This was one of my favorite projects that I worked on while I was away! Because the weather was hot and humid (oh, how I miss that humidity now that I'm back...) I knew that I was going to be in sandals and flip flops the entire time and wanted to craft a snazzy pair for the beach. I've been obsessed with these fab Miu Miu sandals since seeing them a few years ago...
...and got all the supplies to DIY my own!
- A pair of metallic Old Navy sandals (they're on sale for $15 now!!)
- A vial of gold glitter I grabbed at Joann's
- Red felt
- Mod Podge
- A paper starfish pattern (I grabbed mine online, here)
- Rhinestones (This assortment is from Darice's Big Bag of Bling, aka the best name ever!)
- E6000 (I used a travel size version)
I started out by tracing the starfish pattern onto the red felt. I pinned it to the felt to make it easier to trace.
With my felt cut out...
...it was time to glitter bomb the starfish!!
I painted a layer of Mod Podge to the felt piece, trying to leave a bit of red trim free from the adhesive to match the trim on the original pair. Then I poured on the glitter and "painted" it to the top of the felt.
I made three layers of the glittery/Mod Podge mixture (letting them dry a smidge in-between, just so I could see the spots where more glitter needed to be put) on the starfish and then let them sit overnight to fully dry.
Not such a bad view from the drying spot!
PS, I was crafting on that little cushion right outside my door. Kind of a dreamy little spot to be creative!
Once the glitter/Mod Podge was completely dry, it was time to affix the rhinestones! I pulled a stash of big and little oval and circle shapes from my bag o'bling...
...and figured out a pattern that would cover the starfish best. I started to glue down my stones one by one until they were all attached.
Not too shabby!! It's getting there!!
I let my stones dry for a few hours and then stitched the starfish to the top of the sandals. I stitched the top point of the starfish to where the "T" strap begins at the ankle (in photo below) and then connected the two bottom points to the strap by the toes.
After my sandals were complete, it was time to take them for a spin!
I think the essence of the original sandals are totally there. And quite a refreshing cost difference too, as the Miu Miu's were priced at $585.
I took these to the beach in Jimburon where a BBQ feast of grand proportions was en route.
While waiting, I had to get an ear of grilled corn from a dude peddling them on the beach.
That corn was legit. Like so legit I want the beaches in Southern California to pick up this trend :)
Dinner arrived and included fish and the biggest prawns I've ever seen and calamari and veggies and rice and more veggies and dipping sauce and watermelon and Bintangs (Indonesian beer). It seemed to be never-ending yet so amazingly delicious. I was the best kind of full after this meal.
The sunset was golden and magical...
...and so were my new shoes!!