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Creative Christmas Wreaths

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Genius Christmas Hacks

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Hang Advent Stockings on the Christmas Tree

Countdown to Santa's arrival by making these easy stockings to hang on the Christmas tree.

What You'll Need:

  • 24 sheets of 8-1/2x11-inch decorative card stock
  • Glue for paper
  • Decorative embellishments (buttons, rickrack, ribbon, or others)
  • Marker or number rubber stamps and ink pad
  • 24 round metal-rim tags
  • Small-hole punch
  • 1 yard of thin silver string

Download advent stocking pattern

How to Make It:

  1. Lightly trace the stocking template onto card stock 48 times; cut out. Apply a thin layer of glue around the edges of one stocking, avoiding the top edge. Place a second stocking shape over the first; press gently. Repeat to make 24 stockings. Decorate each stocking with embellishments.
  2. Write or stamp numbers 1 through 24 onto the metal-rim tags; set aside. Punch a small hole in the top corner of each stocking and through the top of each tag. Cut the thin silver string into 1-1/2-inch pieces. Thread a piece of string through a tag and then through the hole in a stocking; tie into a knot. Repeat to finish all 24 stockings.
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