How to Make DIY Stocking Holders

DIY Stocking Holders for the Mantle

Personalize your holiday decor with these custom DIY stocking holders for your mantle. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to learn how to make your own stocking holders this holiday season.

DIY Stocking Holders for Mantle

Decorate this holiday season with these adorable, custom stocking holders!

These stocking holders were made using my Holiday Layered Alphabet, wood, and permanent vinyl.

The holders themselves can be painted, stained, or left natural.  Add a simple hook or find a decorative knob to fit your style. 

Using permanent vinyl for this project ensures that these will last for years to come.  There are lots of color options for permanent vinyl which make these truly customizable.

Design yours to fit your space adding the letters of your family members’ first names or spelling out a meaningful holiday word such as NOEL! 

Let me show you how to make your own Stocking Holders in Cricut Design Space.

This can also be made using a Silhouette, Brother Scan n Cut, or another cutting machine.  Just choose the file type that works for your machine.  You can reference the ‘How to use cut files’ document included in the zip file to learn which file type is needed for your cutting machine.

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Materials & Supplies to Make the Stocking Holders

STOCKING HOLDERS

LAYERED LETTERS

Step 1.  Cut the 2″ x 6″ board

Fun fact that I learned while doing this project.  The boards you get at the hardware store are really 0.5″ less than what you’re getting.  So a 2″ x 6″ board is really 1.5″ x 5.5″.   Why?  I have no idea but every board is that way.

With that out of the way let’s start!  So make one stocking holder, you’ll need one 5.5″ x 5.5″ piece and one 5.5″ x 4″ piece of wood.  Keeping in mind that the 2″ x 6″ board is already 5.5″, cut the board to make 5.5″ pieces and 4″ pieces.

Cut the wood in 5.5 inch and 4 inch pieces

If you’re cutting the wood yourself you’ll need a circular saw or miter saw.  Remember, measure twice, cut once!

Cut as many pieces as you’ll need for your mantle.

Step 2.  Sand, Stain/Paint Your Blocks

Using sandpaper, make sure the block faces and edges are smooth before you paint or stain them.

You can make several variations of these DIY stocking holders.

    1. Keep the natural pine look by simply sealing with a clear Polyurethane coating to protect the wood.
    2. Stain the wood with your choice of stain.  I chose a walnut stain to give a rustic look.
    3. Paint the wood with your choice of paint color.  For my final product, I chose white paint to make my vinyl pop.

Choose to stain or paint the finished blocks

Pick the style that fits best with your holiday decor.

Step 3.  Cut the Permanent Vinyl using a Cutting Machine

 

   

Upload the Layered Letter Cut Files to Cricut Design Space

Insert Holiday Layered Letters into Cricut Design Space

  

  

Resize each letter to 4.5 inches tall to fit the wood blocks

Resize the remaining holiday layered letters

  

Select the material you're using to cut

After you cut the design, weed the letters using a weeding tool.  

Once you have all of the letters weeded use scissors to cut out each individual letter so you can layer them.

Use scissors to cut out each individual letter so you can layer them.

    

Starting with the top layer, apply the transfer tape.  Then remove the backing from the vinyl.

You may need to burnish it with a credit card or scraper tool.

You may need to burnish it with a credit card or scraper tool. 

  

apply the top layer to the second layer. 

Repeat until you have assembled all of your letters.

Step 6.  Apply the Letters to the Wood Blocks

apply the layers to the wood block

Burnish with the scaper tool or credit card.

Burnish with the scaper tool or credit card. 

Slowly remove the transfer tape from the top layer.

Step 7.  Add Acrylic Sealer

Take the block outside and add a layer of Clear Acrylic Sealer to keep these lasting for years to come!

add a layer of Clear Acrylic Sealer to keep these lasting for years to come!

Step 8.  Assemble the Blocks Together

Now it’s time to assemble the base block (4″ block on the right) to the top block (5.5″ block at the top left).

To give you an idea of where to attach the blocks, use a scrap piece of wood, then take a pencil and mark where the screws will go on the bottom of the 4″ block.

Assemble the base block to the top block

Using a drill and drill bit, pre-drill holes for the screws.

Using a drill and drill bit, pre-drill holes for the screws.  

Align the boards again.  Using the drill, add two of the 2 1/4″ screws to the bottom of the 4″ block.

Using the drill, screw in the 2 1/4 screws

Alternatively, could also use a hammer or nail gun and nails or even wood glue to assemble these together.

Step 9. Add a Hook or Knob

Add a decorative hook or knob to the front of the stocking holder so you have a place to hang your stockings.

Add a decorative knob or hook

Note:  Unless you add weight to the back these should not be used with filled stockings and are more decorative to use with empty stockings.  

Step 10.  Display Your Work

Now place the holders on your mantle and add your stockings!

Final NOEL DIY Stocking Holders

Whatever your design, these simple, yet elegant stocking holders will be sure to add charm to your mantle this holiday season.

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DIY Stockign Holders for Mantle with Free Cut Files

DIY Stocking Holders for the Mantle