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.
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
- 2″ x 6″ Pine Board (cut into 5.5″ and 4″ pieces)
- Circular Saw or Miter Saw – Or some hardware stores will cut the wood for you
- Stain or Paint and Brush
- 2 1/4″ Flat Head Wood Screw (for attaching the bottom of the stocking holder)
- Hook or Knob
- Holiday Layered Alphabet Cut Files
- Cricut Cutting Mat – LightGrip or StandardGrip
- Red and Gold Glitter Permanent Vinyl
- Weeding Tool
- Transfer Tape
- Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer
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.
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.
Pick the style that fits best with your holiday decor.
Step 3. Cut the Permanent Vinyl using a Cutting Machine
Once you have all of the letters weeded use scissors to cut out each individual letter so you can layer them.
You may need to burnish it with a credit card or scraper tool.
Step 6. Apply the Letters to the Wood Blocks
Burnish with the scaper tool or credit card.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Whatever your design, these simple, yet elegant stocking holders will be sure to add charm to your mantle this holiday season.
Ready to make your own?
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DIY Stocking Holders for the Mantle