Condo Blues: How to Make Christmas Stocking Holders

Sunday, November 22, 2020

How to Make Christmas Stocking Holders

Last Christmas I found the head of one of our Christmas stocking holders snapped off. I tried to repair it but it didn’t hold. The reindeer’s head careened to the side and stayed that way all season long.

Because there is nothing that says love and joy that a severed head on your Christmas mantle.

reindeer Christmas stocking holder
I immediately rejected my husband's idea of using this broken stocking hanger as the inspiration for a Godfather movie Christmas decorating theme.

I poked around for a replacement. Most were already picked over and what I saw didn’t really appeal.

The only choice is to DIY a Christmas Stocking holder myself.


DIY Christmas Ornament Stocking Holder


how to make a Christmas stocking holder
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The measurement for my wood base, dowel, and caps are based upon what I had in my workshop. You can change the dimensions to fit your needs as long as your stocking holder base is at least five inches long. If it is shorter, it may not stay on your mantle when you hang your Christmas stocking on it.

I am decorating my DIY Christmas ornament stocking holder monogram Christmas ornaments we already have. You can  get monogram Christmas ornaments similar to mine here if you like or use a favorite ornament for each member of the family. (Disclosure: I am including affiliate links in this post for your convenience.)


You will need:

 Wood for the base these 4 x 6 inch unfinished craft wood blocks are ideal

3/8 inch wood dowel – you can buy wood craft dowels here

Small hand saw – I used this mini hack saw

Wood dowel cap – you can find a variety of 3/8 wood dowel caps here


Electric drill and 3/8 inch drill bit

Wood gluethis wood glue is my favorite

Craft paint and paint brush

Small nail


Cabinet knob with a threaded rod attached  – you can find a variety of cabinet knobs with an attached threaded rod here

Christmas ornament 


Step by Step How to Make it Tutorial


1. If needed sand all of your unfinished wood pieces smooth with 80 grit sandpaper, followed by 120 grit, and 200 grit.


2. Find the center of the wood base. Use the drill and drill bit to drill a hole the same size as your dowel rod in the center and  approximately two inches from what will be the back of the stocking holder.


3. Use the mini hacksaw to cut the wood dowel to seven inches in length if needed.


4. Use the wood glue to glue the wood dowel cap to what will become the top of the dowel rod. Allow the glue to thoroughly dry.


how to make a Christmas ornament hanger

I am using a dowel and cap I had from a failed project. They all aren’t winners – but this one is!


5. Spread a bead of glue onto the bottom of the dowel rod and insert it into the wood you drilled into the wood base. Allow the glue to thoroughly dry.


diy Christmas stocking holder
I had an extra step of filling holes in the wood with wood filler and sanding it smooth after it dried because I used scrap wood.

6. Use the paint and paint brush to paint all of the unfinished wood. Allow the paint to thoroughly dry.


7. Using a small hammer gently tap the nail at an angle into the dowel rod to make the ornament holder.


8. Drill a small pilot hole into the stocking holder base with the drill and drill bit and screw the cabinet knob into place.


9. Hang your stockings by the chimney with care with hopes that Saint Nicholas soon will be there!

diy Christmas stocking mantel hanger

Rather buy than DIY? Check out these festive Christmas stocking holder ideas - and more!- below!

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