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How to Craft Duct Tape Flip-Flops

The ultimate shoe for carefree summer days, flip-flops are comfortable and versatile. Learn how to make your own!


  • Step 1: Make two sheets of tape Cut off several strips of tape, 12 inches long, with the scissors. Overlap the strips by a half-inch to make a square sheet of duct tape. Repeat the steps to make a second sheet.
  • Step 2: Overlap the sheets Flip and cover the sticky sides with another layer of overlapping tape strips. Make sure no sticky side is visible when you're finished.
  • TIP: Duct tape comes in 20 colors, including camouflage. Use your favorite colors when making your flip-flops.
  • Step 3: Trace your feet Trace the outline of your foot with the marker to create the base of your shoe and repeat with the other foot. Cut out the patterns with your utility knife.
  • Step 4: Make the toe straps Cut a foot-long piece of duct tape and fold the strip in half lengthwise. Then cut the same strip in half lengthwise to make two thin, 12-inch strips. Then repeat to make two more strips for the other flip-flop.
  • TIP: To make your shoes more comfortable, attach craft foam to their soles. Cut the foam out in the shape of your flip-flop and cover it with more duct tape.
  • Step 5: Position the straps Mark the point on the sole between your big toe and second toe. Cut a horizontal slit along the dot, ¾ of an inch long. Slip the ends of two of the straps through the slit and tape the ends to on the bottom. Repeat with the other shoe.
  • Step 6: Attach the straps Place your foot on the sole and pull one strap over your foot at an angle to the left, and one to the right, and then tape the ends to onto the bottom. Do this for both shoes. Now you can go to the beach in style!
  • FACT: Ancient Egyptian footwear included flip-flops made from reeds, wood, or leather.

You Will Need

  • Duct tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Utility knife
  • Craft foam (optional)

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