I really, really, really wanted to make a pair of starfish slippers 'cause summer's up next in this endless stream of seasons and I'm feelin' like rockin' some stars.
Here's a link to last weeks post, the original star fishyness...
and the silliness that followed
and here's the tute as promised so you can rock your own star.
1 Plastic Ice cream lid
In honor of Earth Day and my cheapness I backed these with a re purposed ice cream lid
1 piece of felt
Paint Brush, or tool to apply glue
Small plates or trays to work on
First I came up with a shape for the starfish that would fit nicely on top of the slippers I had. (note: I actually would've gone a bit smaller in retrospect with the plastic backing, for comforts sake which is super important-- you won't feel so very rock starish if you've got plastic rubbing against your toes with each step)
Then trace the starfish pattern on the felt and plastic lid, using chalk, if you're working with darker felt, or a pen.
Cut these shapes out and be sure to fit them against each other and trim as needed.
Punch two small holes in the plastic lid and use a cloth string to tie them on to the slippers.
Working in with a small section at a time glue the beads on to the felt in the desired pattern.
Let dry completely and then apply beaded starfish to plastic backing. I applied a generous layer of glue to the plastic backing as well as the back of the felt and then "married" the two. Hold in place for a moment, if need be use a clothes pin or large paper clip to keep the starfish in place until completely dry.
When I made these it was incredibly damp in Hawaii. We've had the strangest spring and we were in the midst of a little down pour so the drying time ended up being a full day. But after that...
Rock on little stars... rock on...
update: If you're handy with a needle and thread you could stitch these beads on to the felt and then use another felt piece for backing which would make for longer lasting stars.
update on the update: Wouldn't these be just lovely on a myriad of other things, hair clips, an accent piece on a summer wreath, a beach inspired headband...