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How to Hang Stockings on Fireplace Mantel

April 7, 2023

Traditionally, stockings are hung from the fireplace during the holiday season to welcome guests into your home. But if you don't have access to a fireplace or would rather avoid using nails for hanging your stockings, there are still several options that will still make them feel festive and warm.

Repurpose an Existing Item

Looking for a low-cost and straightforward way to decorate your mantel this Christmas? Hang stockings from an existing piece of furniture. Console tables, bookshelves or dressers all make excellent spots to display stockings without needing extra work from you.

Create a Rustic and Charming Backdrop with Ladder

For an eye-catching backdrop, place a ladder against your fireplace wall. Whether it's an old ladder or one painted in vibrant color, this backdrop will help bring out your stockings and showcase other Christmas decorations.

Add a Weighted Hanger

If you prefer hanging your stockings from a weighted hanger, Home Depot has plenty of models that will meet your requirements. These hangers often feature decorative trees or monogram accents on the base with an attached hook for hanging your stockings. There's a wide range of styles and colors to suit any taste or preference - just be sure to check the weight limit before purchase.

One option is to install a stocking holder rod on your mantel. These are typically secured with two clips and allow you to hang multiple stockings from it. These holders come in various materials and styles, such as metal with decorative finials that match existing holiday decor.

The most popular option, however, is to use a holder set with multiple masonry anchors on top. To install one of these holder sets, start by drilling holes in your brick surface using a drill bit.

Next, you'll need a kit that includes small screws and masonry anchors to fit into the drilled holes. These anchors not only hold the holders securely in place but also serve as hooks for hanging your stockings from the holder set.

Once your masonry anchors are in place, attach each holder with its corresponding hook to the drilled holes on your fireplace's surface. Be careful not to drive too many anchors into the wall as this could result in permanent damage.

Don't fret, though; if your fireplace is brick, you can always patch up any holes once the holidays are over.

Create a Festive Look with Garland

For the ideal festive aesthetic, select Christmas greenery like garlands and twinkle lights to accent your mantel decoration. Garland can be easily purchased at most retailers at an affordable cost-effective price point and is an easy way to quickly add festive decor into any room.

For a similar effect, you could also try using a curtain rod. This gives you more freedom when it comes to the length of your mantel and how many stockings fit on it.


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