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Fun Foam Flip Flips

By: Heidi Borchers of Inspired at Home

Using inexpensive craft foam, add a frog or lizard to boring sandals or flip-flops for kid-approved summer shoes. Kids can help create these cute flops.

Fun Foam Flip Flips


  • Aleene’s® FunCraft™ Foam Glue
  • Clothespins (to help hold pieces while drying)
  • For frog flip-flops: 1 pair flip-flops
  • Fun Foam: green, yellow, black
  • Opaque shrink plastic (this is the plastic that starts opaque white and shrinks to white)
  • Craft knife
  • 2 (3/4”) wiggle eyes
  • For lizard sandals: 1 pair sandals
  • Fun Foam: purple, yellow, pink
  • Hole punches: ¼” diameter, 3/16” diameter, 1/8” diameter
  • Patterns

Instructions for Frog flip-flops

Transfer patterns to Fun Foam and cut 2 heads, 2 faces, 4 eyelids, and 4 feet from green; 2 tongues from yellow; and 2 bugs from black. Transfer wing pattern to plastic and cut 4. Referring to photo as guide, glue 2 wiggle eyes and 2 eyelids in place on each face. Let dry. With bottom of face aligned with placement line, glue 1 face on each head, sandwiching straight end of 1 tongue in between. Glue 1 bug and 2 wings on each tongue. Let dry.
For frog feet, cut 1 (3/4”-long) slit on each side at toe end of each flip-flop, using craft knife. Squeeze glue into each slit. Insert straight end of 1 foot into each slit. Glue 1 frog in place on each flip-flop. Let dry.

Instructions for lizard sandals

Transfer patterns to Fun Foam and cut 2 lizards from purple, 5 diamonds from yellow, and 2 diamonds from pink.

From pink Fun Foam scraps, punch 2 (1/4”) circles, 4 (3/16”) circles and 4 (1/8”) circles. From yellow Fun Foam scraps, punch 2 (3/16”) circles. Measure ankle strap of sandal. Using pattern and ¼” hole punch, cut 1 pink diamond and punch 1 yellow circle per inch to decorate ankle strap of each sandal.

Referring to photo, glue 5 yellow diamonds in place on each lizard, trimming 2 diamonds to fit tail. Let dry. Beginning with diamond nearest lizard’s head, glue pink circles on yellow diamonds in the following order: 3/16”, ¼”, 3/16”, 1/8” and 1/8”. Glue 1 (3/16”) yellow circle on top of each of 2 pink diamonds. Let dry. Glue 1 lizard and 1 pink diamond with yellow circle on instep of each sandal. Let dry. Glue remaining pink diamonds and yellow circles alternately around ankle strap of each sandal. Let dry.

Heidi’s Designer Tip: To make it easier to glue Fun Foam together, I always use clothespins to hold my pieces while the glue is drying. Another tip is to apply the glue and let it sit for a few minutes before joining the pieces together.


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