I’ve been seeing these stockings were hung signs for a few years now. And this year, I decided to give it a try and make one for my family. We all know that not everyone has a fireplace to hang their stockings with, each Christmastime. I am so excited to try and make this, knowing this is something my hubby and kids will love once it’s finished.
You can purchase the wood from Home Depot and the size for this was 9.25″ X 1″ X 6ft. And I asked someone to cut this down for me, so if you don’t have a cutter yourself. Juts ask someone at the lumber department if they would cut it for you. I don’t know about other Home Depot stores, but where I went to had a sign that there’s a limit of 5 cuts, and the smallest size they can cut is up to 7″.
Let me show you step by step how to do this decor sign for Christmas. But first don’t forget to grab my free svg file in my resource library.
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- Wood (36″ X 9.25″)
- Round wood knobs (1 1/4″)
- Gel Stain (Craft Smart, Walnut)
- Acrylic Paint (Craft Smart, Red)
- Foam/Wedge Sponge (paint brush or anything you prefer)
- Permanent Adhesive Vinyl (Red, Black, White)
- Transfer tape
- Weeding Tool
- Measuring Tape
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hanging Hooks
- Sander (optional)
- Sealer (optional)
- Image used (you can get this free file in my resource library)
Note: When purchasing the wood, ensure to check the entire wood before check out, due to splits/cracks.
I started preparing the wood by sanding it on each sides and corners, to smooth out the the loose thin pieces of wood and rough edges of it.
Start applying the gel stain onto the wood, by using the foam sponge. You can use a paint/foam brush if you’d like, foam sponge is just what I prefer to use. Once done staining, let it dry.
Tip: You can seal the wood if you’d like.
Paint the wood knobs red, and then let it dry.
Tip: You can also seal the wood if you prefer.
I am making 5 Santa’s, so I take my measuring tape to find the center. And the center of the wood is at 18″.
Then create the markings to find the center at all times. In my case, I used a washi tape for that. I placed the first Santa on the center of the wood (at 18″ ) – See how the Santa’s nose is the center? I keep that in mind as well.
Once the vinyl is placed onto the wood along with the transfer tape, press and burnish the vinyl. Then gently remove the transfer tape.
Then, place the next Santa’s head 1″ away from the end of the right hand side of the wood – it’s always good to give it a bit of space.
Once the Santa’s head had been placed. This gives me an idea where I will be placing the next Santa’s head will be.
So, I measured both Santa’s nose to nose to find where the center will be. Repeat this process onto the next vinyl placement onto the wood.
Finish up placing all the vinyl needed (all red hats, eyes and text).
Grab the wood knobs and dab some E6000 on it, and then put some hot glue. Then place the wood knob as Santa’s nose as quickly as you can, before the hot glue starts to cool and harden.
Also, don’t forget to place hanging hooks on the back of the wood.
This turned out great! I am so happy I decided to make this. This is something my family and I will enjoy during Christmastime. It is a lovely decor to have as an additional item with our holiday. As usual, my kids love it! Happy crafting!