Builder's Studio: DIY Stocking Holder

As part of our DIY Christmas mini-series, we built a beautiful DIY stocking holder with one of our many island legs. This is an easy, quick project that can be customized according to your design preferences. We used the Eastonollee Island Leg (Part #302159) and added a coat of white paint to the exterior for a striking design that complements holiday decor beautifully.

Assembly Instructions

Overall Dimensions: 35 ¾” H x 12” W (base)

Materials needed:

  • One wooden island leg (we used the Eastonollee Island Leg - part #302159)
  • ½” thick plywood (will be cut to 12x12)
  • Attachment screws (we used 1 ¼”)
  • Four (4) hooks to hang stockings (can be found at local craft or hardware store)

Other items needed:

  • Miter saw or circular saw
  • Ruler
  • Writing utensil
  • Drill and drill bit (slightly smaller width than the attachment screws)
  • Wood stain or paint
  • Scrap wood


  1. Cut your plywood in the desired size for your base (we created a 12” x 12” square for our base).
  2. Finish the base and the leg with paint or stain (we used white paint). Let dry.
  3. Find the center of your base. We did this by placing a ruler from one point diagonally to the opposite point of the base, then marking a line near the center of the ruler. Repeat this on the other two points and see where those two lines intersect. That is the center of your base.
  4. Predrill a hole through the center point of the base. We recommend putting a scrap piece of wood underneath so that you don’t drill into your work surface. When pre drilling, use a bit that is slightly smaller than the width of your attachment screws.
  5. Use the center mark already existing on the island leg and predrill a hole that is around 1” deep. Keep in mind that we turned the island leg upside down for this project.
  6. Turn everything upside down and place the base on top of the assembly. Line up the predrilled holes and attach the base to the bottom of the leg.
  7. Determine where you want to mount your hanger hooks. We mounted four hooks on our design. Predrilling and attaching these will vary based on the instructions included with your hardware.

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