Oh hey y’all, ready to channel your inner 5 year old?! All hands are raised I’m assuming. I typically don’t share DIY projects on the blog, not because I don’t want share with y’all but either A.) I impulsively have an idea and do it and never look back until I’m done…I enter the craft zone & shall not return without something bedazzled, painted, hot glued or haphazardly constructed but oh too cute, no the feeling? or B.) waiting to take photos in between each step is time consuming and can totally kill my crafty vibe. Unless you have a photog on hand it’s just a lot to deal with, which is why I also don’t share recipes on the blog. I would totally love to have a cooking segment because ever since moving in with Brian I’ve been cooking up a storm and I’m actually really good…I get so many comments on Snapchat to share but it’s just so time consuming and I don’t have a someone to constantly help me photograph, it’s like the same with crafting….I get in the zone and there’s no slowing down to snap pics….you don’t want to see me hungry. Anyways…. this little DIY project is literally all over the internet since the popular sandals have been around for a hot minute now & there might be some easier or better tutorials but I wanted to share a quick and easy project in case you were feeling crafty or didn’t feel like buying. Sometimes it’s nice to have that satisfaction of knowing you made something.
I was doing a little online browsing/shopping the other day and saw that pom pom sandals kept popping up on a lot of sites again this year and I went to put THIS pair in my cart & literally had one of those I could totally make these thoughts. I already had a pair of lace up sandals from last year and had a giant bag of pom poms (yes I have a giant craft bin full of random craft things). For me it didn’t cost a thing except the time to make but if you’re like by the time I buy the material I couldn’t have just bought them for the same price or cheaper, girl I totally feel you no shame in that game at all.
All you need is a pair of sandals or any shoe you want to make over or even a bag like THIS or hat like THIS one would be super cute! If you did a hat or bag you might need a few additional materials, like the rolls of embroidery and maybe a hot glue gun too. I used these lace up sandals I got from Target last year. The reason you only see one sandal and not both of them is because I finished the first sandal and then had the idea to do a DIY post….a super last minute decision. Please don’t judge the photography, I did it one handed because like I said this was a last minute decision to do a DIY post and I didn’t want for someone to come photograph me doing the second sandal, I was in the craft zone. After you’ve picked what you want to pom pom, you need pom poms you can get them at any craft store I got mine from Michael’s they have different size poms and different colors. Lastly, you need a sewing needle & thread. You can pick any color thread you like, it honestly isn’t going to show once the shoes are on your feet. You can totally use a hot glue gun, I’m not sure how the poms will stick to the material of the shoe you choose and if you use hot glue you might ruin the shoe which fine if it’s an old or cheap shoe you’re using, if you use thread like I do you can simply cut the thread and voila the poms are gone and your shoe is back to being it’s original self.
Quick recap of what you need:
- a pair of sandals or shoes
- pom poms & any other accessories you want to attach
- needle & thread
- free time (it took me around 20 minutes to do one sandal, the hardest part is designing)
The first thing you want to do after you have all of your material is to decided where you want to place your poms. If you’re terribly as visualizing you can take a little tape and temporally stick the poms where you think you want them to go and decide from there. After you have a design plan set. Thread your needle and tie a knot. I tied my knot around 5 times. You want it to be thick enough not to go straight through the pom when you thread it through. Depending on how thick your thread is will depend on how many times you have to tie your knot.
Now that your threaded and ready to go grab a pom & let’s begin!
Thread your needle through your pom pom and pull until the knot catches.
It’s fine if you see this little tail hanging out the back, it will vary in length depending on how high you tied your knot, I wouldn’t worry with it until the end of the project unless you’re super OCD or if it get’s in the way.
Line up the pom pom where you want it to be as shown above making sure the thread is underneath the strap & then thread the needle back through the pom which will secure the pom to the strap as shown below.
Once you have your first pom placed it should like this (see above photo). If you want to just place one pom then you’ll want to tie of the thread to secure it in place (I’ll show you have to do so later on) but for me I added a few more poms before the final secure. To add another pom repeat previous steps. Add on your next pom, pull needle & thread though until it touches previous pom, place the thread to where it’s underneath the strap of the sandal and then rethread needle through making a loop around the strap to secure the pom. I promise once you start doing it it will make way more sense than just reading and looking at these pictures, it’s seriously so easy!
You can continuing placing poms as you’ve designed. Once you’re ready to secure a line of them, I chose to do 3 poms on the front strap and them randomly place them around the rest of the sandal, some were 2 poms in a row and others were just one pom. Whatever your design pattern you’ll need to tie off to super secure it from coming undone. WARNING: What about to show/tell you to do is going to look and sound like gibberish but I promise once you have the needle and thread in your hand it will make total sense and once again, so easy!
When you’re ready to tie off take your needle and loop in under the strap, when you’re going to pull it you’ll notice a loop…obviously if you pull it completly tight it will be just thread wrapped around the strap but if you take the needle and put it through that loop & pull it tight it makes a little knot. I repeat this loop-knot combo a bunch of times.
After you’ve tied off your first section continue on placing each pom or adding tassels or any other accessory you want to include. I’ve seen so many designs that have so many tassels and gems that are super cute!
For my lace up sandals I laid out my completed sandal next to my half finished one and tried to mimic the finished one.
Just like that you’ve made you’re own pair of pom pom sandals!
Here is my completed pair!
Now if you totally don’t feel like or have the time to make you’re own pair, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pairs you can buy in just one click! Next question, where’s Spring?!
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