Now that the holiday excitement is over and cold winter weather has settled in, I am constantly on the look out for fun and unique craft ideas to keep beat those boredom blues. Winter Sock Animals was born during a laundry session when the socks didn’t match up. I had so many solo socks. I was about to pitch them out when my daughter walked into the room and ask if she could have one. The wheels started turning and those solo socks began taking shapes of winter animals! A few other items found around the house and we had a craft and a new friend all in one!
Winter Sock Animals
Why buy a stuffy when you can make it at home? Once we had our core craft supplies, we began researching some of our favourite winter animals. Foxes to chickadees, deer to squirrels all made our list, but the two animals that won hearts the most were the bunny and penguin. These sock animals are extremely easy to make and can be customized or jazzed up depending on your feeling. They make great imaginary friends, doll pets or paper weights! The only limits are your imagination.
- 1 black sock
- 2 cups of dry rice
- mini clear elastic bands
- scrap fabric (white)
- googlie eyes
- 2 orange pompoms
- 1 orange foam diamond
- glue gun.
- Begin by filling the sock with rice. Once you are satisfied with the body shape, tie off the top with an elastic.
- Continue adding rice on top of the elastic to create the head. When you are satisfied tie it off with another elastic.
- I had a long enough sock that I was able to fold it over the head and body to create a smooth single unit. If you don’t have a long enough sock, you can tie it off above the head and cut the remaining sock off. This will leave a little tuffs of feathers!
- Decorating time!!! Using a hot glue gun, I glued on googlie eyes, an orange diamond nose, and two orange pompom feet. I cut a round oval out of leftover white socks to create a white belly.
- Time to Play!
- White sock
- Red ribbon
- pink pompom
- 9 clear elastics
- hot glue gun
- black marker
- Begin by filling the white sock with rice. Once you have a nice round belly, tie it off with an elastic.
- Front legs & Tail: Near the bottom of your belly, grab two equal, small sections. This will create a small ball which you will cut off from the rest of the body with an elastic. Repeat on in the middle on the other side once for the tail.
- Back legs: Wrap a clear elastic around both front legs and the tail.
- Fill the next section on top of the body with rice to form the head. When full, tie it off with an elastic.
- Using the scissors, cut the remain portion of the sock in half to create ears. Depending on the sock size, trim your ears to the length you like!
- Place an elastic around each side to create two independent ears.
- Cut pointed ovals out of red ribbon and glue inside each ear.
- Decoration time! Add googlie eyes, a pink pompom nose and bow around the bunny’s neck. Lastly, draw on the bunny’s mouth with a black marker.
- Time to play!
Your kids will have a blast making these new friends on a cold winter day. When the washer eats your socks, don’t throw out the solo ones, use them for some crafting fun!!