Call it a compilation of all the crazy projects I've come up with over the years. Call it a how-to for things around the house. Call it whatever you like :) It's what I do everyday. My blog is really just a way for me to share what I've learned over the years about home improvement, interior design, organization, diy, crafting and home repair. And most importantly it comes from always working on a budget and forever wanting to fend for myself when it comes to anything. I hope you enjoy (and learn a few things along the way :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

How to fix a broken plastic sandal or flip flop with a screw...two examples!

Ok I realize this won't fix every broken sandal, but if you have a rubber or plastic flip flop or sandal where a strap has broken, this might work. 

The first example is where the center strap tab broke off the bottom.

I literally just used a screw to screw it back together.  Ok, I did screw it in, unscrew it, add superglue to the twists of the screw then screwed it back in.  Thought that would help it hold.

It has even held through four wears already!  Quick and easy fix!

Another example is where a side strap broke on the top.  Again I just used a screw to secure it to the sole.  I put super glue on the screw portion on this one as well.  Can't even feel it when I wear it.

And since my foot is on it when I wear it, you can't even see it.  Hope this helps you salvage your favorite pair of flip flops :)

Two T-shirt transformation ideas. Tied up tank and twist braided back!

We started with two over-sized T-shirts.  One was an "I heart NY" T-shirt my husband bought, then my daughter tie-dyed for a school project.  The other was a Flower Mound High School Jaguars shirt we were given by a friend.  Both were too large, so we needed to make them slimmer.  The best way to do that...T-shirt slitting and tying or braiding/looping.

The first was the Flower Mound T-shirt.  This was way too big, so we started by cutting off just the exact collar and sleeves, cutting just below the seams so they weren't left on the shirt.

We decided on side ties for this one, so we slit each side 1 inch apart and 4 inches long (8" overall since it is 4" on back and front).  I find it easiest to measure and mark, but it isnt necessary. We used chalk to mark since the shirt was dark.

We then cut each loop we created in half.

And then double knotted each one.

Once we were done, we realized the sleeve looked odd with just this one bit under the arm (or in the armpit).

So we cut it in 1/2 and knotted it, too.

Here is the finished tied shirt.

And here is what it looks like on the side.

Or the front.  Takes several inches off each side!  There really aren't any gaps, so you can wear it without an undershirt, or over a bathing suit like my daughter.

Next was the tie dyed shirt and my daughter wanted this to be a tank bathing suit cover.  So we started by cutting off the collar and sleeves.  We cut the sleeves in a little and the neck a little more scooped.  We just eyeballed it at this point (we decided we could always trim more later).

That is to show where we cut it, and this shows what it looked like after.

We decided to do a twist braid down the back, so we folded the shirt in half on the back and cut slits every inch.   We cut them 6 inches wide overall (you actually measure 3 inches since its folded in half). This time we used pencil since the shirt was lighter. 

Next we braided.  And this is simple.  It's really just looping.  You take the top loop, place it over the second loop, then you pull the second loop through so it is now going through the top loop from bottom to top.  Now you don't start twisting until the second loop (you can continue on with a simple loop pull, but we wanted to make it skinnier, so we started twisting on the second loop).  So instead of just continuing down, with the second loop you do one twist before you pull the next loop.  That's it!

It easiest to put two fingers through the twisted loop then use those fingers to grab the next loop.

Continue all the way to the bottom.  Then its time to tie off the bottom. Slit the last loop in half, then slit each piece in half lengthwise.

Place each side of the "V" on either side of the loop it is going through.

Then double knot each

And here is the finished back!  Wear it over a bathing suit or tank.

How to fix a monster high stand clip, works on most plastic doll stands!

Sometimes these things break.  So instead of throwing it out.  Fix it really quick!

Start with the tiniest drilll bit you can.  Much smaller than either side of the doll clip.

Drill a small hole into both broken pieces where they came together.

Use a small double sided screw to join them (you can just cut the head off of a screw like I did or use a real double sided screw).  Screw it into the larger part first.

Then just screw the small part onto the larger part.  It is best to unscrew it all once you fix it, then put a tiny bit of super glue in the holes and reassemble to make sure it holds.  

Hope this helps with your broken doll stand :)