Ever thought of crafting kids sparkling jelly shoes, from an open ended boxes?
Cardboard sandals or Jelly shoes?
Guess what, I pulled out of my recycle bag, two little cardboard boxes and decided to make sandals out of them and with a touch of glitter, they will look more like Jelly shoes!
So in this post that’s exactly what we are going to make!
Shoes, shoes galore!!!
When it comes to shoes, you can’t have enough of them, don’t you think?
Heels, boots, sandals, slippers. trainers wellies, pumps. flats, flip flops, Vans, Skechers, Nike, Adidas, Umbro etc etc.
Labels, or not there is a vast amount out there for you to drool over!
Kids wanting to be fashionable!
Even our kids are in tune with the next up and coming brand!
All it takes is a well known celebrity to simply step out with them!
No stopping feet growing!
As kids grow, their feet will grow too, so we have to be aware that shoes have to be replaced with bigger size shoes to accommadate their growing feet!
Even if it’s those super cool trainers, smart disco shoes or sparkly kids jelly shoes!
What's the solution, even with Jelly shoes?
So what do you do? the dreaded hand-me-down!! of course they get their brother or sisters out grown shoes!!!
They wouln’t be very happy bunnies here.
It could even be a cousins, shoes, or good friends shoes even charity shops.
Charity shops on your list!
Let’s face it there are some affordable and pretty OK items in Charity shops, that may even have the original labels!
You can find yourself a pretty good bargain.
How about car-boot sales ooops! I have done a few of them myself, more selling than buying.
Some kids would be very grateful, but there are some kid that would cringe at the thought, well need I say more!
I believe this is a good way to recycle good out-grown shoes by passing them on, even your kids Jelly shoes don’t you think?
Alternatively if none of the options above workout, then there are shoe banks that you can deposit your shoes in and they would get recycled in that way.
Those growing feet!
Trying to find the right shoes for your kids feet can be quite daunting and at the same time, it is important you get the right size shoes for their growing feet too.
I thought it would be useful to get a bit of guidance on how this works so take a look at this short video it might help if you don’t already know.
Measuring kids feet, before you buy new shoes!
Once you have your measurements, you can check on-line to match up the right size shoe. Or you can glance at the chart below for guidance.
Below is an easy chart to find your kids shoe sizes!
So what about those beautiful shoes you just bought for your child. They go to school with them, what will the outcome be?
Change those shoes!
As an educator I would often remind children to make sure they change out of new shoes and put on their wellies!!!
Not been able to check on thirty children at a go, some children will remember to change their shoes and some simply forget!
Getting messed up!
The odd character would go out and jump about in the muddy field, or play in the water area just enough time to mess up those sparkling new kids jelly shoes, trainers or lace ups!
When playtime is over, we ask the children to take their shoes off and together we try to clean them up.
Unfortunately by then they are not sparkling anymore, but instead show they have had a hard days play!
So can you imagine their parents faces when they come to collect them at hometime!
Yes you got it.
This amuses me!
I have had on numerous occassions, where children come into class and straight away they would stick one leg out infront of them!
Or standing in front of me, trying to grab my attention, with a big beaming smile!
Kids will be kids!
In anticipation to get me to look at their shoes, hobble or keep pointing one foot towards me.
This is a Haha moment, so knowing their intention I would give praises for their beautiful new shoes, as they slide past me!
On one occassion, I was busy settling some chiidren down and forgot this little scene that was going on.
We have a funny little character in our class, who started to follow me around with a gigantic grin on his face sliding his shoe towards me.
Teasing him a little bit, I asked him if his leg was alright, as it looked like he had lost control of it!
Laughingly he answered ‘No Miss Julia, look, look!’ pointing down at his new shoe!s
Eventually, I thought he deserved a bit of fuss, after all the hard work he had put in to capture my attention to show off his brand new shoes!
He was elated!
I looked down and with the most surprising face said ‘wow, what beautiful shoes you have, are they new?’ he nodded his head, keenly and relieved he had finally managed to get my praises, run off to play…….. and it had not long rained! Whoops!
