Last Christmas I opened Style at Home magazine and I saw beautiful stocking holders spelling the word peace. I loved them! However, once I priced them out I discovered something my husband has already known for years. I have very expensive taste.
I couldn’t shake the idea that these stocking holders would look perfect on our mantel so I set out to make my own.
I purchased wooden letters from the dollar store at $1 a piece. Using one of my favorite products (No More Nails) I glued the letters upright onto a strip of MDF.
I always have a tin of black paint and a tin of white paint in the house, so I painted the letters black with the intention of keeping them this way. Unfortunately, when I set them up on the mantel they got lost in the greenery so I dry brushed white over the black.
I used small mug hooks (from the dollar store) and twisted them into the front of the MDF base. Volia! Stocking holders for a family of five.
They might not be as fancy as the silver ones from the magazine, but they came in at a price I can afford:$6.00. I already had No More Nails on the shelf leftover from other projects, leftover paint, and a leftover strip of MDF. For this penny-pinching mom that counts for a lot!
When I pulled them out this year I had to re-glue a few letters that had tipped back and snapped off in storage. But that’s a small price to pay for stocking holders. If you can think of other holiday words to suggest to families of different sizes, post them in the comments! I have seen JOY used as stocking holders. Any others?