How to Make Duct Tape Flip Flops: A Unique Gift

Did you know you can create one-of-a-kind flip flops using duct tape? Keep reading to learn how.

If you think about duct tape, you probably think of the silver tape you find in hardware stores. These days, however, you can find duct tape in a myriad of colors and even designs. Take a look; you might be surprised at the options these days. Let’s get to the flip flops!

You will need:

1. 6 strips of duct tape, 14 inches long
2. 2 circles the width of the tape
3. Scissors

You are going to make flowers out of duct tape and here’s how:

  • Cut three strips of tape, about 14 inches long each. You will also want to cut out a circle the entire width of the tape.
  • Fold the three strips of tape almost in half. It is important that you leave at least 1/8 of an inch of the sticky tape showing. Starting on the folded side, cut toward the sticky edge, about every ¼ inch. You will do this for two of the strips. The last strip will be cut every 1/8 inch.
  • Lay the circle on a work surface with the sticky side facing up. Place one strip of the folded and cut tape along the edge of the circle. As you are going along the edge, the tape will pucker, that’s okay.
  • Continue going around the edge, toward the center, until you reach the end of the strip. Add the next strip, moving toward the center of the circle, sticking the tape to the circle.
  • When you get to the center, roll the end and stick it into the center of the flower. Repeat this with a second set of tape cut out the same way so you end up with two flowers.

Gather the rest of your supplies.

1. 2 strips of duct tape, 2 inches long
2. 2 pieces of floral wire, 4 inches long
3. Thin strips of duct tape, 1 inch wide about 10 inches long
4. A pair of flip flops

  •  Turn the flowers upside down and place a piece of wire onto the back of the flower. Tape the wire to the back of the flower leaving the ends available.
  • Cut 10 inch strips of duct tape and cut it down the center to make the strips about 1 in wide. Begin wrapping the strips of duct tape along the strap of the flip flop to adhere the wire to the straps.
  • Repeat the same process on the second flip flop.

Craft stores will have a better selection of duct tape than hardware stores. While you are making one pair of duct tape flip flops, why not buy a couple of different patterns, prints and colors to make a number of pairs.

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