Making Rope Sandals

Updated November 21, 2016

Make an environmentally friendly fashion statement with your own homemade polypropylene rope sandals. Recycled rope and a bit of fire is basically all you need to create comfortable, cool rope sandals. Made popular in the late 1960s, do-it-yourself rope sandals are an inexpensive and creative way to experience different kinds of footwear.

Choose polypropylene rope of your desired sandal colour and cut six to 10 lengths of rope to about 12 inches each.

Line up the polypropylene rope lengths on the floor, side by side, and place your foot over them. Trace the sole of your foot with the washable marker, then cut the excess polypropylene away from the outline.

Light your candle. Polypropylene has a low melting point, so this heat should be sufficient. If not, you can use your lighter directly to melt the ropes together.

Melt all of the ropes together, fusing the shape of the sole. Do one piece of rope at a time, as the polypropylene may dry quickly.

Wrap a length of polypropylene rope around the circumference of the sole and fuse it together by melting it.

Repeat steps 1 through 5 and use your candle to fuse both sole shapes together for thicker, more durable support.

Decide where you want the straps to be. Cut more polypropylene to the appropriate lengths of your chosen straps and fuse them together by melting.

Things You'll Need

  • Polypropylene rope
  • Lighter
  • Candle (in candlestick)
  • Knife
  • Washable marker
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