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How to Make Homemade Hand Warmers

How to make homemade hand warmers filled with rice are the perfect little heating pads for your hands or elsewhere. Free printable to give them as gifts too!

Homemade Heating Pad

If you’re looking for a cute gift to make with your kids or something to use yourself as a homemade heating pad or handwarmer, this could be the ticket! This is how to make homemade hand warmers which are small enough to fit in your jacket pocket, but you could make them larger as well to ease back pain too. (originally published 11/17, affiliate links present)

Make a bit bigger and use them around the back of your neck or anywhere else you might need a warm “hug”. You only need a few ingredients to make these these rice sock heating pads!

Homemade Hand Warmers

They’re a great Girl Scout Troop project too. We provide this free printable, and the other items I’ve seen at The Dollar Store.

  1. Bag of rice
  2. Felt
  3. Needle and thread
  4. Free handwarmer printable (provided below)
  5. Small cellophane bags

These are really easy to make and a way to involve the kids too. The perfect size to stick into your jacket pockets once they are warm and keep you warm and snuggly. Here’s how you make them + a free printable to use if you want to give a few as gifts. 

how to make homemade hand warmers

Homemade Heating Pad

Instructions; Cut two pieces of felt out, any shape, that are the same size

  1. Sew around outside of your shape leaving about 1/4″ edge, and leaving about 1.5″ opening at one end to pour your rice into
  2. Turn your shape inside out so the seams are now on the inside

Use a small funnel to pour your uncooked rice into the hand warmer and fold your felt in where the opening was using a pin to keep it closed so it looks good


Rice Hand Warmers

Use a needle and thread to close the opening so rice won’t escape.

  1. Print labels below and slide into plastic bag so you can read it thru the bag or print on sticker paper so you can cut them out and stick the label on the front of your bag
  2. Enjoy

You can print this free handwarmer label printable sheet here to cut out.  Attach or print on sticker paper and to the front to give it as a cute gift! If you don’t want to use sticker paper you can print it on paper. Then cut them into squares, and slip it in with the printing on the outside. That way you can see it thru the clear bag.

These cellophane bags look the best but if you are really trying to save money you could use ziploc sandwich baggies too. If you’re a teacher in the cooler climates it would be a cute holiday gift your students could make for their parents.

Just ask a volunteer to sew the majority of the outside of the hearts and allow students to sew the rest, or if they are older students they could easily hand sew the whole thing.

Super cute right? This is how to make homemade hand warmers when the temperatures really dip during the winter time! What other simple diy gifts have you done with your kids and/or students during the holidays? You can also make homemade lotion bars or this is how to make a knot pillow, and get to gifting.

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Thursday 10th of December 2020

Cute handwarmers, I'm excited to make them.

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