DIY Personalized Flip Flops with HTV and a Flat Iron!

One of our Silhouette obsessions is monogramming.  We monogram, like, everything.  Shirt?  Monogram.  Purse?  Monogram.  Earrings?  Monogram.  You get the idea.  With summer sneaking up on us (or in full swing here in Florida), it is definitely time to break out the flip flops!  And of course, monogram them!  We were worried that regular adhesive vinyl wouldn’t do the trick, so we tried our hand at HTV!

Personalized Flip Flops with HTV and a Flat Iron - My Paper Craze

I love how my flip flops turned out but I hate that once I put them on the design is covered up. So if I show up at your house and casually kick my shoes off at the door you’ll have to decide if I’m being considerate or just showing off {LOL}.  Either way they are such a cute gift idea.  I could see making these for a tween girl, end of the year teacher gift or even party favors for a pool party. How fun would that be!?!  Want to make some of your own?  Here’s how I created mine…

I started out by creating the design in Silhouette Studio.  I selected the entire image, right clicked and clicked make compound path. Since I was working with HTV, I selected the image and right clicked again and clicked flip horizontally.  Next I opened the replicate window by clicking on the icon on the top right tool bar and clicked duplicate right. Now I have two identical images for my two flip flops.

Personalized Flip Flops with HTV and a Flat Iron - My Paper Craze

I cut my designs on my Silhouette from heat transfer vinyl using the setting suggested by the manufacturer and weeded them.  If you’re using flip flops like these (that I found at my local dollar store) I suggest you center your design below the plastic straps to avoid melting them.

Personalized Flip Flops with HTV and a Flat Iron - My Paper Craze

Once I was happy with the placement of the design I covered it with a scrap piece of fabric.  Just to be on the safe side I wrapped the fabric around to cover the bottom of the flip flop too since the flat iron would be heating both sides.  I’ve also heard of people using parchment paper for this or if you have a teflon sheet that would be great.  Now comes the only tricky part.  I have no idea what temperature my flat iron is.  All it has is a dial on the side to adjust it high to low. No problem, I started out with the low setting and started pressing.  I pressed for 15 seconds and checked my progress.  Nothing.  So I turned the heat up a bit and pressed again.  Nothing.  Have you ever heard the saying “third time’s a charm”?   It was!  The dial was about half way or “medium” heat setting.  My design was wider than the flat iron so I pressed it in sections again referring to the manufacturer’s suggestions.

The HTV adherred perfectly to the flip flops!  This pair is textured so I’m sure it would be even better if you use some with a smooth base.  I’ve picked at it and worn them several times and so far it’s holding up great.  I am curious how they will hold up in the long run since I’ll be in flip flops all summer.  Maybe I’ll go back and get a pair in every color so I can rotate them!

Personalized Flip Flops with HTV and a Flat Iron - My Paper Craze

So what do you have planned for your flip flops?  What other flip flop crafts can you think of?  Don’t worry, we have more inspiration right around the corner… stay tuned!

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  1. Kelly of Simply Kelly Designs

    Oh I live in the land of flip flops (Florida) so I see one of these in my future.

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      I’m curious to see how long they will last. I do smile every time I put them on because they’re so cute.

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  3. Alisa

    Are you sharing the monogram file on the flip flops? I would love to have it. Doing a spa party for my 8 y/o granddaughter and these would really come in handy. TIA

  4. Alisa

    Will you be sharing the monogram file. It’s adorable and I have not gotten savvy enough to figure out how to do myself?

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks for stopping by Alisa! I sent you an email.

    2. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Alisa, your email came back undeliverable. Do you have an updated one?

      1. Marci Eamon

        Can I get that file too? Love it!!

    3. Stephanie Williams

      I would love the file as well!!! They look great! I love the bow!

  5. Lisa

    this is a really cute project! curious though why you used a flat iron instead of a regular iron??

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Lisa, you might be surprise how many young people don’t even own an iron. lol An iron would work great and be much easier. I would use the hottest setting.

  6. Gail

    Is the bow from the Silhouette Store? If so, what is it called?

  7. Joanne T Ferguson

    Love these Glenna and Becky!
    Thanks for sharing with the Say G’day Party! All your submissions pinned! Look forward to seeing you next week!

  8. Weekend Craft (@WeekendCraft)

    I still am in disbelief that you guys used a hair straightener! How genius!

  9. Lesli

    Where do I find this file? Thanks!#!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Hey Lesli, we went to Google Images and searched for monogram bow. From there you can trace the image and add your own circle monogram.

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  12. Connie

    What is the difference from HTV and iron-on vinyl?

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