Lost Socks Board

I know I am not the only one who LOVED Organize & Decorate Everything’s “Lost Sock Board“- that item seemed hot hot HOT! I knew the moment I saw it I had to have my own- so I made one.

First, I got to work making the fun clothes pins! I just cut strips of scrapbook paper to fit the front of each pin. No need to cover the back since it will be glued to the board anyway!

Next, me and my 2 kids (ages 3 and almost 2) simply Mod Podged the paper to the pins. 1 layer of Mod Podge, then the paper, then another layer of Mod Podge. Set aside and let dry.
(so easy a half-asleep 1 year old can do it!)
Then I got one of these boards from my stash (IKEA- As Is Section- 99 cents) and I just roughly sanded the edges.
I added some vinyl letters to the top and hot glued my clothes pins to the board. (Probably should’ve measured the spacing for the pins- the uneven gaps will probably bug me forever!
I stapled a ribbon to the back side to hang and its done!
Now I just need about 4 more boards since I have a bazillion lost socks! I plan to make puppets someday with the realllly old ones, just haven’t gotten around to it yet!
*Edited to add- for those of you who have emailed me requesting your own stickers, they are now up in my etsy shop!*

Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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  1. Leslie says

    The answer is prob obvious to everyone but me… where do you get your vinyl letters? Cricut? Something else? Thx!

  2. MrsJenB says

    I can't tell you how many times in the past week I've seen a random sock and thought "I could really use one of those lost socks boards…"

  3. Steph @ somewhatsimple says

    Leslie (and everyone else)- I have my own desktop cutter for my vinyl, though a cricut would do the same for this job. If you want your own letters, check my etsy store- I just added some.

  4. Leanne says

    Steph, yours looks so cute. I love the vinyl and your socks are way cuter than mine. haha! The little guy helping is pretty cute too. Thanks for the shout out. Have a great day!

  5. Melissa says

    This is really quite brilliant. I think my favourite part is the paper covered pins though, no need to take them apart and paint just to put them back together. Thanks for the great tute!

  6. Gina @ MoneywiseMoms says

    I love this! It serves as art for the laundry room as well as being useful. Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. Andrea says

    That is so cute! I too would need about 100 clothespins because I have a HUGE pile of lost socks!

  8. Amber says

    I did something similar to hold my baby girl's headbands. I love how one idea can be molded into so many different things!


  9. Sky says

    Glad you said it about needing way more clothespin- exactly what I was thinking! Still, this is going on my must-do list and yours turned out adorable! TFS :)

  10. Dawn says

    Totally great idea… our lost socks would take up the entire wall though.
    We had a lost sock bin. It was filled to overflowing with no hope of ever finding the mates so… Halloween came and we made a Sock Monster. Safety-pinned socks all over my sons sweats, hat, gloves and out the door he went.
    The cool part was EVERYONE knew exactly what he was and asked if he would bring back their lost socks! He loved it… and it had been his idea.
    Oh, the imagination of a 6 year old!

  11. Heather@ theherberfamily.blogspot.com says

    I have probably close to 2 laundry baskets filled with mismatched socks. I always mean to do -something- with them, and just never do.

    Cute idea!

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  12. Mad Sewing Love says

    How stinkin' cute is that! I'm like you though & would need about 10 of them. Would look adorable hanging in a laundry room.

  13. Cat says

    So cute. This one little thing makes me want to re-do my entire laundry room. I better get started!

  14. Anne says

    This is SO CUTE! I have this idea bookmarked because I am so making one of these, and then laughing every time I find a missing sock! he he. LOVE IT!

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  15. Lori says

    I have the same problem with socks!!! Love the idea.. I might have to do something like this!! Thanks for the idea!

  16. KatieBug says

    Excellent idea!!! this is a must on my to do list! I would need extra clothes pins though 😉

  17. Andy Porter says

    What are you talking about? I never lose socks in the wash….ha ha ha..Great idea, as always! Thanks for the link!

    Poppies at Play

  18. too Blessed to Stress says

    Fantastic idea! thank you for sharing – I too need a whole wall of clothes pins for all our mismatched socks :)

    ~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

  19. Michelle says

    This is so funny! I just printed "Lost Socks" in vinyl this week to make one of these. The version I saw was made with metal clips, but I really like the clothespins!

  20. rosemst2t says

    What a great idea this is! It's a great way to keep track of the socks that are waiting for their mates to come thru the laundry. I've never mastered getting both socks into the same load of wash….
    Thanks for the tutorial!

  21. design_aholic says

    Steph, can I use this project for my fiance? Ok, me too. Even without little socks, we still manage to lose them. Interactive laundry- Love it!

    Thanks for linking up your victory for VOTW @ Design-Aholic. Make sure to come back again, I can't wait to see what you have next!


  22. Remodelaholic says

    Forget just lost socks, I would try to lose socks so I could hang them up on this! I think I need to make one for my Laundry room,… now!

    Thanks for sharing and joining my party!

  23. MuseBootsi says

    I buy each of my boys white socks. Each gets a different style and brand. And I STILL have tons of lost socks!

    Great idea!

  24. Laci says

    We have our own vinyl cutter as well so the letters aren’t my issue….how did you get them to stick? The heat press is too hot and they don’t stick well.