Holiday Sock Ornaments

By  Kathleen George  for  The Dow Chemical Co.

Wrap foam balls with holiday socks or tights to create ornaments with cozy appeal.

  • Holiday Sock Ornaments
  • Closeup View


  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Balls, 3”
  • Holiday socks, one per ornament
  • White cording
  • Satin ribbon, 3/8”-wide
  • Felt scraps
  • Assorted embellishments: pearl-head pins, sequins, tiny pom-poms, etc.


  • Wooden chopstick or skewer
  • Straight pins
  • White craft glue

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler
  • Size
  • 1. Size is 3" tall.
  • Note
  • 1. Omit straight pins and dimensional embellishments from ornaments if small children will have access to ornaments.
  • Ornaments
  • 1. Use chopstick to hollow out large hole at center top and bottom of foam ball. Rotate chopstick outward so holes are slightly wider at surface of ball.
  • 2. Cut toe from sock. Insert ball into toeless sock so 1/2" of fabric extends beyond bottom of ball. (Note: Easiest way to do this is to hold ball in hand and pull sock up over hand and arm until ball is covered; slide hand from sock.)
  • 3. Apply glue into hole in bottom of ball. Push cut edges of sock firmly into hole using pointed end of chopstick. Pin fabric in place until glue dries; remove pins.
  • 4. Pull sock up over ball so fabric is tight and smooth up to top. Cut away sock's ankle so 1/2" of fabric extends above top of ball. Repeat Step 3 for top of ball.
  • 5. If desired, cut felt embellishments to complement sock designs, such as penguin's scarf; glue to ornaments. Let dry.
  • 6. Apply glue to ends of pearl-head pins; insert into ornament. Add sequins to some pins before inserting into ornaments. Let dry.
  • 7. Cut 8" cord length for hanger; knot ends. Apply glue to end of straight pin and insert through knot into ornament. Tie small ribbon bow; adhere to top of ornament over pin. Let dry.
  • Tip
  • 1. Try this technique with non-holiday socks, too; it's a great way to get rid of all those lone socks sitting atop the dryer.