A DIY tutorial to build a self standing stocking post. No mantel for stockings? This is the perfect place to hang your Christmas stockings.
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DIY Stocking Post
I took the basic stocking post, added wood dowel peg hooks with simple wood knobs on the ends and hung our swiss cross stockings for a classic red and white Christmas vibe.
And now I’m thinking after the holidays I might just move this post up to my son’s bedroom to hang all his hoodies and zips! But for now this stocking post fits perfectly next to our skinny living room tree.
And having the chalkboard sign up top lets us change up the message as we like. So maybe a family monogram would be cute too or any holiday message.
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Below are the step to build the holiday stocking post. Follow my printable plans here and be sure to read down below for tips and real life process photos.
- 1 – 4x4x8 post
- 5 – 4” wood screws
- 1 – 2×12 @ 11 ½” board
- forstner bit – 1″
- 1 – 1” wood dowel
- wood glue
- 4 – wood knobs
- 1 – wood finial
- 1 – ¾” plywood scrap @ 11” x 9 ½”
- 1 – 4×4 @ 41” (post)
- 1 – 2×12 @ 11 ½” (base)
- 4 – 1” dowel @ 4” (hooks)
- 1 – 1” dowel @ 15” (sign post)
- 1 – ¾” plywood @ 11” x 9 1/2” (sign)
In Step 2 use a 1″ forstner bit to drill holes for your dowel pegs. Go about 1″ deep for a secure fit.
To make the peg hooks predrill a hole in one end of the 4″ long dowel then use wood glue and screw in the wood knobs until snug.
Then generously apply wood glue on the dowel and insert into the predrilled hole and let dry.
I purposely DID NOT glue the top dowel in place for two reasons:
- 1. it will be much easier to store without the top dowel in place
- 2. without the top dowel we can repurpose this post for hats, jackets, etc.
Finally to finish I stained this stocking post using Minwax Early American and then sealed with Minwax Wipe-On Polyureathane in satin finish.
To make the chalkboard sign draw and 1″ border inset from the plywood edge then paint with chalkboard paint. Then to add the stripes use a clear quilting ruler. The strips are on 45 degree angle and the ruler is premarked with various angles. Line up the 45 degree angle draw the stripes with a pencil.
Then paint the red and white stripes using acrylic craft paint. Once dry add a thin green border to finish it off. Lastly the chalkboard sign is hung using jute rope stapled to the back with a small nail in the post just below the finial.
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