Club Creative Studio has a question for you: What is on your sock? I am referring to your Christmas stocking that are traditionally hung by many from a fireplace mantel. If you are one that does this year after year, I want to hear about how those socks are decorated. I also share ideas today as suggestions for your socks. What can you use and what have you used to embellish them and make them your own decorative items for display?
Do you have stockings that are hand-made, heirloom pieces of fabric or store-bought? Today in the Two Cent Tuesday post, I want to offer ideas that you can do inexpensively that will make those manufactured dollar store-type Christmas stockings more personal and festive.
It may be as simple as having a glue gun and a bit of creativity. You can use items that are “found items” around your home or purchase something specific to add to your stockings. To add personality and a personal identity to them, it is just a matter of being open to the creativity that you have within, and find a way to apply your ideas.
Let’s start with the most inexpensive ideas:
Hot glue items or use self adhesives to add buttons, rick-rack fabric, lace, ribbon, pom-pom, yarn, tassels, bows, cinnamon sticks, border trim, feathers, beads, charms, glitter, sequins, cotton balls or faux fur.
Using unusual found items that convey personal interests may be interesting to attach with hot glue as well. Consider items such as crayons, pencils, photographs, theme scrapbook cut outs or stickers, silk flowers, cardboard initials, bay leaves and whole cloves, small plastic toys, even coins.
To identify with name recognition, you can use fabric paint, fabric markers, small photos, initial charms, name tape, or decorative name tag.
Stepping it up a notch with these suggestions:
Moving on from glue to sewing techniques puts a different spin on the finished look. Add higher quality textiles or fabrics. Adding a personal embroidery emblem, iron-on patch, rhinestone trim, actual photo frame and photo, quilted fabric sections, personal theme ornament, or hand-made element in carved wood elevates the completed item. The idea with stepping up the decorative element is the larger cost invested or better quality elements added, not necessarily the amount of decorative additions.
I have not included photos of improvements given to these stockings because, this is a project that my daughter and I will do together this year. These are new stockings and they were bought because they are uniform in size, color and sweater-type texture for a more uniform theme this year. Adding the personality will have a different feel this year, a more sophisticated theme.
So, let me know how you have personalized or made your holiday socks more special to display by adding decorative elements. Did your creativity take hold in your project?