How to Use Toys to Create Unique Stocking Hangers

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Ever struggled to find a festive and cute way to hang up your stockings? This simple tutorial will help you jazz up those boring hooks in no time, and each one can be customized to suit the person whose stocking will be hung from it. The all-over color gives these hooks a modern feel and can be used to fit your decor.

(Image: Machelle Vanderhoeven)
(Image: Machelle Vanderhoeven)

Things You'll Need

  • Weighted stocking hangers
  • Assorted Christmas toys
  • Spray paint in desired colors
  • Primer (if not included in your spray paint)
  • E600 or Gorilla Glue
(Image: Machelle Vanderhoeven)

Tip

  • Christmas toys like the ones used here are pretty easily found at thrift stores or garage sales. If you have no luck there, use bottle brush trees, plastic animals, toy cars and trains, and check the Christmas aisles at local stores. Anything works!

Step 1: Glue Toys to Hangers

Use a strong glue, such as E6000 or Gorilla Glue to attach each toy (or an assortment of toys) to the middle of each hanger.

(Image: Machelle Vanderhoeven)

Use boxes to set the hangers on so the hook hangs off the edge. This allows the toys to lay flat while they dry.

(Image: Machelle Vanderhoeven)

The nice thing about this project is that you don't have to allow the glue full time to dry before painting, as long as you're careful. Just allow them to set for an hour or two and then move to a ventilated and covered area for painting.

(Image: Machelle Vanderhoeven)

Step 2: Paint Your Hangers

If your spray paint doesn't have primer in it, be sure to prime your hangers first, as regular spray paint will not adhere well to the metal bases.

Use light bursts from a distance of about 10 inches and give each piece about four total light coats of paint until fully covered. The colors used here are Rust-oleum Metallic Bright Gold, Ocean Mist, Typhoon, and Berry Pink.

(Image: Machelle Vanderhoeven)

After allowing your hangers several hours to fully dry, move them onto your mantel and hang your stockings, awaiting their presents on Christmas morning!

(Image: Machelle Vanderhoeven)
(Image: Machelle Vanderhoeven)
(Image: Machelle Vanderhoeven)

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