'Twas the Night Before Christmas tells us that our stockings must be hung by the chimney with care — but what happens if you don't have a chimney?
It's a sad thought to think that Santa would skip over your household just because you don't have a traditional mantle to hang your Christmas stockings on. Fortunately, that will never happen because we have 10 clever places to hang them that are even better than a fireplace, chimney or mantle.
1. Fake a mantle with a shelf
The Golden Sycamore used some simple twine and a couple of clothespins to create a gorgeous scene for the family's stockings.
2. Use an open wall
An open wall is the perfect place to string up your stockings. Just use some 3M Command hooks (Target, $4) to hang them up, then cover the hooks with some strategically placed garland.
3. DIY wall mantle
This cute cloth mantle takes a little skill and elbow grease, but the outcome is adorable. Brit + Co has step-by-step directions here.
4. Season-appropriate hooks
I Heart Naptime has a fun DIY for this display using scrap wood, an old pair of men's pajama pants and reindeer hooks from Hobby Lobby.
5. An old ladder
Farmhouse style is so in right now, and hanging your stockings from a worn-in ladder is totally on trend.
Originally published December 2013. Updated December 2016.
6. On your curtain rod
Rain on a Tin Roof hung their stockings with care with a little ribbon on a curtain rod, and the result really adds that much more holiday cheer to the living room.
7. On a coat rack
Jenna Sue Design Co.'s knit stockings look beautiful hanging on a simple coat rack already living on the wall.
8. On the staircase
Stockings hung on railings add a pop of Christmas to your staircase.
9. Hanging from a tree branch
There's just something so pretty about bringing nature indoors, and hanging your Christmas stockings on a simple branch accomplishes it perfectly.
10. Rustic holders made especially for stockings
Sturdy brushed bronze hooks set on rustic wood planks are an incredibly easy way to display stockings, and they'll last for years to come. (Etsy, $11 each)
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