How to Make Rustic DIY Stocking Hangers

Kobus Voorham
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Christmas is just a few more weeks away, so it’s time to get ready for the upcoming holiday. Time to search for Christmas craft ideas for personalized gifts and ornaments. Now, If you’re here to find a special thing to craft for the season, then you’re in for an awesome DIY tutorial. All your efforts in creating this home decor are definitely worth it. Plus, these rustic stocking hangers are not only impressive, but also perfect as a gift to your family and friends.  So, let’s get this thing started!

Handmade Christmas home decors are not just a cool idea, but it is also the priceless gift you can give to your family and friends. Not everyone has the time to do craft and render labor of love. Most people simply opt to buy their Christmas decor and gifts. In fact, some will simply buy online because they don’t have time to shop from a mall.

Supplies (for 3 stocking hangers):

  • 3 Square cuts of a 2×4 board.  You can make a lot of stocking hangers from a single 2×4 board.  I had a lot of wood left after making only 3 hangers.
  • 3 Rectangular cuts of a 1×4 board.  I cut mine to 5” tall, and that worked nicely!
  • Wood Glue (not pictured)
  • Wood Stain (I used mahogany)
  • Garment hooks (hardware store)
  • Upholstery Tacks (look for ones with an interesting texture!)
  • Baby Photos (I used Photoshop to turn the photos to “sepia”, which gave them a warm, aged look)

Tools from around the Craft Room:

  • Paper Towels
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Power Drill (or manual screwdriver)

Step 1. Smooth the Wood Blocks

To smooth out the rough edges, use 100 grit sandpaper. I had some pretty rough splinters along the edges of mine, so it took a while.

Step 2. Glue the Wood Blocks

Use wood glue to firmly attach your thinner 1×4 block of wood to your square 2×4 block of wood.  Allow them to dry completely.

Step 3. Stain the Wood Blocks

Stain your pieces with whatever wood stain you have chosen and allow them to dry.

Step 4. Screw The Hooks

Now screw the hooks into place along the bottom of your 2×4 squares.

Step 5. Pin the Photos

Use the upholstery tacks (and a hammer to save your fingers!) to pin your photos into place.  I love the beveled upholstery tacks that I found at a fabric store, because they have some fun geometric character to them.

You’re done!

There you go crafters! You’re ready to hang your stockings! Isn’t this a great Christmas craft idea for you to try? You can make personalized hangers for everyone in your family. Don’t forget to fill the Christmas stockings!

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