It really doesn’t take much to take your Christmas stockings from flat to fab:


Whether I am styling my stockings for my home or for my photographs, I use several tricks that I have developed over the years.


Start with the stuffing.

I grab a handful of plastic bags from the bounty in my pantry despite my best efforts to always use my green grocery totes.

Add some weight.

Weight? What?
Yes, you want a bag of weight in the heel to keep the stocking more upright. A handful of florist glass or pebbles tied into one of the grocery bags will work. But if you are using on a door, fill a small bag with sand, flour or rice. The soft weight will keep the stocking from swinging too much AND protect the finish of your door.

I use 2 or 3 bags in the toe and arch.
Drop the weight in the heel.
Then 5 to 7 bags up the leg.

So easy & “free” and makes such a difference.

You can certainly stop here. But, why?

Let’s go for the wow!


Start with the back layer, typically, the tallest of your filler.

Here I used 2 small green picks.

Then for a second layer, I added a bit of color and shine with some beaded picks.


Next is the focal point — or statement piece.

In this case I dry-brushed the tips of a couple of pinecones with a bit of metallic gold paint and tucked them in front.

Don’t forget a name tag!

All done!

Don’t let the filling be your Grinch!

Have fun with this and let your personal style show.

You can embrace the simple with some clippings from your yard (bundled together with florist wire or tape). Or you can go all out with berries, baubles and bows. Maybe tuck in a small wrapped box as a teaser of what’s to come.

Sooooo many options and here is just a small sampler to get your creative juices flowing:









Pinecones, beads and greenery are shown beside an image of Christmas stocking styled with them.

Large Candy cane and thick satin are shown beside an image of Christmas stocking styled with them.

Metallic feathers, berries and fruit are shown beside an image of Christmas stocking styled with them.

Pinecones and metallic orbs are shown beside an image of Christmas stocking styled with them.

Of course, this all gets dumped on Christmas Eve to make room for St. Nick and his elves to deposit their bounty of surprises.

Here's to Joy-Filled Living, Diane


  1. Karmen

    Diane – I received my stockings! They are beautiful! I was so excited! I am counting down the days and months until I get to decorate my mantel with them! Thanks for the tips and tricks to hang them! -k

  2. Hayley

    Hi Diane. Please can you help? Where did you get your metal wreath stocking holds please. I have looked every where. Keep regards Hayley.

    • admin

      I wish I could send you straight to those very same holders. I bought them many years ago and have not seen any quite like them since. But I have several other ideas that might help. Jump on over to this post.

  3. Dionne

    How many pebbles do you put in each bag?

    • admin

      Just a small fistful will do the trick. So gad you’re giving this a try.

  4. Barbara at Mantel and Table

    Excellent ideas Diane! I hadn’t even thought of “filling” my stockings before Christmas. Now I’m so excited about that, as well as the stealth mantel topper! 😉 Thanks so much!



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