(Please excuse the spacing and image issues with this post! When it was transferred over from my old blog, this happened, and I can’t fix it!)
As Christmas approaches, I’m adding the finishing touches to our Christmas decor. We don’t have a fireplace mantel, but I still want a place to hang our stockings. On top of my love for doing crafts, I enjoy saving the money. So I “texturized” wooden letters (the first letter of each of our names) with yarn and placed it next to the mantel hooks for hanging the stockings. If your stockings have the person’s name, then you can make “NOEL” or “JOY” instead.
- Wooden letters (I think larger ones look the best, but it depends on the size of your space and surrounding decor)
- Yard, twine, or other fabric to wrap around your letters
- Hot glue gun
- Mantel hooks to hang stockings
- Circular wooden pieces to keep letters upright
- Sleeping toddlers
Start at the Ends
If you need a way to help cover the corners of the letters, or some other area that needs some extra coverage, you can create an extra layer. I did this by cutting an extra piece of yarn and wrapping the corner. If the letter is symmetrical, do it on the other side as well. You can see where I did this for my letter “D.”
As for the letter “T,” I ended up criss-crossing the top middle in order to cover that space. Again, I just used an extra piece of yarn, placed the starting piece in back and middle part of the letter, and criss-crossed until it covered all the visible wood.
Tuck + Glue
God made glue guns for a reason ;) With my finished yarn ends, I tucked them under other strands and glued it down. The gun also came in handy with those imperfect pieces of yarn popping out.
Glue the Bottoms
Now you can glue on the bottoms when you’re done. Remember you need a wooden piece for each limb. For example, “N” needs two to hold it up. But also make sure the letter is right-side up. I messed this up, which you’ll also see in my final picture. Go me…