1. Arm Warmers
Whether you have a pair of socks that are worn down or you have a couple of mismatched ones, you can turn them into these great arm warmers. Just a few cuts around the toe area and the kids can keep extra warm when they’re playing in the snow. Fuzzy, thick socks work best for these.
2. Bean Bags
Making bean bags out of mismatched socks is a great idea, and a good way to add some fun to your life. There are so many games that require bean bags and you can easily sew those socks into great game pieces. Use a sewing machine if you want but you could totally sew these by hand. Fill with pinto beans or any other cheap filler.
3. Coffee Mug Cozy
You can easily turn those old socks into these amazing DIY coffee mug cozies. I love this idea – mostly because I’m a huge coffee fan. You just cut the sock and if you want, sew in the edges. The socks just slip right over your mug and help to keep your coffee or tea warm while keeping your hands from getting burned.
4. DIY Sock Chia Pet
How adorable is this? It’s a DIY chia pet that you make from an old sock. Just put grass seed and dirt into a sock, tie it off, and then use push pins to hold your buttons on to create the face. The grass will grow out the top and look like hair. Just keep the grass damp by watering a bit each day and his hair will grow in no time.
5. DIY Dog Chew Toy
Dog toys can be so expensive, although they do beat having little puppies chewing up all your stuff. A better way is to just use an old sock to make little pup his own chew toy. I’ve done this with an empty water bottle, which is great because they love the crackling sound. You can also use a tennis ball and tie it up in the sock to give him a really good pull toy.
6. Doughnut Play Food
Little girls love playing house and that means cooking up delicious pretend meals. Those food toys can be a bit expensive though – and they’re not always safe for little ones. You can turn old socks into these great doughnuts which are cheap and easy to make, and they’re really soft so they’re perfect for girls of all ages. You’ll also have a blast decorating these.
7. Door Draft Stopper
If you live in an area that gets cold during winter, you may notice your electric bill rising. Part of that rise could be due to drafts coming in your door. You can easily remedy that problem with some old socks and quilt batting. Just fill the socks with batting, sew them together and place in front of your door to stop those drafts in their tracks.
8. Potpourri Sachets
The toe ends of your old mismatched socks are perfect for creating these little potpourri sachets to bring wonderful scents to your drawers and closets. You can use potpourri – or actually I use Downy Unstoppables instead of potpourri. The scent seems to last much longer. Just snip off the toe ends of your socks, fill with your chosen scent maker, and then tie it all up.
9. Bean Bag Neck Pillow
A neck pillow is so wonderful for long car rides or flights. You can also use them when you’re just sitting around at home relaxing, and you don’t even have to spend $20 to buy one. Just fill old socks with beans or rice and you can microwave these for a few minutes before you use them to help melt away all that stress.
10. Hobby Horse
Children love hobby horses and you can create one in under an hour, and let your little one help design it. You use an old sock for the head and then add a few embellishments. This is a great project for toddlers ages four and up, and makes a wonderful toy that kids are going to love for years to come.
11. DIY Leg Warmers
Leg warmers have definitely made a comeback from the 1980’s and you can easily make your own with some old mismatched socks. You just cut the toes off your socks and you’re basically done. Or, if you don’t have matching socks, you could use pieces of different socks and just sew them together to create a matching pattern.