“The stocking were hung by the chimney with care, in hope that Saint Nicholas would soon be there”! The stocking are finally hung here at StoneGable. The mantel is one the first things I start decorating for Christmas every year but the stockings are one of the last things to be put up! I’ve hung them on the back of our kitchen chairs for years, then on the stairs, but now they are finally finding a home on the mantel! I’ve always wanted to hang stockings on the mantel but couldn’t quite figure out how to keep them up without thumbtacks, tape or gaudy hangers! Wait till you see how easy it is to beautifully hang Christmas stockings on the mantel!
This year jolly old St. Nick will notice the stockings right away! I’m so happy to have them where they belong… on the mantel!
The secret to hanging stockings is to hang them across your mantel on a CURTAIN ROD! How easy is that!
Right before Christmas I found two heavy stocking holders at my local Pottery Barn Outlet. One “S” and one “G”… for StoneGable! I placed them on either side of the mantel in between all the greens and little twinkling lights and cut out stars!
I bought a curtain rod big enough to run the entire length of the mantel. The color, finish, size and finials are all a matter of personal preference.
I chose an oil rubbed bronze curtain rod with simple round finials. I like how the dark curtain pops against the white millwork of the mantel! You know how much I LOVE black and white!
To connect the rod to the stocking hangers I zip tied them together. I circled the zip tie around the curtain rod and caught the zip tie on the hook of the stocking hanger. You can wire them if you don’t have zip ties. So easy!
To hide the zip tie I tied a black and white ribbon to the rod and caught it on the stocking holder! Smart, huh?
One of the added bonuses for using a curtain rod is that you can hang more than stockings on the mantel! A little boxwood wreath makes an unexpected appearance amidst the stockings!
Just be careful what you hang from the rod. Make sure the total weight is not too heavy. Santa, when you fill the stockings make sure to take them down! Right now the stockings are filled with paper towels and a few light objects just for fun!
Speaking of stockings, how do you like mine? I made them from Good Will sweaters. Each one took less than 15 minutes to make. So easy! Look for a tutorial next week. This is a fun, fun, fun project! If you can sew a straight line you can make a sweater stocking!
When the stockings are hung at StoneGable Santa is not far behind!