This is another article that I wrote in 2016 and never published 🙂
I've always wanted to have a fireplace in my apartment. It adds such a magical, fantastic atmosphere to the room. Sound of fire, a glass of wine and a wonderful company can make any average evening extraordinary. And it's a game-changer around Christmas time. This year my dreams came true and this will be my first Christmas in this apartment that has a fireplace 😉 Needless to say that there were no questions where the stockings will be hanged but rather "how to hang them?". This DIY Rustic stockings holder was inspired by Home Depot Blog.
This stockings holder is incredibly easy to make and adds a nice rustic feeling to the room. It was exactly what I needed for a decorative rustic touch in my living room. I didn't want to buy the Cedar Planter Box as was suggested by Home Depot and went all the way DIY about it.
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- Pre-cut board from Home Depot (It could be any type of wood. I used this one since my local store didn't have huge variety)
- Wood glue
- Cabinet knobs
- Drill and hammer
- Sanding sponge
- Minwax oil-based stain (I used a mix that I had of Weathered Oak and Provincial)
- White spray paint
- Decorations/stuffings: ribbons, pinecones, Christmas tree branches, ornaments, etc. (Michael's has a great selection and with huge discount)
- I was stocking up on supplies in Home Depot and asked the guy who works there to precut my wood board in five parts. I needed 3 boards 20 in./each and 2 small boards 6 in./each. Your measurements will depend on how many stockings you need to hang. This year we have only three stockings up, so 20 inches were perfect for my project.
- When you have all your supplies you can start. You will be done before you know it 😉
- Put together with glue all wood boards to build a box and add finishing nails on the ends to secure each end board into peace.
- Measure space between the knobs and drill holes
- Apply the stain in the direction of the wood grain with a brush or a cloth. Leave it for a couple of hours ( I let it stay overnight)
- Apply White spray paint on top and let it dry. Sand it with a sanding sponge and add the knobs to your predrilled holes.
- I didn't apply a Minwax Finish Wax as was recommended in the blog, but I still absolutely love how it turned out. The distressed finish adds a rustic effect that I was going to.
- Now you only need to add some decorations inside the box. I used bottom brunches from our Christmas tree, glittered pinecones and handmade ornaments to fill the box. The DIY rustic stockings holder is ready to delight you and your guests! If you like my Burlap Christmas Stockings, find my story about how I made it here. Merry Christmas everyone!
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