Be Like an Elf and Do It Yourself With Your Own Cozy Sock Draft Stopper

Recipes and DIY

There’s something extra special about making your own gifts. But making your own gifts is even more special when those gifts also make your loved ones’ homes more energy efficient! So we’re pretty excited to share this DIY cozy draft stopper. It’s super easy, super cute, and will lead to super energy savings for your friends and family.

Directions courtesy of OneGoodThingByJillee

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  • 2 to 3 socks, depending on size
  • Quilt batting or polyester fiberfill stuffing (basically stuffing from an old pillow). These give the sock shape and insulate against the cold air.
  • Popcorn kernels (or dried beans or peas). These are used for weight and won’t go rancid.
  • Needle and thread, or fabric glue.

* Note: There are no precise measurements. Just enough to fill the socks.


  1. Fill each sock with a half-and-half mixture of the stuffing and kernels. Pack each sock all the way to the end, with the final layer being the stuffing.
  2. Repeat with the second and (if necessary) third sock.
  3. Attach each sock to the next by overlapping the end of one sock over the closed end of the next one.
  4. Once the sock sections are fitted together, stich them together with some needle and thread, or even fabric glue.
  5. Place the cozy sock draft stopper in front of the door. That’s it. You’re done!

A DIY sock draft stopper is definitely the cutest and most creative energy efficient tip there is, but there are so many ways to save energy around your home.