Hanging stockings is a beloved Christmas tradition that can add beauty to your living room and bring the family closer together as you think about fun stocking stuffers with which to surprise one another. If you have a fireplace but no stocking hangers or do not want to run the risk of your children pulling heavy stocking hangers down and injuring themselves, you can use simple materials available from a hardware or home improvement store to create an alternative solution.
Things You'll Need
- Heavy-gauge wire
- Wire cutters
- Tape measure
- Rubber bands
Measure the width (w) and height (h) of the mantel.
Cut a piece of wire whose length is equal to (2 w) + (2 h) + 2 feet. It should be able to loop all the way around the mantel with excess wire hanging down.
Place the center of the wire at the center of the bottom of the mantel and wrap the wire up around the sides so that the ends cross near the middle of the top of the mantel. Adjust the placement and overlap to create the desired amount of slack below the mantel.
Tie a square knot in the ends of the wire to secure them and create a long loop of the desired length. The loop should run along the top of the mantel, down both sides, and hang slack underneath the mantel. Fold the excess wire sticking out of the knot back along the wire loop and wind it around the wire for added security. Wind at least a few inches on each side, and then either cut off the remaining excess wire, or keep winding until you reach the ends.
Push the wire loop to the back of the mantel. Hang one S-hook for each stocking from the wire underneath the mantel. Tie a small rubber band around the wire beside each S-hook to keep the hooks from sliding to the center. Hang the stockings from the S-hooks.