I will begin with an apology. Those of you who are disappointed at the lack of a real winter can blame me. It’s my fault. I realized this evening that my daughter and I had not yet made this year’s rice socks. Winter has been holding back on us because Mother Nature knew we weren’t ready. Well, we’re ready now. So bring it. Bring. It.
If you’re doing a snow dance, also, you must make a rice sock, too. They’re just the thing to keep you toasty when the white stuff starts to fall. I apologize for the quality of the photos. My camera is misbehaving.
Here’s what you need:
White No-nutritional-value Rice (about 1.5lb per sock) Sharpie Lavender (optional) Long sport sock
Step one is optional. If you decide to decorate the sock, however, it’s kind of important to use a Sharpie or some other permanent marker. Rice holds moisture, so using a washable marker means your design will come off. Usually on you.
Step two is not optional. I like giving people choices, but if you skip the rice, all you’re left with is a sock. With a drawing on it. If it’s a sock puppet you’re after, that class is down the hall to the left.
Step three is optional, as well. We like to add lavender because it adds such a sweet aroma. We buy ours at a local shop that sells herbs and spices in bulk. I think it cost $2 for the quarter ounce we used. We may grow some ourselves this spring.
Now just tie off the end.
And stick it in the microwave. For a sock this size, 90 seconds-2 minutes is a good range to start with, depending on the microwave. Remove carefully by the tied end. These things really do get hot and can burn your fingies.
These little beauties hold heat for a surprisingly long time, and since it is moist heat, they’re great for soothing sore muscles. Now you’re ready for cold weather, too! Someone make the popcorn and pass me some hot chocolate!
***Becoming Cliche is not responsible for burns, scalds, lack of common sense, or bad artwork.
My wife is going to love this.
Be forewarned. If you are her primary source of heat, you will be handing her your replacement.
I love my rice socks! Of course I never thought to decorate it. Mine are just plain, old white socks.
They are the greatest. Seriously. We have a whole slew of them.
That’s great! Someone recently gave me a knit snow beanie filled with giant dried corn and sewn shut. Takes 8 min to eat. Stays hot for hours! Numnumnum! Now if only it A)didn’t smell like popcorn and B)EVER snowed here. hehe. Mmmm lavender!
Lavender makes anything better. I’d be afraid it would pop if I nuked corn!
oddly, it doesn’t. I thought it would explode after a few minutes, but they’re massive horse kernels. Not sure why they don’t actually! Will lavender mask popcorn? hehehe
Oh my gosh!! I’m going to steal my husb’s sock and make one now! Putting on the pounds + Sleeping on side = Sore shoulder – Ability to use BenGay or take Advil = Lingering pain. THIS IS JUST WHAT I NEED!!
It will be your new best friend. Make Patrick one, too, though. He will steal it.
I love these! They’re so toasty warm… Can I have a mug of hot chocolate too?
You may. I just bought extra marshmallows.
Love the idea. Love the disclaimer!
Not that I think any of my readers would sue me. But their friends might.
When my husband was a baby, he slept with one of these to help is constant ear aches. They are a staple!
They are FANTASTIC for earaches!
Thats not my lavender sir, it’s my brothers. These are his pants.
But seriously, those socks are great when you’re sore or as a bed warmer.
They really are fantastic. Knocks the chill off the sheets.
I’m with you. I think we are going to have record snow in March. Unfortunately, we don’t own a microwave. That usually gets all sorts of crazy looks (you know, as if I was wearing my baby :)).
Hmm, the only thing these fantastic socks can’t do is keep my feet warm. Which is what I usually need most around this time of the year. 😦
Still, neat idea. How often can you reuse them before the rice becomes too dry?
At the end of a season, you can dump the rice out and wash the sock.
What a cool, crafty idea! Well, warm and crafty.
I love this. But I will forgo trying it in favor of the weather staying mild. Please.
I make rice bags also. I need an excuse to use my sewing machine so I sew the bags. We keep one in the fridge for “ouchies” that are usually caused by the brother/sister love/hate relationship. May also remove odor from fridge. . .
We have lost our rice sock, and that makes me sad. Immediately, because I have a knot near my shoulder blade, and the rice sock would be perfect. For the theoretical future, because the fastest way I’ve found to get warm when you’re really cold is this: lie on the couch, put the heated rice sock at the soles of your feet, and cover you, your feet, and the rice sock with a blanket. Warm in no time.
On the feet or on the tummy are the very fastest way to heat up. I love these things.
