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)
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.