The DIY Holiday Centerpiece was easy but this stocking post was my favorite project! We needed something to hold our stockings for the longest time. I am too cheap to buy the cute holders that are $10 a piece. Especially when there are 4 of us plus pets! No way! I have a wall holder one but that takes up a good bit of room and then I have to put nails on the wall each year. So when I saw this DIY from Home Depot pop up, I was ready!
Remember these DIY/DIH Home Depot Workshops are designed to provide a mix of associate led demonstration, and some hands-on learning. Then you can grab the materials sheet, and purchase the items to make your own project. (For more information, contact your local Home Depot store.)
For this project, you will need:
- 1 – 4 x 4 x 41/2 Pressure-Treated Pine Wood Premium Eased Edge Deck Post
- 1 – 22 32 x 2 x 2 Sanded Plywood
- 1 – 4 x 4 Pressure-Treated Unfinished Pine Ball Top Finial
- 1 – 4 x 4 Pressure-Treated Hampton Wood Flat Top Post Cap
- 1 – Flat Black Single Prong Robe Hook Value Pack (6-Pack)
- 1 – Pack #10 x 2 1/2 Phillips Flat-Head Wood Screws
- 1 – Pack #10 x 1 Phillips Flat-Head Wood Screws
First, you want to mark and cut a 41-inch section from the 4×4 deck post. Then a 16 x 16-inch square section from the sanded plywood board. We totally messed up on the plywood part. We read the part of the directions that said “Mark the center of the 16 x 16 piece of plywood. Nail a nail into the center mark and tie a string around the nail head on one end and to a pencil on the other end, ensuring that the string, when stretched from nail to pencil, is 6 and draw a circle, keeping the string tight. You should have drawn a 12 diameter circle.” … Well, we used a jig saw and cut out the circle! Tip- don’t cut a circle! Just keep the 16×16 square as your base. Not only is the square visually pleasing but it is a lot less headache, ha!
Alright, now take your SQUARE base and secure the plywood on top of the 41-inch post section. Use your 2 ½-inch wood screws through the bottom of the plywood into the post.
I swear I helped with this project, even though it’s my husband in every photo, haha.
Next, you want to turn the post right side up so it is resting on the plywood base you just attached. You’re going to center and secure the flat post cap on top of the post using 1-inch wood screws. Try to put the screw(s) in the middle section. It does not need to be directly in the middle but consider that your top knob has to go through the center to attach to the 4×4 and will need to cover those 1-inch screws. Now comes the muscle! Using a ¼-inch drill bit, drill a ¼-inch hole in the center of the attached flat post cap. Then screw the bottom of the ball post cap into the top of the flat post cap.
You are all done! Now you can paint or stain the wood, allow to dry, then attach the hooks however you like. We decided to stick with the Christmas theme colors we had chosen for the Centerpiece, which was Behr Marquee Copper Moon(sample size) , Behr Marquee January Garnet and Rust-Oleum Gold Glitter Spray Paint. I am in love with the gold top!. We also spray painted the hooks gold. I could not be happier with the outcome.
That is it, I hope you enjoy creating your own Holiday Stocking Post! If you need a printable version, just click the photo below to open a PDF.
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