DIY Hand and Foot Warmer

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This post is by Bernie Carr,

Although winter 2017 officially started on Dec. 21st, thousands of people have been experiencing the bitter cold for several weeks.  I thought I’d post a season appropriate project anyone can do.

Some days I have really cold hands and feet and cannot seem to get warm no matter what I do.   So I decided to try making my own foot warmer.

I originally saw this project in Surviving and Thriving a while back but always wanted to try it myself.

DIY Hand and Foot Warmer

You will need:

A pair or socks (I used an old pair or tube socks)

Uncooked rice (a pound or rice or four cups of rice should do)*

*You can also use uncooked barley, flax, wheat or oatmeal instead of rice.



  1. Pour about two cups of rice in each sock, filling it about halfway.
  2. Make a knot on the open end to seal the rice inside the sock.
  3. Microwave for two to two and a half minutes.  (Heat will vary according to your microwave-exercise caution when you take them out.)

That’s it!


When I warmed up the rice in the microwave the place smelled like rice, which I don’t mind.  I used them on both feet and they worked!

If you want them to look nicer, use colorful socks or fabric bags.  Sew the ends instead of just making a knot.  You can also add dried lavender or rose petals to the rice for a nice scent.

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  1. These are great to put at the foot of the bed in the winter, or any time your feet are cold. Oh, and if the rice sock is REALLY hot, run it along the bottom sheet to warm it up, and then hop in.

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