DIY: Gladiator Wrap Sandals

Today DIY is a little special. I’m actually revisiting one of my first Glitter ‘N Glue post ever. In 2010 I transformed a pair of flip flops into a pair of tribal inspired gladiator sandals using ribbon. Wrap sandals are again very popular this Summer so I decided to take an old project and elaborate just a little. These new and improved wrap sandals are the perfect accessory for my upcoming vacation.

Materials: Flip Flops, Lightweight Oblong Summer Scarf, Scissors

The scarf is key to the success of this project. It’s important that your scarf is oblong and light. Forever 21 has tons of inexpensive scarves that are perfect for this project. I love this one, this one and this one. A silk scarf or lace materials would also be pretty fab for this project. So many options!!!!!!!!! (<- Clearly I’m excited)

Using your scissors, cut the scarf in half so that you have two long pieces of fabric.

Fold the scarf in half.

Slide the scarf under the “V” of the flip flop.

Place the loose ends (the straps) through the loop and pull tight.

Slide the knot to the bottom of the “V” and separate the two fabric straps.

Wrap the fabric straps around the “V” of the flip flops.

I’m so excited to rock these on the beaches of Hawaii. There are so many options. Not only are there many different ways to wrap the ankle straps, but I plan on bringing a few different patterned scarves to change up my look!


74 responses

  1. immy


    July 24, 2012 at 2:02 am

  2. adrianabananana

    Reblogged this on adrianabananana.

    July 24, 2012 at 2:07 am


    July 24, 2012 at 2:24 am

  4. sheischole

    Reblogged this on SheisChole and commented:
    Love this DIY project

    July 24, 2012 at 2:33 am

  5. Really cool idea and LOVE the scarf. Forever 21 is great!

    July 24, 2012 at 5:01 am

  6. Absolutely adorable! Might just be my next DIY project!

    July 24, 2012 at 6:21 am

  7. Hi Kristen,

    I adore your blog and I can’t wait to start trying out some of these amazing DIY projects. Crafting is one of the things I adore to do, so I am so happy I stumbled on your blog.

    That begin said, I’ve nominated you for the Sisterhood of the Word Bloggers Award! You can get all the information here:

    and remember… Spread the love!

    July 24, 2012 at 7:07 am

    • Thank you! This made my day!!!!! I’ll be sure to spread a little extra love today xoxo

      July 24, 2012 at 9:39 am

  8. I loved this project on cut out and keep and I love it now! That print is super cute…now off to find old flip flops in my closet that need a makeover (^_^)

    July 24, 2012 at 7:26 am

  9. OMG! LOVE THIS! Such a great idea!

    July 24, 2012 at 7:42 am

  10. Emma

    I love these, i would lik to pin it at, but it cant find any pictures to pin. I have tried before on your blog, but it never will 😦 so i thougt it was something you can choose if you want people to pin your things, and if you can, i would love if you did that 😀
    love from Denmark

    July 24, 2012 at 8:56 am

    • Really? hmmm thanks for letting me know. I’ll have to look into that. The Pinterest button at the bottom of the post should let you pin directly to your board. I’ll double check. I pinned these to my board. Feel free to repin if you wish –>


      July 24, 2012 at 9:14 am

  11. This looks like such a fun project! I think my daughter and her friends would enjoy this.

    July 24, 2012 at 8:57 am

  12. fabulous DIY! I love the scarf you used 😀

    July 24, 2012 at 9:22 am

  13. This are soooooo cute…. Must make my own pair … Thanks for sharing 🙂

    July 24, 2012 at 11:13 am

  14. Love it! Kristen this looks and sounds like a product launch for you! One shoe three scarves 😉

    July 24, 2012 at 12:26 pm

  15. These look great, awesome idea for festivals.

    July 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm

  16. I did this and I love them. This is one of the best DIY projects and now my mom and cousin want a pair.

    July 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    • YEA!!!! Send me pics!!!

      July 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm

  17. andreaandbeyond

    I can’t believe I just spent so much money to buy those sandals and they hardly look as good… This is the way to go!! Love it!

    July 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm

  18. this is sooooo coool!! thanks for the DIY!!

    July 24, 2012 at 11:59 pm

  19. I enjoy reading your blog and have nominated you for the “One Lovely Blogger Award”.
    Thank you for being fabulous!

    July 25, 2012 at 8:04 am

  20. Wow, the difference between before and after is like wow really. Thank you for this idea, I’m so trying to do this with my basic flip flops!

    July 25, 2012 at 8:04 am

  21. They look fab!! *goes to charity shop to look for scarves*

    July 25, 2012 at 8:05 am

  22. I had never even considered shoes a DIY project, but lately I have seen a few posts about making shoes and glamming up existing shoes. Awesome and super quick idea..

    July 25, 2012 at 11:00 am

  23. So clever!

    July 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm

  24. Brilliant idea! Love it!

    Kisses from Hong Kong,

    July 28, 2012 at 1:17 am

  25. This is fantastic! And when you’re over the pattern, you can just take the scarf off and have your old sandals back.2 shoes in 1!

    July 28, 2012 at 8:07 am

  26. these sandals are completely gorgeous! what a genius idea to revamp old ones.

    July 29, 2012 at 10:33 am

  27. This is very creative and cute.

    July 29, 2012 at 9:27 pm

  28. This is very cute and creative.

    July 29, 2012 at 9:28 pm

  29. Lovely DIY!

    July 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm

  30. these are so cute and creative 🙂

    August 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm

  31. fleurmannequin

    love this idea!!! so creative!

    August 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm

  32. Wow… Great idea! Love it. It’s so cute. Definitely a must try!!

    August 4, 2012 at 10:10 am

  33. So awesome- I’m going to try this.

    August 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm


    So cute!! What a great idea! Can’t wait to try this! 😀

    August 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm

  35. These are maybe the coolest DIY thing i have ever seen!! I love these so so much! Do you glue the scarf to the shoes at all?

    August 10, 2012 at 11:33 am

  36. I think this is what I want to do next. They are so fashionable

    August 15, 2012 at 11:34 pm

  37. I’ve seen lots of flip flops diy, but this one I love. Gladiators sandals are my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

    August 17, 2012 at 11:17 am

  38. Hayley

    Love thisss!!!!!!!!!! now i can make mineee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks
    xoxo from Honduras

    August 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm

  39. Those are the cutest thing and please look for my bog twinzz2 thankss

    August 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm

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  41. Reblogged this on jaimeviolet's Blog and commented:
    That is so amazing I gotta try this

    August 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm

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  43. Hannah

    lindo!!! amei !! parabéns. aqi Brazil ..Bahia.. kisses

    September 7, 2012 at 2:40 am

  44. Reblogged this on victoriaarnold.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

  45. These look SICK! i would most def buy these!

    September 14, 2012 at 2:54 am

  46. Reblogged this on even if it doesn't make sense… and commented:
    Loving it…

    September 14, 2012 at 2:55 am

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  51. i totally love and would be reblogging

    May 13, 2013 at 9:55 am

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  60. Kay

    can you post how to make your own non-thong sandals…or link to it…i prefer the open-toe style…

    August 3, 2013 at 7:57 pm

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  62. Jane

    Fab idea! Look expensive too, I likey 🙂 Thank you xx

    August 9, 2013 at 4:58 am

  63. Evelyn Mason

    I have just discovered your blog and am so happy that I found it. I actually just sat down and made these wrap arounds for my sandals. Thanks. Well done!

    August 13, 2013 at 8:26 pm

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