In our house, we do Christmas while flying our freak flags proudly.
If you’ve seen any of my past Christmas home tours, you know that our Christmas tree is filled with memories, not matching ornaments.
I pull out what some would call the tacky red and green huge Christmas lights from the 60’s and wrap them around something that I will see everyday because those are the same Christmas lights my grandparent’s used at their house. I think they are damn beautiful.
I hoard vintage ball ornaments of every color I can find and throw them around the house like confetti. There is no Christmas color coordination around here.
Moving into the 70’s Landing Pad gained us a fireplace with a mantel. Instead of hanging stockings in the window like before, we will be hanging them on the mantel this year, which I’m probably more excited about than I should be. When I started the holiday decorating this year, I went to go buy stocking holders. Just as I went for some generic snowflake holders, a little voice inside my head yelled at me, “What the hell are you doing, girl?!”
And I said to myself, “What am I doing?! We don’t do plain jane boring stocking holders around here. We don’t necessarily do pretty ones either.”
We do fun ones. Ones that have meaning. Ones that make people question our sanity.
From a distance, those stocking holders may seem basic.
But take a closer look, and you’ll see they are anything but basic. Our stocking holders sport our favorite characters or animal in the Circus’ case, because horses are everything to her right now.
The best thing about these bad boys – it took less than five minutes to make all four of the stocking holders. Word to ya mother.
How to Make Custom Character Stocking Holders
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- Small Characters or Animals of Your Choice – look for action figure size pieces or smaller, character ornaments tend to work well for this too. I’ll give you the sources for all our characters below.
That’s it. Told you it was a five minute or less project. 😉
Now, I knew that when I went to store these after the holidays, the characters would most likely pop off because I have to put all my holiday decorations into jam-packed boxes. No big deal, next year, I’ll just reapply some double-sided tape and put them back up. If you want to make the characters more permanent on the stocking holder, then you could use hot glue, super glue or E6000 glue.
Similar G.I. Joe Action Figures on Etsy Here and on Ebay Here / Find out how to make those shiny ornament clusters here
For mine and Grunt Labor’s stocking holders, I topped them with the G.I. Joe and Barbie figures that topped our wedding cake. Yes, we’re cool like that.
I bought both the G.I. Joe and Barbie figurines on Ebay when we got married. There are still tons of them on there and Etsy. The Barbie figurine was actually a McDonald’s Happy Meal toy from back in the day when I was a kid.
The Circus of course opted for a horse, her spirit animal. Target has a huge selection of these little plastic animals that are the perfect size for these stocking holders. They are actually really good quality as well. The Circus has a ton of the different animals that she plays with all the time.
And Bill requested Bob the Builder to adorn his stocking holder. Yes, the turns-19-years-old-today-boy wanted Bob the Builder. Happy Birthday Bill! Bob the Builder was his favorite cartoon character growing up. This Bob the Builder is actually a Christmas ornament I found on eBay. There are similar ones here.
While everyone is free to question our sanity when it comes to Christmas decorating, just remember we’re having fun with it and one day my kids will look back and remember just how cool it was that they had horse and Bob the Builder stocking holders, while their hip parents sported Barbie and G.I. Joe. 😉
What will you top your stocking holders with?
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