I have been trying to figure out where on earth to put our stockings since we moved into this house nearly 5 years ago. We don’t have a fireplace, and since it is split-level, we don’t even really have a staircase to hang them on.
The first year we were here, I hung a branch on the wall, and attached them to that. I had an idea in my head, but it just didn’t work out. I ended up taking it down. Last year, the stockings ended up randomly hanging from a wreath that is up year round in our living room. It was a lame attempt at hanging them. This year, I was determined to find a way to hang them that fit my style, and looked good, and I did it! It was so easy, I’m almost embarrassed to share the tutorial. I really love it though, and I have plans to make it work as more than just a stocking hanger.
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DIY pallet stocking hanger
- Wood stain
- Sealing wax
- 3M command picture hanging strips
- 3/4″ finishing nails
- one board from a pallet
- sanding block
- Use the sanding block to quickly sand the edges and top of the board. I knew I wanted a rustic look, so I didn’t want to bust out the sander.
- Paint on the stain, and let it sit for a minute, and then wipe off excess. I used a very loved can of weathered oak. I love how it has a gray tint to it, and gives a driftwood kind of feel.
- Seal the wood with the sealing wax, following the directions on the container. I bought this can when I refinished our dining room table, and there is still some left. It’s totally been worth every penny. Plus, I really do love how it gives a finishing touch to the wood, without adding shininess.
- I used oil based sharpies to paint six nails gold. I thought it would be a cute touch. It really wasn’t necessary in the end. You can’t even tell that I did. But I guess if you used bigger nails you would be able to tell.
- We have 6 people in out family, so I evenly spaced out 6 nails, and hammered them in until there was about 1/4″ or so left out. I have plans for this hanger once the stockings are put away (stay tuned). I definitely could have done something fancier with knobs, but I knew I didn’t want anything more than the nails. Once it’s hung on the wall with the stockings, you can’t even see the nails, which is exactly what I was going for.
- Attach the command strips to the back of the plank and then the wall. You guys, it doesn’t get any easier than this. I didn’t have to mess with hardware on the back on the pallet or anything. This made the whole project so easy, and quick! I used these strips a few weeks ago to make a DIY Christmas photo booth. So quick and easy!! I love these things! They are literally all over my house.
Do you hang your stockings on a mantle, or stairwell, or somewhere else altogether??
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