Upcycled Christmas Stocking Holders ~ Rather than get rid of an outdated Christmas stocking holder cover it with a stunning silk Christmas flower to give it a completely different look.
These upcycled Christmas stocking holders helped solve a problem. It took a bit of brainstorming to come up with a solution. When I finally did come up with the answer I couldn’t believe how easy it was to do! Let me explain…
The Problem Is Outdated Christmas Stocking Holders That Come In A Set…
One of our Christmas traditions is for each family member to open their Christmas stocking on Christmas morning. I actually just made new ones for each family member and share how I made them at How To Sew A Christmas Stocking Photo Tutorial – Part 1. I also made a Christmas stocking pattern for you to download in How To Sew A Christmas Stocking Printable Pattern – Part 2. My husband and two grown daughters who are both away at university and are coming home in a few days for Christmas… I am so excited… have just as much fun looking for items to put in the stocking for each other as much as seeing what we got.
About twelve years ago I bought a set of Christmas stocking holders while we were in Phoenix, Arizona to spend Christmas with Grandpa and Grandma. I bought the set at an after Christmas sale for half price and at the time I was thrilled with the purchase. I was even so thrilled to pack them in my carry-on case even though they each weighed just over a pound. I weighed them on the kitchen scale to be sure. When I look back on that decision the question “What was I thinking?” goes through my mind. There were five Christmas stocking holders in the set so I estimate I was carrying an extra six to seven pounds. I don’t think the airlines would allow it today with all of the strict guidelines going through security. They are also way too heavy to put in the checked luggage now that we are being charged for each suitcase.
This is what one of the Christmas stocking holders looked like.
The letter ‘E’ was part of a five-letter word.
When the kids were little there was a Christmas stocking and Christmas stocking holder for each family member and the family dog. We had to say good-bye to our beloved yellow lab named Duke last year and I share that story in How To Repair Grass Damaged By Dog Urine. Now we only need four Christmas stocking holders.
There was really nothing I could create with the letters P, E, A, C, E to make a new four letter word that was relevant to Christmas or even the initials of our first names.
I could have still used the five letters and left one of them empty. I could have also just added an extra Christmas stocking (I didn’t have one) to fill up the extra letter.
But it was when my daughter suggested that we replace these Christmas stocking holders that I thought maybe I could do something else to solve the problem. The same daughter also suggested that they looked a bit dated and I have to agree. They are very well made with a velvet bottom, they are very heavy as I already explained but they are very shiny and very ‘brassy’. I don’t mind a bit of sparkle at Christmas time but these were no longer a good fit in the Christmas décor.
The Solution Is To Make An Upcycled Christmas Stocking Holder
Rather than donate them and buy new ones I chose to upcycle them! When you upcycle something you are altering something into a form that is of the same or a better quality from its original form. I see it as a form of upscale reusing.
The way I upcycled these Christmas stocking holders is by attaching a silk flower poinsettia to each one. For the most part the brass letter is hidden and it has a whole new appearance! I bought a floral bunch of silk poinsettias for half price and cut them apart with a wire cutter. I just used a gold narrow ribbon to tie each flower with a double knot to each stocking holder. Ta-Da! That’s it. This little upcycled Christmas stocking holder project literally took minutes to do and it was a lot less expensive than buying brand new ones.
These now fit into the Christmas décor and my daughter even gave the thumbs up when I text messaged her my idea! This is how the new upcycled Christmas stocking holder looks with the stocking…
… and this is how all of them look lined up in a row.
You may have noticed that we don’t hang our stockings on the fireplace mantel. I explain why in Tips For Creating A Gorgeous Fireplace Mantel. The upcycled Christmas stocking holders hang on the sofa table until Christmas Eve.
Then we move them and place them in front of the fireplace before we go to bed along with a plate of cookies and milk and another plate with carrots. I know… everyone is an adult right now in the family but I believe it’s important to keep some family traditions for fun.
I think it’s also important to look for ways items can be reused or in the case of this upcycled Christmas stocking holder idea… upcycled. My alternative choice was to donate them and go buy new ones but I wanted to see what I could do with these ones instead and not have to spend the money.
Here is a photograph of how they fit into the Christmas décor in the main living area in my home.
One more thing. You know how sometimes they have the bloopers at the end of the credits in a movie? Well here is my blooper for this blog post. In my end of the world it’s hard to get the right light for taking photographs during the winter. So I dash with my camera taking photographs whenever the sun and clouds are cooperating. I didn’t realize that hubby was in the living room when I took these photographs until I uploaded them onto the computer.