We made these cute and useful little creatures today when I noticed just how many outgrown and threadbare socks were lurking in the children's not-so-fresh smelling drawers. I took the aforementioned socks and put them in a box on the kitchen table along with a mixture of dried mung beans and lavender, a selection of googly eyes, ribbon and metallic sticky tape, brightly coloured feathers, pipe cleaners and a few elastic bands.
There followed a fabulously fragrant hour as Buddy and Daisy made all the scented sock genie characters pictured above.
They half-filled each sock with the mung bean and dried lavender mix...
...then I helped tie an elastic band round the top of the sock to seal in the scented filling.
They stuck on eyes, added feathers, tape and pipe cleaners just as they wished and the whole kitchen filled with the relaxing scent of lavender. Bliss.
Daisy made a princess, a mermaid and two baby dinosaurs. Buddy made a pirate and two ninja-explorers.
The sock genies are now in residence in Buddy and Daisy's bedroom; scenting their drawers with the wonderful aroma of lavender. And they make me chuckle every time I see them; aren't they funny.