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Adorable D-I-Y Stocking/Stockings Hanger

Adorable D-I-Y Stocking/Stockings Hanger
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Perfect for those of you without a fireplace to hang your stockings on- this stocking hanger is not only CRAZY easy to make but also really fun to get the kids involved with!

I moved to a new city this year, and with it- had to downsize to a smaller home. Now we live in a cooler place, but it makes it tough with the holidays- we have less room for a tree and no place at all to hang stockings! Since we are renting I am nervous about putting holes in the walls to hang stockings on- not that I couldn't, but I just don't want to. There has to be another way!

 

Searching around I found adorable decals from Trading Phrases- "And the stockings were hung," the sentiment was perfect, and they have three styles to choose from (1 & 23)! Unfortunately while this would beautifully accent the walls above where my stockings were indeed hung, I still have no place to actually hang them. Connundrum. I searched JoAnnes and saw that they have the little command strips with hooks- I could have the hooks up and remove them with no damage to my walls- yay! I bought them immediately. I got my decal, I got my hooks, and then I got an even better idea... making a wood plaque with the hooks on it I could bring out every year! This way I wouldn't have to toss that beautiful decal at the end of the year or re-buy these hooks- and I could always have a nice stocking hanger when the time comes.

 

 

It turned out SO beautifully I cannot wait to share it with you so you can do your own!

 

What you will need-

 

  • Wood Sign (I simply purchased a pine board from Lowes for $6 and sanded the edges a bit, but they have other pre-made ones at JoAnnes and Michaels in the wood sections)
  • Paint in the color of your choosing (I love the little "test" paints at Lowes- I just bought one for $3 and went to town)
  • Brushes- for said paint
  • Decal from Trading Phrases- they have a few styles, check them out HERE and HERE
  • Little command hooks (you could use hardware if you prefer)
  • *Lacquer/Polyurethane (I wanted to seal mine in to last forever. You can use spray or paint on- I did both to test)
  • Picture hanging kit or Command strips to adhere to wall

How to Create Yours-

1. Get your board ready- I did a light sanding coat on the top of mine so that the paint would adhere more easily. Paint a few coats to completely cover it- don't forget the edges! 

 

2. Once dry apply your decal- I chose a white one so it would pop. Installation is easy, simply follow the directions they provide and use the little handy installation tool. Something I'd do differently- I meticulously centered my decal, now that the stockings and hooks are hanging at the bottom I wish I would've placed the words slightly higher- up to you.  

 

3. *Optional step* Seal the decal on the board with paint or spray Polyurethane. The photos below show using both- I found that the spray was easier to use, but the paint on was a thicker/more protective coating.  

4. Apply your hooks and trim off the overhanging "pull tab" that gives them easy release.  

 

5. To Hang- I originally used picture hanging alligator clips, but then decided I really didn't want holes in my walls, so I pulled those out and just used large Command Strips once again (I seriously love these babies). 

What do you think? Do you love it? I gave one to my friend, and this is how hers turned out, too. Adorable! 

 

About the Author

Samantha Vargo

Samantha is a lady of many talents. When not playing with fun fonts and designs at Trading Phrases she enjoys the outdoors immensely- with her husband, their  6 year old daughter, 1 year old son, & 7 year old Siberian Husky go on many adventures hiking, kayaking and exploring what they can in Ohio. She also loves pizza. 

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