Gorgeous garlands, twinkling lights, and the perfect tree – all things that make holiday decorating a blast. However, ornaments and supplies are often beyond our budget, especially when there are so many gifts to buy. That's why we decided to round up our favorite seven DIY stocking ideas that are straightforward, creative, and inexpensive. Whether you have mad sewing skills or none at all, we've got you covered with a range of ideas, from more traditional to a bit unexpected. Check out the list below right now and get your stockings hung today:
Winter's colder weather means plush, snuggly fabrics. Let them take center stage with these super luxe flannel and faux fur stockings. These woodsy-chic stockings might not follow the traditional red and green color scheme, but their rich textures definitely imply "winter wonderland." And while they feel super high-end, you can keep fabric costs down by upcycling a few well-loved flannel shirts. Check out the simple step-by-step tutorial at Girl Inspired.
Keep it simple with these no-sew sweater stockings. This tutorial is very easy and on-budget because these are made with long-forgotten sweaters from your own closet or from some cheap thrift store finds. Plus, no sewing means these stockings come together easily, too! And we love that. Simply use an old stocking as a template, or draw your own, and use fabric glue for the seams. With all the time and money saved, you can get creative with adornments, personalization, and festive trim.
Make even the most basic stockings instantly merrier with custom monogram pins. Made with basic wood letters from the craft store, a little paint and an adhesive-backed pin, these sweet adornments can be ready in no time and for very little cash. Customize them to your home decor by changing up the paint color, adding glitter, or by sprinkling in extra holiday touches like a sprig of evergreen or some holiday ribbon. No matter which route you go, your stockings will boast a bit more personality and lots of holiday cheer.
I've always wanted to learn to crochet, and these adorable stockings might be the motivation I need to start practicing! Download the tutorial from Pretty Darn Adorable on Etsy and get to work making your own gorgeous set. Change up the yarn colors for each family member or get creative by adding some holiday stripes. And don't forget about those adorable pom poms! These cozy stockings are the perfect adornment for your holiday mantle.
Here's a simple stocking idea that's not really a stocking at all. These basic burlap sacks were given a major facelift with a custom stencil and personalized chalkboard tags. If you've got a sewing machine, these bags would be super simple to make from scratch. For those of us with less-than-stellar sewing skills, a ready-made version is easy to find. Choose your stencil and paint to customize. Once they're dry, use hot glue to add berry sprigs, small evergreen branches, or simple snowflake ornaments. The possibilities are endless to make these simple bags your very own Christmas DIY wonders!
Homespun charm abounds with these vintage-inspired ticking striped stockings. To add a bit of farmhouse flair to your holiday mantle, check out the simple tutorial and step-by-step photos at Happy at Home. It won't take much time to make a set of these sweet stockings, and you will love hanging them and filling them year after year.
Here's another non-traditional idea that's loaded with charm. While these apple baskets from The Wilson World were designed as Easter baskets, a simple ribbon swap will make a super festive set to sit around the hearth. Top them with a bit of cotton batting or packing peanuts for some "snow." Your kids will love to dig in and find all the treasures hidden inside.