Oversized Personalized Wooden Stocking Wall Decor for Home Depot DIHWorkshop November 2015

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Make this beautiful custom wooden stocking to deck your halls!

This post is sponsored by Home Depot.  All opinions are my own.


This is the WEEK!!!  And Thursday is THE DAY!

My family and I have traveled from Alaska to Atlanta to be part of the November DIHWorksho for Home Depot, and build these beautiful wood stockings with you!  If you are in the Atlanta area, it would mean tons to us if you could make the workshop.  The workshop is held this Thursday night (November 16th) at 6:30 PM, all are welcome!  

Of course, if you don't live in the Atlanta area, you can still attend this workshop at your local Home Depot.  And some of my blog friends will be hosting in their local areas as well -

Are you coming?  This is going to be fun!

Make sure you register so we know to expect you!




As part of the workshops that I host, I always get to do a custom version of the project at home first!  So I decided to go bigger, and add custom text instead of a planter box -

Can you see how much bigger it is than the tradditional stocking?  I love it and for about $10 to make - really a big impact for the investment!  And the best part is you don't need to be an artist or anything to make it!  Here's how I made this customized wood stocking -

I picked up a 24" x 48" piece of 1/2" thick plywood from Home Depot (in Alaska it was $17 and available off the shelf).  You can get at least two stockings from each piece of plywood, maybe even three if you positioned the stockings just right.  Instead of using a template, I just grabbed a stocking, and traced around it about 2" bigger to get the general shape and proportions of the stocking.

Then I just cleaned up my outline and drew in the loop at the back.  

All ready to cut!

To cut, I used a scroll saw blade in my jigsaw,

And then just cut out the stocking, with the plywood clamped to my worktable.  I had to reposition the plywood as I cut.  Two clamps are best to keep the plywood steady while you cut.

To cut out the loop, I drilled a hole with a spade bit in the center of the loop,

And then just finished the loop cuts with my jigsaw.  

And sanded all the edges just to smooth out my cuts. 

Time for paint!  I used a paint and primer combo paint, it only took about 1/4 of this pint can to paint the entire stocking.

This was the hardest part for sure - letting that paint dry!  

My babysitter, Olesya, helped me with the custom text.  First, draw everything lightly with a pencil to get the scale right.  Then we just used Elmer's Painters markers for the final text, coloring over the pencil marks with white.  

We love it and will treasure it forever!  

So that was my custom version.  You have to check out some of the other custom versions my blog friends have done too -


Rustic with an upcycled can for a planter by Live Laugh Rowe


I love the mix of chalkboard paint and wood and burlap on 7onashoestring's wooden stockings!

How clever and adorable is Domestically Speaking's stockings linked together over the door?  

I adore the simple stripes and chalkboard label by DIY on the Cheap

How smart is Eat Craft Parent to decopauge wrapping paper over the stocking?  I love it!


The whimiscial shape of the Yellow Cape Cod's stockings are fun and unique.

I love the gold on gold by Life is beautiful!  A bow really does make everything better, doesn't it?  

I love how Damask Love reimagined the project as a wreath holder!  How creative!

And how gorgeous are these bright paint swatch style wood stockings made by All Things Thrifty?  

You have to come to the Home Depot DIHWorkshop this Thursday! 



We'll see you in a few days!

XO Ana



General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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