Hooray, it’s shark week!  You know I can’t pass up the chance to make a shark themed project for this annual summer “event”.  I’ve made shark themed jewelry and a shark shaped jewelry hanger, and I’m back this year with another idea.  Shark projects can run the spectrum from scary to silly to chic, and the idea I have for you today definitely falls in the “silly” category, with a nod to how scary sharks are.  Let’s make shark socks!

This post first appeared at Dollar Store Crafts, where I am a contributor.

Tell the truth: haven’t you ever worried about critters nibbling on your toes when you wade into the ocean?  These fun DIY socks illustrate what might happen if a shark decided to munch on your foot.  I used super soft fabric paint from DecoArt to keep the socks soft and comfortable, and not at all stiff.


  • Socks
  • So Soft Fabric Paint
  • Puffy Paint

Step one:  Cut a piece of cardboard so that it fits inside the sock.  This will not only make the socks easier to paint, but it will also keep the paint from seeping through to the reverse side.

Step two:  Use the silver paint to make the “body” and “head” of the shark.  Paint a “v” shape near the top and fill in the rest of the sock with silver paint.  Repeat on the other side of the shark.  I love the soft metallic shine that this paint has!

Step three:  Use the red paint to outline the teeth.  Make small “v” shapes for the teeth.  Fill the top of the sock with the red paint.  Looks bloody gross, doesn’t it?  I’m sorry!

Step four:  Use black puffy paint to draw the eyes and other details on the shark.


I’m cracking up at this project now.   And wishing that I had made a pair for myself.  Everyone who sees these shark socks can’t help but giggle.  All my kids want a pair, and luckily these are so incredibly easy to make that I’ll have them all done in no time at all.  Grab your socks and fabric paint, and get your shark on!



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