I always wanted a fireplace when I was growing up. Unfortunately, that never happened. Luckily, all three of our homes over the past 20 years have had fireplaces, including the house we live in now. Fireplaces make me happy. But even if you're not a huge fan of fireplaces, you gotta admit that they do come in pretty handy around this time of year. Not only is it great to make a fire in them on those cold winter nights, but it's just as great to be able to use their mantels for the family's Christmas stockings! But what if you don't have a fireplace?
The good news is that even if you don't have a fireplace mantel to hang your Christmas stockings on, you can always improvise. There's a whole laundry list of ways you can hang them, including:
1. Stocking post.
2. End of the bed/footboard.
3. Side of the stairs/bannister.
4. Hooks on the wall.
Today I want to talk to you about using a ladder to hang your Christmas stockings. A few years ago I was over-the-moon thrilled when I found out my husband saved a weathered ladder from our kids' old wooden swing set. No matter he had saved it for kindling! When I saw it on the wood pile I knew I could put it to good use. So I asked him to bring it in and its been in the house ever since. Its first assignment was to function in the master bath as a bath storage ladder.
You can find ladders like this at flea markets and barn sales, and they usually don't come cheap. But if you're ever lucky enough to stumble upon one for a fair price, buy it!
Even thought we do have a fireplace, I recently realized that we have a few different types of stockings that we've accumulated over the years. There's the personalized hand embroidered ones (classy), the red and white toile ones (farmhouse), and the knitted red and white striped ones (bought the year our house was on the market and all our stockings were in storage). While the kids love the traditional ones, I've always loved the toile ones. We picked them up for a song at a Restoration Hardware clearance sale when we used to live in the Kansas City area.
In light of the difference of opinion as to which stockings should be hung, I realized that I could actually hang two different sets of stockings this year. One set on the mantel and one set on our farmhouse ladder.
Here she is, all dolled up and ready for Christmas. I threw in a white cable knit stocking with pom poms for color contrast, as well as a felt wreath that has been a favorite of mine for years.
The red and white bands at the top of the stockings remind me of grain sacks. And we all know how much I love grain sacks!
And speaking of grain sacks, I absolutely love this grain sack reindeer feed bag. I purchased it from Decor Steals a few years ago and I think it totally adds to the farmhouse look that I absolutely love.
So there you have it. No fireplace? No problem! You can even use a traditional step ladder. Whatever works for you.
I hope you enjoyed reading How To Hang Your Christmas Stocking Without A Mantel. Thanks for spending time with me today!
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