Whether, it’s kids Jelly shoes, new trainers, new boots or smart lace ups as proud owners they like to make a big deal, as for them it is an important moment.
This brings me to this neat Peppa pig video, only she did the right thing in the end and saved her brand new shoes!
Ha ha we definately need to show this to all our kids, don’t you think?
The project ahead!
In this project we are going to make kids jelly shoes! and all out of little empty cat-food boxes.
Not with Jellly, not with plastic, but with little carboard boxes!
These little boxes were easy to transform into strappy sandals.
Why I copied the style of this packaging!
Well I came across some packaging and held on to it thinking one day I would use this, or copy the design.
Looking at it from the side, I thought it resembled a foot, or more like a sandal as the style of this packaging had decscending slots and looked like a roman sandal.
What is it!
This package was a sock holder. It had been designed with descending slots so that socks would fit in each section, hence displaying each sock in a downward row.
Having looked at the design I reproduced it onto a flattened out little white box and it kind of works!
So without further ado here goes!
- A sock package holder.
- 2 little white boxes.
- PVA glue.
- Glitter/Glue stick (not shown)
- Paper to glitter on.
- Scissors, large and small.
- Metal ruler
- Rubber ended pencil.
- Cutting board.
Cute aren’t they? Once you add the glitter it brings them to life! It’s nice to know that you can up-grade these little white boxes into glitery kids Jelly shoes!
Some useful tips!
- Try to find 2 small open ended boxes, that you can use.
- You can draw up thicker straps to make it easier to handle.
- Instead of cutting slits to attach straps from one side to the other, you can glue them together instead.
- To make the heel you need to score gently with scalpel, a triangular shape to make it bend inwards, as you are working with a square shaped heel.
- Catch your glitter and pour it back into pot, so to re-use it again.
- If the inside of your boxes are neat and not rough looking you don’t need to cut out inner soles, you can leave that part out.
- I found by gluing the first straps to the heel, it helped form the shape of the back of the sandal.
- The last image is a template I worked with, I roughly drew it up. You can do one with less straps.
What about Jelly shoes?
Jelly shoes are made from porous type of PVC plastic (known as polyvinyl chloride, a jelly rubber)
They are very hardy shoes, tough, strong and durable.
Great in rain.
They are waterproof, hence resist rain so no worries about them getting ruined, but watch your socks.
If they get muddy, then simple you just wash off the dirt back to original state.
What I like about these type of shoes, is that they are a super protector when you go wading along the shore of a pebbly beach and these Jellies, protect your feet from those sharp stones littered on the shore and further in to the sea.
How painful will it be without them?
The material they are made from can be quite tough and when you first wear them, so if worn for too long you may get sore feet.
Wear socks, so as they don’t rub on to your skin, or Lubricate inside of Jellies with some vaseline, although this can feel a bit sticky.
Not happy feet!
As jellies are made from plastic, it’s a non-breathable material, so your feet will get a bit sweaty.
So your feet may become a bit uncomfortable due to rubbing, causing friction and ultimately blisters.
Don’t overwear your Jellies, if feet become sore, take them off to give yor feet time out.
Jellies come back in fashion again and again even with all the negatives, they are still very popular and we love them anyways💜
They are Fashionable, stylish and we can’t help it we want more!!!
Where can you get hold of them?
Click the button on the left to see the different styles of Jellies!
You can still find these lovely jelly shoes at KIDLY UK
They feature, vey stylish, elegant and top of the range jellies. A range of colours to choose from and different styles designed for ease of wear and comfort.
There’s the bondi Jelly shoes they have been desgned to make it easy for kids to put on and take off with easy velcro straps. Toe protector and an external easy grip feature.
The Bre Jelly sandal, also features a close toe protector, simple popper closure, adjustable straps and a panda print sole.
Also there’s the familiar styled Jelly sandal with removable cushioned insole. Adjustable velcro strap and a decorative buckle.
All sandals are phthalate and BPA-free pvc, insole EVA and buckles are nickle free.
Do check out for offers on their range of Jellies.