Introducing: myDIY, an Online Crafting Party!

by Kira @ Her New Leaf on August 10, 2012

One question I get asked all the time is, “How do you find inspiration?” And even though I know it’s not what people want to hear, the 100% truthful answer is: everywhere! While I know that I am lucky to have been born into a family of creatives, I do think it is possible to learn creative skills. I have a friend who insists she has absolutely no right brain, and I really think it just isn’t true! Crafty or artistic skills may not come naturally to everyone, but anyone can think creatively!

So that is why I wanted to start myDIY! myDIY is a collaborative online crafting party designed to inspire creative thought and interpretation. Each month, a material or topic will be posted along with several bloggers’ interpretations of the idea. We offer our own projects to show how one idea can be interpreted in so many different ways!

Here is where you come in. We invite you to gather inspiration from our projects and link-up your own interpretation. myDIY is meant to be an exercise in creativity – rather than reading a tutorial online and executing it exactly as specified, we hope to truly encourage and develop creativity through this project!

myDIY will take place over one month, allowing plenty of time for all of you lovely readers to post and link-up your own projects. At the end of the month, we plan to showcase our favorite projects, as well as host a giveaway in which all participants will be automatically entered.

This month, the co-hosts are myself, Esther from Wholly Kao, and Lindsay from Shrimp Salad Circus. The material is…

Flip flops!

Everyone’s got some flip flops, right? If not, you can buy them anywhere for just a few dollars. We thought they would be a great raw material to be inspired by for our first project. Read on to see my project and for instructions on how to link-up your own project!

For my interpretation, I decided to make “friendship bracelet flip flops.” I saw some artists in Mexico making some amazing wrapped and woven bracelets when I visited last year and I just had to give it a try! Making sandals instead of jewelry is just another twist on the inspiration.

You will need:

  • Plastic flip flops
  • Embroidery floss: 2 skeins of a main color (16 meters) and 4 yards each of 3 accent colors
  • Cardboard bobbins
  • Double-sided tape
  • Regular tape (not pictured)

Start by unwinding one skein of your main color and winding each half of it around its own bobbin. This will help to keep the string from tangling while you are working with it. You should also cut your accent color strings into 1 yard lengths – you will need two strings of each accent color for each sandal.

Tie all of your strings around the toe part of your flip flop. One main color + two of each accent color = 7 strings, the photo here is wrong, sorry, math is hard!

Tear a length of double-sided tape that is about the length of one “arm” of your sandal. Affix the tape to the bottom of the arm, where we will be wrapping the string. This will take a little adjusting and trimming to get right, but it will really make things so much easier for you!

Arrange your accent strings along the arm of your flip flop in the order you want them to lay – I wanted an ombre pattern so I placed the lightest shades on the sides and the darkest in the middle. Use a small piece of tape on top to temporarily secure them.

Begin wrapping your main color around the arm of the sandal, pressing the string to the double-sided tape each time. Wrap tightly and closely so the color of the sandal does not show through. Keep wrapping until you want your pattern to begin (I did about 20 wraps here).

Now we’re ready to create the pattern! Remove the tape that is holding the accent strings and remove the center two strings, then tape down the others. Wrap your main color under the center strings two times. Then remove the next two strings, wrap two times, then the last two strings, and wrap two more times. You are creating the arrow pattern by weaving the strings. Lastly, pull your accent strings back down onto the arm of the sandal and tape them down again.

Continue wrapping your main color and repeat your woven pattern as you like. I did about 15 wraps before repeating the pattern each time.

Once you reach the end, tie the end off with a small knot.

Flip your flop over and push on the arm so the little plug thingy pushes out slightly.

Using a pointy tool (this is a plastic darning needle), push your strings through the hole so that they come out the bottom of the sandal. It is helpful to poke them through, then use tweezers to pull them through from the other side.

Tie all of your strings in a knot around the plug, then trim off the ends and push the plug back into place.

Enjoy your cute new flip flops!

See all the hosts’ projects here:

EstherLindsayKira

If you would like to participate in myDIY (and we hope you do!), complete the following steps:

1. Create a DIY tutorial that uses or is inspired by this month’s material and post it on your own blog. (If you don’t have a blog, you can still participate by posting your project on the Her New Leaf Facebook wall and linking up from there.)
2. Include the myDIY button (code below) and tell your readers a little about myDIY.
3. Add your link using the link-up tool below.
4. Visit other participants’ projects! Share the comment love and find some great new blogs to follow.

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A special thank you to The Ink Nest for sponsoring myDIY by donating their beautiful clip art for our graphics.


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Amanda August 10, 2012 at 7:52 am

What a fun idea! I love this!

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Clare August 10, 2012 at 9:28 am

I love this idea! Don’t know if I’ll participate this month but I’m excited to see what others come up with.
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Stephanie@meetmakelaugh August 10, 2012 at 9:44 am

This looks like fun! What is the last day to link up posts?
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Kira @ Her New Leaf August 10, 2012 at 9:50 am

We want to leave plenty of time for people to participate, so the link-up will be open at least through September 10.

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Holly August 10, 2012 at 10:30 am

I love everything about this!! What a great idea, Kira! Awesome.
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Kira @ Her New Leaf August 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Thank you, Holly! I’d love to see you get involved! ; )

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JW Ashley August 10, 2012 at 11:04 am

I think this idea is great. I am not a huge crafter, but I am a dedicated blogger, and I am continuously agog at your creativity in creating a fun and active community. My co-blogger is crafty, though, and she might really love this! Maybe I can convince her to make some flip-flops for us. Where we live (Taiwan), flip-flops are a must. :)
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Kira @ Her New Leaf August 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm

What a sweet comment, Ashley – it really means a lot to me, because creating a community is exactly what I’m trying to do! Definitely pass it along to your crafty friends, I can’t wait to see different crafters’ take on the project!

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Sarah August 10, 2012 at 11:13 am

Ooh!! I love this idea! I’ll have to have a go when I get home from Ireland!!

Sarah
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Nellie @ Our Wired Lives August 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

very fun idea! I hope to be inspired by one of these ideas. I’ve been off of my small project diys given all my larger home ones. Can’t wait to see these.
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Carson August 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Kira,
My brain is whizzing and I now know what I’m going to be up to tonight. Thank you for hosting such a great crafty party. Okay, off to work.
-Carson

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Sweet Mama M August 11, 2012 at 3:13 am

What a fun idea! At first I thought “I could never come up with a creative idea like that” but I guess that is part of the challenge! Good on you for creating something that inspires us out of our comfort zones!
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Meredith & Gwyneth August 11, 2012 at 6:34 am

LOVE this! Thank you so much for hosting! Cannot wait to check back throughout the month to see what everyone’s up to. Always love inspiration for a new DIY!

xoxo,
Meredith & Gwyneth

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shannon August 11, 2012 at 10:42 am

Great idea! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.
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Kassie O'Driscoll August 18, 2012 at 11:15 am

I love this idea! I’ll definitely be participating in the next one. We are in the middle of a move and I had to ship all of my craft supplies – Sad! :)

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Sarah September 8, 2012 at 6:47 am

I linked up and just in time!! Hope you like my new flip flops!

Sarah
http://acatlikecuriosity.blogspot.co.uk
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Wolf Hayley June 13, 2013 at 11:27 am

This Sucks ^.^
- HB

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Wolf Hayley June 13, 2013 at 11:28 am

This Sucks ^.^
- HB

xoxo

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