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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Novice woodworker and serial Popcorn eater, Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials that motivate others to “dare to try”. Originally from Puerto Rico, Janice is fluent in Spanish and dreams of owning a beach house on the island someday! Janice currently lives in Utah with her husband and children, where she works as a university professor.