DIY footwear conjures images of postpedicure paper flip-flops and plastic bags taped over shoes in the rain. To elevate the idea, we turned to I Spy DIY's Jenni Radosevich. We gave her a pair of $17 H&M sandals and told her to make them special for less than $20. The result: seriously cute, tribal-inspired kicks that took about 45 minutes, start to finish, to doll up. All you need is colorful string, glue, scissors, and a can-do attitude. Just kidding - you don't even need a can-do attitude (it's that easy). Her trick can also be applied - literally - to belts, bracelets, hair bands, you name it.
Loop thread around sandal strap and tie a double knot. Pull knot to the back of the strap. Reinforce the knot with super glue, and then wrap thread.
When you get to the desired width of your first section, switch thread by tying it to the first color, making sure that the knot will go behind the strap. Add a little dab of super glue to keep each section secure.Tie final color and then trim all the strands.
Final sandalI Spy DIY Style is available online at amazon.com, $15. To see Radosevich's inspiration, go to ispydiy.com, or get the step-by-step by watching our how-to video. Want to learn to do more cool stuff? Watch our videos on getting Madonna-worthy hair, making a Kentucky Derby hat, or constructing a