By Megan Arquette
In most households, year after year, the same holiday stockings are brought out. Some have been with the owner since childhood, or maybe since the first year as a married couple. Stockings hold more than just small gifts and candy canes; they hold memories and tradition. Discover our six ways give them a little pick-me-up this season.
Six Stocking Decoration Ideas
- Add small bells or buttons to store-bought, knit stockings.
- Lend a homespun feel to your mantel. Cut old quilts into large stocking shapes, and then stitch around the edges to close.
- Personalize stockings with various colours of felt. Trace letters or holiday shapes like snowflakes, mittens and trees, cut them out and attach to the front of stockings.
- Craft stores offer an array of miniature items that can be sewed or glued onto stockings. Stitch a small train set across a boy’s stocking or add a felt tree strewn with a tiny string of lights for a darling effect.
- Make your own beads, pinecones, flowers and acorns from felt, and then attach with glue or twine.
- Repurpose an old sweater! Use the ribbed wrists of the sleeves as the top of the stocking and close the bottom.
Gifting Tip: Tuck a recipe, a bottle of homemade bath salts, carved soaps and a good book in a homemade stocking, and then present it to your favourite hostess, family member or friend.
Tip: Don’t forget your furry friends! Embellish a stocking for your favourite dog or cat, and then stuff it full of cute pet gifts.
Megan Arquette is a Los Angeles-based interior designer and creator of the design blog Beach Bungalow 8. Her design work and freelance writing have appeared in several national design publications. Megan currently lives in a bungalow at the beach with her husband, two kids, three dogs and five fish.