Did you know that I collect vintage children's books? Yep! A big ole collection . . . I especially love vintage Golden books. There is something magical about these books; they are very special to me. Some of them have seen better days, like my discarded “Jingle Bells” book. I decided to use some of the interior illustrations for decoupaging.
Have your ever stopped to think about what to do with your stockings if you don't have a fireplace mantel? I have the project for all you DIY-ers: a Christmas stocking holder.
A stocking “wall art” holder! This project is just perfect for anyone who does not have a place to display their stockings this holiday season!
- Discarded vintage book
- Piece of wood (5″W X 6 1/4″H X 3/4″ Thick)
- Letter “L” Hat Hook (I got mine at Michaels on clearance for 30 cents!, any letter hat hook will do)
- Scrapbooking paper
- Mod Podge Matte & Sparkle Mod Podge
- Paint (I used FolkArt French Blue) to prime the wood
- Prime wood with FolkArt French Blue, let dry.
- Disassemble “L” Hat Hook with a Philips head screwdriver. These hooks were on clearance at Michaels, I bought a bunch, mainly for the parts (the hook and hangers). I will use the letter(s) for some other project in the future.
I selected two interior illustrations in the “Jingle Bells” book. Decoupage one image to the front and another to the back.
I cut 3/4″ inch strips from a piece of holiday scrapbook paper, decoupaged to the sides and let dry.
This part was especially fun: using Sparkle Mod Podge! Parts of the “Santa” illustration were a bit white and needed some contrast.
Mix the Sparkle Mod Podge well and paint over the snow. This gives the illustration a 3D look. Let dry for 20 minutes . . .
I painted some “Sparkle” Mod Podge on the top of the illustration on the back, which looks awesome! You can't see it when it's hanging, but it's a fun touch anyway. Let dry for 20 minutes . . .
Next, I measured the block to figure out where I wanted my hooks. I added a sawtooth hanger to the top back, then attached the hat hook to the bottom of the plaque. Tip: Use an awl to mark the holes and make assembly easy.
Attach a self stick rubber bumper to each corner on the bottom. This will make the Stocking Holder more secure when hung on the wall. It also helps keep the plaque from moving.
Ready to hang!
This is such a great idea if you don't have a fireplace to hang your stocking. You can also use this project for your pets leashes, with a photocopy of a pet picture decoupaged to the plaque. Or, use images of people you love, this way you can use the holders in rooms to hold, keys, blanket, robe, etc . . . use your imagination!
Give it a try, I am super pleased with my Christmas stocking holder! Fun to make and makes a nice keepsake from my childhood.