“……and the stockings were hung by the chimney with care……”
Christmas stockings hanging from a decorated mantel look festive; they make wonderful holiday decorations, especially when hung from a joyful mantelpiece. However, if you plan to load them with trinkets, you may find yourself facing the dilemma of how to hang the stockings so they don’t fall to the floor from all that weigh. At the same time, you want your mantel to stay comparatively unmarked by heavy hooks or considerable hangers.
Sometimes you just can’t, or don’t want to hammer any nails into your mantle. How in the world are the stockings going to be hung? What if you used just two stocking holders and suspended a standard curtain rod from them? It doesn’t get much easier than that!
Keep a look out for two heavy stocking holders that have a hook or loop large enough to slip a thin curtain rod through. Two should be enough, but use more if you need extra support. Now you can just keep adding stockings as your family grows without having to purchase more hangers.
If you have a rustic mantle, such as a distressed timber, a thin rod from Kirsch Drapery Hardware Buckingham Wooden Poles suspended from a few stocking holders should do the trick. Tie the stockings to the rod with ribbon staggering the length of ribbon to vary the heights of the stockings.
Another idea for hanging your stockings if you waited too long and now can’t find stocking holders is to purchase one package of those removable hooks and a cafe style curtain rod that is about the same length as your mantel. Hang three hooks from the underside of the mantle, one on each side and the third one in the middle. Hang your curtain rod from the hooks and slide your stockings over the rod.
No mantle, no problem. Try one of these ideas: hang stockings off of a curtain rod at the window. You can hang them high, or even suspend them to the middle of the window. Wreathes aren’t the only things you can hang from a door. Hang a stocking from tension rod between the door jambs? Add some lights and a bit of garland for an even more festive look.