Friday, December 14, 2018

Christmas Stockings and a Christmas Tree Shelf

For years, I struggled with where to place our stockings. I love stockings hung from the mantle. But we use our fireplace often in the winter and it's not smart to have stockings dangling in front of a fire. Even if it is a gas fireplace - it get's hot! At one point I hung them from the stair railing, but they're not very visible there. For a few years, I had a metal stand that held the stockings, but that broke.

Two years ago, I built a Christmas tree shelf. As soon as I added the hooks, I determined that this was going to be the home for our stockings from now on. At least until Christmas Eve, when each kid chooses a spot on the couch to place their stocking and dream of the presents that would surround it and be stuffed inside.

Christmas tree shelf with stockings

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Day 2 - Customized Sharpie Mugs Gift Idea
Day 3 - Days Til Christmas Wall Hanging Sign
Day 4 - Salt Dough Gingerbread Ornaments
Day 5 - Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Day 6 - Wood Slice Nativity Ornaments
Day 7 - Wooden Christmas Tree Shadowbox Sign
It's Day 12 and we are ready to Hang the Stockings by the Chimney with Care!

Christmas Stockings and a Christmas Tree Shelf

Christmas Stockings

My mom made us these stockings. Mine is the Christmas tree and my husband's is the reindeer.

Christmas Stockings

For the kids she ironed on a Santa image and embroidered their names.

Christmas Stockings

Christmas stockings

I used Ana White's instructions to build this Christmas tree shelf. My advice? Measure and cut as you go. Many the cut measurements were not correct. Start at the bottom shelf of the tree and work your way up.

Christmas Tree Shelf

I wish you all the best holiday season!

You may also like this ruffled tree skirt I made this year.

Scroll down for even more Christmas Stocking Ideas you can use this holiday season!


  1. This shelf is adorable and a great place for stockings. I love the Ana White designs and we use them all the time.

  2. What a great way to display your stocking leading up to Christmas!

  3. This is a great idea for hanging stockings. Love the rustic charm of the tree and that, like you did, can display a nativity on the shelves.

  4. I love the shelf! We too have stockings made by mom (hubby's mom!) and the kids put them on the couch in their spot on Christmas eve!

  5. These embroidered stocking are really pretty, and I love the tree shelf! I love unique shelves.

  6. What a cute shelf! And I love the stockings!