Stockings are a staple decoration for many homes over the holidays, but don’t panic if you don’t have a fireplace mantel to hang yours. There are plenty of places around the home—both inside and out—where you can creatively hang those colorful stockings.
Stair railings are one of the most popular locations to hang stockings. To achieve this classic holiday look, use self-adhesive hooks, or simply attach the stockings directly to the staircase. Add a colorful garland for another layer of holiday cheer and to help conceal visible hooks.
Window frames are a solution to hanging stockings. You can use self-adhesive hooks or simply tape stockings to the window. Adding colorful lights and other decor can really make the stockings pop. Another option is to hang an old window frame on the wall and string the stockings along the bottom.
Cook hooks are another great option for hanging stockings. Not only are the hooks already in place, but also the stockings can really add a lot of holiday color to the entryway room. You can also add hooks to an existing shelf or mirror to achieve the same look. Use the self-adhesive variety for easy removal after the holidays.
Existing Furniture and Large Items
If the walls in your home are not great hanging places for stockings, consider using existing furniture. This includes bookcases, dining room chairs, desks, or even entertainment centers. Any piece of furniture with a knob, hook, or other place to secure the stockings will get the job done.
Dresser knobs are ideal places to hang stockings, especially if you have large pieces in the living room. You can also use hooks over the top of dresser drawers to hang stockings or simply close the drawers to pinch the stockings in place.
Old items around the house, such as vintage skis, an old wood sled, or rustic ladders make great stocking hangers if you’ve got the space for them. You can place them just about anywhere around the house and dress them up to match any existing holiday decor. Consider painting the item to make the most of the decoration.
Doorways and Doors
Doorways—both high and low—are great places to string stockings. You can even attach the stocking directly on the doors themselves or hang them via over-the-door hooks. Just about any door in the house will do, so experiment with a few locations for the best look.
If you want to add a little fun to opening stockings, consider placing them around various doorknobs in the house. You can even make a game out of it by turning it into a short scavenger hunt for family members. Just mix the stockings up and let all the family members figure out which one belongs to them based on the designs.
If hanging stockings indoors is not a suitable option, there are plenty of outdoor places that will work in a pinch. To achieve a more whimsical look, hang stockings from a pine or spruce tree in the yard. Of course, keep in mind your area’s climate. Your stockings could get rained on, snowed on, or blown away if you’re not careful, so be sure to pay attention to your yard before you try this.
Garlands, Ribbons, and Clothesline Strings
You can hang a few stockings with just a line of wire or string and a few clothing pins. Garlands and ribbons can be used to conceal hooks and add another layer of creativity to the stockings. Simply string the decorations along the edge of a staircase, archway, or doorway and add hooks to hang the stockings. If the stockings appear a little limp after hanging, placing a piece of folded card stock inside can make them like look new.
Bonus tip: For a more rustic look, replace the line with a tree branch and hang the stockings from the limbs. Just secure the tree limb to the edge of a bookcase or to a blank wall, and then add hooks to the limb to hang your stocking from it.
DIY Stocking Hanger
Another great option for hanging stockings is creating your very own stocking holder. All you need is a sturdy board, several colorful second-hand knobs, and some paint to create the perfect home-made stocking holder. In fact, making your own stocking hanger is the best idea (in our opinion) because you can re-use the holder every year!
Not feeling very creative? Not a problem! The Home Depot is offering special DIY Stocking Hanger workshops at locations around the country. So, you can make the perfect piece for you and your family to use every year in your holiday celebration!
Perry Carpenter is a freelance writer living in Springfield, Missouri. Her love of everything DIY was instilled from an early age by her mother. Growing up, creativity was encouraged, and Christmas prep involved making lots of homemade presents.
Perry has been a successful freelance writer since graduating from Missouri State University with a degree in journalism. She has worked on dozens of home renovations, completing projects from garage rebuilds and asbestos removal to shower installation. She has covered everything from auto repair to plumbing for DoItYourself.com.
In her spare time, Perry enjoys traveling, especially abroad. Her best friend since kindergarten has lived in many places around the world, giving Perry and her husband lots of vacation destinations. She currently has plans to visit Germany and Italy, followed by Scotland and England. Scotland especially holds a special place in her heart because of her deep Scottish roots. In fact, her profile picture was taken in Fort William, a town in the western Scottish Highlands.
Perry loves to cook for family and friends and can often be found prepping for the next big get together, whether it is a family birthday, or just another NFL Sunday.
She also volunteers by coaching youth volleyball, as well as by raising money for her father&rsquo;s memorial scholarship fund.
H.R. Helm is an accomplished DIY craftsman. He has been DIY since childhood and is now a septuagenarian. He is experienced in wood and metal construction, having designed and built several houses and metal buildings. He built every permanent building on his current homestead and did all the plumbing and electrical work.
He has several years experience as a professional cabinet builder, and he is an accomplished auto repairman, having operated an auto repair business for many years. He currently has a home shop where he sharpens and rebuilds saws, repairs lawn mowers, mobility scooters, hydraulic jacks, and anything else that comes along. He also builds custom tools for metal working.
Invention prototypes are another of his many accomplishments. He owned and operated a manufacturing business building Compact Utility Vehicles for homeowner use. H.R. enjoys making jams and jellies during fruit season along with cooking meals. He is committed to outdoor cooking in a Bar-B-Q pit he welded together several years ago. He maintains fruit and nut trees along with helping his wife with a vegetable garden. He farmed commercial garden produce for several years. It helps to have over 50 years of farming and ranching experience.
ASE Certified Master Auto Technician
Cross country truck driver -- over dimensional freight
Design Engineer/Project Manager for injection molded plastic company
Bus Driver/Substitute Teacher
Inventor with two patents (weight training &ndash; anti-rollback for manual wheelchair)
BS in Industrial Technology