If you have tile or wood floors, you know that kids can easily take a tumble when they're running in socks. Keep those little ones off the ground with my DIY Non-Slip Socks!
These socks were created as a craft activity at Boo's Un-Slumber Party, but you can make them anytime. They're a really fun project for kids. (They were quite a hit at the party.)
Here's what you need:
- Socks--My kids like to mismatch socks, so I chose a pack of socks with fun patterns on the bottom and let the guests choose any two socks. (If you are doing this for a party, be sure to get a couple of different sizes. Though the kids are relatively the same age, their feet sizes will vary a lot! If you want to go the inexpensive route, just buy any white socks and let the kids create their own designs on the bottom.)
- Cardboard feet cutouts to go inside the socks while painting (you can download a free pattern at the end of the post).
- Tulip Slick Paints--They come in lots of fun colors. I chose neon colors to match the socks. (You may see some non-neon colors in the pics, too. They're left over from my freezer paper art aprons.)
So, how do you do it?
DIY Non-Slip Socks
My instructions are as if you are doing this at a party. If you are doing it for your own family, you won't have to worry about some of the steps.
- Before the party, cut out several feet patterns from cardstock (or let your Silhouette cutting machine do all the work).
- When guests arrive, give them two feet patterns and have them choose two socks. Write their name on the feet patterns and slide them inside the socks.
- Before the kids begin painting, give them the following tips:
- Be sure to paint on the bottom of the sock--not on the side with the hole in it.
- To keep your hand from dragging through the paint and smearing it, start painting at the top of the sock and then move toward the bottom.
- This paint is permanent! If you get it on your clothes, it will not wash out. (I used paint smocks and placemats to protect the kids and the table.)
- Paint! The bottles are squeeze bottles, so it's really easy. Since the socks I bought were patterned, most kids just outlined the shapes or traced the lines and dots.
- Put the socks on a paper plate to dry. (I prepared the plates ahead of time by taping on a label with washing instructions so that the kids would know how to take care of the socks after they got home. The labels are included in the download.)
If you need the socks to dry quickly, you can dry them partially with a hair dryer. Don't use an embossing heat gun. It's too hot, and it will melt the sock. (The nail polish bottles are from the other game we played at the party--Spin the Nail Polish Bottle.)
You're done! Special thanks to Twiggle Box for the idea!
You can download the PDF or Silhouette files below.