Do you have a pile of single socks because their pairs were eaten by the dryer or got lost or got a hole in them? I certainly do!
I pay the kids 10 cents a pair to find matches for them. They are surprisingly motivated by this so sometimes, the level goes down, but inevitably, the pile grows again and the basket I keep them in threatens to spill over. I used to go through them and find the ones that I haven’t seen the matches for in the longest time and throw them out. It always made me feel like I was wasting perfectly good socks to do that though, so I’ve come up with some other uses for them and now, none go to waste!
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Here are some ideas of what you can do with socks that have holes in them or don’t have a match:
-use them for rags.
-slip a sock onto the bottom of bottles of oil so that they don’t leave rings in your pantry.
-fill with rice and tie to make a homemade stress ball.
-use an elastic to secure a sock onto a yardstick or broom handle and use it to dust hard to reach places like ceiling fans and high ledges.
-put ice or ice packs in them.
-stop drafts by filling socks with other socks, rice or a filler and use them under doorways.
-wear them mismatched since that’s the style anyway!
-use them to make sock buns.
-turn it into an aromatherapy pillow.
-make an adorable no sew snake sock stuffie.
-make play donuts using men’s socks.
-do a fun math activity and play Socks in the Box.
-make a hobby horse worthy of giving as a gift.
-make a bubble snake. These are really fun for the summer months!
-sew an animal baby rattle.
-make an Olaf snowman.
-make them into sock animals. The fuzzy owl is so cute!
-put on some music and do some sock mopping with your kids.
-make a sock pumpkin craft in the fall.
-play sock snowballs just for fun.
-make sock stuffed toys.
What about you? What do you do with your old or mismatched socks?