It’s nearly time to Deck the Halls and get our holiday prep in gear. This weekend I got a good little head start by building this Stocking Post and decorating our mantle.The stocking post, inspired by a DIY Workshop project at The Home Depot was a cinch to build and can easily be modified to fit your personal style and existing holiday decor.
As part of The Home Depot DIY Workshop Virtual Party, I have teamed up with a host of other talented DIY bloggers, each one sharing their own take on this adorable build.
And guess what? This Saturday, November 19th they will be building the Holiday Stocking Post at your local Home Depot too!
The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels. There are three types of Workshops offered – Do-It- Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids.
The DIY Workshops help customers can learn how to build décor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions.
You can sign up to learn this or other fun projects by clicking on the image below.
For my stocking post, I was inspired by a candlelight Christmas Eve and lanterns.
After a few years of unconventional Christmas color schemes, I was eager to return to the time-honored tradition of red and green.
Everything I needed to build the post came from my local Home Depot, of course, even the lantern!
For my take on the stocking post, I added an extra base on top of the original 16×16 piece of plywood. The second layer is about 14×14 inches.
Using 2-inch wood screws, attach the base to the post. Because I had two layers of plywood, I placed 2 screws diagonal from each other and then when I attached the second layer, I placed the screws in the opposite corners.
For the next modification, I eliminated the fence post cap and added three layers of scrap plywood to provide a wider support for the holiday lantern I found in the holiday decor section.
The pieces are 5, 6 1/2 and 8 inches and are layered from smallest to largest. Using the same technique as before, I alternated the screws diagonally until I just nailed the last one on top.
I painted all the pieces with black chalk paint to match the lantern.
I added the robe hooks as directed for the stocking post, but I also added two small knobs to the opposite sides. The robe hooks are large enough you could also use the post to hang a wreath!
I think they add to the lamp post charm, although it does require a few extra tools and pieces of hardware.
In order to add the cabinet knob to the post, you need to purchase a packet of brass inserts, #8-32. They are available at The Home Depot in the hardware isle. Feel free to ask an associate to help you find the exact piece you need.
Drill a hole on each side of the post to accept the insert.
Apply wood glue to the insert and gently screw it into the post.
You will need to shorten the screw or purchase a smaller, double-threaded screw. We just cut them down with a hacksaw.
Be certain to clamp the screw to a stable surface before you begin cutting. Add the knobs to the post.
To attach the lantern to the post, I used a simple hinge. This allows you to operate the lantern and change the batteries when necessary. Pilot drill holes in the side of the lantern with a 5/64 drill bit.
Attach the hinge with the screws provided. It might be a good idea to cover the screws on the inside with Duct tape if you have small children. The screws do extend out beyond the plastic.
Lastly, attach the hinge to the base.
I encourage you to check out the other fabulous bloggers also participating in this virtual DIY party with the links below!
But first, don’t forget to sign up to learn to build your own!
Join in the fun and the virtual party!
And show us your DIY project by tagging #homedepot, and #DIYWorkshop.
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