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How to Make DIY Hand Warmers
Help prevent frostbite this winter by keeping your hands nice and toasty by making two hand warmers that will help keep you warm while you are outdoors. Not only is it easy to make, but this simple DIY also makes an inexpensive gift idea that can be made for less than $1.00.
MaterialsContinue to 2 of 9 below.
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Cut out the Shape of Your Hand Warmer
To begin, take a small piece of paper that is approximately 3.5" to 4" wide and fold it in half. On the folded piece of paper draw the outline of half a heart with a pencil. Cut out the heart shape with scissors.
Place the paper heart onto a piece of felt and trace the heart shape twice using a pencil.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
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Cut out a Second Shape on Felt
Using scissors cut out both traced hearts.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
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Sew the Two Shapes Together
Place the two cut hearts directly over top of each other. Using thread that matches the color of felt, thread a needle with some thread. Sew together the two hearts along the edges, but leave a small section about 1 inch wide open so you can fill in the rice.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Fill the Hand Warmer With Rice
Place a funnel in the open section of the heart and fill the felt heart with rice by pouring the rice down the funnel. Continue adding rice until the heart is completely filled with rice.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
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Sew the Hand Warmer Closed
Once the heart is filled with rice sew together the rest of the felt heart.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
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Hide the Stitches
Next to hide the thread stitches along the edge of the heart lightly run the needle back and forth over the exterior edges. This will cause the felt fibers to move slightly and hide the stitches.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
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Make a Matching Set
Repeat the last four steps so that you end up with two hand warmers, one for both hands. To use the hand warmers microwave them for 20 to 40 seconds until they are warm and place them inside your coat pockets or your gloves to keep your hands nice and toasty while you are outdoors. Make sure to use caution grabbing the hand warmers out of the microwave as they can get very hot after being microwaved.
The hand warmers can be reused, so make sure to always microwave them before heading out in the cold.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Give Away as a Gift
For a quick gift idea wrap together two of the DIY hand warmers together with some twine and write the microwave instructions on a small sheet of paper.