I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a beautiful fireplace or mantel in which I can hang my stocking from for Christmas. I used to put command hooks on the wall (which didn’t look very nice) and hang them from there. When I moved to my apartment I’m in now, there was no room on any of the walls to put the hooks. I either had pictures up, or it would be too random of a spot. So I looked around online at what people did with their stockings in my kind of situation. I found this amazzzzing idea of making a plaque with hooks to hang them from. I can’t tell you how excited I was to see this! It was suchhh a great idea, and you can make it completely your style! Last year I made one…it was really cute, but I’ve never really been able to get my Christmas style down. Finally this year, I think I got it! Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the traditional green and red to decorate my apartment with. I’m more of a naturalist. I love browns, off whites, and simple, yet pretty. I have just about a million styles I like, but I just love shabby chic, country chic, and rustic, etc. I decided to make a new plaque this year to more fit my style (don’t worry though, my old one is going to a friend who loved it when she saw it last year! I just have to get off my butt and mail it to her haha). Remembering my friend had left her Cricut at my house, I used it to cut out the letters. The cartridge I used was Cindy Loo, and I used what I believe is the only font they have on it, which is this adorable Ornamental Bodoni.
I started by painting the wooden plaque (that I purchased at Michaels for less than $8 (and I used a coupon!). I chose a nice not too dark, not too light brown. It appears really dark in the pictures, but it’s just the lighting. Once the paint dried, I played around with the letters until I liked where they were placed. I made a light mark using pencil (so you can erase it later) so I knew where to place the letters. Using Mod Podge, I glued them all down, and then went over the whole plaque with the Mod Podge a few times.
I found these pretty dresser knobs at Hobby Lobby that I bought and tinted with some gold paint, and drilled holes in the bottom of the plaque and screwed them in. I decided with an arrangement of lace, small string of pearls, brown burlap, a wavy ivory ribbon to hang it up. I just used a staple gun to hold them up, and it worked fine. I just tied a knot so it didn’t pull through.
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