“The Easiest Way to Repurpose Your Old Socks into Coasters”

“The Easiest Way to Repurpose Your Old Socks into Coasters”

The Easiest Way to Repurpose Your Old Socks into Coasters

I’ve got a whole drawer full of mismatched and worn-out socks just sitting there collecting dust. As much as I’d like to get some use out of them before throwing them away, I’m not a crafty person and don’t have time for complicated DIY projects. But I recently discovered an incredibly easy way to repurpose those old socks into something useful – coasters!

What You’ll Need

To make sock coasters, you just need a few basic supplies:

  • Old socks – The more worn, the better! Look for socks with holes, stains, or a broken elastic band. You want ones that aren’t good for wearing anymore.

  • Scissors – For cutting the socks to size. Regular scissors will work fine.

  • Hot glue gun – This will bind the fabric together. Make sure you have plenty of glue sticks too.

  • Felt (optional) – Adds a nice backing to make the coasters extra sturdy. But you can skip this if you don’t have any on hand.

Cutting the Socks

The first step is to cut your socks into circles that will become the coaster shapes:

  1. Take an old sock and cut off the foot portion. You won’t need this part so you can discard it.

  2. Cut the leg portion into 2-3 inch wide rings. The number of coasters you get per sock will vary based on its size.

  3. Trim the rings so they are smooth circles without any heel or toe shaping.

The cutting takes a little time but it’s easy to do while watching TV or listening to music. Plus, the more socks you cut, the more coasters you’ll end up with!

Assembling the Coasters

Now comes the fun part – turning those sock rings into completed coasters:

  • Place one ring upside down and apply a zigzag of hot glue across the surface.

  • Quickly place another ring directly on top while the glue is still hot.

  • Hold together tightly for 30 seconds as the glue sets.

  • Repeat with additional rings, stacking up to 4-5 layers per coaster. More layers = extra thickness and durability!

  • If desired, you can also glue a felt circle to the bottom of each coaster to make it more sturdy and prevent sliding.

The hot glue binds the sock layers together firmly so they hold their shape. Make sure to assemble the coasters in a well-ventilated area since the fumes can be strong.

Decorating Your Coasts

Once assembled, you can leave your sock coasters as-is or decorate them:

  • Use fabric paint to add fun designs, words, or shapes. Let dry fully before using.

  • Glue on buttons, beads, ribbons or other embellishments with hot glue.

  • For a polished look, use scissor to trim off any frayed fabric edges.

  • Mix and match colors and patterns for a funky, eclectic set of coasters.

The design options are endless! Coordinate with your home’s décor or let your creativity run wild.

Put Your Sock Coasters to Use

And there you have it – the easiest way to make practical sock coasters with just a few basic supplies:

  • Place them under drinks to prevent water rings and stains on your furniture.

  • Use them in the bathroom for holding makeup brushes or hot styling tools.

  • Set one under a vase to collect drips and elevate arrangements.

  • Or gift them to friends and family!

I love that I was able to take something that was just cluttering my drawer and give it new life as a handmade home accessory. Sock coasters are the perfect weekend craft for the DIY novice. Try this simple tutorial and you’ll have stylish, custom coasters at a fraction of the cost of store-bought ones. Happy repurposing!