A couple years back, when I first saw Kelly’s vintage sock stretchers hung on her fireplace, I literally gasped.
And then when Michael created his gorgeous, upscale wood stockings on his fireplace last year, that was enough for me!
That’s when I knew I had to give this wood stocking dea my own little junk styled spin.
So when I decked out my own fireplace for Christmas this year, one thing was missing.
We aren’t ones to actually use stockings. We grew up using plates around a tree instead. So I really love this idea for adding that perfect decorating touch.
Old sign style of course!
Here’s how I made them. And then you can see this year’s Christmas mantel below too!
How to make these old sign styled reclaimed wood Christmas stockings
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reclaimed wood of choice (I used fence boards already pressure washed and stencilled)
paint to stencil with (I used Fusion Mineral Paint)
stencils of choice if desired (Mine are from my store HERE)
These were old fence posts I gathered some time ago HERE, which had been previously pressure washed.
So you could either pre-stencil a design on boards for a pieced together look, or wait until the stockings were built.
2. Sketch out desired design.
I just free handed what I felt the stocking should look like, taking care to add wavy lines on the sides too, so it didn’t look blockish.
For my first larger stocking, I chose to do rough cuts first.
Using cedar strips required predrilled pilot holes first, as cedar cracks easily.
Believe me, I tried without. Always trying to cheat where I can…
Here’s where I just played around, piling on hinges, as if they were holding the stocking pieces together.
This big hinge ended up being too heavy looking. Easy to change!
Screws were used through the stocking right into the mantel. Once attached, heavy twine was ound around the stocking, then knotted around the screw. Worked great!
You could always drill holes and hang. These guys were just a little too large to spin. Plus then you wouldn’t see the designs.
Find the Hot Cocoa stencil HERE
How cute is that?
I personally love how part of the hot cocoa sign was cut off. A truly authentic pieced up old sign build.
But the sky’s the limit for design on this one. If I have time, I may make some mor, because my mind is going wild at this point!
Think stars, snowflakes, ski lodge, grain sack lines like I did on THIS tray… #stop-the-noises
Aren’t they cute?!
And, of course, the fireplace got decked out. It’s always a unique challenge, because the scale of it is soooo big.
2 antique soil sifters became the base design, then 3 wreaths were added.
The large wreath was stolen from my bedroom horsegate headboard. Now I have to redecorate in there… it never ends, does it?
The one green one is from my Ikea run! It added the perfect dash of colour to an otherwise super cozy, woodsy look.
A few mini white lights later, the Christmas fireplace mantel positively twinkles!
And if you ask me how I got the lights to look all star like, it was due to a super slow shutter speed.
Because I just know my photography THAT well. (huffs on fist and rubs against shoulder)
Truth? That was a complete and utter fluke, but it sure turned out cool!
And, one of my cute little new chairs is all ready for a nice cozy sit!
Check out that fabric tone with that fireplace rock. It’s PERFECT.
And that junk lamp really shines now against that white wall.
Who’s house is this?!
Christmas decorating is just screamin’ right along here!
And this round, there’s nothing to dry nor wilt. That will be a fun change!
Now to decorate the big faux tree… such a Merry unmessy Christmas to me!
How’s your own decorating coming along? Are you making headway?
Find all the stencils HERE
Check out my other Christmas fireplace mantels HERE
And visit more Old Sign Stencil projects HERE