Put a Sock in It! 23 Smart Ways to Upcycle Your Spare Socks

We hate to say it — socks are totally underrated! But did you know that they are one of the most multifunctional articles of clothing? From housekeeping to dog toys to beauty accessories, socks can serve a variety of purposes. Have you been wondering what to do with those lonely socks whose mates fell into the abyss during your last load of laundry or those ugly Christmas socks that your aunt bought you last year? Check out these 23 creative ways that you can upcycle all of those extra socks. These quick and easy DIY projects will you give you an entirely new appreciation for socks!

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Wrap Wine Bottles
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Wrap Wine Bottles

As the holiday season is approaching, the number of invites to dinners and parties begins to increase. Instead of just bringing a plain bottle of wine, wrap the bottle in a sock. This will show that you put that extra bit of thought into the gift, as opposed to just picking up any old bottle from the store.

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Create a Sock Bun
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Create a Sock Bun

Create a sock bun using an old sock to achieve a fuller-looking updo in just minutes. This simple hairstyle will carry you from day to night just by using that one lonely sock.

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Make an Ear Warmer
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Make an Ear Warmer

We love this idea of using socks to create an ear warmer. This quick and easy DIY will have you looking trendy all Winter long!

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Create Boot Socks
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Create Boot Socks

Boot socks are all the rage this season! Dress up a pair of old socks with some lace to create your own.

05
Sew Sock Doughnuts
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Sew Sock Doughnuts

These DIY sock doughnuts are the perfect gift for both children and doughnut-lovers alike. Add a ribbon to the top of them, and you have the perfect homemade Christmas ornament.

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Make an iPhone Armband
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Make an iPhone Armband

We love the idea of using an old sock to make your own armband with this easy-to-follow DIY. Not only will you be saving yourself some extra cash, but you can choose any color or style based on the sock.

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Clean Dirty Blinds
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Clean Dirty Blinds

You can use that old lonely sock as a way to clean your dirty blinds.

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Use Socks as Reusable Swiffer Pads
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Use Socks as Reusable Swiffer Pads

Instead of having to buy replacements all the time, you can make your own Swiffer pads using all of your old socks. The best part is that you can reuse them just by tossing them in the washing machine.

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Cut Socks Into Arm Warmers
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Cut Socks Into Arm Warmers

Cut the feet off your old socks to create stylish arm warmers. Dress them up with buttons and lace, and everyone will be asking where you got them!

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Make a Draft Stopper
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Make a Draft Stopper

Save money on your energy bill this Winter by creating a draft stopper made of socks.

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Use a Sockas a DIY Heating Pad
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Use a Sockas a DIY Heating Pad

You can also use a sock to make your own heating pad. Just fill an old sock with rice and tie the end with the knot. Genius!

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Make Your Own Coin Purse
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Make Your Own Coin Purse

Use an extra sock to create your own coin purse. Not only is this a practical use of that extra sock, but it would also make a great stocking stuffer.

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Make a Sock Wreath
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Make a Sock Wreath

Get into the holiday season with this festive DIY sock wreath. You can even opt out of the traditional Christmas-colored socks and create a wreath that you can display all year round.

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Make Bean Bags
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Make Bean Bags

Use those extra socks to make fun and colorful homemade bean bags for your next family beanbag toss.

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Give Your Pet a Sock Toy
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Give Your Pet a Sock Toy

Your dog will love this DIY pirate sock toy. Next time you consider just tossing those old mismatched socks, think about how much joy your furry friend could get from them!

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Use Socks to Make Candle Cozies
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Use Socks to Make Candle Cozies

You can use your old socks to create a candle cozy. This is an inexpensive way to add some flair to your home.

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DIY a Coffee Cup Cozy
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DIY a Coffee Cup Cozy

Cut your old socks to make coffee cup cozies. Not only are these more eco-friendly than your typical cardboard ones, but it will also be that much easier to tell your drink apart.

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Make a Sock Bouquet
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Make a Sock Bouquet

Create this fun sock bouquet using socks of the same or different colors. You can even purchase a pack on brand-new socks to create this as a gift for a baby shower or gift exchange.

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Sew a Sock Monkey
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Sew a Sock Monkey

Sock monkeys are classic. Turn your old socks into a stuffed monkey friend that you or your child can appreciate for years to come.

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Transform Socks Into Fingerless Gloves
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Transform Socks Into Fingerless Gloves

Follow this simple fingerless glove DIY for a look that is perfect for the Winter months.

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Sew a Phone or iPod Case
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Sew a Phone or iPod Case

Protect your phone in a unique and personalized way by turning an old sock into an adorable phone or iPod case.