Do you hang stockings? Whether you have a mantel and you add them for that old fashioned Christmas feel or you just use hangers to hold those Christmas socks to fill with candy and toys, buying stockings every year can get expensive. I know people who use the same stockings over and over every year and if they’re good quality then that’s great. But what happens when you lose on or you have one that wears out. Or in my case (and many other cases I assume) what about when you need to add new stockings every year for new babies or new in-laws that you add to your family? Those things can get expensive if you have to buy them every year.
A better way is to just make your own stockings. And, homemade stockings are so much more appealing than anything you can buy in the store, right? Homemade everything is always a great alternative to store bought. I do as many DIY things as I can throughout the holidays because let’s face it, I’m not made of money. I love to save money and still give my family a wonderful old fashioned Christmas experience. Have you seen these 25 DIY pinecone crafts? That’s proof that you really can decorate like a pro and save money doing it.
You can do so many homemade things for Christmas and give your family a wonderful holiday, and save money at the same time. I’m a huge fan of homemade stockings. They’re just so cheap and easy to make and they give your Christmas decorating such a welcoming feel. Whether you need new stockings and want to save money or you just feel like adding a bit of homemade decor to your home this holiday, these 35 DIY stockings are perfect. And, if you really want to add some DIY to your decorating, be sure to take a look at these DIY farmhouse inspired Christmas decorations that you can make in a jiffy.
19. Burlap And Fleece Polka Dot Stockings
I love anything made with burlap. Seriously, DIY burlap projects are the best, especially for getting that rustic look throughout your home. These burlap and fleece Christmas stockings will certainly give you
that, and they are decorated with felt polka dots, which gives them a nice whimsical look. You just create your stockings and then cut out dots from felt and glue it on. Simple!
20. Fast And Easy Whimsical Stocking
A few types of material in different designs is basically all you need to create these little whimsical stockings that honestly look like they belong in Whoville. Just grab some mismatched material in different designs and use one design for the stocking base and another for the cuff. You just cut out your stocking pattern – which you can totally draw yourself – and then sew the pieces together.
21. DIY Glittery Stocking
Burlap stockings are perfect for creating a rustic Christmas and these are embellished with gorgeous glittery letters to personalize them. Just create your stockings from burlap and then make the letters with wooden letters and some glitter paint. Or, you could use regular acrylic paint in whatever color you want and then add the glitter while the paint is still wet. These are super easy and are so perfect for that country Christmas look.
22. Homemade Jingle Bell Stockings
Decorating stocking with jingle bells is both fun and a great way to add some tradition to your Christmas décor. And, these are really easy to do. You cut the stockings out of felt and then glue or sew them together. Then choose your pattern and apply your tiny little jingle bells by sewing them in place. You can get packages of bells at any craft store and they are really inexpensive.
23. Easy Last Minute Stocking Idea
Did you forget to make the stockings? That’s ok because these stockings can be done at the very last minute. These only take 15 minutes for each stocking and that is including the lining. You could even add decorative ribbons and bells or other embellishments and still finish each one in under half an hour.
24. DIY Retro Christmas Stockings
These retro stockings are really colorful and so wonderfully vintage looking. If you are decorating your home this Christmas to adhere to that musical 1950s look, these are perfect and they’re pretty easy to make. I love the old time ornaments that adorn them, which you make from felt and glass seed beads. They’re great for a quick and easy DIY stocking and one that adds loads of color to your decorating.
25. No Sew Vintage Christmas Stockings
If you prefer something that you don’t have to sew, these vintage stockings are great. You make them from any fabric that you like – burlap or canvas looks really vintage, by the way. Instead of sewing them, you use sewing glue to keep them in place and you can even create a little cuff by simply folding down the edges before you glue them into place. Add burlap roses or any number of other vintage decorations to them before you hang. I love good no sew DIY projects.
26. Drop Cloth Stockings
You really can make stockings out of any type of fabric, even drop cloths. I love these easy to make DIY drop cloth stockings. Aside from being easy to make, they’re also pretty cheap and can be decorated in any number of ways. I really like the names on the fronts which you can do with acrylic paints or cut your lettering out of felt and then just glue it into place.
27. Easy DIY Pinecone Stockings
Add some winter wonderland to your stockings with homemade pinecones. You can do this to store bought stockings or make your own out of burlap or canvas. You need wool felt to create the pinecones and their leaves and you can even add in some holly berries for color. These are super easy to make and really have a nice old fashioned look to them, don’t you think?
28. Easy No Sew Plaid Stockings
Plaid is a really great material for creating Christmas décor, especially if you’re going for the rustic look. These no sew plaid stockings are super simple to make and they only take about five minutes for each one. Plus, you can make these for less than $10 each, which is much cheaper than what you would pay for them in a department store. You just start with a homemade or really cheap store bought stocking and dress it up with a bit of plaid material.
29. Hand Crocheted Polka Dot Stockings
Get out those crochet hooks and let’s make these adorable polka dot stockings! I love a good crochet project for when the weather turns cold and these are simple and fast to work up. You have plenty of time to create several of them before Christmas decorating time, and you can do them in whatever colors of yarn you have on hand or anything you want to match your current decorations.
30. Quick And Easy Knit Stockings
Get out those knitting needles and make these adorably rustic stockings. These are super simple and don’t require you do know any complicated stitches. If you love to knit, here is your chance to make the most adorable stockings and you have plenty of time before Christmas to get them done. Note that the pattern uses an afterthought heel but it’s really easy and won’t take you long at all to complete.
31. DIY Stenciled Stockings
Give an otherwise boring stocking a complete makeover with a few stencils. I love the designs on these, although you could do something other than a reindeer. You can make these from drop cloths, burlap or any other plain material and you just have to lay down your stencil and fill it in with fabric paint. Add faux fur or another fluffy material to the cuff and heel area to really make these stand out.
32. Upcycled Sweater Stockings
There are a number of upcycled sweater projects that you could make, and these stockings should definitely be one of those. These are really easy and if you use a large enough sweater, you literally just have to cut out the sleeves. You can use the remainder of the sweater for any number of other projects. These little stockings are so warm and cuddly looking and so very easy to sew together.
33. Woven Burlap Stockings
I love the look of these woven burlap stockings. You make them using a weave pattern that gives them such a unique appearance. You’ll need to cut your burlap into long strips which you will then weave into a square. Don’t be afraid of this one – it’s much easier than it looks and it gives you a wonderfully rustic stocking when you’re finished.
34. DIY Tinsel Typography Stockings
Create these lovely stockings with cheap felt stockings that you can get at the Dollar Tree (or make them yourself). You add tinsel to them to embellish them, along with anything else you want like tassels or jingle bells. These are really easy and won’t take you long at all to finish. The tinsel look is great for vintage Christmas décor and these fit in beautifully.
35. Easy Upcycled Christmas Stocking
These stockings can be made from upcycling clothing and they’re adorable. If you have some kids’ clothes from Christmases past that you don’t need any longer, use them to make your own DIY stockings this year. You can make two stockings from a pair of pants and all you have to do is measure out your material and cut it into the shape of a stocking and then sew together on your sewing machine.