Supplies Needed for this Flip Flop Craft
- A large piece of wood (Michael's or Home Depot)
- Your kid's shoes for measuring
- Your kid's foot 😉
- Glue Gun
- Ribbon (get something on the thicker side)
- Foam sheets
- Exacto Knife
- Foam roller (optional)
Directions For My Favorite Flip Flop Craft Idea
Start with a large piece of wood.
Now, use a pair of your kiddos shoes to figure out what size you should cut the wood.
The pieces ended up being about 3.5 by 8 inches. If I knew more about wood, I would have picked out a better style of wood at Michael's, but my learning is your gain! This one cut pretty roughly and even once sanded down, looked a little tattered. You might want to try for wood that is a little thicker.
After you cut the wood, use a little foot to measure where the straps should go.
This is what the measurements ended up to be. The .75 inches towards the bottom is the section that you cover with hot glue to give the end of the ribbon a good solid base.
Now put a drop of hot glue at the top where it will fit between the first two toes. Put down some ribbon angling it towards the bottom, add another drop of hot glue, and then put down the second ribbon.
For the prints, I searched online for dinosaur footprint clip art and found these free ones. I then imported those images into my handy Silhouette software, traced them and cut. You could just as easily print out the images and cut them out with a scissors. But I'm just kind of lazy. Then I used those as templates to cut the footprints out of thick craft foam (about a dollar at Michaels or available on Amazon).
I just cut the pieces out with an exacto knife.
It was super easy, and I did it in less than an hour while my five year old ate a snack and did an art project and my one year old took a nap.
Yay! Almost done! Just glue those bad boys to the bottoms of the sandals, and you've got some pretty sweet Dinosaur Track Flip Flops.
Now it's time for the fun part!!
Roll some paint onto the bottoms of your flip flops, or you can just press the bottom of the flip flips onto the paint if you don't have a roller. Slap those flip flops on your kid's feet and let him go crazy stomping away! There you have it- an easy and fun summer flip flop craft. Enjoy!
Some Tips & Tricks For This Flip Flop Craft Idea
- My five year old was a happy little guinea pig for me. And through his strong little legs, we learned that the straps really need to be ribbon and not foam strips as originally planned.
- My super smart sister-in-law suggested that he might just want to dip the sandals in water and walk around looking at his dino footprints. So we tried that!
If you are looking for more summer friendly craft ideas, be sure to check out this DIY suncatcher. It's a great craft to make with your kids!
What a cute and creative idea!