Arts & Crafts: Make Your Own Flip-Flops

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If there is a quintessential holiday shoe, it's got to be the flip-flop!

Crafting your own flip-flops from cardboard and duct tape is a really fun, creative activity for adults and children alike. And there's endless possibility for adding your own personality and creativity to this project!

The Make

To minimise wastage, it may be a good idea to cut rectangles of cardboard that are roughly 'foot-size', this way, you won't end up with lots of unusable off-cuts.

The first step is to trace around your feet on the cardboard to make sure your flip-flops will be the right size.

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Then cut out the soles from the cardboard and wrap them with duct tape. The tape adds strength, water-resistance and some colour. Remember duct tape comes in all different colours and designs!

Once you've wrapped the soles all over with duct tape, place your feet back on the flip-flop bases and mark the gap in between your big toe and second toe. Using scissors, or a knife, create a hole.


You'll also need to add two further holes about half way along the edges of the flip-flops (lengthways) to secure the other ends of the two string thing (technical term)!

To create the toe string thing, cut two strips of duct tape which are about 2inches longer than the distance between the toe hole and side holes. Fold these pieces of tape in half (or even thinner) lengthways and push through the holes. You can use more duct tape to secure the toe string thing underneath of the sole.

Now, of course, it's time to go crazy with the customisations - knock yourself out! And if you're running this activity as a children's activity, why not add a catwalk show at the end so that everyone can show off their makes?!

What You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Duct Tape
  • Prizes?
  • Stickers/Glitter/Markers etc.
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Scissors

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