Okay, so you have TONS of Christmas stocking tutorials that you could tackle between now and Christmas, but you don't have a mantel on which to hang them. Not to worry! Santa doesn't really care where the stockings are hung (he has an uncanny ability to find them wherever they are). What I've heard is that he actually LIKES to find them hanging in less prosaic places. If true, these 10 ideas will surely please him.
1. Hang from a branch
This first example (find the tutorial over at The Merrythought) shows you exactly how to hang your stockings from a found tree branch. Different types of branches, greenery, and stockings can completely change the feel, as seen below in this more farmhouse rustic version.
2. Hang from a bookcase
3. Hang from a coat rack
They're already made for hanging things, right? Let your coat rack do double duty, like this one seen over at Jenna Sue Design Co., and this one below of a simple peg rack.
4. Hang from a coat tree
Don't have a coat rack? How about a coat tree? Basically, anything with the word "coat" in it, just replace with "stocking."
5. Hang from a ladder
6. Hang from a piano
Okay, upright pianos might be even more scarce than fireplaces, but this idea from Cherished Bliss deserves a highlight.
7. Hang from a stairwell
Better Homes & Gardens points us to this idea for those with the right staircase.
8. Hang in the window
Windows are a fun place to hang your stockings. String them from the top of the window frame, hang them from your window locks, or from weighted stocking holders. When hanging your stockings by the window, do so with care (in the hopes that St. Nicholas soon will be there!).
9. Hang from the bedpost
This next idea will take some stealth to fill on Santa's part, but how cute for the kiddo to wake up to a stocking hung on their bedpost! Less stealthy would be to hang them on the outside bedroom door knobs.
10. Hang at the foot of the bed
Of course said kiddos will probably wake you up at the crack of dawn anyway, so how about hanging them from the foot of your bed?
11. Hang from a pair of skis
12. Hang from a faux mantel
If you're unhappy with trying to substitute a mantel, you may be able to create a fake one instead. The Faux Martha made hers using a board and two small bookcases. You could also draw a fireplace beneath a shelf, like this one displayed for Target.
13. Hang from wall hooks
14. Hang them with greenery
Hide hooks or racks with a bit of garland.
15. Hang from a drying rack
I think the one thing to take away from this post is that if it has a hook, you can hang a Christmas stocking on it.