From as long as you could remember, stockings have formed an eternal part of Christmas decorations. Whether it was used for getting gifts from Santa or for decorating the fireplace mantle, this was one piece of decoration that was always present in the house. Heirloom stockings as well as those that have been bought from discount stores find a place in different parts of the house.
And if you have a child at home, he or she would surely keep some by his bedside on the eve of Christmas. There is a common belief that good children are rewarded by Santa Claus on the eve of Christmas with gift stuffed stockings and naughty children are not assured of this special gift. And in keeping with this traditional belief, children love to keep their stockings ready before Christmas.
Although, plain Christmas stockings can be easily incorporated in the decorations, some ideas for decorating stockings can actually be quite innovative. It not only makes your stockings look different, it also adds a different dimension to the stockings. Let’s have a look at some ideas for decorating stockings.
Use Decorative Material
A very common way of decorating stockings is by using different types of coloured paper, glitters, sparkles and adhesive. Take some coloured papers and cut out different shapes based on the holiday theme. You can make bells, angels, Christmas trees and ornamental balls out of paper. Cut it out and then stick it to the stocking of your choice with an adhesive. Use colourful ribbons, glitters and sparkles to decorate the stockings. Embellishments like little bells or buttons can also be attached to the stocking.
Knit A Stocking
If you wish to make your stocking unique, think of knitting one. All you need to do is get hold of a knitting kit and learn to produce fine patterns following the directions given inside the kit. With this you can make innovative designs and patterns on the stocking. Coordinate different coloured wools to give it a completely new look. Once the stocking is ready, stuff it with felt or sponge and hang it on the doors or mantelpiece.
Paint The Stockings
Using fabric paint for decorating the stockings is also a good idea. If you are good with the paint brush, this can be an amazing idea for custom designing the stocking. Add the patterns of your choice along with names or initials of the person for whom you are making it.
Create Embroidered Stockings
Another great idea for decorating the stockings is to include embroidery. But, this is a highly skilled work and not everyone can do this. So, if you wish to incorporate this idea, take an embroidery tutorial just before the holiday season. By the time Christmas arrives, you’ll be well equipped to pull off your own designs.
Print Your Stockings
An easy way of making the stockings attractive is to print the stockings. For this, you need to select the pictures and get it printed on transfer paper. Press the image on the stocking and iron it. You’ll notice that the image has been transferred to your stocking.