Friday, October 26, 2012

How to recycle your flip flops

There are so many things you can do with rubber foam, a material used on flip-flops. Among them are rubber stamps, a floating toy boat, or maybe some puppets. I made some letter blocks. 

Here's a tutorial in making letter blocks from worn flip-flops:

1. Thoroughly clean your flip-flop. Then remove the sling bands with a cutter, set them aside for recycling.

2. Draw or trace some letters with a pen. If you are having a hard time here's a tip: first, print some big letters on paper, then lay them out over to the piece. Trace with your favorite pen, then enjoy some sandwich.

3. Cut the letters separately in blocks so you can cut them easier one by one.

4. Here's the tricky part: cutting each letter with the rubber foam is quite hard especially the curved part. I suggest cutting their outlines first with x-acto knife or cutter. Always be careful when using these sharp tools. Take your time. Then use some carving tools to scoop out the "fillers." Don't worry if you carve them a little unevenly, it's part of the rustic look.

5. Once you're done cutting, you can sand the surface a little to smoothen and clean. You may also color if you want. Use them to label your mailbox, pet house, storage, or wishing board.

Congrats! You've made mother earth a tiny bit happier, a step at a time.


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Spanish Pinay said...

Hey, this is a great idea! I'm a recycling enthusiast but being a momma with a full-time day job, I just do what I can. This one is really something nice and something I can do I believe. Must give it a try :) I am really starting to like your blog :)

Spanish Pinay

Sergio said...

Wow, you must be a super mom! Just be careful in using sharp objects though. :-)

Thanks again and don't forget to have fun!