Make Your Mantle Merry With 15 Creative Christmas Stocking Ideas
‘Tis the season for Starbucks red cups, healthy peppermint bark recipes, Christmas ornament DIYs and cool-tide Christmas carols. The holidays have officially arrived, and it’s time to start thinking (and planning) for 2016 Christmas decor. This holiday season, you’ll want to trim your mantels with stockings that are as trendy as you are. Finding the coolest stockings known to Santa Claus can sound overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be, as we have 15 creative stockings for everyone who has been extra good this year. What are you waiting for? The halls won’t deck themselves.
1. CrabbyChris Mermaid Stocking ($45): Just because a little snow has covered the earth, doesn’t mean that mermaid life stops. Nope, true blue mermaids commit 365 days a year. If you happen to be one of those mermaids who are, well, merely merfolk in spirit, at least your stocking will remind St. Nick that you want fins for Christmas.
2. Woven Stocking DIY: Add a bit of retro flair to your seasonal decor this year — what was once considered ”old” is today consider to be on fleek. In less than a week, you can accomplish the project of weaving a stocking in the colors that complement your home decor. (via A Beautiful Mess)
3. DIY Embellished Holiday Stockings: Sometimes, no-sew stockings are the way to go. Here at Brit HQ, we have a few festive ideas to quickly embellish your stocking with little to no sewing required. Simply grab a few baubles, gems and ribbon, and we’ll guide you the rest of the way. (via Brit + Co)
4. SantaSockCentral Dog Christmas Stocking ($80): Whether your pup needs a stocking or you’re just a ”crazy dog lady,” this knit doggy-inspired stocking will do the trick. However, if it is indeed for your pooch, we can assume that he’ll do plenty of tricks while awaiting treats inside the knitted sock.
5. DIY Cactus Christmas Stocking: The Grinch does not have to be the only green, prickly presence in the room during the holidays. Be kitschy, collected and cool with a red and green take on a cactus-inspired stocking. What do you put inside a cactus stocking — one of those cute paper umbrellas? (via My Poppet)
6. OurLittleMesses Christmas Stockings ($38): Sometimes it’s nice to skip the trends and return to traditional Christmas roots with red and green decor. The Grinch may have stolen Christmas, but these crafty socks have stolen our hearts.
7. DIY Fruity Christmas Stockings: Pineapples, watermelons and strawberries — oh my! A surprising fruity twist to your holiday mantle could be a refreshing take for when Santa shimmies down the chimney. But leave him a note that, just because you have a fruity stocking, doesn’t mean he should skip the chocolate goodies. (via My Poppet)
8. CreationzByCatherine Converse-Inspired Stocking ($35+): If there was ever an official ”hipster stocking,” this would be it. Imagine hanging up your kicks on December 24, then waking up Christmas morning to find all the cool stocking stuffers the man in red left you.
9. Upcycled Wallpaper Sample Christmas Stocking Gift Pouch: Birds of a feather decorate together. This trendy yet eco-friendly Christmas stocking DIY is not only chic but good for the planet, as the idea is to make the stocking out of wallpaper samples. Pretty nifty, right? (via My Poppet)
10. Anthropologie Tassled Stocking ($38): Multicolored tassels were all the rage this past summer. Why not carry the fun tassel trend over into your holiday festivities? Anthropologie has nailed the look, creating a chic tassel-embellished stocking that will look like a gem hanging on your mantle.
11. Urban Outfitter Fringed Holiday Stocking ($59): Get fringed for the holidays. As fringe is still a raging fashion trend, it only makes sense to have your stocking be as stylish as you are. You know what they say, ”Dress up your stocking like you’re gonna blog about it.” We’re pretty sure that saying will catch on this season.
12. Anthropologie Velvet Celtic Stocking ($32): If you’re seeking a fanciful, whimsical and magical stocking straight out of a fairytale, this velvet Celtic stocking has your name on it. Did you see the unicorn embroidery? Sold!
13. TwentyEight12 Personalized Velvet Stockings ($190+, set of five): Nothing screams Christmas more than glistening glitter illuminated by the fireplace. Throw in a few monograms and you are golden. Now combine these Christmas essentials into a series of stockings, and you have one picture-perfect holiday ahead of you.
14. Tees2go Pepperoni Pizza Stocking ($21): Did you say pizza? Forget the glitter! We want pepperoni with extra cheese on our 2016 holiday stocking.
15. DIY Batik Indigo Christmas Stocking: Incorporating an Indonesian technique called Batik into your Christmas decorating groove can add a pretty twist to the traditional holiday decor. Deep, rich indigo tones will certainly pop out from your fireside display, and all of your party guests will want you to make them a set for next year. Happy crafting! (via Brit + Co)
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)