These little hand warmers are great for little cold snow frozen hands. They’re so easy to make and the kids could use them to warm up after playing in the snow or when their come from outdoors during the winter.
A while back, I was watching TV and they were giving ideas about hand warmers. I don’t remember the details but I think it had something to do with socks and beans. They seemed pretty easy to make so I thought I would like to try some for the kids. I think I made just one that the kids shared whenever they came from the outside along with something warm to drink, rubbing the hands or wrapping in warm blankets, etc. If the fireplace was ever on (usually only on if hubby puts it after work or on the weekend) and they played outside, then they’d warm up by the fire, too.
But I wanted to get each of them their very own hand warmer. The thing is that I didn’t want to use their favorite socks that they use but I could never remember to buy separate pairs just for the warmers. Winter came around again and I still had not made them and still kept forgetting those new socks. Anyway, I made a quick stop at the Dollar Store to pick up some stickers for an activity for the kids and as I walked through the isle, I came across socks. I was not looking for them at that store at all. But upon seeing these perfect sizes in packs of threes I decided to get them right away. It would have been cool to have pink, purple, and blue but all the mix and matches didn’t have all three colors in any one pack. I think I saw the blue but it came with white and grey. Now that I think about it – I could have just gotten another pack. It’s OK though, the kids don’t mind and I was indeed just so happy to remember to buy them. The beans I had already bought previously so I was super excited to make the warmers the following day.
As I was prepping the materials to make the warmers, I had the TV on watching a home show that shared tips for winter and there they were talking about DIY hand warmers again. This time, it was not made with socks but wool and the filler was with rice along with an extra ingredient to give it some scent. So I decided to use the socks since it was much simpler and add in some scent I had recently purchased. Basically taking the ideas and making them my own. I asked the kids which filler they would like and one of them replied both beans and rice. All the others then decided they wanted the same.
Here are the steps to make these DIY Hand Warmers using beans and rice (they look more like little sack bags don’t they)?
- 1 pair of socks (kid sizes for kids or larger sizes for adults)
- Uncooked beans or rice
- Optional: Essential oil like Lavender (affiliate link)
Step 1: Place about a 1/4 cup of beans in each of the socks (use more for adult sizes). When the little cutie below came to help, I gave him a plate so he wouldn’t spill the beans over the counter and floor.
Note: If mixing both – throw in a few tablespoons of rice in there too (I only added 1 tablespoon to each sock).
Step 2: Shake the beans and rice to mix.
Optional: Add in a drop of good smelling essential oil to each of the socks and swish around to get it to mix up nicely.
Step 3: Cut out twines or strings to tie around each sock.
All done!! If you only use one filler and no scent, then this will just be a two step process. Really!! Put one type of filler in the socks and tie them with strings:)
I stored them in a little basket (I had on hand from Walmart) and placed them in a drawer in the kitchen. It makes them easier to find when ready for using.
To use: Heat up warmers about 20 to 25 seconds in the microwave or just until warm. Remove and use it to warm up the hands.
Note: Be sure to not overhead the warmers or the beans will start to pop. (Don’t ask how I know:) Plus we want them warm and not hot for burning hands.
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What do you think of these little hand warmers? Have you made any for kids or did you have some of your own growing up?