From winter hats & scarves directly to summer flip flops, Craft Hope has announced Project 22: Flip Flops for Nicaragua. More specifically, flip flops for the Children of La Chureca, for the children who live in the dumps there… to protect their feet as they scrounge for food, search for items to sell, and basically live in the dumps…. To read more details about the children of la chureca, please visit the Craft Hope website.
This is a wonderful opportunity for all craft levels to tie fabric/ribbon, glue jewels/buttons, crochet, duct tape, and anything else that you can dream up to decorate flip flops!!! Raid those craft rooms for supplies! I have accumulated a rather large stash of leftover crafting goodies because I assume that some day I’ll be able to use them. And, honest to goodness, my hoarding tendencies in this area of my life have always paid off!
Using up yarn scraps from the last Craft Hope project to make crocheted flip flops! For a tutorial, click here.
Wrapped striped ribbon (from my holiday spool project) around the straps of these flip flops, and then embellished with a flower. The flowers (above) were made by layering and gluing felt floral shapes together and adding a button. The felt flowers were remnants from a past Girl Scout project and I think you’ve all seen my button stash… no mystery where the buttons came from!
There are SO MANY possibilities for decorating flip flops for girls! You can use fake flowers, or as my best friend refers to them, permanent botanicals. Use rhinestones, duct tape, patches, foam pieces, glitter, etc., etc.
I was having a difficult time coming up with ideas for decorating flip flops for boys because, let’s face it, boys are not going to want ribbons, flowers, and bows adorning their shoes… Here are a few ideas to help get the wheels turning: The leftover pom poms from Ben’s science, atom-building assignment proved useful turning this pair of flip flops into fuzzy little monsters!
And, that’s when my craft supplies began to dwindle… I went to the craft store and bought some boy-ish duct tape to tape off the straps on these flip flops. I think that the little green critters with the sharp teeth and crazy tongues give a more masculine feel?!?
These would work for both boys and girls, but I’m seriously trying to even out the decorating playing field for the boys here, so these have added grommets, soccer ball ribbon, and soccer ball centerpiece. I used a hole punch and a grommet set to add some boyish character and to off-set the fact that I did use ribbon on this pair…
My goal is to continue working on flip flops for boys so that I can try to send the same amount of pairs for boys as for girls. I’ve seen some cool flip flops decorated by tying water balloons to the straps, which are adorable. I’m also planning to crochet a couple of pairs with more masculine colors of yarn. If you have any ideas to share, please let me know!
As you can see, there are tons of ways to use up items from your craft rooms/items you may already have stashed around your house. Flip flops are easily available since they’re in season right now. I’ve been purchasing pairs from Michael’s because of the color selections, varied sizes available, and the price. Consider participating in this great project!
Deadline for this project is: July 10th
Happy that my children have shoes on their feet! Happy to decorate flip flops for the Children of La Chureca!