Yes, I’ve succumbed to the current parachute cord crafting craze. It’s a little addictive, especially since I’ve…appropriated, shall we say…my favorite GI Joe’s 550 cord for years. I’ve used it every chance I got, but his only came in Army green. Silly military. Now I can lots of fun colors.
And I made some altered flipflops with it.
Here’s how you can make some of your very own!
- Two 16’ lengths of 550 cord, cut into 8’ sections
- Two 18” lengths of 550 cord
- A pair of flipflops
- Scissors and a lighter
Before you start, be sure to use a lighter to melt the ends of all your cords. That will keep them from fraying and make the whole process so much easier. Remove the flipflop part from the sole. Save it to use as a template.
First, you’ll need to make a knot to anchor the flipflops to the sole.
Next, you’ll braid the section that will be between your toes and secure it with the 18” piece and two square knots..
Now the most fun part, I think. After dividing the cords three to a side, you’ll just tie square knots using the two long cords on each side and the short cord as the center, until your flipflop side is as long as the original that you removed.
Finally, push all three strands through from the top to the bottom and tie securely. Cut the ends off close to the knot and use a lighter to melt the ends.
There, now…custom made flipflops. I love these because regular flipflops are usually too loose for me, and especially when the plastic stretches. With these, I can make them just the right size. And they’re really comfortable, as well as cute!