When my first husband died, he left me with 3 small children (ages 3, 6, & 7). That first Christmas, funds were limited, and so I had a family council with my children. I told them that we had enough money to give each other gifts or to fill our Christmas stockings, but not both. We decided to exchange Christmas stockings. We would rotate around each member of the family, filling each other’s stocks. This has become the best part of Christmas. At one point, I bought a stocking hanger with 5 hooks and we used it every year. Then, everyone grew up and left home, and we stopped using it. Until last Christmas, when we had family living with us, while my son was in Afghanistan. So I got out the hanger and every one of my kids mentioned how much they loved that stocking hanger. So for Christmas this year my hubby and I made stocking hangers for each of our children’s families. We made 7 hangers with the number of hooks ranging from 4 to 8. This is how we made them.

Step 1:

Scrap lumber (we used what we had in the “Man Cave” my hubby’s work shop)
Red paint (got a 8 oz sample from a home supply store for $3)
White paint (got a 8 oz sample from a home supply store for $3)
Green paint (got a 8 oz sample from a home supply store for $3)
Craft wire (18 gauge)
Sandpaper (18 grit)
Vinyl template of words (made with my Cricut, learn how I did it here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Personalized-Mugs/)
Wood snowflakes (bought for $1 at a craft store)
Wood glue

Band saw
Drill and drill bit
Paint brush
Transfer tape
Love this - and love the story behind it. Merry Christmas!
Cute and has a very professional look. I couldn't help but think that it the phrase you used for this project also applies to the NSA :-)
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What a wonderful project. I will start this on 1 Dec. Thank you. <br>
If you get a chance, post a picture of the finished project here so that I can see how it turned out. Thanks for commenting.

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