3 Step DIY Pom Pom Gladiator Sandals

Today I am attacking my first real DIY project. I am not the craftiest person in the world, but when I saw the opportunity to save a significant amount of money on a hot fashion trend, I decided to give this little idea of mine a try.

You have probably seen some form of the pom pom gladiator sandals whether it was online shopping or skimming Instagram. I remember first seeing them on WeWoreWhat’s Instagram over 4 months ago and thinking to myself, “Wow, girls are going to go crazy for these sandals”. When I looked the pompom gladiator sandals up and saw that they cost over $200, it was that moment that I took a screenshot of the photo (with 23,000+ likes) and told myself I should make these myself for a fraction of the cost. And a little over 4 months later, here we are…

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DIY Pom Pom Gladiator Sandals

What You’ll Need:

Scissors

Pair of Laceup Gladiator Sandals

Needle and Thread (try to use same color as sandals)

Pompoms

Tassels

Patience

Probably a beer or glass of wine

*Disclaimer: I am not a DIY expert nor do I really know what I’m doing

How to make pom pom sandals

Step #1: Buy the supplies

I linked a few gladiator sandal options for you below along with the pompoms and tassels I used. I recommend buying thread the same color as your sandals.

Step #2: Plop yourself down with your supplies and ensure no babies/dogs/pets, etc. are around because they will steal your pompoms. Leo made me get up at least five different times to get pompoms out of his mouth that he ran off with (just to be clear I didn’t use any slobber covered pompoms on the sandals I made).

Step #3: Make the Shoes

If I can make these sandals, anyone can. Follow my notes under the photos below and you will have a new pair of pompom gladiator sandals in no time!

Multi-color pom poms

Pom Pom Gladiator Sandals Supplies

Lay out supplies and decide on which colors you want to use

Stick thread through needle. Take a long piece of thread and double it. Tie a knot at the end then stick the needle all the way through one pom until the knot reaches the end.

Stick thread through needle. Take a long piece of thread and double it. Tie a knot at the end then stick the needle all the way through one pom until the knot reaches the end.

Wrap thread around one strap of the sandal. Stick the needle back through the pom.

Wrap thread around one strap of the sandal. Stick the needle back through the pom.

Add another pom by sticking the needle through it and wrapping the thread around the strap again.

Add another pom by sticking the needle through it and wrapping the thread around the strap again.

Continue this process and add as many pom poms as you like!

Continue this process and add as many pom poms as you like!

Make sure you have plenty of thread left over to wrap it around the sandal strap a few times and then tie it in a knot.

Make sure you have plenty of thread left over to wrap it around the sandal strap a few times and then tie it in a knot.

To add tassels, tie the thread in a knot around the gold ring of the tassel.

To add tassels, tie the thread in a knot around the gold ring of the tassel.

Wrap the thread around the sandal strap then run the needle through the gold ring of the tassel

Wrap the thread around the sandal strap then run the needle through the gold ring of the tassel. Do this 2-3 times to ensure the tassel is secure.

Add tassels throughout the straps.

Add tassels throughout the straps.

Follow the same process if you want to add poms to the lace-up part of the sandal.

Follow the same process if you want to add poms to the lace-up part of the sandal.

Pom Pom Gladiator Sandals

There you have it! Pom Pom Gladiator Sandals for a fraction of what they’re sold for in stores!

Colorful Tassel Sandals

The reason I did not run the thread THROUGH the sandal itself is so I can cut the pom poms and tassels off anytime I want. I purchased some black tassels and pom poms that I think would be really cute on these sandals! The great part about making these pom pom sandals yourself is that you can customize them to exactly what YOU want. Whether that means doing one color, sticking to two colors, adding charms, or even doing just pom poms or just tassels. There is a lot of opportunity to get creative!

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Feeling lazy? Shop these already made pom pom and tassel sandals below… I won’t judge you.

 

Let me know what you thought of this DIY pom pom gladiator sandals post and if you would like to see more easy DIY posts in the future! If you found this helpful or know someone who likes these sandals, please share this post with them!

Thank you for reading!

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6 Comments

  1. Wednesday, May 18, 2016 / 12:42 am

    This is so CUTE!!!!!!!!! So glad you finally posted this 😉

    • Natalie
      Wednesday, May 18, 2016 / 6:54 am

      Haha thank you!! After our conversation I forced myself to stay up last night… lol

  2. Wednesday, May 18, 2016 / 9:00 pm

    Ok I’m doing it! Where did you find the tassels??

  3. Monday, June 6, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    For not being a DIY-er, you did an amazing work!
    I’ve seen many similar projects, however I loved how you did it wrapping the thread instead of using glue, as you said.. if you get tired of this trend just cut out the threads 🙂
    I’ll definitely going to try it out myself.

    xx.
    Nats
    http://www.thekeyitem.com

    • Natalie
      Monday, June 6, 2016 / 8:23 pm

      Thank you so much for saying that! I appreciate it so much and would love to know how your sandals turn out! 😉

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