We have a very pretty fireplace and mantle. It is very ornately made and has lots of curves and detail. Well, I love it until it is time to hang our stockings.
Because of the different curves, we can not use any stocking hangers. Nope. None of them. For several years, we’ve used clear 3M hooks. That works fine. That is until we use the fireplace several times. The heat forces the adhesive to give way and they fall down. Needless to say, most years, the stockings ended up on the floor in the corner of the room before Christmas Eve.
This year, I decided I wanted to do something different. I took to online (namely Pinterest) to get some inspiration for some ideas. I found quite a few. However, one stuck out to me.
I showed a snapshot of the idea to my husband and asked if he could create it. You see, he is very talented when it comes to woodworking. He told me that he could do that for me without any problem at all. He even had a piece of pine left over from our basement remodel, so we didn’t have to make a purchase.
Curtain rood with hangers (make sure extends to fireplace width)
Wood (cut to fit on top of the mantle
Stain (match mantle color)
The first thing he did was to router the edges to make it ornate. He then sanded the entire thing down.
We then took the brackets that came with our curtain rod apart. We kept only the bottom portion which holds the rod.
Turn the wood over and router out a slot for the hanger to attach (note that you do not need crate the groove, but it may not sit evening on your fireplace (may wobble a bit as it could be uneven).
He then stained it to match the fireplace mantel. He ended up doing two coats and used steel wool between them and the ended it with a final top coat. The end result is gorgeous! See how it blends in and just looks like part of our mantel. And, you can see why we have had problems hanging our stockings in the past!
This project cost us around $25. It would have been more if we would have needed to purchase the wood. Now, I have something that I can use year after year. And best of all, our stockings will actually be hung up all Christmas season!