Christmas Stocking Branch: Holiday Decorating Without a Fireplace Mantel

Hanging Christmas stockings can pose a problem those who don’t have a fireplace and mantel to decorate, but my Christmas stocking branch solves that problem!

Janery Christmas Stocking Branch No Mantel

Because I love to hang stockings, Christmas always makes me wistful for a home with a cozy fireplace.  My solution? I DIY a faux holiday mantel with a rustic branch, hung on the wall and draped with a pine garland, creating the feel of a fireplace mantel and a safe place from which to hang our Christmas stockings.

Janery Dog Bed Christmas Decor Stocking Branch Faux Mantel

During our first Christmas in this home, I solved the problem by hanging a branch on the wall with some Command Hook products.  That became one of my most-pinned projects from my old DIY blog, and thanks to Pinterest, I now see my Christmas Stocking Branch pinned all over the place.  I won a competition with that idea, but it bugs me because every time I look at it the branch looks like a massive centipede crawling on our wall!

Janery Christmas Stocking Branch No Fireplace 

Here’s how I create my Christmas stocking branch now. Not only did I find a substantially thick, prettily weathered wooden branch at a river, I also used a different hanging system.

I used two small Ook Hooks because they use small nails and leave only small holes, but create a very strong hanging system.  I installed them about 1 foot higher than I wanted the branch to hang.  Then I created two long loops of fishing line to hang the branch from, since fishing line is clear.  You can also find clear, strong line in the bead section of the craft store.  Pro tip: If you want to fill the hanging stockings with gifts, buy twine that is rated at 10 pounds or more. 

Janery Let It Snow Rustic Wood Holiday SignIn real life you don’t notice the clear string that’s supporting the branch.  But the hooks are pretty obvious, so I created a small “Let it Snow” sign to hang over them.  I simply used an old board, some craft paint, and glitter.

To get more of a “decorated mantel” effect, I drape or wind a fresh pine garland over the branch, tying it in place with a few more pieces of clear fishing line.  Finally, I add a string of battery-operated fairy lights (my most favorite Christmas accessory!), hang a few antique crystals, and add a few little vintage Christmas figures for whimsy.

Janery Faux Holiday Mantel DIY Stocking Holder

In the past I’ve hung the stockings on the branch before I put the branch on the wall.  This year I tapped nails into the branch so that I could add the stockings last. The fishing line is strong enough that we can put some small treats in the stockings.

Janery Holiday Stocking Branch Faux Mantel

Thanks to my Christmas stocking branch, hanging stockings without a mantel is no problem! Along with our tree, the branch is a big part of our holiday decor.  I tend to keep things simple, just adding a small touch here or there.

Janery Holiday Decor Faux Christmas Stocking Mantel

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