Growing up, I discovered that my mom appreciated most the gifts that came from the heart, not the store, because of the effort that went into making them. And, as a mom myself now, I see the value in time spent, rather than money spent, when it comes to Mother's Day.
Surprise mom this year with a homemade gift starting with a pair of inexpensive flip-flops and adding trim from the fabric store.
What you need
Flip-flops (we found ours at Hobby Lobby and Academy)
Never miss a local story.
Multisurface glue (we used Liquid Fusion urethane)
Pearls (from the beading section at the crafts store)
Ribbon roses (from the notions section at the fabric store)
Crochet trim, 1 yard
Rose trim, 1 yard
2 rhinestone buttons
Bull-nose clips (from the office supply store)
Needle and thread
What to do
Lace flip flops:
Use a pair of flip-flops that have double straps. Glue trim to the lower strap first, holding it in place with the clips while it dries, about 30-45 minutes. To give the trim a more finished look, fold over the cut ends before gluing. And to give the trim a ruffled effect, gather it as you glue it in place.
After the first row is dry, add trim to the second strap using the same method.
Next, add a few rhinestones and pearls, using the same glue.
Finally, make a lacy rosette by gluing a small section of trim to the back of a rhinestone button. To make the rosette, sew a basting stitch along the top of a 6-inch section of trim. Pull the thread to gather the trim until it forms a circle. Glue rosette to the back of the button. Repeat steps for second rosette. Using glue, attach the rosette to the shoe (see top photo, above).
These flip-flops are just a two-step process:
First, glue the rose trim to the top of the straps. Once dry, tuck the little ribbon roses into the folds of the trim and glue them in place.