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An easy way to make DIY stocking holders. Follow this step by step tutorial to make some new Christmas decor for your home.
Hi Friends!! Ho Ho Ho….Another Christmas decor tutorial coming at you! This DIY stocking holders tutorial is part of a fun Handmade Holiday Blog Hop.
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I have wanted new stocking holders for a long time now. I had cheap ugly ones from the dollar tree for over 10 years and they were broken and cracked…Yuck! I have always wanted the pretty metal ones that spell out words but they were so expensive.
So to go along with my new rustic DIY Christmas decor I whipped up these cute and easy DIY stocking holders. I made a few different sets and used some without the hooks for just decoration too. The best part of this project was I didn’t have to spend any money!
I got a box full of bits of pine wood from someone on a local Facebook group that was giving them away for free. Her son used a lot of pine for karate practice so they were all different sizes but they were free!! Woo Hoo!
Materials for DIY Stocking Holders
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- wood – I used pine wood.
- stain or paint – I used this stain found here
- contact paper or vinyl
- drill – this is my favorite here!
- Cricut Explore Air
Prepping Wood to Make a Stocking Holder Set
I made two different types – one was stained with stenciled lettering and the other way was all painted. I’ll explain how to do both!
First up is the stained one. Cut all the wood pieces you need. I cut my top pieces 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches and the bases 5 1/2 x 4 inches.
Then stain your wood. I love dark walnut color. Apply with a brush and then wipe off excess with an old shirt or towel.
Cut out your letters on vinyl. With the stain, you are going to use the vinyl as a stencil so weed out the letters.
I made one set that said NOEL and one that read PEACE. I have a family of 5 so I used PEACE for my stocking holders.
Apply the vinyl to the block. You probably don’t need transfer tape for this small of a project.
I like to add a clear coat to prevent bleeds from the topcoat paint. I brushed on a layer of Matte Varnish or you can use Mod Podge.
Once that’s dry, paint on your stencil. I like to use chalk paint.
Then peel off the vinyl and you have beautiful letters!
Using the PVPP Method to Paint
If you’d rather use the PVPP (paint, vinyl, paint, paint) method to paint your stocking hangers, first paint the blocks with the color you want the LETTERs to be. I used whitish chalk paint.
Once that is dry, apply the vinyl letters and scrape down well. Then you are going to paint another light layer of the same color over the vinyl lettering. (For me this was white). This is to keep the top layer of paint from bleeding under the vinyl.
Once that’s dry, paint the topcoat with chalk paint or spray paint. I used a combination of the two.
I painted chalk paint and then added some glitter spray paint. Paint the bases too! Then you can peel off the vinyl letters. Amazing, huh??
To attach the top and base together, I measured two holes on the bottom of the base that were equidistant from one edge. Then I pre-drilled some countersunk pilot holes. All that is left to do is drill screws through the bottom into the top piece.
If you want to use them for stocking holders add some hooks or knobs to the front and put them on your mantle!
You can check out how to make this light-up Nativity sign by clicking here!
You can use whatever word you want for these DIY stocking holders. You could use your last name to have an entire stocking holder set.
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