CraftSanity On TV: Balloon Flip Flops and Sponge Balls

by jennifer

It would have made for a great family photo, but I was too busy participating in the Fourth of July craft time to run for my camera. We were at a family party hosted by Jeff’s parents when his Aunt Lou Ann Cruttenden showed all the ladies at the party how to make embellished flip flops using balloons and ribbon.

Lou Ann is a breast cancer survivor and has been embellishing flip flops in preparation for the Barry County Relay For Life event scheduled for August 19 and 20 at Tyden Park in Hastings. The flip flops will be sold for $10 a pair with all the money is going to the American Cancer Society.

Lou Ann would be happy to make you a pair of embellished flip flops, (Email me if you want to buy a pair from her with a check payable to the America Cancer Society) or you can make your own. Just be forewarned that securing all those balloons on the flip flops is a bit time consuming. After embellishing five pairs for kids in my life, I think Lou Ann needs to raise her prices. Seriously.

During today’s TV segment I showed how to embellish flip flops with tiny balloons intended for water fights. These tiny balloons are little buggers to tie onto flip flops, but it’s worth it because the shoes will be super cute when you’re done.

Here’s how to make some stylin’ flops.

— Flip flops that fit
— Small water balloons

— Working from the center of the flip flop foot band out to the edges, double knot balloons to the plastic band and continue until the top of the flip flop is covered.
— Slip on and head to the pool!
— Note: You can tie snippets of ribbons to the flip flops to embellish them to match your favorite sundress. If you use balloons, the flip flops remain waterproof which is very cool if you’re looking to wear them pool side.

Sponge Ball How-to
Ok… moving on to sponge balls. My kids were gearing up for a big water fight so I made them some sponge balls to dunk in water and throw around outside. Like the flip flop project this is another summer project that has been around for a while and not something I came up with on my own.

— Two small household sponges is contrasting colors
— Strong string
— Scissors

Step 1: Cut both sponges in half lengthwise. Then cut each half sponge in half again. You will be left with eight long rectangles, four of each color.

Step 2: Stack the sponge pieces in two layers of four and tie the middle to cinch into a ball. Tie a double knot to secure.

Step 3: Dip the ball in water and you’re ready for a water fight or wet came of catch.

Here’s video from today’s TV segment:

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