Hey friends! Today I am showing you how to make this cute Christmas stocking post. You see, I have a fireplace, but no mantel. Every year I place our stockings in our stair railing, which is cute too. But when I saw this idea from Jen Woodhouse I had to build one! So, I went straight to Lowe’s to get my lumber.
I’m not quite finished with my decorating, so this Christmas stocking post might have a few more decorations around the legs. Let me show you how to build it!
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- (1) 4×4 post cut to desired length, mine is 5′
- (1) 2x4x8 cut 4 pieces at 13 1/2″, one end beveled at 45 degrees.
- 1×4 scraps for the feet, you will need 4 pieces at 3 1/2″ each.
- Paint/finish of choice
- (1) 4×4 Post Top
- (1) Screw in Table Leg for the top
- Coat Hooks
- Miter Saw
- Nail Gun
- Kreg Jig
- 2 1/2″ Pocket Screws
- Wood Glue
- Decorative Bells
DIY Christmas Stocking Post
Step 1- Cut 4×4 Post to desired length
I cut my 4×4 post at 5 feet. Keep in mind the top will add another 6 to 8 inches.
Step 2- Cut the legs
Cut the 2×4’s at 13 1/2 inches with one end beveled at 45 degrees.
Tip: Cut the bevel end first on a longer piece, then measure 13 1/2″ from the long point, mark and cut straight.
Now do that four times 🙂
Step 3- Cut the feet
Cut the 1×4 in four pieces the width of your 2x4s above. I suggest you measure and cut to width. It should be close to 3 1/2″
Take a piece of 1×4 and mark a line on the 4×4 post on all four sides. This helps mark where you will be attaching your 2x4s later.
Step 4- Attach the feet to the legs
Glue the feet to the end of the legs. I used my nail gun and secured with 2″ brad nails.
Step 5- Drill Pocket Holes
Using a kreg jig, drill 1- 1/2″ pocket holes on the 2x4s.
Step 6: Attach the legs to the post
Attach the legs to the 4×4 post using 2-1/2″ pocket screws. Line up the 2x4s with the markings you made before. And you’re done with the legs!
Step 7- Attach the Table Leg to the Top post
Drill a pilot hole in the middle of the post top and screw the table leg in.
After it was all assembled I used wood glue to secure it to the top of the 4×4 post.
Step 8- Paint and Add Hardware
I chose to paint it white, so I can use it as a coat rack during the year. I found these decorative bells at Hobby Lobby and tied them to the top.
Here are some pics of the finished Christmas stocking post.
That’s it! I hope you like it! Share and Pin it for later!
Until next time!,
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Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials for novice woodworkers and DIYers. She also works as a university professor in the health care industry. Have a question for Janice? Feel free to send her a message here!