Saturday, July 23, 2011

Balloon Sandals

Yes, the following post is a bit out of the ordinary for RDH – no home ideas here - but this project is so cute and simple I just had to share!

While on vacation, I spied a friend of my mother wearing a pair of sandals she had created using water balloons and inexpensive flip flops.  My daughter immediately wanted a pair so off to the Dollar Store (balloons) and CVS (sandals) we went.

As you can see from the picture above, the sandals we purchased had beads along the straps, so the first step was to remove them.  Once the beads were cut-off, we simply tied the balloons – one at a time – around the straps until they were completely covered.

Helpful tips:
- The balloons work better if they are stretched slightly before tying.
- Once you tie the balloon on the strap pull it tight so the balloons appear fluffy.
- Alternate directions of the balloons as you tie so that you don’t end up with all tops on one side and ends on the other.
- Push the balloons close together as you work so that they are nice and tight.
- Although this is a simple project, younger kids might have a hard time tying and pulling the balloons tight.

Hope you enjoyed this simple project.  My daughter has been wearing these sandals non-stop and lots of people have asked her where she bought them!


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Those are so cute, Stacy! I have a couple of pairs of cheapy flip flops that are just sitting on a shelf in my closet. They could use a pick-me-up! Yours is the second idea I've seen in two days, so maybe I should do something with them {and actually wear them!}.

Paula@SweetPea said...

Cute! I've seen balloon wreathes but not flip-flops. I can see why everyone is complimenting your daughter!

Christina said...

Such a fun idea!

Holly said...

What a great idea!!! Old Navy has their flippies at $2.oo...think I may just do this!!

Morgan said...

Those are so adorable! What a cute idea. And I bet it was a fun way for you and your daughter to spend some time together. =)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Stacy, These are adorable! My granddaughters would love these so I am off to buy balloons and flip flops.

Unknown said...

Love these SO MUCH! I featured them this week on Momcaster.

They are too cute to stand. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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