Stockings play a part in any Christmas gift-giving celebration, whether you choose traditional red and white felt or modern patterns and colors. The typical location for hanging stockings remains the mantle, the large piece of wood or stone above the fireplace. Certain methods for hanging your Christmas stockings reduce or prevent damage to the mantle, and allow you to showcase your holiday decor with ease.
For hanging stockings without putting holes in your mantle, try removable adhesive hooks. Removable adhesives are designed to stick firmly to a number of smooth surfaces without causing damage or leaving residue. This is a good choice if your mantle is fragile plaster or metal. Basic hooks are strong enough to support lightweight stockings, but stronger versions are available that can handle stockings overflowing with gifts. Many companies release holiday-themed colored hooks for Christmas.
The most basic and common method for hanging stockings from a wooden mantle is by using nails. Driving small nails into the mantle piece provides steady support for heavy stockings that other methods can't hold. Disguise nails by wrapping the front of the mantle in garland. Tinsel or evergreen garland adds a festive touch. But use caution with this method, as punching new holes in your mantle every year may cause some eyesores and may lower the visual appeal.
For a non-damaging hanging solution without adhesives, try weighted stocking holders made of ceramic or brass. Most feature Christmas colors or shapes, but modern and chic options are available. Heavy cast-iron stocking holders will hold some of the most overstuffed and elaborate stockings. While this is one of the best options for a variety of mantle pieces, homes with small children should check that the stockings are high enough to prevent a child from pulling a heavy stocking holder onto his head.
Metal mantles have one advantage over wood or plaster models when it comes to hanging stockings. Instead of heavy holders, nails or adhesives, magnets provide a strong bond for decorating on metal. Strong refrigerator magnets work if they will be hidden under a garland, or homeowners can paint plain magnets with red and green. Alternately, wrap magnets in your favorite wrapping papers or glue an ornament to them.
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