Flip flops are one of the most comfortable and inexpensive types of warm weather footwear currently on the market. Available is sizes for adults and children, flip flops are more casual than sandals, can be slipped into easily and are ideal for walking through a sandy beach. It is also easy to decorate flip flops and make that mass-produced pair something that is uniquely your own.
One of the easiest ways to engage in flip flop decoration is to use a set of permanent markers to draw designs along the sides, top, and toe strap of the flip flops. This type of freeform flip flop decorating opens the door for all sorts of interesting looks. For example, a plain pair of yellow flip flops can be given a new look by using the permanent markers to add flowers, stars or even cartoon images to the various surfaces of each flip flop. With a little imagination, you can decorate flip flops in such a way that no one will ever be able to replicate the look.
Another approach you can use to decorate flip flops is simple iron on transfers. While intended for use with tee shirts, it is still possible to place the transfer on the surface of the flip flop and use an iron to transfer the design. Be sure to use a thin towel between the transfer and the iron, as the heat from the iron could damage the plastic foam of the flip flops.
You can also decorate flip flop toe straps by adding elements such as rhinestones or beads. All you need for this type of decoration is an idea and a hot glue gun. For an alternative medium for use to decorate flip flops, consider gluing on buttons or even silk flowers for a fun and feminine look.
For people who are exceptionally detailed when it comes to a plan to decorate flip flops, there is always the option of adding thin cording around the edges of the flip flop body. These can actually be sewn in by using the large hook style of needles used to repair fishing nets. Cover the hand with a protective glove, secure the cording through the eye of the needle and proceed to stitch around the edges of the flip flops. The hook needle will easily push through the foam plastic body and the entire process will only take ten to fifteen minutes.
In addition to using these methods to decorate flip flops, many of them can be adapted to work with sandal decorating projects. However, keep in mind that sandals are often made of leather and other tougher materials than the simple flip flop. This means that with sandal decoration, it is usually better to go with the addition of elements that are glued into position or inked or painted onto the surface, rather than attempting to sew some type of accent through the surface of the material.