Make your mantel beautiful by decorating it with a set of these amazing DIY Christmas stockings! These 35+ ideas are so festive.
We talked about ways to make a Christmas tree skirt, and now I’m ready to dive into another fun holiday decor staple: DIY Christmas stockings! I have very fond memories of hanging up stockings when I was little.
It was always my job to do it, and our grandmother had given us knitted stockings with all of our names on them (so they were very special). Given that I had four younger brothers and thought that the way to get more stuff in your stocking was to have the biggest one, I got creative each year.
I spent a lot of time stretching my knitted stocking. If you look at old pictures, you can see each year that the toe got a little longer . . . and longer . . and dangled down below the others. Hilarious!
Now that I’m older, it’s time to make my own stockings. I put together a collection of over 35 DIY Christmas stockings that inspired me.
You can bet that mine will be the biggest one of any that I make . . . I haven’t given up on the idea that you get more if your stocking is bigger. Scroll down to see the projects I found!
DIY Christmas Stockings
Looking for a DIY holiday project? Why not try one of these DIY Christmas stockings? There is something for everyone: no-sew, upcycle, wood, and even ones for the dog!
I love everything about these stockings: thrift store sweater cuffs, tassels, pom-poms, and even a bell!
If you love mid-century as much as I do, this inspired stocking will be right up your alley. The classic Christmas stocking shape gets a modern twist with a 1950s color palette and lots of modern geometric shapes.
Don’t throw away those pants . . . turn them into a colorful stocking with your sewing machine! Simple and inexpensive.
This classic DIY Christmas stocking pattern will look great with any type of fabric – and of course you have to add the pom poms.
Cintia lives in Australia where Christmas is during the summer. Fruity stockings just seem to make more sense, don't they?
Why pay a lot when you can make a Christmas stocking on your own? Casey saw a boho version at World Market and decided she had to make it - the results are beautiful.
This little guy lost part of his head! And looks really cute on the front of a felt DIY Christmas stocking.
DIY Farmhouse Style
Can’t find stockings you love at the store? Here’s how to make your own Christmas stockings in just a few minutes using basic burlap to start.
Feeling a little retro? These space age stockings are amazing. If you like DIY Christmas stockings with a science fiction feel, these are perfect.
Gingerbread Cross Stitch
I like the way Nikki did this project. She used an existing cross stitch pattern, but broke it up and created it on linen for the stocking. Such a good idea!
Upcycled Stuffed Animal
Stephanie saw a Pottery Barn stocking and knew she could make it with one of her daughter's stuffed animals. Great upcycling project!
Ice Cream Cone
Here is another summer themed Christmas stocking from Cintia in Australia. These are really making me rethink the whole snowy Christmas idea!
Last Minute Stocking
You can make this DIY Christmas stocking the night before – by picking clip art or even cookie cutter shapes. Choose a simple design and learn how to make a stocking in minutes.
When Michelle needed to replace her worn out felt 90s, stockings (you know, the red ones), she put these beautiful and simple stockings together pretty quickly. I like how she added the initials hanging from a button. Great idea!
Make a stocking out of an old cable knit sweater, then add a pretty white poinsettia to top it off.
Made of Wood
These are made of wood so they don’t hold anything – but they look REALLY cool on a mantel!
This easy to sew stocking will be the favorite at your next Christmas party! Perfect for party or as a cute decorating idea for adults.
These aren't your typical stockings. The kids will have fun practicing their yarn sewing with these free printable stockings. Hang them, or use as gifts or party favors.
No-Sew with Pom-Poms
Not a fan of sewing? You can still have cute Christmas stockings with this easy tutorial from Andrea! All you need is a glue gun.
Jackie made these bold stockings using a reverse applique technique and the font “Helvetica.” I think they are perfectly modern and I love that they don't use traditional Christmas colors.
A drop cloth is perfect for making stockings. It is inexpensive, stiff and can hold a great shape. You can make four stockings from one small drop cloth!.
Easy Quilted Stockings
See how Nikki was able to make these along with a matching tree skirt, ornaments, and a small quilt all without knowing how to quilt!
Merry and Bright
Use your Cricut Maker to cut felt in different colors to make these super cute DIY Christmas stockings. The iron on script gives them a very unique and pretty touch.
Here is another thrift store stocking creation. She used a sweater and flannel fabric, but you could also use flannel pajamas or old flannel bedding!
Using felt is a pretty (and inexpensive) way to make simple stockings. These embellished booties with blanket-stitched edges are just begging to be filled by Santa. Among the chic yet simple felt flourishes: pinwheels, faux foliage, stripes, and more.
DIY Christmas stockings don’t have to be made from fabric. Don’t throw those coffee bags away – turn them into vintage inspired stockings.
I really like that this blogger used different fabrics for each stocking. Each family member could pick out their own fabric! It works well on a mantel as long as the patterns coordinate (but hey, they don't have to!).
Cintia has so many cute, non-traditional Christmas stocking ideas! These cacti stockings are a favorite of mine, with embroidery floss "needles" and pom-pom flowers.
If you aren’t comfortable with sewing linings for your Christmas stockings, this tutorial shows you a simple way to do it.
Jamie made these sweet stockings using her grandmother’s old dresses – don’t you just love the toes? They remind me of Whoville!
Granny Square Crochet
Time to get out your crochet hook! This crochet stocking is easy to make by connecting granny squares, and it has a perfectly vintage vibe.
I love the traditional look of this crocheted Christmas stocking. Bonus? You can make it in a weekend!
For a budget Christmas stocking option that looks great on the fireplace, use thrift store sweaters. I love that Kelly left the buttons on the front of one. These are so unique!
Johnnie created these cute stockings out of tea towels! If you are looking for a quick, easy, inexpensive sewing machine project for your stockings this year, these are perfect. You can also use a drop cloth.
Mini Christmas Stocking Garland
Don't want to make really big stockings for your mantel? Make this garland instead. It will look so cute draped across your mantel! Plus, you can use up your holiday fabric scraps.
For the Pets:
We can't forget about the furbabies can we?
Wood & Chalkboard
These stockings could be for anyone, not just the dog. Just change up what is written on it. They can be hung on the mantel or used as a planter outside.
I love the paw print—so cute! This would work for any pet with paws. Claire also has a post showing how to make that denim dog bone.
Christmas Stocking Dog Toy
This version doesn't hang from a mantel, but I had to include it because it is so cute! There are three spots in this little Christmas stocking to hide dog treats.
What do you think about these DIY Christmas stockings? Are there any you want to try? Let me know in the comments! I’d also love for you to visit these other craft ideas for the holidays:
- Star Christmas Light Covers Using Plastic Canvas
- Wooden DIY Nativity Set for a Modern Holiday
- Christmas Shadow Box with a Trees on Cars Theme
- Unique DIY Advent Calendars You’ve Never Seen
- DIY Christmas Banner for Your Vintage Farmhouse Mantel
- DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make that Are Fun & Festive!
- DIY Christmas Wreath Ideas for a Festive Holiday