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How to Make a Bug Heating Pad Out of a Sock

How to Make a Bug Heating Pad Out of a Sock

Lebenheimer explains how you can make a bed bug that doubles as a heating pad.
  • Age Guideline: 8 Years and Up
  • Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)

The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.


Materials Needed:

  • 2 Tube Socks
  • Dry Rice
  • Paint
  • Optional - Cinnamon sticks or cloves

Now we can begin...

Fill the Sock With Rice

Start off with two tube socks. Fill one sock loosely with dry rice. Sew or tie sock off.

Lebenheimer suggests using white tube socks but I happened to find some red ones so I used red!

Tuck One Sock Into the Other to Make the Bed Bug

Put first sock inside second sock with tie towards the toe.

Separate Your Sock

Seperate sock into three parts, the bottom two being bigger than the top. [ A,B,C]

Fold Your Sock to Make the Bed Bug Craft

Fold A and B together so that the toe of A meets B in sort of a round or oval shape. Secure temporarily with tape.

Make C into a ball shape and tack temporarily on top where A and B meet. Adjust as needed to make it look like a ladybug shape, you may need to move some rice between sections. Once it looks like you want, either sew or hot glue parts together.

Paint A, B red with black dots, Decorate head as you want.

When you are ready to use this bed bug as a heating pad, put it into a microwave for 3-5 minutes. The rice will warm up. Put it at the bottom on your bed to warm the sheets and keep your feet warm.

Optional - Put in a couple of small cinnamon sticks or cloves with the rice and it will smell great when it warms up.

Caution! Do not get it wet - it will mold.

Also, it can get very hot, be sure to move the rice around after heating to distribute the heat.

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