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How to Apply Vinyl to Flip Flops (So It Actually Sticks)

I know it's Friday and I know we normally do Freebie Friday around here...but this week I'm interrupting Freebie Friday because...well I am quite literally on my way to the new house in California via the All Things Silhouette Conference in Atlanta and...well, let's just say I ran out of time! There. I admitted it. I can't always do all the things as much as I try.

how to add vinyl to flip flops - silhouette tutorial 

Fortunately, my amazingly talented and crafty friend and blogger Alexis from Persia Lou literally stepped up (pun intended!) to saved me by offering to share a really fun summer HTV project that anyone can do in just a few minutes! 
Hey there! My name is Alexis and I am the crafty lady behind the blog Persia Lou. I am so happy to be here guest posting for Melissa because I'm a big fan of Silhouette School and all of her amazing resources.
Today I wanted to share a little summery vinyl project with you guys - how to apply vinyl to flip flops. I love using my Silhouette to customize and personalize pretty much everything. I have already used heat transfer vinyl to fancy up a pair of sneakers, so it was only a matter of time before I moved on to flip flops. I have played around a bit with applying vinyl to flip flops, and I wanted to share some tips and tricks if you want to give it a try too.

Start by gathering up your supplies. You will want to pick a pair of flip flops that don't have large logos or designs on the soles. I just used a pair of inexpensive sandals I picked up at Target.

Next you will need some smooth heat transfer vinyl. I have seen people use permanent adhesive vinyl on flip flops online, but I had absolutely no success with adhesive vinyl so I definitely recommend HTV. I used Siser Easyweed.

Finally, you will need a heat source. I do not personally have a heat press, so I can't talk about how to use one for this project. I used my mini craft iron, and it works perfectly for projects like this where you are applying HTV to small areas. A regular iron would work fine too but it just may be a bit more difficult to press between the straps.

Cut your design out of your HTV making sure to mirror the image, weed the design to remove the excess vinyl, and then place the design on your shoe.


Use the iron to apply pressure and heat to the decal. I found that the carrier sheet was enough protection, so I didn't use a fabric or teflon sheet. I think this allowed more heat to activate the adhesive and gave me a better bond.

If you use a mini iron like this one, be very careful not to touch the bar or the iron head - they get very hot and will burn you! It took me about 30 seconds on each part of the design to get a good bond. When your HTV has really adhered to the flip flop you should be able to see the texture of the sole through the vinyl.

If you get a good bond, your HTV should wear pretty well and your cute new flip flops should last for a while. This technique is such a simple way to add personality to your flip flops this summer. You can personalize them with a monogram or favorite saying, and they would make adorable gifts as well.


If you love vinyl projects or want to learn more about using your Silhouette to cut vinyl, you may want to check out my Craftsy class, Silhouette Saavy: Venture into Vinyl. It's an online video class all about using your Silhouette to create fun vinyl projects - everything from wall decals to multi-color t-shirts to etched mirrors - and I have a special discount for Silhouette School readers.

Just click HERE and add the class to your cart and a 33% discount will be applied in the cart. Offer good until August 28, 2017. Thanks so much, Melissa, for having me here at Silhouette School! Happy Making! 

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  1. I did this and it didnt even last a full day. So sad!

  2. I tried this as well and it looked so cute! Unfortunately it didn't last one day.

  3. What temperature did you use? This is really cute and want to give it a try.

  4. What is the heat transfer device that you used and how can I purchase one?


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