The images that you see in the Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware catalogs when decorated for Christmas are absolutely stunning. All the perfectly matched stockings hung by the chimney with care…. along with matching pillows on the perfectly stuffed sofa, and a lovely fur rug….. It sounds perfect. My house, however, has mismatched stockings, a collection of different styles of Christmas decor and a rug that is there year round, not seasonal! Until this year. I decided to splurge and buy a set of matching stockings for our chimney. All four are a matching style, with two red and two white. They are beautiful! I am so happy with my decision. Until someone asked me who gets which stocking. Uh…. well…. then I decided I needed a simple stocking personalization. Here are our stockings hung, without personalization.
I went to my trusty Pinterest and didn’t find much that matched our style and our home decor. So, I came up with my own! Leather tags that match the colors of the stockings and that I could simply personalize with names. I found the perfect strip of leather at Michaels, along with some leather cord to tie the tags to the stockings. Michaels also had alphabet and numbers stamp set to emboss the leather with names!
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- Sheet leather in your choice of color
- Leather cord in same or coordinating color
- Leather Punch
- Good scissors
- Alphabet and Number Stamp Set for Leather
Simple Stocking Personalization
I have a paper punch that is in the shape of a tag, so I used that for my guide in cutting the leather sheet into four tags. The tag is approximately 1.5 x 3 inches. Then, I punched a hole in the top portion of the tag large enough for my leather cord to get through. Placing the names on the leather was not difficult. I followed the directions on the package for the stamps. You have to slightly dampen the leather – I used a spray bottle and used just a couple of squirts of water per tag. I let the water sit for about 3 minutes. Then I carefully lined up the letters I wanted to stamp, and used a hammer on a solid surface and hammered the letter tool about three times for each letter. Once the stamping of the names are done, you just need to let the leather dry a little.
Cut the leather cord in four equal lengths (or as many as you need) and tie them to your stockings! Our stocking have pom-poms connected to them by yarn, so we just tied our tags to that yarn. I think they look very professional, a little bit rustic and perfectly personalized. Here are our stockings hung by the chimney with care, after they have been personalized.