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DIY Christmas Stocking Holders

DIY Christmas Stocking Holders

No chimney? No problem. This sentimental piece of Christmas can still be a part of your tradition with or without a chimney.
MATERIALS
TO CREATE THE STOCKING WALL HANG:
  • Large branch found outside or purchased at craft store
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Stockings
  • Zip ties
  • Desired hanging materials, hammer and nail work
  • Decorative materials like garland and ornaments
  • Optional: Command hooks
  • Optional: Saw
TO CREATE THE STOCKING NEWEL POST:
  • Newel post
  • 24” plywood round
  • 3/4” wooden dowel
  • 3/4” forstner bit
  • Phillips head bit
  • Small drill bit for pilot hole
  • Power drill
  • Black spray paint
  • Silver spray paint
  • Lantern
  • Battery operated candle
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Pencil
  • Optional: Christmas décor
  • Optional: Saw

INSTRUCTIONS:


TO CREATE THE STOCKING WALL HANG


1. If the branch is too big, cut it down.


2. Decide how you want to hang the branch, if using nails, figure out the best spacing depending on the shape and size of your branch.


3. Decorate the branch as desired. You can use garland, lights or any other décor you like! Depending on how you decorate, hanging the branch first could be helpful. Attach with zip ties and hot glue.


4. Hang the branch if not already done. You can use command hooks depending on the weight of the branch. You could also hang it above a side-table to mimic a mantle.


5. Attach the stockings to the branch with ribbon or twine. Enjoy!


TO CREATE THE STOCKING NEWEL POST


1. To create the base for your post, find the center of your round and attach the newel post to it with a few wood screws from the bottom up. Drill pilot holes first.


2. On the block top of your post, mark where you want the dowels to go. You want to create a cross section without the dowels actually intersecting. Place one hole at least 1” above the other which should be marked on the adjacent face of the block.


3. Use the forstner bit to drill through the block top where you’ve marked.


4. Feed the dowels into the holes. Cut to size before if necessary.


5. Use hot glue to attach the knobs onto each end of the dowels.


6. Glue your lantern to the top of your post.


7. In a well-ventilated area or outdoors spray paint the whole thing black. Allow to dry.


8. Spray a light mist of silver spray paint to add a metallic finish. Allow to dry.


9. Put the post in place and decorate as desired.


10. Drop the battery-operated candle in the lantern and turn on.


11. Hang your stockings on the dowels and enjoy!


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