Handmade Holiday: DIY Hand Warmers with Essential Oils

December 8, 2015 | by Jocie (email) |


These DIY Hand Warmers with Essential Oils are the perfect Homemade Holiday gift as the cold approaches (or maybe it has already found you)! They are inexpensive, easy to make even for this novice sewer and use supplies found in most homes. I made a bunch for myself and some friends, then saw a friend at the bus stop who made one for her daughter to hold in the cold. I felt a little bad that I didn’t even think of my kids. haha From now on, I’ll heat up a couple extra DIY hand warmers for the girls to hold to their noses in the mornings. πŸ™‚

Looking for more Handmade Holiday gift ideas for your family, friends, coworkers and teachers. Be sure to read to the end of the post for ideas from my best bloggy buds too.

Materials Needed:

Most of this I had on hand, which makes it the best last-minute gift idea. Probably each hand warmer cost twenty-five cents to make and they look so adorable. The best part about the DIY hand warmers is that once you understand you concept, you can make any shape, any size. I also have one that is large and I use as a heating pad. 

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  • Fabric Scraps
  • Needle & Thread (sewing machine is helpful but not necessary)
  • Rice
  • Essential Oils

A few notes about the type of fabric to choose. I bought some adorable plaid fleece that I love, but all the fur kept jamming my sewing machine. Thicker fabrics hold up best with lots of use, but soft flannels are super cozy. But really there is no right or wrong and I try to use what I have on hand (even old flannel shirts or sweats would work great!).


Sewing the Hand Warmers

First, trace heart pattern onto the fabric, and cut two exact pieces and pin them together, the outside of the fabric pinned inward. Leave lots of extra outside the pattern and trim later. (right click on image to download)


Then, sew around the heart, on the line, leaving about 2-3 inches open.

Trim excess fabric around the seam and turn right side out.

In a small bowl, add approximately two tablespoons of rice and a couple drops of your favorite Essential Oil and stir together. Then use a funnel to add the rice to the hand warmer.

Using a needle and thread, sew the opening closed. BOOM! Super easy.

Microwave 20-30 seconds in the microwave and enjoy warm hands! Or you could even put some in your shoes to warm them before you wear them, but I would make a special set for that. haha


More Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas!

Are you coming to our big Homemade Holiday Facebook Party where we will be sharing lots of great DIY Essential Oil gifts? We’ll have lots of giveaways and tons of inspiration. Starting at December 8, 2015 at 9pm EST! Here are my faves from some of the most amazing bloggers!


Bath Salt Ornaments

Homemade Lip and Beauty Scrubs Made 3 Ways

Homemade Thin Mints

DIY Christmas Spirit & Spruce Bath Gel

DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelets

Homemade Linen Spray

DIY Lavender Bath Salts

Luxurious Cocoa-Mint Lip Balm

Vintage Shaving Kit for Men

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5 Responses
  1. arlene says:

    can you put something in the hand warmers that mice won’t be attracted to? A friend gave me a neck warmer and a mouse got into it. Help!

    • Skye says:

      *supposedly* mice don’t like peppermint, so maybe add a drop or two of peppermint oil. Also, several years back we had a mouse problem, and moved everything into glass jars – so maybe store it in a glass jar, or large thick plastic container. πŸ™‚

  2. Linda L. says:

    You should use all-natural materials (cotton, wool, linen) for both fabric and thread so it won’t melt or catch fire in the microwave.
    With the rice filling, you can’t wash the handwarmer but you can make a removable pouch for it. This is especially handy if you’re giving them to kids. You just make a mini pillowcase.

  3. Cathy I. says:

    Linda L. is right. Only use all natural fibers in the microwave. Some fabrics have been known to catch fire, especially fabric with metal threads running through them. Other fabrics have been known to melt like nylon, synthetic fur, etc. please include this warning in your blog. I have friends in my sewing group that have had or they know someone that has had one or the other happen to them. The fire is scary and the melting is especially hard to get cleaned off the microwave. I love the idea of the heart hand warmers, especially with Valentine’s Day coming up.

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