How to Recycle Socks for Crafts and Other Household Uses
Recycle Socks to Make Crafts and Other Household Items
Socks eventually wear out leaving you wondering what to do with them. Don't throw them away. Put your socks to good use. Reuse will save you money and save the planet at the same time. Some reuse ideas for socks include hand dusters, sock puppets, window draft blockers, and more.
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Reuse Ideas for Recycling Socks - Practical Household Uses for Socks
- Bean Bags for games or yard darts. Can also be used to stop drafts when filled with beans.
- Hot Packs
- Barbie Tube Tops
- Dust Mittens and Cleaning Rags from old socks
- Sock Puppets
- Drink Covers (sometimes called bottle socks or can koozies)
- Protecting Small Items while moving or traveling
- Sachets made with a colorful sock and potpourri
Plant Pot Covers - Table Décor as a Way to Recycle Old Socks for Crafts
This unique idea for reusing old socks comes from the Rachael Ray blog. Create a centerpiece for your table by using old socks to jazz up flower pots, jars, or glasses. For more ideas on how to do this visit:
Reuse Socks to Make a Quilt - Unique Sock Craft Quilt
In addition to household uses for old socks, I've gathered together some of the best crafts online to reuse socks. These crafts are so unique and creative, you will never see old socks the same way again! Sock quilts are very warm, or you can hang them on the wall as art. Choose your favorite worn out socks for this project, or dye boring white socks to create a unique quilt. Learn more about this inspirational quilt at the "Art In Stitches" blog:
Potholder from Socks
Loops for a Potholder Loom
Craft to Make a Useful Potholder from Old Socks
Potholder looms can be purchased at most discount stores. They are small square looms that come with clothe circles, or loops, that are weaved. When your loom set runs out of cloth strips you can make your own loops. Socks work well for the cloth strips. Learn how here:
Grass Pet from a Sock
Make a Grass Sock Pet
More Sock Crafts
Teach your kids about gardening cheaply by converting an old sock to a sock pet. Sort of like a chia pet, a sock pet grows grass from it's head. You fill the sock (preferably not white) with dirt and grass seed. Give the sock a face and hang it upside down. Water it regularly and watch it grow hair! Too cute.
Fun Sock Puppet
With minimal sewing skills and some craft supplies, such as felt, pipe cleaners and scissors, you can turn an old sock into an adorable sock puppet. Just clip out a space for the mouthpiece and sew it in. Add some eyes, ears and a nose with craft supplies. There are mouthpiece templates and more step by step instructions at:
If you have a special pair of socks with a hole, why not make a classic sock monkey. Girls socks work very well for this craft.
You will also need:
a sewing machine
buttons (just two for the eyes)
needle and thread
Super Cute Giraffe Sock Puppet
Yet Another Sock Puppet
This super cute Giraffe Sock Puppet is pretty easy to make, the only talent required is the painting of the spots. Here's what you will need to get started:
* An old sock - long, tan, adult size dress sock
* One brown pipe cleaner
* Two brown pom poms
* Two googly eyes
* Brown and black paint
* Paint brush
* Glue gun
* Wire clippers
More Ideas from Sarah Ganly
Are you hankering for more ideas to reuse socks in crafts that don't involve puppets? Sarah Ganly has a few unique ideas for reusing socks.
*Reuse them as sleeves for teen girls
*Reuse them to make a hacky sack
*Reuse them to make a jump rope
You can read the details of how Sarah makes this crafts by reading her instructions (here).
How to Make a Cell Phone Case Out of an Old Recycled Sock - Cute Project to Reuse a Baby Sock
If you have favorite baby sock that has been outgrown, you can follow this instructional Youtube video to make it into a cell phone sock.
More Ways to Reuse or Recycle Socks
- Craft Ideas for Socks
Very large list of craft ideas for socks. There are too many to list individually.
- A Lamb from a Sock
Make this cute lamb sock that looks similar to lamb chop on television. The instructions are for a sculpture, but you could make it into a puppet using the same instructions.
- Make a Bunny Sock Sculpture by Education.com
Try a little eco-friendly crafting this Easter: turn lonely misfit socks into bunny sculptures in this kindergarten recycled arts and crafts activity.
- Little girl tights are transformed into a colorful snake Â· Recycled Crafts @ CraftGossip
Snake from a sock.
- Cell Phone Cover from a Sock
Reuse old socks to made a cell phone cover. They are cuter than you might imagine.