How to Build a Stocking Holder

Stocking Holder - Featured Image

Not having a mantle to hang your stockings from is a bummer, but building your own stocking holder with your bare hands is awesome! This build is super easy and incredibly cheap. The great thing about this stocking holder is that it can also serve many purposes when it’s not Christmas, meaning you won’t have to haul it to the shed with all the other Christmas decorations! You could hang plants from it, photos from it, really anything you wanted, so just get creative (or carry it back to the shed with all the other decorations).

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(If you want to follow along, here is the full-length video for the Stocking Holder)


Tools you will need to build the stocking holder:

Supplies you will need to build the stocking holder:

  • (2) 2″x4″x8′
  • (1) 1″x8″x6′
  • (4) 2″ Pocket Hole Screws
  • (16) 2″ Wood Screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Glue
  • Stain or Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Shop Rags

If you don’t have a pocket hole tool, then you need to replace the (12) 2′ pocket hole screws with (12) 2″ wood screws. You also will need to replace the Pocket Hole Plugs with wood filler.

Cut List for the stocking holder:

From the first 2″x4″x8′ Board:

  • 1 @ 51″
  • 1 @28″
  • 1 @10″

From the second 2″x4″x8′ Board:

  • 1 @ 48″
  • 1 @ 28″
  • 1 @ 10″

From the 1″x8″x6′ Board:

  • 1 @ 51″

Want to simplify your system for cutting boards? Check out my review of one of my favorite shop tools, the Kreg Top Track with the Clamp.

Let’s build our stocking holder!

Now that we have the tools, supplies, and cut list all sorted out for this magnificent little DIY project, let’s get to building. This is a very simple stocking hanger to build, but as always let’s make sure not to rush anything.

First, we are going to grab out Kreg Pocket Hole tool out and drill 2 pocket holes on each end of the 48″ board. If your board has a crappy side, then that is the side you should drill the holes on. For 2x4s, I just use the two outside holes of the Kreg.

How to Build a Stocking Holder - Kreg Holes

Before we move on we are going to use our 5/16″ bit and do some pre-drilling for the stocking holder. First drill 2 hold in the bottom-center of the 10″ boards (photo below). Then drill two holes on each end of the 51″ 2×4. Last will be to drill 4 sets of two along the bottom of the 51″ board. This will allow us to use 2″ wood screws and drill from the bottom up holding the 51″ 1×8 to the top. If you are confused make sure to check out this video on this post, it will help as well!

How to Build a Stocking Holder - Pre-Drill Holes

It’s time to grab the sander, and get to it! The worst thing that could happen is Santa getting a splinter from your stocking holder, then we are both in trouble, and I don’t need any more trouble in my life. So for both of our sakes hit those rough spots. You will also have a chance to sand the stocking holder later on in the build.

With it all smoothed out we are going to start putting it all together. First, we are going to attach the 28″ board to the 10″ board. Do this again for the other 28″ and 10″ board as well. These will be the legs.

How to Build a Stocking Holder - Attach Legs

How to Build a Stocking Holder - Legs

Next, let’s attach the 48″ board from one leg to the other. For this build, we are going to keep it flush mounted to the bottom.

How to Build a Stocking Holder - Bottom Rail

Attach the 51″ board to the top of each leg. If you are using lumber from a place like Lowe’s or Home Depot, don’t get worried if it is a little out of square. You should be able to hold it in place while you screw it down. (If you want to see this in action make sure to watch the video on this post).

How to Build a Stocking Holder - Top Close

How to Build a Stocking Holder - Top 2"

Last for the stocking holder assembly will be to center the 1″x8″x51″ board on top, then using a bit drill 4 sets of 2 holes from the bottom up. Make sure not to go all the way through. Now use 2″ wood screws to attach the top board from the bottom. This will be a great little area to put your Christmas village!

How to Build a Stocking Holder - Top Board

The Stocking Holder is assembled, and see, that wasn’t very bad at all!

Now it’s time to hit it with our final sand making sure all the edges are smoothed down and no splinters for Santa, or the little ones!

Once it is all smoothed out you need to grab a brush and paint or stain your awesome stocking holder! I prefer stain, so I used English Chestnut for the build in the photos.

After it has all dried then you grab 4 hooks, a drill bit, and the tape measure. One the bottom of your top board you will measure 6″ from both ends and insert a hook, and then 18″ from both ends and insert a hook. This will give 12″ for each stocking to hang.

How to Build a Stocking Holder - Finished


I told you it wasn’t bad! Now it’s time to show me a photo when it’s all decorated. Make sure to share a photo on social media and tag Building with Kinfolk in it.

If you have any questions make sure to leave a comment below.

Looking for Christmas Gifts for Woodworkers?

Check out my list of some of my hand-picked gift ideas for woodworkers: Christmas Gifts for Woodworkers

As always, thanks for trusting me to build with you, and keep checking back for more awesome projects Until next time, Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

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