20 Creative Christmas Stocking Ideas

No mantel? No sewing skills? No problem! These unique handmade Christmas stockings will inspire you to think outside the sock.

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June 26, 2015

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Santa Spotting

Christmas morning will be full of fun this year, especially when the kiddos realize Santa left behind a little sack full of goodies, just for them! Get your craft on and recreate this darling vintage-inspired sack using burlap, red ticking fabric and our (free!) iron-on design.

How to Make a Santa Sack Stocking

Pretty + Personal

How pretty would these personalized stockings look dangling from your mantel this year? Recreate the look at home by snagging a set of low-cost, plain burlap stockings from your local craft store, then personalize them with festive iron-on letters, a fabric paint pen, or with a visit to your go-to, local embroidery shop.

Wood You Try This?

These handmade plywood stockings from blogger Erin Loechner reflect a Scandinavian aesthetic and the wood subtly warms up the white mantel. Best of all? They're magnetic, so they can be removed and filled with ease.

Repurpose PJs

Put those annual, matching holiday pajamas to good use — long after your kids inevitably outgrow them. Pull the cozy pants from the back of your closet, and use the fabric to create these fun, festive stockings. Mix and match patterns from over the years for a fashionable, and nostalgic, holiday mantel.

Snowy + Sophisticated

Less is more. Copy this sophisticated style for your mantel or sideboard by using cream, cable-knit stockings and bundles of baby’s breath. Maintain this snowy design throughout the season, then surprise your family by switching out the petals for presents on Christmas morning.

Best Dressed

Your mantel will land on the best-dressed list this holiday season, all thanks to this sleek, wardrobe-inspired stocking design. Start your recreation of this design with a solid-color stocking. Adhere a pretty, plaid fabric to the cuff with iron-on tape, and add toggles to the front for a preppy, polished look.

Sack It to Me

Instead of a traditional Christmas stocking, try making these fun, vintage grain sack inspired "stocking sacks" from Marian Parsons. With draw strings and custom painting, these sacks are cute and functional. Use them in lieu of stockings, as a stand-in for wrapping paper or as a personalized hostess or teacher gift.

Festive Fleece

Your fireplace will feel oh-so-festive with fleece stockings. Break-out your sewing machine and create this cute stocking, using our instructions below, a half yard of fleece, your trusty scissors and embroidery thread.

Get the How-To: How to Sew a Fleece Christmas Stocking

Modern Metallic Accents

Another cute, craft-store upgrade! Let wallet-friendly burlap stockings serve as your blank canvas. Use metallic gold, silver or copper paint to embellish the burlap stocking with a pretty print, a seasonal phrase or a modern monogram.

Vintage Charm

Add old-timey charm to your mantel with stockings made from vintage tea towels. Scout out simple, black-and-white towels or go all out with a red and green motif. Either way, just be sure to add a silver jingle bell to each stocking as a holly-jolly, holiday touch.

Mini-Mitten Advent Stockings

The only thing better than a stuffed stocking on Christmas morning? Twenty-four stuffed mittens, one for each day, leading up to the holiday. This mini-mitten advent calendar is a guaranteed kid-pleaser that makes counting down fun for the entire family. Recreate the garland design using a long piece of twine, 24 mini-mittens and print-out numbers.

How to Make a Mitten Garland Advent Calendar

Cozy Quilt Stocking

Repurpose a beloved, family quilt into show-stopping and sentimental stockings for your mantel. Use our step-by-step instructions, below, to recreate this cozy craft.

Upcycle a Quilt Into Charming Christmas Stockings

Classic + Custom Stockings

Classic Christmas colors and cable-knit fabric will never go out of style. Snag sweater-inspired stockings in vibrant, seasonal hues, then personalize with a single, large iron-on letter to represent family members’ first name.

Pails by Comparison

Give your holiday decorations a playful twist by swapping out traditional Christmas stockings for metal pails painted with fun, bright colors. Who said stockings had to be made of fabric anyway?

How to Make Painted Pail Stockings

Add Elegant Accessories

Use unique charms to elevate and personalize your store-bought stockings this year. Dangle silver or gold ornaments from the stocking holder, as seen here. Opt for symbols like this wishbone, or personalize with an ornament that represents your first initial.

Playful Trim

Bring plain, white stockings to life with an iron-on adhesive and festive ribbons and trim. Play with a mix of your go-to seasonal hues and add unexpected texture with fun, fringe details along the stocking cuff.

A Better Sweater

Don't toss that old sweater. Instead, repurpose it as custom stockings for the entire family. This project requires no sewing machine or knitting needles and can easily be completed in an afternoon. (That's our Christmas gift to you!)

How to Make No-Knit Christmas Sweater Stockings

Burlap of Luxury

These burlap coffee sack stockings have an effortless, vintage vibe. Sprigs of greenery peeking out of the top feel fresh and also hide the treasures inside from prying eyes. Design by Holly Mathis; sewing by Michelle Fritz

Feminine Ruffles

Low cost and high style — what’s not to love? Whip-out your sewing machine, some muslin fabric and a hot cocoa to recreate this fun, ruffled stocking design in a few hours.

Get the How-To: How to Sew a Ruffled-Fringe Christmas Stocking

Burlap Bones

Don’t forget to fashion a fun stocking for your fur babies! Use a black pen to trace two, identical outlines of a classic dog bone onto burlap fabric. Cut out the two burlap bones and use all-purpose glue to create a pretty, 3D stocking, perfect for your pooch. Accessorize with vibrant ribbons and use a paint pen to personalize with their names.

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