Twas the night before Christmas
when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring
not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung
by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there….”NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Poem by Clement C. Moore
What inspired this project?
Just the simple thought that I forgot to hang the stockings. Meanwhile, not having a mantle, not having a beautiful stair railing, or not wanting to use those heavy stocking holders to hang the stockings because you’re afraid that an accident might occur from your 2 year old pulling on the stockings.
The Thought Process!
So what do you do when Christmas is just less than a week away? You come with a simple solution to hang those beautiful stockings just in time to relax for Christmas! I knew I wanted something that didn’t take up much time. I wanted it to be simple, but still beautiful. I also wanted, it to be easy to disassemble and store away after the holiday season.
What’s the plan?
Build a stocking frame by using only three wood panels that will lay against the wall. Add hooks to hang the stockings. Leave the wood frame unfinished. Sounds easy enough and it only took one day to build. If you choose to stain or paint it, it may take 2 to 3 days to allow proper drying time.
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Here is an alternative method if you rather not have the frame laying against the wall. Add wood blocks under the two side panels that makes the frame to help stand and hold the frame up.
When taking the measurements for the longest panel that will be holding the stockings, it may help by laying the stockings out along the board to determine the desired length. Also, it allows you to get a good idea of how it will appear when done.
Materials & Tools
- 2 – Wood Panels
- 2 – Half inch Screws
- 5 – Hooks (May vary depending on your family’s size)
- Wood stain or paint (Optional)
- Tape Measure
- Hand Saw with Miter box (Miter Box with Saw) or Compund Miter Saw (Quicker option)
- Now that you have your desired height and length of your frame, mark the measurements and make a cut for each board. (Tip: When making a cut don’t cut directly on the line. Instead, cut on the right side of the line that will become your scrap wood. The other side of the line is what you would use known as your keep side. This is done because when cutting with any saw it eats away at the would therefore your initial measurement would be short and inaccurate.)
- After each board has been cut, sand and then wipe away all the dust with a rag. (If you chose to paint or stain do this before the next step. Be sure to follow the instruction on the container.)
- Next, lay out the frame and secure with screws.
- Now you’re ready to attach the hooks. (Depending on the hooks, you may have hardware that the hooks will attach to or you may just have screws.)
- Attach your hardware with screws provided if possible. Once done, place your hooks. If you just have screws attach your hooks directly onto the board. (Depending on the thickness of your board, the screws provided with the hooks may be too long or too short for the wood boards used. Fit screws accordingly.)
I love me a good quick mini project! Although sometimes, I may rush and mess up, but that’s okay I am only human. I will continue to grow and learn from the small mistakes only to do better on my next project. I hope you love your holiday stocking frame as much as I do! If so, share with those who may love to build one too!
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Have a safe and a very merry Christmas!
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