Back when we lived in Reno, we had a fireplace with a mantle to hang our stockings from. When we moved back to Arizona, we had no such place and, for a few years, hung our stockings with command strips around a doorway.
We’d discussed alternatives, but never landed on anything we both liked. Then a friend of mine shared a picture of her stocking holder last year that spelled out JOY, and I thought it was just the one for us. I asked her if they’d followed a tutorial, and they hadn’t, so, Mr. G and I just winged it and worked together to re-create a similar one. I love how it turned out!
Mr. G used three boards, 3 feet by 5.5 inches each. He painted the front and sides white, and then attached them with brackets on the back.
He also added hardware for hanging, and painted two brackets white for the front (they are hidden by the wreath, but makes it a little more secure).
I couldn’t find a wreath in the size I wanted, so I decided to make one. Once I selected the ornaments for the wreath, I found a glittery, red spray paint to match for the wooden letters “J” and “Y.”
To make the ornament wreath, hot glue the tops of the ornaments onto the ornament themselves, otherwise they may pop off. I used a wire hanger bent into a circle, and strung all the ornaments on. Now, I didn’t realize the ornaments I purchased had plastic tops, so they didn’t fit together as tightly as a previous wreath I made. So, I added red garland to help fill in the gaps.
The letters were attached using wood glue. We used six small, white hooks to hold the stockings across the bottom, and a larger hook between the “J” and “Y” to hold the wreath. (Yes, the dogs each have their own stocking.)
The stocking holder replaces a painting for the month or so that it hangs in our living room. Maybe one of these years we’ll get around to painting that wall so it won’t be white on white – haha!