Introduction: Snow Globe Inspired Stocking Holder
♫ ♪ ♪ It’s the most wonderful time of the year… ♪ ♪ ♫
And it’s time to deck the halls. Or the mantle. Whichever. But we have a mantle this year, which means we finally have somewhere to hang stockings properly. Which also means we need stocking holders!
Okay, these cute, snow globe inspired stocking holders are not only inexpensive, but they’re also really easy and don’t take a lot of time. They're also very customizable to you can make them to match your preferred décor style. So here’s what you’ll need:
- Small round glass candle holder (I got one from Hobby Lobby. $0.99? Yes, please)
- Inexpensive stocking holder base (Also got from HL. With their 50% sale, you can get a pack of 2 for $5)
- Adorable miniature Christmas item to put inside…ideas below
- Paint or Spray paint – totally optional, but opens the color and style options way up for a little bit of $
- Small block of wood (for holding your base while you paint it)
- Tarp, drop cloth, newspaper, or disposable table cloth
- Hot glue
Step 1: Paint Stocking Holder Base
Like I said before, this is actually optional. But if you do want to paint your base, do this first. It will need a couple hours to dry.
I’m gold all the way, but buying anything gold is usually quite a bit more expensive (whyyyy). So, paint is great. I had some gold spray paint from another project we did a couple weeks ago, so I just used that. The spray paint application was super simple, but you can use regular paint too, of course.
If you’re using spray paint, lay a tarp out and then place the stocking holder on small block of wood. This keeps the paint from getting on the underside of the base. Spray a thick even coat on. Forget the multiple light layers like the can instructions say. For this one, go for one thick coat. Let dry thoroughly before assembling.
Step 2: Prepare the Globe + Mini Item
Next is getting your globe ready.
First, you’ll want to clean your round glass candle holder really well. Get all the little smears and specks of dust off, especially on the inside. Next, prep the item you’ll have on the inside. It could be a little mini present you make, a mini Christmas tree, mini snowman, whatever makes you happy! Check out Hobby Lobby’s “My Little Christmas” section. Their little trees are perfect.
Okay…see that little adorable present? You, yes you, can make that to use as your item to go inside. It’s super easy to make, and you can watch how in the video above. You can either paint the box or wrap it, whichever gives you the look you’re going for.
Clean globe - check! Mini Christmas item - check! Now it's time to put it all together.
Step 3: Secure Mini Christmas Item to the Base
Once your base is dry and you have your mini item ready to go, it’s time to assemble. This is where you’ll need your hot glue gun ready to go.
I found it helpful to try positioning the globe in a few different places before securing to figure out where I liked it best. I ended up liking the globe closer to the front of the base. Once you have figured out where you want you globe, use a pen or marker to mark the position of the center of your mini item.
Use a small dab of glue to secure your mini item to the base.
Step 4: Attach Globe
Next, carefully apply the glue around half of the rim of the globe. You’ll want to work fairly quickly here so the glue doesn’t dry, and you only want to do the back half of the globe. Gluing the back half is enough to secure the globe to the base, and it keeps the front nice and clean.
Step 5: Hang Your Stockings!
And. that’s. it. Place on your mantle and hang your stockings! How easy was that? It’s soooo cute! Go on, try it! I’d love to see YOURS if you do try it.
Merry Christmas, guys! Enjoy the little things.
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