Baby, it’s cold outside! While I may not be facing the pipe-bursting sub-zero temperatures seen in the Midwest this week, we hit single digits here in North Carolina (and here I thought I left cold weather behind when I moved to the South). Although the smart play is probably to stay inside this week, a DIY lifestyle — or, you know, a job — means venturing out to face the icy temperatures on a daily basis. Gloves are good, but I’m going to need a little something more.
Commercially available chemical hand warmers are a popular, pocket-friendly solution for keeping a little heat on hand on a cold day, but at a buck and a half a pop, the convenience isn’t all that cheap. Once again, I say y-e-s to DIY.
The same stuff that will melt the ice on your front steps can also be used to keep your hands warm as you brave the elements. These handy pocket warmers take just a couple of minutes to put together and, for just about a nickel apiece, may quickly become a cold weather habit.
I’ll admit the store-bought packets last longer than our homemade version (you’ll get about half an hour of heat out of these), but they are compact enough to bring several along if you’re stuck outside for long stretches. As for me, after half an hour or so, I’m ready to head back inside for a little hot cocoa.
Battling the cold weather? Add to your arsenal by following the steps below to make your own pocket-sized hand warmers.