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Dear 8 lb., 6 oz. sweet baby Jesus, please don’t let me forget to fill my kids’ stockings this year. I promise that stocking stuffers will not be an afterthought. I promise not to raid the dollar store for useless, cheap trinkets the night before Christmas. This year, help me to be a diligent little elf.
We’re only a couple of weeks into November and my mantel is already dressed up for Christmas so the outlook is bright. Hey, I’ll take my wins where I can get ’em.
When do you decorate for Christmas? I like to have our tree decorated in time for Thanksgiving dinner, because, you know, company’s coming and we must dress to impress, amiright? What do you think of my Christmas mantel? I love this DIY Christmas village stocking hanger box. Adorable, right?
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Okay, let’s get started on the tutorial. Here’s how I customized my DIY Christmas stocking hanger box…
I dug through my scrap wood pile and found some 3/4-inch plywood laying around so I used my table saw to rip and cut the pieces down to size. The dimensions don’t really matter here – you’ll want to modify this project to fit your mantel anyway. Our mantel is about 5 inches deep and 55 inches long so I made my stocking holder box around 30 inches long.
Using my cordless brad nailer with 1 1/4-inch brad nails and wood glue, I constructed a simple box. I made the front of the box shorter so that the lights would shine through the little windows on the houses. Foresight. I haz it.
To cut out the Christmas village silhouettes, I used my X-carve 3D carving machine, but you can also use a scroll saw. I cut it out of 1/4-inch plywood and glued and nailed it to the front of the box. Easy peasy.
If you have an X-carve, here’s the Easel file for the Christmas village cutouts, so you can make this for yourself!
After a quick and careful sanding, I sprayed a couple of coats of this clear gloss topcoat, hand-sanding with a 400-grit sandpaper in between each coat.
I wanted the hooks to be removable, in case I decided to use this Christmas village elsewhere in the future, so I picked up these clear reusable hooks. I also picked up a bigger hook to hang the wreath.
Also, why am I the last person on earth to find out about these battery-powered string lights?! They’re kind of a game-changer! I no longer have to be annoyed that the folks who built this home didn’t have the foresight to put an outlet by the mantel. Win!
And can we just have a moment of silence for this utterly whimsical tree? I seriously love it so much. Yesterday after church, we wandered into The Home Depot (a normal occurrence) and they had just put out brand spankin’ new plants in the Garden Center. I fell in love with this Norfolk Island Pine – it reminds me of the Charlie Brown tree!
Dear 8 lb., 6 oz. sweet baby Jesus, please help me keep this tree alive.
So tell me, how do you fill your Christmas stockings? I need some really good stocking stuffer ideas so I don’t leave my kiddos in the lurch again this year. Let me hear your best ideas!
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Jaime Costiglio says
Goodness that little village is the cutest ever!
Ashley @ Simply Designing says
This is stunning!!!
Wanda Pittman says
I just love your fireplace & everything you’ve got set out! I’m reading too late to make the Home Depot project.
Do they have the village front part to sell, do you know? And also, did you make your own stockings and do
you have the pattern? I made mine about 30 years ago and need to add some new ones but I can’t find my
pattern. Yours are very similar and very beautiful with the names monogramed on. Love the fir tree as well!
What an inspiration your fireplace is!!! Thank you!
Thank you Wanda! Unfortunately, Home Depot does not sell the village front of the stocking hangers – I made that myself, out of 1/4-inch plywood. I purchased the stockings here: http://rstyle.me/n/cui3hubjmyf
I love the Christmas Stocking holder Box. Are the plans still available this is now December, 2018. I’d love to have the pattern or instructions video on how to make it. Our Home Depot didn’t know what I was talking about when I asked them about the workshop, of course I was a year late. LOL.
Hi! I’m a bit late to this post (2 years late) but do you have the template for the Christmas village? I’m hoping to use a laser cutter.
Hello, I am also interested in the village template .
Thank you as well!
Lisa Olson says
I would love to have that, too!
Dian Felkins. says
Love this idea. Will you be sharing the pattern for the village pieces….please!
Looking for a first project to try on the XCarve and this is perfect! I love the village! How can I find it or create it?? I see many before me mentioned it as well, but don’t see where you’ve shared the info. Is there really no template included for this tutorial or am I missing something??? Thank you for sharing your designs and plans, I always leave your site inspired ♥️
Thanks for the kind words, Kris! Let me dig through my files and see if I can locate the file… standby. 🙂
Okay, I updated the post to include a link to the Christmas village file. You can find it here: http://easel.inventables.com/projects/0Oa3e5QwwQnESbobrPCL0Q
Hope that helps!
Bradley Johnson says
Does that file include the white houses to the side of the stocking village? Terrific project I only wish my Xcarve would arrive soon.
No, the white ceramic houses are from Crate & Barrel here: https://rstyle.me/+sV4h2aXWUOm4YJq5wNt74Q
How exciting about your X-carve!
Hema Raghubans says
You you by chance be selling the the XCarve Village ? Our first Christmas this year with out little miracle baby 🙂