This stocking holder was so fun and it has a DUAL PURPOSE! Yeah, you heard me right! Once the holidays are over, take those cute little stockings down and you've got yourselves a little Instagram photo holder! How fun is that? This was really easy and for a building project, really inexpensive. I'm not saying $2 here but for all the wood and photo holders I spent a total of $20.
I first headed off to Home Depot and got me a primed piece of MDF that's 8″X6′. You could choose raw wood but I chose the primed because I knew I wanted to use Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint.
I'm really a big fan of her paint. It's easy to use, dries quickly and it's foolproof. I use my old NutriBullet to blend up my paint and I rarely have any lumps. I used to mix by hand and I was constantly getting clumps or unmanaged tones. For this, I used about 1/2 cup of Eulalie's Sky and 1/2 cup luke warm water. I brushed it on it two coats with an hour between and no sanding. Afterwards, I applied a light coating of her Hemp Oil. It adds a great sheen and makes the colors a lot richer.
I then had an Ikea DIGNITET Curtain Wire that I wanted to use for the stockings/photos. I used my RYOBI ONE+ Lithium-Ion Starter Drill, available at Home Depot. I measured about 3″ from both ends and 4″ from the top so that I had a center point. I needed to pre-drill some holes into the board so that when it was time to put it into the wall, I had some traction.
Just like any Ikea directions, they are a blast to follow but the trick was to not make it too tight until you have it hanging on the wall and then you won't whack your face with a tight wire! I just used some clothespins to secure the stockings to the wire.
I won my RYOBI starter tool set from SNAP last April and I love it! The ONE+ system is so awesome and I tried to keep it hidden from my husband. He's got his own work tools that his job has bought for him that cost a lot more that RYOBI but I catch him always using mine. He loves that they are all battery powered and they just depend on that same battery. It's lightweight and the battery stays powerful all the way to the end. I'm definitely getting over the fear of cutting my fingers off and using them a lot more often!
It's been a perfect addition to our family room over our couch and I've still got a bit to go but it's getting there! I love it with my Advent Calendar I made this month too! Make sure you check out all the blogs participating in this RYOBI blog hop and see what wonderful holiday projects they've made! Make sure you head over to RYOBI Nation to sign up for their newsletters, I always get great inspiration!
[left]Rustic scrap wood Christmas tree– Dukes and Duchesses
Snowflake String Art– DIY on the Cheap
Silhouette Stand Nativity– My Day Lights
Instagram stocking holders– Frenchie Wraps
Wooden sign– Poofy Cheeks
Repurposed Gift Carry All- Let’s Go Junking
Rustic Christmas Tree Decoration-Her Tool Belt
PB Inspired Wall Art– Create and Babble
Woodland Reindeer Ornaments-Whats Ur Home Story[/left]
Advent calendar- Carissa Miss
DIY Stackable Slatted Fruit Crates- Pink When
Joy wood slice sign- Dandelion Patina
Gold Reindeer Décor- Simply Designing
Wooden Christmas Tree Display- Lauras Crafty Life
Pallet Wood Christmas Tree- Roubinek Reality
Christmas countdown chalkboard- Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza
Caddy with Herb Infused Oils- 356 Days of Crafts
Wood gift tag- Being Spiffy[/right]