How To Hang Christmas Stockings
From a Birch Branch
Such an easy and stylish way to hang lots of Christmas stockings with a birch branch on a fireplace, without damaging the mantel, without nails!
It’s Day 3 of our 12 Days of Christmas Making: Decorating Edition. And I want to share with you a distinctive, show-stopping — AND EASY — way to hang Christmas stockings from a birch branch.
But first, have you been following since Day 1?
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And Day 2 was all about preparing for the holidays using Lynn’s simple strategies and lists.
So now, NOW let’s talk about elevating one of your holiday focal points. The place of many family traditions and memory-making.
You guessed it. Where we hang the Christmas stockings.
Fabulous, right? Well, don’ t be intimidated!
It’s a really rather easy mantel to put together. But we can keep that berween us. Go ahead and let your guests and family swoon in amazement. I’m good with secrets.
Remember how I said you really needed to see Day 1’s blog post, that’s where I shared building the posts with the battery-powered vintage lanterns. Now let’s take it a step further and add the birch branch rod for hanging your Christmas stockings.
I get it!
You’re busy right now.
And you need to gather supplies.
So maybe pin this to your Christmas board
Or to your Farmhouse Christmas board,
Or to your Cottage Core Christmas board,
or maybe your Christmas Mantel board,
Or to whatever board makes sense for you, so you have it handy when you’re ready to get started.
So Let’s Use a Birch Branch for Your Christmas Stocking Rod
Supplies & Materials Needed:
- Birch branch
- Two 2-piece Curtain Rod Brackets
- Thin drill bit
- Screwdriver bit (or a screwdriver if you must)
- wood screw
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Sets of 3. Good if you can share a pack with friends or use some in a large arrangement and one for hanging stockings.
Now that you have all your supplies,
Let’s Get Started Making a Birch Branch Christmas Stocking Rod:
Step 1) Placement
Pretty straight forward here. Place your birch branch so it’s spaced as you’d like it and rotate to find the most level or most desired side.
Mark the placement of the brackets where ir will attach on either side of the lamp post feet.
Mark where the brackets need to line up.
Step 2) Attach Brackets to Birch Branch
Start by separating the two pieces of your curtain rod bracket. You are only going to use the L-shaped bracket. Stash the “hook” side in your jumk drawer. Maybe, just maybe you’ll have a use for it down the road. You never know, right?
Nothing fancy here:
With your birch branch on the hearth or a table, mark your wood screw placement. Try to keep the two brackets level with each other.
Drill pilot holes in the birch branch with a thin drill bit. You may be tempted to skip this step because you aren’t worried about wood splitting. But it is still a good idea to use pilot holes because the round shape of the branch makes it just a bit trickier to hold still. A pilot hole keeps your screw from slipping.
Drive two wood screws on each bracket into the birch branch.
Step 3) Attach brackets to the Lamp Post Feet
Just like in Step 2, on the hearth or a sturdy table, mark two screwhole placements on each post foot, then drill pilot holes, then drive the two screws on each bracket.
Note: you want the bracket to extend as far in front of the mantel edge as possible, ideally 1/2-inch or more.
Step 4) Set in Place on Mantel
And that’s all there is to it! It is a two person job to lift the two lamp post into place with the rod attached.
But honestly, that’s the toughest part.
So Why Use a Stocking Rod?
- Visually — Individual stocking hangers or stocking holders restrict your mantel display. Here the birch branch is part of the display and extends beyond the mantel.
- Safety — Individual stocking hangers often do not sit back far enough on the mantel to prevent the heavy “block” from tumbling off when a stocking is pulled on
- Versatility — When your family grows, it can be hard to find more of the same individual stocking hanger. And expensive to start over with a new style. With a rod, you can add and shrink the number of stockings you hang very simply. A new piece of ribbon and hang them a bit closer is all it takes.
- Storage — Ten individual stocking holders can fill a lot of space in a tub, and be quite heavy. But one rod – or in this case branch – can lay across the Christmas tubs, stand in a corner behind the tubs, or even hang between the storage room rafters. No tub required.
EXTRA TIP: If you have out-of-town guests spending the holidays with you, ask them to bring their stockings with them. They are one of the easiest decorations to pack in a suitcas. Their first night there, make a ceremony of hanging them with yours. It’s a great way to make them feel genuinely welcomed. And it’s easy to do when using a stocking rod.
How Do You Hang the Stockings on the Rod?
Keep it simple — with ribbon, twine or whatever fits your mantel style.
Really one rule: do not use anything that will stretch, like yarn.
Here, I was building a focal point or display based on our neutral farmhouse stockings, Farm Charm II. So I knew I wanted to keep it neutral. There’s a lot already going on between the stockings, the name tags, and all the mantel decor (the trees, reindeer and pinecones), so I wanted to keep it simple. I used 10 – 12-inches of clothesline per stocking.
Slip one end of your clothesline or ribbon through the stocking hanging loop and then tie in a bow around the stocking rod. It is truely that simple.
To keep it visually simple, after tying each bow, I rotated the clothesline so that the bow was behind the stocking rod.
Then Christmas morning, the stockings are released by just pulling one end of the bow.
Just couldn’t help it, here’s one more parting shot of how this worked out!
Isn’t she the greatest? Have you ever seen something like this before?
YES, I admit I’m a bit obsessed with Christmas stockings and focal points. I think it’s such a memorable part of the holidays for me. Hanging the stockings and having them watch over the weeks of gatherings and celebrations is such a fond tradition for me — and for so many others, too.
And tomorrow, Day 4, Lynn is going to be sharing one of her family traditions. I don’t want to say more and spoil it, but let’s just say “I can’t wait!”. So be sure to come back for the 4th Day of Christmas Making: Entertaining Edition.
As alwaqys, please know that I truly appreciate you following along with me. I love every comment, every share, every picture you share. They mean more than you can imagine! So thank you! Thank you!