5 Ways to Repurpose the Sock Missing Its Sole Mate
Socks make great material for crafts. Next time your kids want to get crafty, bust out your secret stash of socks missing their partner! It’ll show kids the value of recycling things with a little creativity instead of just tossing them out.
If they’re old enough to use a needle and thread, or a pair of scissors, kids can master these crafts. If they’re not, they can help you with certain tasks, like stuffing your creations.
Make an array of whimsical sock puppets, like a cute sock kitten, sock bunny, or sock seal. Socks make great arms, legs, bodies, and heads that you can simply sew together. If your child is too little to use a needle, help her make a simpler version of this craft by gluing eyes, a mouth, and ears onto the foot area of a sock. Your kids will have hours of fun putting on puppet shows and playing. Sock creatures also make great surprise gifts for your little ones!
Make hacky sacks that kids can play with in the backyard. Cut off the foot of an old sock about four inches up from the toe area. Then sew up any holes, and sew the opening three-fourths of the way closed. Pour in popcorn or rice before sewing the hole up completely. Kids will have hours of fun learning to juggle and kicking them around, which helps them build their motor skills and hand-eye coordination!
A Door Snake
Bring back an old tradition by making a door draft stopper, also called a door snake. Just sew up the holes on two old socks, then sew them together in the middle. Leave a small gap, and place a funnel through it so you can pour popcorn into the tube you’ve created. Then sew up the hole you left. If two socks alone won’t be long enough, cut out the bottom of a third sock and use it for a middle piece. Then add eyes and a tongue to one end using buttons and a scrap of felt. Voila! You have an adorable door snake.
Potted Plant Covers
Old socks make fantastic decorative accents for potted plants. Jazz up a plain pot with a printed sock, and place a few covered pots together for a table arrangement with home-crafted flair. Mix and match patterns, as Rachael Ray suggests. Just snip off the toe or foot (depending on the size of the pot) so the bottom will sit flat on the table.
Hand and Leg Warmers
Socks make cozy hand and leg warmers. If using long socks, simply cut out the toes, sew up any holes, and pull on your new leg warmers! If socks are shorter or you just like the mismatched look, sew several pairs together. Dye them first to create a color block look, or if they already have colors and patterns, use them as they are. For hand warmers, cut out a small hole for your thumb and a larger one for the rest of your fingers at the toe of the sock.
These activities each make a fun pastime for a rainy day, or any time when you and your kids feel like being creative. Give your creations away as gifts, or keep them to enjoy yourselves!
DIY & Crafts, “25 Hopelessly Adorable DIY Sock Toys”
Garden Therapy, “Draft Stoppers: How to Make DIY Door Socks”
Rachael Ray, “Flowery Centerpieces”
WikiHow, “How to Make a Hacky Sack”