Two 5.5” pieces of a 2X4
1 wood screw (2” or longer)
1 screw-in hook
Drill and drill bit for making pilot holes
Whatever paint, paper, pictures, etc you want for embellishing
You may want to sand your 2X4 pieces first. Or, just cut them straighter than I did. You decide.
Embellish as desired. For the gingham looking one, I cut pieces of scrapbook paper the same size as the sides of my 2X4 and Mod Podged them on.
I just painted the red one with acrylic craft paint.
I applied a red paper C that I cut with my Silhouette to the gingham one and a silver vinyl C (also cut with my Silhouette) to the red one. You absolutely do not need a Silhouette to make these, mine’s just made me lazy. You could trace and cut by hand or print or paint or leave letters off completely. I think these have some hilariously awesome potential with family members’ faces on them.
I sanded the edges and used stain on one (gingham) and Ralph Lauren glaze on the other (red).
Using a straight edge, make lines connecting the corners of both pieces. This will give you the center/location of your pilot holes. Because my children have stolen all the rulers, I used a paint stick.
Drill all the way through the board for the bottom piece and an inch or so into the board for the top piece.
Drill another pilot hole on the center front. This picture shows the boards already assembled because I forgot to drill the hole for the hook the first time around.
Put your screw all the way through the bottom board, so it sticks out just a little.
Line up the screw with the hole in the top piece and finish driving the screw in. You’ll want to sink the head of the screw in just a little so that the boards will lay flat on your mantel, like this:
Here are what the hooks that I used looked like:
You won’t need the plastic wall anchor part, just the hooks.
Screw them in, and you’re finished!
***Only use for hanging EMPTY stockings!***