No mantel? No problem! I love the look of hanging Christmas stockings but we don’t have a fireplace in our current house. I will be DIY-ing a faux one at some point, but I needed something to hang my family’s stockings on. And dare I say I love how the finished project looks like? Check out my stocking holder tutorial to see how easy it is to whip up one for yourself too!
- House Shelves (similar here)
- Wood Ball Knobs
- Pom Pom Trim
- Mug Hooks
- Heavy Cardstock (or really thin Balsa Wood or Basswood)
- Craft Paint (I love this set)
- Glue Gun
- Foam Paintbrush
- Wood Glue
- Hanging Hardware
- Bottle Brush Trees and other miniatures
Sand the wood parts and remove the splinters – I wanted to keep it natural so I kept the bare wood, however you can also use Polycrylic (a water-based protective finish) to coat and seal the wood. If you don’t have house shelves, you can make your own with thin wood, or use these ones that already have a backing on them.
Trace the shape of the house on thick cardstock and cut down to size. You may want to cut down notches as well if your houses come with hanging hardware already. If you are using balsa wood, use the paper template to cut your wood. I recommend using a thin wood if your wood piece does not come with hanging hardware. If your house has a backing already, skip this step.
Paint the cardstock or wood with your color of choice – and yes, you can use colored paper if you are using cardstock, but I wanted specific colors that I just could not find.
Adhere the backing to your house shelf with some hot glue (if using cardstock) or wood glue if using balsa wood.
Now add some trim to liven it up or if you have any other embellishments you would like to use instead to the front edge of your wood piece. Use hot glue and adhere it in sections.
Now, assemble the hooks, drill a pilot hole on the bottom of a ball knob and screw in your mug hook.
Attach the ball knob onto the wood piece with hot glue or wood glue, and secure it with a small screw on the other side.
You can stop this stocking holder tutorial as is or you can add some fun bottle brush trees on the inside (and other knick-knacks) to create a mini-diorama!
I seriously love how this project turned out! To hang, I used the hanging hardware that was already screwed in to my wood pieces. Otherwise, attach your own hanging hardware.
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Aki is an avid DIY-er, crafter and designer. She loves trying out new craft materials, processes, and learning about new ideas. She has a passion for designing printed material as well, from free cards, wallpapers and party items. Follow her crafty adventures over at mintedstrawberry.blogspot.ca where she shares DIY tutorials and free printables.