Home Recycled Home: Sock Snowmen


By Alice Wanamaker

The holiday season is a great time to spend an afternoon creating home décor for you and your family. These cute sock snowmen are a perfect way to reuse socks whose pair is lost and gone forever. The decorations include other items that you may have around the house or can acquire with just a few dollars. Plus, they are easy and fun to make and share!


What you will need:

  • White tube sock
  • Old pillow stuffing
  • Uncooked white rice
  • Handful of rubber bands
  • Items for eyes, nose and mouth such as push pins, cotton balls, or construction paper
  • Colorful ribbon or argyle sock for a scarf and hat
  • Buttons of various colors and sizes
  • Sewing material
  • Hot glue gun
  • Markers

The above list of items are suggestions to get you started on making your one-of-a-kind snowman. You can choose items that you already have such as fabric scraps, buttons, hair ties, and ribbon to decorate your snowman.

Steps to building your snowman:

FilledSnowmanStep 1: Turn the sock inside-out, the texture will make your snowman look more authentic.

Step 2: Fill the lower portion of the sock with rice. Ensure that the lower portion of snowman is being filled so he is good and rotund when complete.

Step 3: Secure rice and lower portion of snowman with a rubber band.

Step 4: Fill the upper portion with pillow stuffing or sock to create the head. Secure the upper portion with another rubber band.

Step 5: Create the hat by folding the remaining portion of the sock. You may need to cut excess sock. You may also use an argyle sock top for a beanie.

Step 6: Sew or glue buttons down the middle of your snowman. Tie a strip of fabric scrap or ribbon around the first rubber band, creating a scarf.

Step 7: Use pom-poms, pins or markers to create your snowman’s face.

You can dress up your snowman by giving him arms and hands, embellishments on his hat or scarf, and small presents or toys.

Creating a village of snowmen is easy and fun when you gather the family for this fun craft using recycled items you have around the house!

Look for Home Recycled Home crafts each month in the Town & Country Gazette, starting January 2014. Each craft will use items that you may have lying around the house or can easily acquire by asking friends and neighbors. Be sure to check back in the New Year for great crafts that utilize recycled items and add a unique touch to your home!


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