Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Easy Balloon Flip-Flops Tutorial

A few years ago, while browsing the internet, I saw some awesome balloon flip-flops on a few sites.  Lexie was just 3 at the time, and was already quite the diva, so I knew she would love them!  I was surprised by just how easy they were to make, and Lexie wore them for two summers. 

Her beloved pair of balloon flip-flops were looking pretty ratty this year, so I stocked up on some balloons and flip-flops, and began making some more.  We've received so many compliments on them over the years.  They really do look adorable on little girls!

I decided to make a pair for Lily and a few other sweet baby girls that I know.  I'm not exactly Miss. Crafty, and don't have much down time, but I can make these!

All you need is a pair of flip-flops and a bag of water balloons.  Depending on the size of the shoe, you will use up to 250 balloons. 

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{1}  Decide on the colors of balloons you want to use, and decide on a pattern.  I chose a rainbow pattern, but you could also alternate 2 colors.

{2}  Start at one side of the flip flop and knot the balloon around it twice. (You want it to be double knotted so it stays put!) Pull ends tight to secure.

{3} Continue in a pattern until you reach the other side of the shoe.  Super easy!

Obviously, if you are making these for a child under 4, be careful, because balloons are a choking hazard.  Don't let them sleep in them and put them up when they're not wearing them!  I have a 9 month old and I know just how easy she could bite those balloons off the shoe!

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This pair cost me about $3 to make!  Easy and cute!

16 comments:

  1. So so cute! I'm going to have to give this a try for sure!

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  2. So so cute! I'm going to have to give this a try for sure!

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  3. I was just thinking this week that I need to get Brynne another pair put together. She wore hers for two summers in a row, but they are WORN OUT! I guess I better get started tying!

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  4. These are so cute, thanks for making Charlie a pair!

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  5. I think you posted about them when you made them for Lexie...or maybe I'm thinking of someone else. They are adorable.

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  6. Super cute! Elly would love those!

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  7. really cute idea - I'll have to keep these in mind as gift ideas!!

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  8. How cute is that! I think I saw these on Pinterest yesterday? Might have been you!!

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  9. Ahhh, I've forgotten about doing this. Thanks for the reminder, gonna do this with Aleigha!

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  10. I have got to try these.. they are too cute and would be perfect for summer and gifts!

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  11. I have never seen that, they are DARLING!! My kids go mad for balloons so these would be so cute. Definitely the most adorable thing I have seen this week.

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  12. super cute!!! I will try this one too. Flip flops nowadays are quite boring when it comes to design. This will definitely make a difference. Thanks sissy!

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  13. I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your flip flop project! You can see it here:

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