Full and Textured Fabric Flower, the Crushed Fabric Flower, the Layered Knit Flower, the Knit Rosette, and more.
  4. I cut the excess frayed fabric off my little embellishments.  But you could leave it on if you prefer.
  5. Now, grab some epoxy glue.  My favorite type for this sort of project is Amazing Goop, the Craft variety.  It holds really well on most surfaces.
  6. Then, add some to your flip flop and then place your embellishments right on top.  Press firmly.




Pinch tight with clothes pins until the epoxy glue dries completely.




And that’s it!



And in case you need a little more flip-flop inspiration……here are a few ways that I completely made over some flip-flops two summers ago.  All are fun, all are cheap, and all are pretty simple.

Interchangeable Flip-Flops, Braided Strap Flip-Flops, Beaded Flip-Flops, Ruffled T strap Flip-Flops, and Stretchy Knit with Flowers Flip-Flops.



That’s all for today.  I’m off to check on the delivery time for that replacement washer.  I have some piles of clothes to wash. :)





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  1. Julie says:

    Forgot to tell y’all…constantly I see high end 10,11,and 12 shoes brand new at Goodwill…constantly! I believe ladies buy them online and they don’t fit.

  2. Julie says:

    Joann’s has beautiful flip flop embellishments (you can use them on flats too) in a gazillion materials (bought several jeweled flowers) and they clip on. You can clip them on your flip flops, hair, flats, headbands…and they were $3 and I always have a hobby lobby coupon they honor.

  3. Stacey says:

    Ladies, here is another idea for all your plain flips. The jeweled clips will slide right on to your own favorite flips and will transfer onto a new pair when your old ones wear out. “Add Some Sparkle to your Step” with Butterfly Toes.

  4. Shelia says:

    I’m a member of the size 12 club, too. I have a friend who has been a QVC model for years…and is also a 12. I picked her brain and she said ” I shop for shoes at– Nordstrom Rack, or the store, QVC,, Sometimes PAyless– but not so much anymore.

  5. Trish D says:

    Such a cool idea – and as a size 11 shoe wearer I totally feel your pain! I order a lot from Amazon – if they’re prime eligible, then 99% of the time that includes free returns on shoes… I usually order 5-6 pairs at a time and keep 1. Ooh, and I can sometimes pick up great deals on other people’s returns: here’s the link to the sz 12:!672124011%2Cn%3A679337011%2Cp_6%3AA2L77EE7U53NWQ%2Cp_n_size_browse-vebin%3A1285117011&sort=price

  6. Amy says:

    Cuuuuuute! The interchangeable strap flip flops are still my favorite tutorial EVER. That reminds me, I should make some new straps for this summer for mine. Some of them have gotten a little dirty…

  7. Kara says:

    I wear a 12 also, so I feel your pain! It’s so hard to find cute shoes. And tennis shoes are a pain too! I found my favotire pair of Women’s Saucony tennis shoes on Amazon and they fit perfectly. The best part was that they were cute and didn’t look like they belonged on a man.

    Also, Lane Bryant and Avenue both have shoes – sometimes up to a 13, but most of them are wide. So if you don’t have wide feet they may not work for you. But I’m always curious where other people find their shoes if they wear a 12. Payless is my “go to” for sandals, though. And luckily there are 3 in the town where I live so I can usually find something.

  8. Regalo Foto Blog says:

    These are amazing!
    Well done :)

  9. Vanessa says:

    And I’ve been feeling sorry for myself all these years because I wear an 11. I”m sorry…finding a 12 worse! Cute idea!

  10. JG says:

    Try Ross. They always have larger sizes. Not the selection that they have in the smaller sizes, but still pretty good!

  11. Nicole says:

    I wear a 12 so I feel your pain. I buy multiple pairs of the same shoes if I find some that fit.

  12. Bonnie Ditto says:

    One of our daughters wears a size 12. When she got married, there was a certain dress she wanted. I told her I would pay $X for a dress. You know the dress was $X++. She made up the difference and got the dress. Then came the shoe dilemma. We found a pair of ballet slippers (I really think they might have been house shoes) and I ‘gussied’ them up with some left over lace and pearls I had. At the wedding everyone commented on her beautiful shoes wanting to know where in the world she had found shoes that matched her dress so well. She is still miffed at me! It was 15 years ago!

  13. D martin says:

    Hey! I was just at Cato (clothing store) this morning and saw a big sign that said “We now have size 12 shoes!” And they have really cute heels and sandals. You should check them out if you have one near you.

    1. Shelia says:

      I was at Catos yesterday and tried a few of their 12s. Good if you are a wide. Not so good if you aren’t. But great to have another option!

  14. Angela A says:

    Love these! I wear an 11, and so I feel your pain! I would kill to be a 10! lol Your fashionable flip flops have inspired me to try this out for myself!

  15. Sharleen says:

    Thanks for the great ideas. Would that glue work on plastic flip flops?

  16. Gina says:

    Super cute- makes me really excited for the warmer weather.

  17. Christy says:

    Is there a store that you have had good luck finding size 12 shoes? My 15 year old daughter wears a 12 and we have a hard time finding cute shoes for her. Payless is the only store we have found that consistently carries her size. She wants to wear what all of her friends wear which is nearly impossible!

    1. Ashley says:

      Yes, payless is my go-to inexpensive shoe store. But I always shop online at, rather than the store….because they have many more options that way. And I have them delivered to the store for free, try on the ones I ordered, and return the ones I don’t want, right to the store. But if I want a nicer pair, like for a special occasion, I hop online at and order from there. They offer free shipping and return shipping if they don’t fit. I tend to order 3-4 pairs and then pick my favorite, and send the rest back.

      There are SO many more options these days. When I was a teenager, finding shoes was impossible. I wore boy shoes all the time and sometimes found old granny shoes in a size 12. I’m glad they have more options nowadays. :)

  18. Kathy says:

    They look so much better now! I keep trying to think of a way to make those interchangeable flip flops, only not flip flops (I don’t like them personally), as slides. Someday I will do it!

  19. Laura @ The Experimental Home says:

    Those flip flops are all dressed up and ready for a summer party! So cute and so simple.

  20. Renee H says:

    Excellent! I know exactly what pair will be getting a make over ASAP! thanks for sharing!

  21. Melanie says:

    So what was wrong with the bows on those flip flops…..I actually thought they were gorgeous! NOT! so cute and so happy that you actually found some shoes that fit at a normal store.

  22. Nicole H. says:

    oh I am so sorry about the 12. I wear a 10.5 which no one makes so 11’s are often too big and 10s too small…I’ve mostly given up and try to find somewhat comfortable shoes…I do really like Clark’s and they have an outlet by me; but I catch them adjusting their sizes all the time!

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