Cereal, rice, or other box
Thin craft foam (2 sheets)
Ribbon, small-diameter rope, clear plastic, or other strap material
Having a bowl of cereal this morning? That’s always an easy and delicious way to start a morning. So, you’re there with your cereal and you’re in your house slippers. Ah, all the comforts of home. When you finish eating why not make a new pair of shoes. It won’t be complicated and they’ll be cute. In fact, you can use that empty cereal box!
Some shoes, like cowboy boots, seem to hold up forever. Other shoes, like flip-flops, usually don’t have such a long life. If you’re making the shoes yourself, they’re probably not going to be a type that will last for many years, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t be cute and wearable.
Cut the front panel off of a cereal box for each shoe unless the sandals are for a really small child. Draw around a pair of flip-flops, a pair of sandals, or a pair of feet, to make the shape for the new shoes. You don’t necessarily have to cut the shapes so that all writing goes from left to right. Be silly and cut the shapes so that the writing goes only across the toes – and at a slant – or otherwise cut the look that you like. Just try to cut both pieces so that the same look is on both sandals.
Draw around the sandal pieces to make the foam bottoms. Use thin craft foam, which is available in so many colors, and cut one foam piece for each shoe.
Decide on straps for the shoes. They can be made of nearly anything. Cut pieces of ribbon, cut clear plastic from a sheet set, cut and fold cloth, or even cut vinyl strips. You can make one strap that goes across the toes of each shoe, or you can crisscross straps across the top of the foot. Stand on the cereal box shoes, position the chosen straps, and wrap them around to the bottom of the shoes. Tape them in place by using tape that isn’t bulky.
Apply most any adhesive that works for cardboard as well as foam; spray adhesive or craft glue is an option. Align a cardboard shoe with a foam piece and press them together, trapping the ends of the straps between them. Allow the glue to set.
The cereal box shoes aren’t going to hold up like shoes that you buy. They are great, though, for walking around the house, going outside to the deck, or even wearing over to the neighbor’s. When they start to wear out, make another pair; they’re cheap, easy, and cute as can be.