Hi there, Pretty Handy Girl readers! I’m Vineta from The Handyman’s Daughter, back with another tutorial for you! I have a mountain of wood scraps in my workshop, and the hardest pieces to use up are those pesky 2 x 4 end cuts. Lucky for you, I figured out an adorable way to use them! Feast your eyes on those gorgeous gift-wrapped stocking holders for your mantel!
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Gather up your scrap 2 x 4 pieces, especially those really ugly ones! Mine had paint splatters, stain samples and random pocket holes. Cut all to the same size.
Center the mantel hooks and mark the width on the bottom of the scrap wood.
Cut a channel deep enough for the mantel hook to sit in. (I used a router for this, but you could chip it out with a chisel, use a Dremel, or use a table saw.
Cut a piece of wrapping paper big enough to cover the entire wood block. Fold the bottom edge then line up the cut channel end with the edge of the fold.
Wrap the wrapping paper around the sides of the block and tape it in the back.
Fold the top of the wrapping paper like a present, with the tape on the back side.
Add a festive bow to the front. Cut a notch in the wrapping paper at the front and back of the cut groove and fold it inward.
Apply hot glue to the groove and attach the mantel hook. (I cut my grooves a little too deep, so I filled in the extra space with more hot glue until the metal was flush with the surface of the wood.)
These hooks stretch over the mantel and clamp around the edge securely with its grippy surface. Now you don’t have to worry about little ones or pets pulling heavy stockings down on their heads! Santa can load up them with goodies and they won’t budge!
I love how all these stocking holders look lined up on the mantel. It was totally worth suffering through our fireplace remodel last year for this!
These stockings are all ready for Santa!
Want more ideas for hanging your stocking? I’ve rounded up 14 more stocking holders to buy or DIY, even if you don’t have a fireplace!
Have a wonderful holiday, and I’ll be back with another tutorial in the New Year!