Traditional Christmas decorating includes hanging the stockings on the mantel. But, what do you do if you don’t have a mantel or if you don’t have the space for hangers? You make your own stocking holder rod. That’s what you do.
We have a beautiful fireplace and mantel. 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 the stockings fall down. 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.
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HOW TO MAKE A MANTEL STOCKING HANGER
Curtain rod with hangers (make sure extends to fireplace width)
Wood (cut to fit on top of the mantel)
Stain (match mantel color)
The first step is to cut the wood, so it fits on top of the mantel. You can have it go to the edges or have it slightly set in a bit from the sides. We made ours the exact size as the mantel so that it would match seamlessly.
Once that was done, my husband routered the edges to give it a finished look and then sanded it down completely. Routering is not necessary, but make sure you sand down all edges as well as the top to have a smooth finish.
The next step in making the hanger was to take apart the hooks for the curtain rod. You do not need the piece that attaches to the wall (see image below).
Turn the wood upside down. You will want to router a slot for the hanger to fit. Doing so ensures that your piece sits flat on the mantel. If you do not know to do this, you can skip this step, but keep in mind that your hanger may wobble when you put it on your fireplace.
The last thing he did was stained it the same color as the mantel. It took two coats to achieve the look we wanted. The last thing was add a poly coating to the very top. The result is absolutely 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 had needed to purchase the wood. Now, I have something that I can use year after year. And best of all, our stockings will stay hung up all Christmas season!