It’s starting to get a little more toasty out there here in Jersey. In anticipation of the inevitable cold weather I thought of a great project: DIY Hand Warmers! These are sure to make quick and easy gifts or stocking stuffers for friends and family!
What do you use to make the hand warmers warm? Well, my answer is rice. From everything I’ve read, you can use rice, flax seeds, dry beans, small gravel, or sand. (bake the gravel or sand first to get rid of any bugs or bacteria). To warm them you just microwave for about 20 seconds.
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This was pretty much a stuff on hand project. From my craft stash, I used part of a Chalk Couture banner refill I had on hand, and some brown rice I also had on hand that I would never actually never eat. ( Trying to remember WHY there is brown rice in my house in the first place ) I used candy apple ink to chalk the design on the banner material.
A word about using INK. Chalk Couture Ink is used on fabric. For it to be permanent and not make a mess, the ink must be heat set on the fabric. I use my Cricut Easy Press for this job. Nice, even heat and perfect size for the job.
I joined the pieces of banner together with Fabri-Tac glue – the best fabric glue ever – and funneled the rice into what became a little bean bag.
I think they turned out great, don’t you. And they will feel even better all warm and toasty in your pockets.
Check out the video below to see how I made this cute and useful project.
Stay safe (and warm) and Chalk On!