There are two main versions of this craft, and the one you choose should depend on your target age group, time and resources – but as they both work so similarly so they have been posted together.
Version 1a (print-cut-thread)
This is a modification of a Roman sandal craft I saw in a shop, I snuck a quick photo of the concept and then had a long play with prototypes before settling on this! It comes out about the size of my hand and looks really convincing. PDF is here
The basic instructions are:
– print out the pattern,
– cut it out as one piece,
– hole punch the end of each bit that sticks out,
– thread a thin 1/4 cm ribbon through as a lace.
This version comes out a touch small to wear but despite the complex looking pattern is actually simpler than the version 2 and needs less supervision.
Version 2 (my creation)
This version is a really simple build but takes a little longer. It basically gives the child the creativity to make a sandal that will fit them. If you have a teenage group just give them some materials and challange them to make a shoe, but for the younger children here are the instructions: (text only version follows)
– find a piece of card longer than your foot.
– draw around you foot leaving as much space as possible at the heel.
– add a T shape to the heel, to form the back of the shoe and cut out the whole shape.
– take a cardboard tube and cut it lengthways to form an open cuff. (adjust the length according to child)
– using the arms of the T shape staple the tube to the cardboard.
– use a hole punch to add threading holes. You will need two holes to turn the tread. (i used 6 per side)
– try on for size and round corners if necessary
– wearing the shoe, thread a thin 1/4 cm ribbon through as a lace.
– if you wish add a sole from a sturdy material.