DIY Candy Cane Stocking Holder

How to make a stocking holder post that looks like a candy cane.

There’s still time to make awesome decorations for your house! No really, there’s like 9 days until Christmas. Yeah, I know. I like to procrastinate.

In November I had been seeing lots of Instagram posts with a 4×4 fancied up and holding Christmas stockings. I didn’t think much of it. Then we decided not to put our tree by the fireplace this year and I needed a place to put our stockings.

Her Tool Belt to the rescue! Amy from Her Tool Belt posted her version of the stocking post on Instagram and I knew I had to make one!

My Take on a Candy Cane Stocking Holder

I managed to make this entire project for about $15. If you don’t have the paint, screws, or any plywood scraps, you may need to invest some more. For me, the most expensive part was the hooks.

I used a landscape timber instead of a 4×4. This added a ton of character to the project, but it did make the cuts and the stripes considerably harder than if it had 4 clean corners. I couldn’t pass it up since it was in the cull pile at my local Home Depot and I bought it for $1.17.

I followed Her Tool Belt’s blog post to make my cuts and attach the pieces. Follow along in pictures…

I had trouble starting the painting process because I really didn’t want to cover up the many defects in the wood. After sanding, it really looked awesome, but I knew it would be better painted and it is.

My advice if you’re going for a rustic look, is to definitely not use spray paint and paint lightly over any gouges or depressions in the wood. If you don’t push paint into these areas, they will maintain their darker appearance and will look fantastic once you’re all done.

Taping was a real chore. I threw out more tape than I ended up using. Getting the angle right and continuing it throughout the curved/angular shape is quite difficult.

Once you get the taped area to balance well with the non-taped area – REJOICE!!! Painting the red stripe is next and this part was the quickest.

I did opt to put on a second coat, so that added an extra hour of dry time. But it’s worth it if your first coat doesn’t fully cover.

Pulling the tape off was fun. I was nervous about the red color until I saw it without the tape. It looks great and I gave a pretty big sigh of relief at this point.

Each step after painting the white base coat was my favorite step. No exception here. The sanding step was the best! You can take it as far as you like and there’s very little you can do to make it look bad.

Since we’re going for the distressed look with rough lumber, sanding the edges and a few flat areas here and there is just icing on the cake. It’s still a little nerve-wracking to come this far and possibly screw something up, but trust me – it will look perfect whenever you decide to stop.


Well… after reassembly to the base and attaching the hooks again, it’s done! And it looks just wonderful.

I finished this holiday stocking post the morning of my wife’s family’s annual Cookie Day festivities. We had a bunch of people over and they all seemed to really like the candy cane.

More importantly, my wife and daughter like it. I’m really glad I saw Amy’s version and gave it a go.

Her tutorial is much more thorough than this one, and I did that on purpose. You should really go check out the full tutorial on her blog.

As soon as I finished I felt like I needed more interesting stockings. Maybe I just need gifts pouring out of them to distract the eye. Either way, just look how cool it is!

Rustic Details

Here are some close-ups of the awesome, rustic details of this candy cane stocking holder:

So all in all, it was fairly simple to make. If you go with a candy cane shape, making your own stocking holder is a bit tricky. But I think you’ll agree it was worth it.

And if you stick to a simple, straight post, I bet you can finish it in just a couple hours. Plus you could use it for more than just Christmas, depending on how you paint it.

Finally, my little angel jumped in on the photoshoot fun. Now I just have to find a million little gifts to put in her stocking and we’re all set. I hope you liked this one as much as my family has and I hope you give it a try!

It’s Your Turn!

If you make one of these stocking holders for your house, please share!

Let me know down in the comments, on Twitter or Instagram. And let Amy at Her Tool Belt know too! She’s on Instagram: @hertoolbelt.

Have fun and Merry Christmas!