Christmas Stocking Hangers

Christmas stocking holders on mantle

It is the beginning of September and Christmas creep is in full swing. Craft stores already seem to have supplies out for all of the major 4th quarter holidays – I guess crafters like to plan ahead and be prepared?

Not me – I had just completed my laser cutter safety course at Nova Labs, and this was actually my first project just 2 weeks prior to Christmas, 2013.

5 pieces of art for Christmas stocking holders

Here are the details:

  • Material is 1/2″ thick oak, which was very slow to cut and had a lot of charring.
    • We actually liked the contrast of the blackened edge to the lighter wood and didn’t bother sanding these at all.
  • Art was created in Illustrator, from a mix of sources:
    • Reindeer was a simplified tracing of a small figurine we purchased in Copenhagen in 2009.
    • Snowman was more-or-less made from scratch.
    • The snowflake took inspiration from other vector snowflakes online.
    • Tree was straight from a Shutterstock vector library of Christmas trees
    • The ornament was a slightly modified Shutterstock file.
  • The base was designed with a notch to match the thickness of the wood hook.
    • Despite not really accounting for the laser kerf, it pressure fits in and doesn’t need glue or other fasteners to stay put.

Overall my first project went very well, with no problems that I can remember. We loved that these matched our style much better than anything we found online. I guess that’s the entire point of making.

Check out a PDF of the more original artwork.Christmas_Stocking_Hangers_2013-12-09

Assembly of Christmas stocking holder base
Assembly of Christmas stocking holder base.
Comparing snapshot of reindeer figurine to simplified outline
Snapshot of a reindeer figurine and the simplified outline of it.


4 thoughts on “Christmas Stocking Hangers

  • October 21, 2015 at 3:37 pm


    Just wondering how big the base is and how low the hook drops!
    Also – did you glue the decorations to the bases?


    • October 21, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      I’d have to check when we dig them out for Christmas. I think the base is about 3×5″? The hooks drop about 2-2.5″ but I probably could have made them shorter.
      I haven’t had to glue the figures to the bases, or even the hook to the base for that matter (it friction fits well enough). I have thought about using small pieces of wire to act as pins but haven’t gotten around to it.

      • October 21, 2015 at 5:08 pm

        So do the figures just sit on top?

        • October 22, 2015 at 9:07 am

          Also, I think that PDF in the post may have the art and bases to scale so you can see how big they are.


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