Six Crafty Uses for Old Pantyhose

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 By Bethany Tyndall – Beauty Writer

6 Crafty Uses for Your Old Pantyhose

If you’re a veteran hosiery wearer (of course you are – you’re here, aren’t you?), you’re probably way too familiar with that moment of heartbreak we all experience when a new pair of stockings or pantyhose develops its first run or tear.

Why does it happen? Sharp nails, rough surfaces and washing cycles are key contributors to sending your hosiery to an early grave, but the biggest culprit is quality.

Speaking as a girl who split her pantyhose last weekend while on a dinner date (oops!), I can assure you that although it might be tempting to save yourself a few bucks by buying cheap tights or stockings on eBay, it’s never a good idea! Save yourself the embarrassment, the heart-ache and dollars down the line by investing in some premium hosiery. At Miss Ruby Legwear, we’re committed to providing customers with seriously high quality pantyhose and stockings that last the distance. Think silky, long lasting and luxurious.

The only problem is, once you’ve decided to join us on the high quality hosiery bandwagon, what do you do with all your old pantyhose? We’ve got you covered. Check out these 6 crafty uses for your old stockings!


1) Store Onions and Garlic in the Kitchen

Did you know that onions can stay fresh for up to six months if stored correctly? A great way to repurpose your old pantyhose is to turn them into convenient kitchen or pantry storage options. Simply wash your pantyhose (don’t forget this step!) and place onions or garlic in the feet. Once full, hang them in a cool, dark place. Your old hosiery will give your onions room to breathe and keep them fresh for longer.


2) Create Cool Photographic Effects

Fancy yourself more than just an amateur photographer, but don’t have much fancy equipment? Believe it or not, you can use your old stockings to create a cool starburst lens effect. Just stretch your pantyhose over the camera lens to get the look. Using white nylon hosiery over the lens can also create an inexpensive fog filter effect.

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3) Make a ‘Hairy Harry’ or ‘Grass Baby’ with the Kids

If you’re looking for a fun activity to keep the kids busy on a rainy day, why not turn your old pantyhose into a Hairy Harry or Grass Baby? A Hairy Harry is a cute, low maintenance gardening project you can create by filling the feet of old socks or stockings with lawn seeds and soil.

Once your stockings is tied and filled, encourage your helpers to add features to the ‘face’, such as hilarious googly eyes or a cute moustache. In a few days’ time, your Hairy Harry will start to grow ‘hair’ that can then be trimmed or styled.

For more details on this pantyhose craft project, check out the No Dig Vegetable Garden.

 4) Crate Your Own DIY Oatmeal Bath

Dealing with sensitive skin or skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis is never fun. But did you know that you can repurpose your worn out pantyhose to create your own comforting oatmeal bath? Oatmeal baths are great for soothing irritated skin and decreasing inflammation.

To make your own oatmeal bath mix, cut your tights approximately five inches from the toe. Next, fill the foot with 1/4th cup of oats and tie it off with a knot. To use, run warm water over the oatmeal mix bag and swish it back and forth throughout the tub until the bath water becomes milky in colour. Now the water is infused with soothing oatmeal, you can use your oat bag as a gentle wash cloth to further moisturise and treat the skin.

For more details on making your own DIY Oatmeal bath, take a look at this easy tutorial.

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5) Try Your Hand at DIY Screen Printing

Another awesome craft activity you can do using your old pantyhose is DIY Screen Printing. Imagine being able to paint your own unique design onto a t-shirt at home! All you need is an item of clothing to modify, some Modge Podge (a decoupage medium), acrylic paint, a piece of cardboard, an embroidery hoop, panty-hose, a paintbrush and a permanent pen.

For detailed instructions, check out Calico Sky’s amazing Screen Printing tutorial.

6) Protect Your Delicates

There are some items of clothing that just don’t belong loose in the washing machine. If you’re trying to wash something delicate, like good quality pantyhose, silk, or something embellished with beads, you generally need a mesh washing bag. The purpose of these bags is to let warm, soapy water in without damaging or snagging your intimates. If you don’t have a mesh washing bag, a pair of old pantyhose tied off at the top will work almost as well in a pinch!

Now that you’re shopping with Miss Ruby Legwear, you’ll suddenly have a lot fewer pairs of torn pantyhose lying around! But even the most faithful, high quality pairs of pantyhose have to pass on eventually. So, when they do, give them a loving new home by turning them into a cute craft project!

Stay Stylish,

The Miss Ruby Legwear Team.