DIY: Brilliant Ways To Use Old Mismatched Socks
The EPA estimates that over 11 million tonnes of discarded clothing and textiles entered landfills in 2017. This figure shows why reusing and upcycling products is such an impactful activity. If each family tries to do a little better, it will drastically reduce the amount of textiles going to landfills. Mismatched socks are one of the most common wasteful textiles in a household. Here are some brilliant ways you can use mismatched socks and give them a second life.
Eco-Friendly Dryer Balls
Dryer sheets are another burden on the environment. Upcycling your mismatched socks into eco-friendly dryer balls is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Socks are a great choice to use when you are done with them.
For this project, you’ll need three mismatched socks. Put two socks together and roll the cuffs down to make a ball. Put the two rolled socks inside another mismatched sock and tie a knot at the end. Before you put them in the dryer, add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil for a pleasant, refreshing scent.
Arm warmers are an excellent gift for the person in your life that’s always cold. They can be used to keep warm while typing in a chilly office or for kids who have downtime during sports.
There are a few approaches to take with this project. You can repurpose longer mismatched socks to make a single arm warmer. This take is nice for athletes when using customized team socks from Elite Sports Socks. Since they’re so long and cozy, we’re definitely going to repurpose the ones with fun patterns (like these pirate ones) as arm warmers. Alternatively, you can take a collection of smaller mismatched socks to create a zany, multi-colored pair of arm warmers by sewing them together.
DIY Beanbag Toss Game
Beanbags are a versatile toy to have on hand for rainy days, and times when playing outside isn’t an option. There are plenty of beanbag games for kids that are fun, non-tech activities that even parents will enjoy.
For this project, take a sock and fill the toe with beans or rice. If you’re using longer socks, you’ll want to trim them down. Tie a tight knot at the top of the sock once it’s filled, and enjoy! This sewing-free project is quick and straightforward. If you prefer (or if you’re working with ankle socks), you can sew the end shut.
It may seem counter-intuitive to sniff old socks, but they make great aromatherapy packs— after being washed, of course.
For this project, you’ll want some longer socks, white rice, and your favorite essential oils. Fill the sock with white rice, adding drops of oil in layers. Sew the open end of the sock shut and massage the rice to help distribute the oils better.
To use your aromatherapy pack, put it in the microwave for one minute to release the scent. Put this delightful craft on your shoulders, put up your feet, and relax.
Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
Makeup remover pads are another single-use product that can be replaced by upcycling socks. First, create a template using a piece of cardboard. Trace a circle on the cardboard and cut it out to shape your DIY makeup removal pads.
Using the template, trace and cut circles from your mismatched socks. Layer three or four together and sew them around the edge. There are plenty of recipes for DIY makeup remover to use for this project as well. Keep your removal pads stored in a jar, and wash them using a small, mesh laundry bag so that they don’t get misplaced.
Typing Wrist Rest
Wrist rests are a must-have product for people who work at a computer all day. Use your mismatched socks to create these awesome upcycled gifts for the office workers in your life.
Take a sock and fill it with rice, beads, or beans. You can also fill a balloon with flour or sand and place it inside the sock. Sew or tie the sock at the end, and voila: your wrist rest is done.
These simple projects are innovative, useful, and eco-friendly. The next time you find a single sock, think of how you can repurpose it into something else.