Add Bling and Sass to Summer Sandals and Swimsuits

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If you would rather not pay $20 or $30 or more  for designer sandals or flip flops, here is my super simple way to add beads and bling!

The great thing is, it costs just pennies and a few minutes of your time to craft. Update your summer swimsuit and sandals with some beads and bling. I used last years shoes and an inexpensive pair I bought for a dollar.

Adding spice to a swim suit is just as simple!

Materials:

2 pair of plain sandals or flip flops

assorted beads (or buttons or a combination of the two)

wire

hot fix tool

flexible glue

rhinestones

headpin

wire cutters
Beaded Bling Sandals:

1.  First lay out your beads in the order you want them to be placed on your shoe. String it with beads. You will need about 3 times the length of the strap for the wire.

2.  Attach the wire by pushing it thru the spot where it is attached to the bottom of the shoe. Wrap it around the rubber knob that secures the strap to the shoe. Simply wrap the wire around the shoe strap and place a bead on top each time your wrap it.

3.  Once your reach the end, secure it into the bottom of the little knob that secures the strap. If your shoes break our wear out, because they are pretty cheap, simply cut the wire and remove the beads.

Rhinestones Sandals:

1. I used a hot fix tool to adhere the beads. For the larger beads make sure you use FLEXIBLE glue.

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1. I just added a few beads on a head pin to give an old suit some new life.

 

If you’d like to see how, click here!

 

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Create a Potato Necklace

Did you play games with potatoes when you were a kid—tossing the hot potato or that one where you and your friends stood in two lines and you had to pass a potato from under one chin to another?

We aren’t going to play those games today. :0)

Super Simple with Terri OI have a necklace project that is simple for you to help your child make. It’s also perfect for a young Girl Scout Troop to create.

Potato Necklace

Materials Needed:

2 potatoes
Yarn, string or fish line
Beads
Acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Paper plates (for paint)
Darning needle
Toothpicks

Step 1:

Peel potatoes and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. This next step takes quite a bit of time: you want to dry out the potatoes so they will shrink and shrivel. You can do this one of two ways. Use a darning needle and thread the pieces through the middle onto a string of yarn, or place a toothpick in the middle of each piece and place in the oven (on a cookie sheet) for 6 hours at 200 degrees. The end result: you want them to be hard and blackened.

Step 2:

Once pieces have properly dried, they’re ready to paint. Use any color you’d like — turquoise paint actually makes the pieces look similar to real turquoise! Let dry.

Step 3:

Now you’re ready to string your painted pieces. potato pieces and beads on fishing line, yarn or string, for a beautiful necklace. Tie off the end with a knot.

Helpful Hints: Two potatoes yield approximately 20 pieces.