How to Hang Christmas Stockings

I move a lot…  9 times in 10 years!  And, because of this, each year is different when it comes to holiday decorating.  I’ve lived in homes that have had a fireplace and in homes that did not.  This year, I have a fireplace!

Whatever your situation, these handy DIY decor items provide a simple, two-part solution for hanging stockings with, or without, a mantle.

How to Hang Christmas Stockings

First, a nifty little sign to announce the dedicated area where you will hang your stockings:

How to Hang Christmas Stockings

And next, some DIY knobs for each stocking:

How to Hang Christmas Stockings

#1.  The Sign

How to Hang Christmas Stockings

What you’ll need:

  • a piece of wood trim, a 2 x 4, or any other appropriately-sized piece of wood.
  • paint in whatever color you want the background to be
  • alphabet stickers
  • colored ink stamp pad
  • picture hanging hardware (I used eye screws)

For my sign, I happened to have a piece of pre-primed wood trim so I didn’t need to paint it first.  I also had the very “Brady Bunch” looking alphabet stickers on hand and because I’m an avid crafter – yep, I had the stamp pad too.  All I had to do was stick the letter stickers onto the board.

How to Hang Christmas Stockings

Next, I “painted” around the outer edge with a red ink pad by rubbing it onto the wood…

How to Hang Christmas Stockings

You can also use any craft paint, some washi tape, or you could glue some ribbon  around the outer edges of the sign for extra love.   Next, choose the appropriate picture hanging hardware.  I chose eye screws and twisted them into the top of the sign, about 3 inches in from each outer edge.

How to Hang Christmas Stockings

I chose red and white striped bakers twine to thread through the eye screws to hang the sign.  Here it is completed and hanging from a mantle:

How to Hang Christmas Stockings

And here’s the “no mantle” option:

How to Hang Christmas Stockings

DIY #2. The Knobs

The “knobs” for each stocking are drapery rod finials.  Mine started as unfinished wood pieces for just under $2 each at Lowe’s.  Any local building supply warehouse that carries drapery hardware and supplies should carry them.   You can purchase finished wood pieces as well, but they’re more expensive and unfinished hardware allows you to customize your color.  Look for finials that have screws attached like this:

How to Hang Christmas Stockings

I wanted the look of  bronzed metal so I spray painted them.  It’s a quick and easy process with the right set up.  Just screw each finial into a piece of styrofoam and place on top of an empty box to raise them high enough off the ground so you can walk around all sides and give them a good coat or two of paint.  As you can see from the photo below, I had painted these a while back so I re-did the set up to give you an idea of the easiest way to get the painting job done.

How to Hang Christmas Stockings

I love the way the finials protrude from the wall and make a bigger statement than a drawer pull.  They make the occasion a little more fancy, especially for the times I have lived in a rentals with plain white walls!  I try to make things a little more special around the holidays no matter where we are.  Below, I looped the stocking cord around the back side of the finial before screwing them into the wall.  The loops weren’t large enough to fit over the front part of the finial.  You can also tie a ribbon through the loop of the stocking and around the finial.  (You will have to spackle the holes left from the screws after the holidays).

How to Hang Christmas Stockings

I have also used these finials as tie-backs for lightweight drapes and as design elements from which I hung framed pictures.

How to Hang Christmas Stockings

I included this final photo to encourage a few more last minute DIY’s.  Paper snowflakes add some magic to the walls or can be hung from clear fishing line from the ceiling at varying heights to give a winter wonderland effect inside the house.  To the left of the mantle, you’ll notice a paper fan “wreath” made from gift wrap.  Use any of your favorite (or leftover) giftwrap and follow this GREAT how-to by Alysha for paper rosettes.

Have yourself a very DIY Christmas!

How to Hang Christmas Stockings

Happy Holidays,

 

 

 

8 Comments
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  1. December 13th, 2012 at 8:47 pm
    Bobbi says:
    This is adorable! I didn't think I could hang our stockings without a mantle, but this looks great! I thought those knobs were metal, at first. I love how it turned out!
    • December 13th, 2012 at 9:49 pm
      Stephanie says:
      Thanks Bobbi :-) Necessity is the mother of invention!
  2. December 13th, 2012 at 10:41 pm
    KhaliaNicole says:
    I love this idea! I'm in the process of making something similar right now actually!!
    • December 17th, 2012 at 9:26 am
      Stephanie says:
      Cool! I'd love to know how it turns out!
  3. December 14th, 2012 at 10:15 am
    Ashley says:
    Such a great idea! We don't have a mantle in Vegas and this really helps me out. Can't wait to try it.
    • December 14th, 2012 at 8:51 pm
      Stephanie says:
      Awesome! I'm happy to know that you found this idea useful. Best of luck with your creation!
  4. December 18th, 2012 at 5:48 pm
    Sue says:
    What I've done for cheap decor:
    * sprayed oak, maple, and elm leaves silver and gold
    * strung cranberries (3 to a wire, hung vertically)
    * dried slices meyers lemons, blood and regular oranges, as well as green apples.
    * cranberry and popcorn strings
    * used grapevines to make a single large star

    What have I done with these? I hung everything on my Christmas tree, and the only thing that I purchased were a variety of small birds, and that was last year. Everything minus the birds, is recyclable. It's not only an economic statement, but it's an incredibly homey Christmas tree with charms that harken back to days when Christmas meant something well beyond rampant consumerism.
    • December 18th, 2012 at 6:47 pm
      Stephanie says:
      Thanks for the list of great ideas, Sue! It would be so neat to invovle kids in creating everything for the tree and make it extra special. I also love the charming image I get in my mind's eye when I think of those handmade and natural elements!
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