Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.
I have recently discovered a newfound love for DIY crafts projects! Through my partnership with The Home Depot Do-It-Herself Workshops, Colby and I have been able to create fun holiday decor and much more. It is incredibly empowering to hear someone say they love a project on display—and knowing you made it! This is exactly what the DIH Workshop is about!
Wooden Stocking Hanger
For our final DIH Workshop project of the year, we made a wooden stocking hanger. Not only does The Home Depot show you how to make your own project, but they also give you options to customize your stocking to complement your own holiday décor. Although you are making the same project as everyone else, yours will be custom-made, by you, to fit your style. See how we personalized our stocking hanger!
To get started, here is a rundown of the supplies you need to get crafting:
- 1 piece 24-by-48-1/2-inch sanded plywood
- 1 piece 1-by-4-by-72-inch common pine board
- 1 lb. pack #15 1 ½-inch 4D bright steel finish nails
- 8-ounce bottle of wood glue
- Steel sawtooth ring hangers (that hold up to 20 pounds) or picture-hanging kit (that holds up to 35 pounds)
In addition to the supplies above, you will need a circular saw, measuring tape or yardstick, jigsaw, hammer, clamps, carpenter’s pencil, latex gloves, sanding block, paint brushes and/or staining rags, and safety goggles. Once you have all of the materials, you are ready to begin building your wooden stocking hanger.
First, you need to draw your stocking patterns onto the plywood. This is made easier by dividing the plywood into 6-by-6-inch squares. Using a pencil and tape measure, draw a grid on the plywood to use for drawing your stocking. Keep in mind, the stocking neck is 1 grid square wide, 3 squares long, and 2 squares wide across the bottom. Now you’re ready to cut it out using the jigsaw. Always use safety goggles!
Since you already have the goggles on, you also need to go ahead and cut the pine boards into the lengths needed for the project. Using the circular saw, make the following cuts for the two boxes:
- 4 side pieces, 3 ½ inches long
- 2 bottom pieces, 4 ½ inches long
- 2 front pieces, 6 inches long
Once the pieces are cut, it’s time to put the boxes together.
Apply a bead of wood glue to the edge of the pieces and fit together. Next, nail each of the sides into position and place the front piece on in order to finish each box. Paint and/or stain as you desire. We went with chalkboard paint in order to write names or various messages on the front of the box each holiday.
The fun part begins when it comes time to decorate the stocking hanger in your own unique style! Sand down any rough edges, and then you are ready to decorate. Using paint or stain, patterns, stencils, and more, create a piece that puts your personality and style on display! I chose an antique white stain paired with a soft green accent color to match the pastel colors of our home.
Once the stocking is completely dry, turn it over and attach the box. The Home Depot instructions position the box in the middle of the stocking, flush with the sides. I decided to give it a bit of my own flair. Knowing our stockings hang a bit sideways, I wanted this project to match. Therefore, we positioned the boxes at the bottom so the stocking could hang in a natural position, with the box straight and able to hold decor.
The final step is adding the sawtooth hanger on the back. Be sure to attach a hanger that will coincide with where you are hanging your wooden stocking. We then laced a piece of burlap ribbon through the hanger to create a pretty loop for hanging. Have fun with it, and make it fit your holiday décor and style!
Make sure to display your handiwork for all to see and enjoy the charming craft you made all by yourself! Plus, be sure to sign up for the next DIH Workshop at The Home Depot near you. It is a hands-on workshop that gives you a great opportunity to fine-tune your DIY skills, as well as gather tips and advice from the pros for all of your home-improvement projects.