What I great idea! We will have to try this.
Try it. Love it. Thank me later.
what a great idea, and if it really brings the snow, I may make one every day this week! haha!
I know! I WANT some snow!
We keep one in the freezer and put it on our old dog’s sore legs when he’s sleeping. If he chews on it, it’s just rice.
I love your disclaimer!
Because I know what can happen. People want to be me, and sometimes they burn their fingers trying to do it.
So this is like the magic bag which was sold here in Canada? I love my magic bag – it’s filled with some kind of grain & is great for sore neck because it moulds itself to your body. Didn’t know you could make one of your own with rice – will have to try this for when my husband & I are fighting over who gets to use the magic bag!
I think some of them are filled with buckwheat, but yep. Same technology, but cheaper!
I have always wanted to make one of these but thought it was a bit more complicated than this. Thanks for the tutorial.
It’s ridiculously easy and sinfully cozy!
Not only does it look toasty and warm, but it looks like it would make a nice weapon…say if someone tried to take it from you. It’s almost as good as a burlap sack filled with doorknobs.
It leaves fewer bruises than the doorknobs. Don’t try to hybridize the two, either. Doorknobs don’t like microwaves.
Thank you for this post, I have been looking for this type of recipe! I have serious back & neck problems, and well just happened to set fire to the last one for my neck – too long in the microwave – Oops.
These are so easy to make, and they work sooooo well!
I think it worked, we’re expecting snow tomorrow. (I’ll get you my pretty !)
While living in Wisconsin I always had these around ( many weeks straight of temps below freezing) I had one I always had in bed around my feet at night & my son referred to it as my pet chicken. (I have NO idea why).
Brilliant! Must try.
What a great idea!
Like like like like like 🙂
Clean socks, right? Can I use beans?
I am not here to judge, but clean socks are recommended.
I don’t know if beans would work. When they get wet, they have a righteous stink!
Interesting … I’ve never heard of this. BUT then again, I live in Florida and we’re just happy when we get to turn our heat on for a few weeks 🙂
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Winter is coming in the Western Hemisphere! You may need one of these. Or two. Or five.
After my heavy post, I was ready for some light, smiley material: voila! Love these, and always forget how easy they are to make. Thanks for sharing… but it it gets really cold suddenly, after our long, beautiful fall: I’ll know who to call!
They really are easy to make. And so comforting. My kids are fiercely territorial about their rice socks.
What happens if you fill it with just lavender? …I have like 5 pounds left over from my wedding.
OOOH! Try it with a half and half blend! The rice holds the heat, the lavender will smell like heaven!
Alright, I like this plan.
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Definitely going to try this out!
You will not be sorry! Rice socks are the best things ever, and you don’t need a PhD in Pinterest to create them. Thanks for the reblog!
LOL! Anytime. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your creativity!
I thought I invented this! We’ve been using them for years. My husband suffers from cold feet, even when it gets below 80 in Austin. I quit using socks because as the rice breaks down the bits come out of the little holes. So I made some rice “pillows” with leftover cotton fabric. They’re about the weight of a newborn–my granddaughter plays “baby” with them. We always have one or two in the bed in the winter, and they’re also great for warming sore muscles. My husband is allergic to lavender and I like the toasty smell of the plain rice when they’re heated.
We usually make them without lavender, too. But it smells SO GOOD!
Me likey! Will be making one once it cools down for good!
Make at least two. B will steal the first one, if he is anything like my husband.
Lavendar = good. Warm = good.
Stealing boyfriend’s football socks… baaaaaaaad!
Football socks are just the thing!
I paid $12 for one of those…and it didn’t have the cute Sharpie art on it.
My mom spent a fortune on one, too. She was kind of mad.
I paid $15 for one of these at one of those fancy schmancy craft fairs. Note to self: remember to take my “here comes a sucker” sign off BEFORE I go shopping!! This is AWESOME! Also, a great, fun craft to do with the kids. Great idea!! Thanks for posting it.
It’s definitely one the kids like. Just make sure yours don’t do what mine did and use the washable markers!
You know, I buy these neck roll things just like yours with the whatever stuff they put inside for $24.95 – have gone through about three of them: $24.95 x 3 = ?? because I left them in the microwave inert and they got scorched. One even caught fire.
I bet that smelled fabulous. There’s no aroma that’s harder to get out than rice flambe.
I am completely holding you responsible for my bad artwork despite your disclaimer.
I knew someone would. My attorney said that I may, indeed, be responsible. Care to settle?