Hanging Christmas stockings on a mantel is a quintessential part of my holiday decor! I have a super easy, so practical, and very pretty way to hang Christmas stockings! You will want to try this if you have a mantel too!
The mantel is one of the first things I start decorating for Christmas every year.
But the stockings are one of the last things to be put up!
Over the decades our Christmas stockings have shown up in many places around our home.
I’ve hung stockings on the back of our kitchen chairs for years, on the stairs, on the doors of our bedroom. Christmas stockings have found a home in many interesting places!
But in recent years, I’ve hung them in the most traditional spot of all! On the mantel.
I’ve found such an easy way to hang Christmas stockings! Even if you don’t have mantel you can use this idea too!
THE SECRET TO HANGING CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS
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!
The secret to hanging Christmas stockings is to hang them across the mantel on a CURTAIN ROD! How easy is that!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
The list of things you will need to hang your Christmas stockings is very short because it is just so easy!
Here’s what you will need…
- tape measure
- curtain rod (see mine HERE)
- 3M hooks (find them HERE)
- fishing line
- Christmas stockings
HANGING YOUR STOCKING BY THE CHIMNEY WITH CARE
The first thing to do is to find a curtain rod for your stockings.
Choose 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 a gold curtain rod with simple round crystal finials. This year my Christmas decor is quite traditional and features many metallic finishes. So, I thought this curtain rod would work best,
HANGING THE CURTAIN ROD ON THE MANTEL
The idea is to hang the Christmas stocking curtain rod from a ribbon that has been hooked to the mantel.
And the easiest way to do this is to use 3M removable hooks.
I used these little wonders all the time. And I have an assorted stash of them in my decorating toolbox.
For hanging Christmas stockings I chose clear hooks that were heavy enough to hold the curtain rod and the stockings.
I followed the directions for using the hangers that came with them and applied the hook to my mantel. Then, easy-peasy, tied a loop of ribbon and slid the end of the curtain rod through it.
I did this on both sides. Making sure the rod was even.
No one would ever notice the hooks!
And here’s one more helpful tip that you won’t be able to see in these images.
Our mantel if very long and so is that curtain rod. To keep it from drooping ever so slightly in the center I added another 3M hook centered on the mantel and made a loop of fishing wire, hooked it to the mantel and threaded the curtain rod through it.
No drooping Christmas stockings!
I’ve used this technique for hanging Christmas stockings for years.
A few years in a row I used a thin birch log to hang up our Christmas stockings and other years I’ve used an oil-rubbed bronze curtain rod.
One of the added bonuses for using a curtain rod is that you can hang more than stockings on the mantel! Here are a couple of pretty Christmas things to hand amidst the stockings on long ribbons…
- small wreaths
- beaded garland looped over the rod
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!
This year’s stockings are embellished with bits of evergreen and seeded Eucalyptus.
When the stockings are hung at the Tanglewood house Santa is not far behind!