Wooden stockings have been a part of farmhouse decor for years. The simple rustic style makes them so charming. I will show you how easy it is to make your own.
Finding these vintage wooden sock dryers is not as easy as you may think.
I found the vintage sock dryer, that is on the left, at a local thrift store. Of course, I wanted MORE. That made me stare thinking…. I can create my own.
If you are a person that loves DIYs and are anything like me, you keep a wood scrap pile. There had to be something in there that would work for this.
BINGO! I had a good amount of plywood left over from another project. If you have space to store extra wood, I highly recommend you do it.
This honestly couldn’t be any easier. I just laid the stocking on the plywood and traced the shape. The temple I have to share with you does include the holes if you want to add those to your stocking.
Grab your jigsaw and get to work cutting out the shape of the stocking.
I highly recommend the Ryobi brand if you don’t have a jigsaw. I love all of their interchangeable battery tools. I got mine at Home Depot but you can buy them online also.
Now let’s get to work sanding it.
I used 180 sandpaper on my hand sander and it made quick work of the little wooden splinters.
Staining is the next step.
I used Minwax Early American. This is a great color but use any of your choices.
Let them dry overnight before painting.
Trying to keep the stockings looking authentic and worn was my goal.
As I painted them I didn’t try to cover every edge and crack. I kept the brush strokes messy.
I got the sander out one more time to scuff up the painted finish. You can take as little or as much paint off as you wish. It all depends on your taste.
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