3 Simple Ways to Hang Christmas Stockings With NO Hangers or Nails
Use a stocking shelf to eliminate a lineup of individual stockings hangers that dictate your mantel styling and often are not entirely safe.
Do you struggle with what should be one of the focal points of your holidays?
So many wonderful memories are made around our stockings. Not to mention the pictures!
You have visions for your mantel, but those visions never look quite right because you’re styling around a chorus line of individual stocking hangers?
And then when your family grows you have to find a matching hanger or start all over — UGH!
And sometimes those hangers are just plain NOT safe!
I’ve been right there with you.
Long before I became a Christmas stocking professional, I innovated out of desperation.
We started our family but only had our pair of gorgeous wedding gift stocking hangers.
But . . . . what if I ran a thin rod through them? Voila!
No more excuses for that long chorus line of stocking hangers dictating your mantel display.
But Now I Have Even More Innovations!
1) Very Simple Solution:
Two, just two, stocking holders suspending a standard curtain rod.
It doesn’t get much easier than this!
Keep a look out for two heavy stocking holders that have a hook or loop large enough to slip a thin curtain rod through.
Two should do it and you can just keep adding stockings as your family grows without having to purchase more hangers.
NOTE: The hooks do not need to circle down as mine do. They CAN be the typical simple up-turned cup. The important piece is the depth the weight sits back from the edge of the mantel.
It’s playground physics we all learned on the teeter totter — the further back you sit, the more weight you can lift. To Mr. Toler, my 7th grade science teacher, who is shaking his head in despair and resignation: Yes, it’s lever and torque. But, really we all know it as teeter totter physics, right?
When my stockings easily fit within the space, I just use a twist tie to attached each stocking loop to the rod.
But when my grouping outgrows the allocated width, then I like to tie the stockings to the rod with ribbon staggering the length of ribbon to vary the heights.
2) Easy Solution:
Eliminate the stocking holders altogether and DIY a stocking stealth shelf
(and try saying that 3 times real fast)
It’s a thin shelf that sits on your mantel disappearing in all that holiday finery.
How to Make a Stocking Shelf
Materials & Supplies:
- Piece of wood of desired size
- Wood trim, optional
- Paint or Stain
- Sealer, optional
- Pair of two-part curtain rod holders
- Wood screws
- Screwdriver or drill with driver bit
Step 1) Wood Top-
Measure your mantel.
I scored a long shelf with 3 trimmed sides at the ReStore for $2. A piece of MDF or wood of your choice cut at the home improvement store would be just as good.
We have an outlet recessed in the center of our mantel, so we cut out a space for that.
Step 2) Finish Your Shelf-
Sand down the edges. Or for bonus points, add some thin trim to finish the 3 outside edges.
Paint or stain to match your mantel — in our case I sprayed a white primer and then brushed a light coat of our trim paint.
Step 3) Attach Hooks-
I purchased a decorative rod set at Hobby Lobby (with 40% off coupon of course, does anyone not?). Be sure to get a set with 2 part hooks.
Take the hooks apart and only use the hook part and wood screws. The vertical parts that attach to the wall and machine screws? Toss them in that junk drawer and 2 years from now they will be another head-scratching mystery.
Version 2.0, attached the hooks with the silver wood screws (use shorter ones if necessary) to the TOP of your shelf.
(Version 1.0 you ask? I attached them to the underside of the shelf so they wouldn’t be seen at all. However, this created a thin sliver of black space between the white shelf and white mantel that really bothered me. Sooo distracting. Hubby didn’t see it but I’m rather persnickety that way. Down it came and off they came and back on they went and back up it went. Save yourself that whole dance. … You’re welcome.)
The dark brackets on top were hidden under greenery where the dark slit was never fully hidden.
If you have a rustic mantle, such as a distressed timber, a thin rod (even a painted or stained wood dowel) suspended from two cup hooks screwed into the bottom of the mantle would do the trick.
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3) Fairly Easy Solution:
Hello IKEA, my friend!
Stocking Stealth Shelf with NO rod, ONLY Hooks
And the least expensive option:
The same stocking shelf, but this time add an IKEA Betydlig rod holder for each stocking instead of a rod.
The best part– .99 each!!! And they come in white and black. You will need to also supply the wood screws. Oh, and yes, do a little math to space the hooks.
The down side is every time you add a stocking you’ll need to reposition all the hooks. But not too tough though.
Such an easy solution for hanging stockings and I love the clean, uncluttered mantel ready for all its finery.
Be aware, the horizontal extension of these IKEA rod holders is very short. So with the large rounded lip on the top of my mantel and the “bonus point” trim on the stealth shelf, the shelf has to sit just a bit beyond the mantel lip causing that pesky shadow line. sigh!
Want to Take the Stocking Shelf One Step Further?
In 2022, I discovered some gorgeous hardware and the light bulb went off!
I wanted — no, I needed — a stocking shelf with three sides. I needed a Mantel Slipcover!!!
Curious? Check it out here!
It’s what Christmas Stocking Hanging dreams are made of. What, you don’t have those dreams? Well, I do. And I hope it shows in my work.
Do You Want More Stocking Hanging Help?
Well, you’re in luck!
I love helping with just that — hanging and styling your Christmas stockings. In your style for your home.
I’ve published an ebook that shares ALL the how-tos and tricks I have developed over 25 years as a Christmas Stocking Professional (yes, there is such a thing). There’s a reason BHG Publications came to me three different times to help with their Christmas stockings.
It’s a cool flip book on a laptop. or tablet and a PDF on phones. You can see all the details right here.
Wishing you a day filled with creative problem solving and creative doings!
Remember I am always just a click away. Reach out anytime!!!