During the Christmas season, stockings are hung on mantles across the United States and the world. If you do not have a fireplace, you can still take part in this holiday tradition. Stocking hangers and holders, compensate for the lack of a mantle, by providing a solid base from which to suspend your holiday stockings. To make your own stocking hangers, you will require a bit of craft making skill, and some basic DIY materials.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Straight edge
- Table saw
- Gift wrap
- Large gift bag
- Large mug hooks
- Clean cloth
- All-purpose cleaner
- Stick-on furniture pads
- Ornament hooks
- Work gloves
- Protective eye goggles
Use your tape measure and pencil to mark a 4-by-4 inch piece of lumber to a length of 30 inches. Use your straight edge to make a solid line around the wood by joining your pencil marks. Use your table saw to cut the wood along the pencil line.
Use your sandpaper to remove any rough spots, splinters or other imperfections along the entire edge of the cut.
Use your gift wrapping paper, or a large gift bag, to cover your cut wood piece. Wrap the wood as you would a Christmas gift. If you are using a gift bag, use your scissors to cut out the bottom and cut off the handles. Then, use the rest of the bag as wrapping paper.
Install one large mug hook every 7 inches or so, starting about 1 inch in from one end of the wood. Twist the hooks into the wood in a clockwise direction, while applying pressure with your hand. Make sure all the hooks are facing upward when installed.
Hang your stockings from the hooks and enjoy.
Use your straight edge and pencil to draw a line across a set of folding closet doors. The doors may have as few as two folding sections and as many as four. Open the folding doors and lay them flat on the ground.
Do not cut along the louvered section; instead, use your tape measure and pencil to mark the middle point of the solid wood brace at the center of each door. Settle on a mid point and mark it with your pencil. Use your tape measure to record the distance between the base of each door and the midpoint, as marked. Use your straight edge to draw a line across your pencil marks; this will be your guideline when cutting the doors.
Use your table saw to cut the folding doors along your pencil line. The bottom half of the doors will become your stocking hangers. Use your clean cloth and all-purpose cleaner to wipe down the folding doors. Remove any sawdust, dust or debris left on the doors from the cutting process or storage.
Use your screwdriver to remove any hinges left on the upper half of the doors. Use your screwdriver to install these extra hinges onto the bottom half of the doors. Spread the extra hinges evenly among the empty spaces between existing hinges.
Spray paint your folding doors. Use a dark, holiday color, like forest green or deep red, to create a suitable backdrop for your colorful stockings.
Apply stick on furniture pads to the bottom of your folding door feet. These will prevent scratches on your floor as the hangers stand in place or are moved around as needed.
Fold your new stocking hanger folding doors slightly, so they are able to stand on their own. Place them in the appropriate location and use ornament hooks to hang your stockings on the louvers. Stagger the heights of your stocking to create a more interesting look.
Tips & Warnings
- Stockings can also be hung from a variety of household fixtures including, dressers, coat racks, bed frames and ladders.
- Perform all spray painting outdoors in a well-ventilated area.
- Use caution when working with saws. Always wear eye and hand protection.
- Do not hang your stockings from weighted holders if there are toddlers or small children in the home. Kids can pull on the colorful stockings and bring the weighted holders down on them.
- Families; At Home; I Made a Stocking Hanger Today; Sherry Holetzky
- Apartment Therapy; 7 Places to Hang a Stocking Other than from a Fireplace; Sarah Rae Trover; 2010
- MSNBC; Decking the Halls Can Be Hazardous to Your Health; Jonel Aleccia; 2009
- Saving the Family Money; Homemade Stocking Holders; Karen; 2010
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