How To Make A Christmas DIY Stocking Holder
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
We absolutely adore the holiday season and can’t wait for the big day. But as we start decorating, we realize that without a mantle we don’t have anywhere to hang our stockings. So what do we do? We make our own DIY stocking holder of course!
Here's how to make a DIY stocking holder:
These are the materials you’ll need to complete this simple and fun DIY project -
- A wood board: You can find pre-cut wood plaques at craft stores and home improvement stores. We chose one with rounded ends to give our stocking holder a more stylized look.
- Paint: You’ll need two paint colors for this project - one for the base color of your board and one for the stencil color.
- Paintbrush: A standard paintbrush from a craft store will do just fine. We chose a foam brush to keep the cost down.
- Stencils: We chose pre-cut stencils from a craft store. These come in a range of styles and fonts.
- Stencil paintbrush: Stencil brushes (spouncers) are easy to come by, but they aren’t absolutely necessary for this tutorial. Feel free to wash out and reuse the paintbrush you used to paint your board. (Pro-tip: makeup sponges also work fantastically for stenciling as they don’t soak up as much paint!)
- Paint pallet or paper plate: Having a designated place for your paint will make the clean-up much less time-consuming!
- Self-adhesive gems or sparkles: We chose clear and red gems for ours, but you can always mix it up!
- Knobs: By knobs, we mean the type you would find in a kitchen cabinet or door. These will be used to hang your stockings off of. You can find these just about anywhere.
- Ruler: Use this to measure and mark where your knobs will be installed.
- Marker: Along with your ruler, you will need a marker to designate the installation point of your knobs.
- Drill/screwdriver: You will need a drill to create holes in your board for knob installation. You can then either use the drill or the screwdriver to finish installing the knobs. Both tools will be used again later in the assembly to install your D-rings on the back of your stocking holder for hanging.
- D-rings: You need these to hang your stocking holder on the wall. In order to hang your stocking holder, you will need two rings total (one for each side).
Step 1: Paint your board! For faster drying time, paint 2 - 3 thin coats instead of painting 1 thick coat. For our DIY stocking holder, we chose a rich red color for a traditional Christmas feel! Using a foam brush similar to the one we used will help prevent any streaks from appearing.
Step 2: Lay out your stencils on the board. Be mindful of your spacing if you choose to work with pre-cut stencil letters. You don’t want your letters to be too far apart! After determining the perfect spacing, take your stencil brush or regular paintbrush and dab paint lightly over the stencils. It’s easy for paint to bleed underneath the stencil if you pick up too much on your brush, so use your paint sparingly at first.
Step 3: Measure and mark where your knobs will be installed by using your ruler and marker. Evenly space your knobs both vertically and horizontally from the edges of your board. This can get a little tricky, but you’ll get the hang of it.
Step 4: Drill holes. Use the marks you made with your marker to guide your drill bit placement. Drill through your board at an even pace and make sure to drill straight through.
Step 5: Install your knobs just like you would in any other cabinet or drawer. Insert the screw from the backside of your board and turn your knob clockwise on the screw to tighten. This is a simple process, but there are many tutorials out there to guide you if need be!
Step 6: Add bling or any other decorative pieces to your board! We chose red and white sparkles for our board to glam it up a bit!
Step 7: Add D-Rings. D-Rings can be installed with either your drill or your screwdriver. Make sure they are evenly spaced on the back of your board and are perfectly in line. You can check the measurements with your ruler and marker just like you did with your knobs!
Step 8: Hang your stocking holder on your wall! With Hang It Perfect™, you can hang your stocking holder perfectly level on the wall in just a few minutes. For those of you who really stuff your stockings full of goodies, you might consider using wall anchors to hang your stocking holder. We have a full blog post called 3 Must-Have Wall Anchors to guide you!
Step 9: Hang your stockings! Now that you’ve learned how to make your own DIY Stocking Holder, head on over to our style post to get some inspiration before you get started!
Watch this festive 2-minute video on how to make your DIY Stocking Holder!