Girls Gift Basket Project:
Bucket of Flip-Flops
This girls gift basket is so inexpensive to make, but willbring her hours of enjoyment!
I don't know about your little girl, but my oldest daughter is a first class little diva. If it has fur or shines, she loves it...if it will accessorize her already adorable outfit, she'll wear it...and if she can combine these two things into a shoe, she's in heaven!
So, when her birthday rolled around, I decided to make
her a basket full of various colored decorated flip flop shoes. To my surprise, she adored this gift, and wore them almost every day last summer...all for under $20.00!
ITEMS YOU'LL NEED:
- Flips flops in various colors
- Decorations: fur, sequins, beads, faux flowers, etc.
- Hot glue gun or craft adhesive
- Sand Bucket
- Paint/Paintbrush (Optional)
- Clear basket wrap bag
- Decorative hair tie
OPTIONAL STEP: Paint her name on the side of the sand bucket for a personal touch.
1. Decorate the tops of the flip flops with various items that you have around the house or find at a craft store. Try using faux fur or flowers, buttons, sequins, beads, fabric, fringe, rhinestones, or anything else that might look cute on the shoes. Check clearance racks or the dollar store for things you may be able to cut apart and use. Make sure to vary colors so that she has a lot of color choices to match several outfits.
Here are a few examples of my favorite ideas:
Balloon Flip Flops - I used a pack of 50 water balloons, and simply stretch and tie them around the top. Great waterproof option that she gets a lot of compliments on!
Ribbon Flip Flops - Cut equal pieces of ribbon at an angle and tie them to the top. Attach small buttons or embellishments with fishing line or embroidery thread.
For things that can't be tied on, I have used both craft glue and a hot glue gun to attach them. While these are both good options, I can tell you from personal experience that the items stay on a lot longer when you hot glue gun them. If you don't own a hot glue gun, though, the craft glue will work fine.
2. After the shoes are finished, arrange them all in the sandbucket. You may want to put some newspaper or tissue paper in the bottom to keep them from all sinking down into the bucket.
3. Wrap a clear gift basket bag around the whole bucket and using a decorative ponytail holder (that she can use later...), tie the top closed.
You'll be amazed at how excited she is to pick a pair of shoes out from her large collection of flip flops each day! My daughter lived in her flip flop collection last summer. Enjoy making this fun project!
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