Make these string art DIY stocking holders with just a few items! All you need is a template, nails, a hammer and some string!
I thought a Christmas string art project would be fun. But then I thought, wouldn’t it be even more fun to make it functional and not just pretty? I’ve seen these DIY stocking holders around the interwebs, so I thought I’d try my hand at this simple DIY/crafty combo!
A little story: it’s funny how we even have stocking holders now, because when I was growing up (and it’s still this way at my mom’s house), our stockings hung from thumbtacks pressed into the underside of the mantel. 😂
But even if a super cute stocking holder isn’t necessary, it’s undoubtedly fun to craft and DIY! And you’re not going to believe how simple this is. It turned out even cuter than I imagined in my head.
Supplies to Make a DIY String Art Christmas Stocking Holder
You will need just a few basic supplies:
- 2″ x 6″ pine board (cut into 5.75″ and 4″ pieces)
- Nails (about an inch long with a flattened head)
- String of your choice (Twine works well, too, for the farmhouse vibe!)
- Longer nails or brad nails (for attaching the bottom of the stocking holder)
- Nail gun, optional
- Circular Saw or Miter Saw, optional
- Stain or paint of your choice
- Paint or stain brush
- Hot glue or craft glue
How to Make a DIY String Art Christmas Stocking Holder
1. Cut your 2″ x 6″ board
Cut your 2″ x 6″ board into one (1) 5.75-inch piece and one (1) 4-inch piece for every stocking holder you will make. So, if you want to make 4 stocking holders you will need 4 pieces of each size.
2. Stain or Paint the Blocks
Stain or paint your blocks the color you want. I used my favorite: Old Barn Milk Paint’s Stain in Weathered. I love it! It’s water-based, has no VOCs, and goes on like paint, but yet it’s a stain. LOVE the color, too.
3. Print out your Templates
I’ve included 4 templates for download: a star, tree, snowflake and deer head. I will say that I didn’t finish attempting the deer head because it was going to be too intricate. So, just ignore that one unless you’re up for a challenge. But you could also blow it up and use it on a larger project if you’re feeling extra creative.
4. Nail the Templates to the Blocks
Center your template on the 5.75″ x 5.75″ block & start nailing. Nail the nails into the corners and edges of the template. For the star, you would start at all the corners and the points. Then fill in evenly along the outline.
Tip: For the snowflake, put your nails in the middle of the design instead of the outside! It’s much easier that way. 😉
5. Remove the Templates
Once you’ve finished all of your nails, remove the template.
6. Add Twine to the Design
Tie your string (or twine) to the top nail and then zig-zag across the pattern randomly, yet evenly until you have it filled in the way you like.
Once you’re finished zig-zagging inside the shape, make one last pass around the outside of the shape. This will make it look finished.
7. Finish the Twine with Glue
Tie the string or twine around the last nail and glue it into place with hot glue or craft glue.
Tuck any loose ends into the project with tweezers.
8. Repeat with as many blocks or shapes as you would like!
9. Nail the String Art Block to the Base Block.
Take your finished string art block and line it up with the base 4″ piece. I used a scrap 1″ piece of wood to place under the string art block to keep some distance between the back of the block.
Using your nail gun, staple nails into the bottom of the base piece into the bottom of the string art block. You could use a regular hammer and nails, too. Or even just wood glue and a clamp would work!
10. Add a Hook to the Front of the Base Block
I bought these inexpensive oil-rubbed bronze hooks and love the simplicity of them!
Now simply hang your stockings! Look how cute these turned out. I love them!
I’d love to see what you do when you make these DIY stocking holders. If you share on social media, be sure to tag me @turquoisehome!
And let me know in the comments if you are planning to make these or not. Where do you find your favorite stocking holders?
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