Flip flops are an absolute summer essential, but the same basic pair can get tired day after beach day. Here are 8 different ideas on how to spice up your simple summer sandal. Try just a couple of these DIYs and you’ll be dying to plan your next tropical getaway.
Sequin Paillette Flip Flops
Metallic sequins make these flip flop redesigns festive enough for a night out. Break out the hot glue gun to affix satin ribbon to the straps, then sew on cascading shiny sequins. Vary your metallics to make these cuties really pop!
Ruffled T-Strap Sandals
Add a fabric T-Strap to the ubiquitous flip flop, then stitch a few ruffles over top. Use the cute circle ruffle in this tutorial, or experiment with other fun patterns.
Crochet Flip Flops
Put your leftover yarn to use to spiff up a basic pair of flops. Crochet strips in a stripe pattern, then sew together covering the plastic straps. New to crochet? This project is a great, quick starting point!
Stretch Knit Sling Backs
With just a few stitches and a bit of glue, you can create a stylish pair of sling back sandals that you’ll want to rock all summer long. As a bonus, trading out flip flops’ usual plastic band for a bit of festive stretch fabric makes for comfier footwear.
Rope Tassel Flip Flops
Ahoy, matey! Get maritime-ready with these nautical flip flops. Add rope embellishment and DIY tassels to finish off the look, then you’re ready to set sail.
Mod Podge Soled Flip Flops
Put your fabric scraps to perfect use Mod Podge-ing the sides of the soles on a pair of platform sandals. Add a matching bow, and you have an easy no-sew restyle. Just leave this pair at home when you hit the pool–the glue won’t hold up once wet.
Braided Strap Sandal
This inexpensive DIY incorporates braided strips of stretch knit as the sandal straps. As another no-sew option, this pair can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. So cute, you’ll want to make a pair in every color!
Back Strap Flip Flops
While flip flops are an easy go-to for running around in the sun, they don’t always stay put on active kids. Add an elastic heel strap to a pair of flops to keep them securely on your little one’s feet where they belong. As a bonus, this tutorial uses handy snaps to make these straps interchangeable!