Ribbon or Rag Tie Flip Flops

DIY Rag Tie Flip Flops

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Ribbon or Rag Tie Flip Flops

DIY Easy Rag or Ribbon Tie Decorate Your Own Flip Flops

This fun, quick, inexpensive way to decorate your feet is so creative, yet easy with a little bit of fabric torn into strips OR some ribbon!

It’s a great camp craft, teen activity, girls day project to have for days at the pool, or to make to match your summer outfits, or just because you want to have an excuse to dress up your feet!!!

DIY Funky Flip Flops


• A pair of plain flip flops

• Fabric of your choice  OR 1″ wide ribbon would work just as well, cut into 6″ lengths

• Pinking Shears

• RulerFunky Flip Flops 1

Directions: First you will want to cut strips of fabric into 1 inch wide and 6 inches long.

The strips do not need to be exact.Funky Flip Flops 2Don’t worry if you don’t have pinking shears you can use a pair of regular scissors as well.

When cutting the fabric, use about 25-30 strips of fabric per flip flop (depending on the shoe size.)

Next you will want to tie the fabric around the flip flop straps.Funky Flip Flops 3When tying the fabric around the flip flop, tye it into one knot. Funky Flip Flops 4If you are going to use more than one type of material start alternating at this point.

You may notice your strands starting to fray. This is what adds charm!  Funky Flip Flops 5

Tie all the way down until there is about 2 inches of the flip flop strap showing.

You want to stop here, for comfort when wearing:)
Funky Flip Flops 6

Trim the edges to your preferred length.

Now you can make several, varying the color of the flip flop and fabric or ribbon!

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Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2017

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A wood frame with string inside to look like a spider web.

Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame

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A wood frame with string inside to look like a spider web.

Easy and unique Halloween Craft and Decoration



Here’s a Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame that is adorable and perfect for the door if you put it on a hanger or ribbon. 

The mantle or the table, really anywhere you want is great for this unique and easy to make craft. 

Make them as a family, gifts night-out, teen get-together or party, kids craft or family time fun. 



Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame


click on the title or name to easily see the product if you’d like

Wooden frame, 8×11″ or your choice of size –  like these

Cotton String

Green paint of your choice,  HERE is an  Olive Green

Sponge brush

Decorations as desired, here are ideas:  THIS ONE or THESE

Hot glue gun



Paint the frame with the green and let it dry completely.

Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame

Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame

Begin with a drop of hot glue and with the string at the top of the frame.
With the string taut, now make a spoke wheel with the string, still one piece. 

Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame

Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame

You can see the pattern here on the back.

Then go around the spoke strings to make a web pattern.

Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame

Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame

Now, don’t be too worried if it’s not a perfect web.  All spider webs are unique and creative, just like yours will be!  Have fun with it and make it your own:)

Attach your embellishments with the glue gun. 

Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame

Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame

Now where to display this spooky spider frame – on the door or shelf? 

hhhmmm….Maybe we will have to make more!

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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Hot Pad Scissor Holder & Decorative Pen

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magnetic hot pad

Magnetic Hot Pad

This easy and quick Hot Pad Holder that attaches to the fridge or any magnetic surface, holds scissors, pens or anything you need to keep track of. 

While making one, it’s easy to make another to give away!

Hot Pad Magnetic Holder

Hot pad
Embroidery floss
Magnets – strong ones

Hot glue
Decorative top
Floral Tape

To start off, you need a hot pad.  Be careful not to get one that is too thick.
1- Before you purchase one, fold it in half to make sure it is not too bulky. If you have one with a pocket, that is fine, you can see that mine has a pocket.

2- Using ALL strands of the embroidery floss, thread the needle and double over. Making about 2 feet of ALL threads on either side of the needle.
3- ake the hot pad, fold it in half at an angle to form a point. See all pictures for direction to see how the fold is created.
4- Pin if needed, or simply hold with one hand and stitch with the other.
5- Whip stitch the length.  To do this, take the thread to the inside, put the needle down through about an inch or so of the stitches and pull through.
6- Continue this stitch all the way up the hot pad.magnetic hot pad 17- After stitching all the way to the top, knot the thread by looping the thread and the needle through a few times as shown below.magnetic hot pad 28- Cut the thread close to the knot.magnetic hot pad 3

9- With a hot glue gun, glue the magnets onto the back of the hot pad holder (you need the strong ones from the craft store to hold the weight of the hot pad and anything else you chose to put in it).

Back sidemagnetic hot pad 4Front sidemagnetic hot pad 5Options to decorate your holder with such as pre-made flower or over sized-button. Check in the craft and wrapping paper/card section for embellishments.magnetic hot pad 6I chose an embellishment I found in the jewelry making section along with a pinch ball connector magnetic hot pad 8

magnetic hot pad 9I stitched it on and tied a piece of cording in the loopmagnetic hot pad 7For the Pen:

I purchased this cool felt flower for about $1.50 at the craft store (Hobby Lobby); use any flower or topper you’d like.
1- Cut off part of the stem if necessary.  You want to make sure you can easily hold the pen to write and not have extra bulk at the lower end of the pen.

2- Using floral tape, which is super cool and sticks to itself, wrap the tape around the pen and stem to hold them together and cover the pen.
3- Break the floral tape at the bottom of the pen and press to seal.magnetic hot pad 10Now you have a handy-dandy holder! Hopefully you made 2, one to give away and one to keep for yourself.magnetic hot pad 11Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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