How to Make Chalkboard Stocking Hangers

Why buy a cookie-cutter stocking hanger when a custom one can be made with a few staple workshop tools? This project is a perfect way for the woodworker of the family to contribute to the holiday decor.

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Materials Needed:

  • two 1/2" x 6" x 4" poplar boards (for two holders)
  • table saw
  • router
  • wood glue
  • clamps
  • 6000-count box of BBs
  • two sandwich-size zip-top bags
  • sanding sponge
  • wood filler
  • putty knife
  • water-based primer
  • painter's tape
  • printer paper
  • chalkboard spray paint
  • white semigloss latex paint
  • 1" paintbrush
  • two hooks
  • measuring tape or ruler
  • pencil
  • electric drill and driver bit

Cut and Dry-Fit Wood

Cut poplar pieces to size on table saw. Cut a 1/2" wide x 1/4" deep dado on top side of top piece, 1/2 inch from front edge of box top (Images 1 and 2). Assemble all pieces without glue to ensure a proper fit (Images 3 and 4). Tip: Always wear safety glasses and follow manufacturer’s instructions when using power tools.

Glue Base and Sides

Apply wood glue to each joint and clamp into place, leaving the top unglued at this step. To prevent slipping, joints should be glued one or two at a time. Tip: Use small pieces of scrap wood or cardboard when clamping to prevent clamps from leaving marks in the wood.

Weight Base

Once all glued joints are fully dry, pour BBs into sandwich-sized zip-top bag (Image 1). Squeeze air out. Seal and fit into cavity of base (Image 2). Add or remove BBs, if necessary. BBs will add weight to base to support stocking.

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