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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Water Balloon Flip Flops

I mentioned my niece was down here for a couple of weeks hanging out with us.
She is such a joy to have around.
We ended up making some pretty cool water balloon flip flops while she was here that turned out so cute I had to share them with you guys.

She loves to help paint and work on just about any project I have going at the time.
I've been absolutely swamped this month just trying to keep up on everything, but I didn't want her visit to be all dull & boring because Aunt Stacey is a workaholic.


So we decided to get some paints out. She finished painting a   sign she started last time she was down here....

We grilled out, played with the dogs & even had a DS challenge. 
During said challenge, I realized how very long it had been since I've played video games. 
She hung out with Kiah a lot & even cuddled on the couch with her to watch the Disney channel.
Oh, I so wish I would have had my camera handy. 
I caught this little hug on my phone camera & it was just too precious not to share.
So sweet
She even conspired with the little neighbor boy to put the cushions back on the couch I've just finished stripping to make a 'club' where they sat & played games while I painted.
On this particular night she was so exhausted, she fell asleep well before her usual bedtime. 
She was in the middle of playing her game when I came in the room & found her like this....
I decided since she was here we might as well tackle a Pinterest project from my ideas for nieces board
My boys are a lot older so I don't often get the chance to do the fun kid crafts & projects & was excited to see what she would pick.
After looking over all the cute ideas, she decided she wanted to make the water balloon flip flops.
We headed to the Dollar Store & picked up a cute pair of pink leopard flippies for $1!

I was just kind of guessing on this one, but I was assuming since I was going to be tying several balloons around the straps, it might make the flip flops a bit more snug on her foot.
She tried a few pairs on & we ended up getting a half a size or so bigger than we needed.
Grabbed 2 bags of water balloons.
Then she helped me decide on a pattern. 
We noticed when we tied one of each color & moved on it ended up just blending in too much & looking like a color mess. 
So we decided to do 2 of each color, which looked much better. 
She couldn't quite get the hang of tying, especially double knots, since these balloons are so tiny, so I did most of the work.
I have to say though, she was great  moral support........
long enough to help lay out a few balloons in our color pattern before she got bored & headed outside. 

I can't say I blame her though. Sitting around watching someone else tie a few hundred balloons has to be pretty boring. 

Once I got the hang of it, it went pretty quick.
I did discover one other little trick while doing these that I think makes them look a bit fuller when they're finished.
When you tie the balloons on, the fat part of the balloon, or the part that fills with water, was always ending up on one side making it look really skinny & sparse.

So I flipped each balloon to face the opposite way of the one before it.
I would tie one facing the right, like so.
Then I would tie the next one facing the left.
Doing it this way helped it lay more evenly & gave it a much fuller look. I know the next picture is horrible, but it's the only one I had to show what I was talking about.
The high-light of this project was actually sitting in one spot for more than 10 minutes. 
I got a cookie sheet out to lay the balloons on & got comfortable in the recliner to tie a few hundred knots.
One and a half shows later, they were finished. 
I love how they turned out!

You absolutely cannot beat the cuteness of these for a mere $5 & a couple hours of effort!
There were even some balloons left over for a water fight.
Since each bag held 200 balloons, I'm assuming I used roughly 300-ish total. 
I was a bit worried about how they would feel on the feet with all the tied rubber, but she said it was really soft & comfy. Score!
Here is the view from the inside of the straps.
Turned out great, she absolutely loved them, & wore them every single day she was here.
Absolutely worth the $5 and 2 hours it took to  make them.
I might even make a few more variations of these for some stocking stuffers. 

All right, I'm off to paint a dining set.
Until next time!


  1. Your flip flops are adorable! You have way more patience than I! :)

  2. My sister-in-law made my daughter these and she has worn them all summer! They are adorable and she gets lots of compliments on them. Moms in stores make her take them off so that they can see how they are made!

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