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where to hang the stockings?

Like many people, I imagine, I don't have a fireplace or a mantel, so I am sort of at a loss as to where to hang the stockings for a family of 4. It seems weird to have them just stuck on the wall with hooks or something, but I am not sure what else to do. Anyone have any ideas or came up with something cool in a similar situation? 

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where to hang the stockings?

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santas little helper on Dec 23, 2011:

The best thing to do when you dont have a fireplace or mantel is to simply create one for the festive season, its actually really simple to do. all you need to do is place a small coffee table against a wall and if you can decorate and place wood logs or coal around it. place a nice large candle on top of it and using string, have your stockings hanging off the table. its also a great place to place the mince pies and carrots for santa. weve done this for many years and it looks like a great decoration and the candle creates great ambionce. the kids love it too.


abstinenceman on Dec 21, 2006:

While I was growing up we had a large fish tank and my mom knitted a "fireplace" that framed the tank and gave us a place to hang the stockings.


AsktheDecorator on Nov 30, 2006:

I'm not sure if this will help, but here is a link to the blog post I told you I would write today: http://askthedecorator.com/2006/11/30/christmas-stocking/ It offers many different suggestions of where to hang stockings.


EmilyJayne on Nov 29, 2006:

Yeah.  I definately understand this problem!  We have a fireplace/mantel, but it's brick. A few years back it took some good thinking on the problem to come up with a solution.  Eventually, I ended up wiring a strip of wood molding so there were only two little holes in the wall on either side.  The stockings could then be secured to the wood.  You could apply this technique anywhere. 

 If you have a TV cabinetor armoir, you could drap them there for the evening.  Under the tree or from the back of a chair are popular too, as I can see from the comments from many others.

You could place a ribbon on your curtain rod, and drape them in a semi circle over your window, as a kind of holiday swag.

 I hope you find a great place to hang them!


AsktheDecorator on Nov 27, 2006:

There are many places to hang stockings if you don't have a fireplace:
1. If you have a chair rail, you could hang your stockings off of the chair rail.
2. Use ribbon to tie a stocking on to the back of each chair at your kitchn or dining room table. You could make it even fancier by adding bells, pinecones, etc. to the ribbon you use to tie the stockings on.
3. Hang a stocking on the door to each persons bedroom. Again embelish it in the same way I suggested when tying it to the chairs.

I think my comment will get cut off soon, but if you want more ideas, I plan on writing about Christmas stockings and how to decorate with them on my blog on Thursday. You can check out the post at www.askthedecorator.com.


AsktheDecorator on Nov 27, 2006:

There are many places to hang stockings if you don't have a fireplace:
1. If you have a chair rail, you could hang your stockings off of the chair rail.
2. Use ribbon to tie a stocking on to the back of each chair at your kitchn or dining room table. You could make it even fancier by adding bells, pinecones, etc. to the ribbon you use to tie the stockings on.
3. Hang a stocking on the door to each persons bedroom. Again embelish it in the same way I suggested when tieing it to the chairs.

I think my comment will get cut off soon, but if you want more ideas, I plan on writing about Christmas stockings and how to decorate with them on my blog on Thursday. You can check out the post at www.askthedecorator.com.


gregoryjohnson on Nov 27, 2006:

Hi ckilgore. Regarding what to do with those holiday stockings... Take a look at my post about inexpensive and clean fireplaces. ~ Gregory


LittlePinkStar on Nov 26, 2006:

i hang mine up on the edge of the bar, we dont use it  for anything else but decorating the bar-top anyways =)

 hope this helps!


terramia on Nov 26, 2006:

Simply put them under the tree. As a youngster, it was out last sight as we headed off to bed... with anticipation that in the morning they would be filled by ole St Nick himself. Well, indeed he did! We would awake to a feeling of something big and lumpy at the end of our beds. I loved it... there it was on my bed waiting for me! The thought of Santa coming into my room to "hand deliver" my stuffed stocking was magic to me.


roadvermin on Nov 26, 2006:

Stick em to the windows with those suction clips you can buy cheaply in any home/hardware store. Or, make a clothing line inspired wall hang in multiple fishnet style layers of a grid style, or put them in some funky decorated basket.

-RV's Girl 


David Fernandez on Nov 25, 2006:

How about putting up an inexpensive decorative wall shelf and then using stocking hangers?


erikap on Nov 25, 2006:

I grew up in a Mid-century modern home, and the stuffed stockings always filled the seat of a Saarinen-style chair on Christmas morning. Delightful for little kiddies, because the goodies peeking out of the top were just at eye level. We didn't hang the stockings up as part of the decor, but I could imagine them spread under the tree until the packages start to pile up.


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