Christmas stockings have got to be one of my favorite things to look for when stores start stocking their shelves with their new holiday décor. Ever since Colin and I moved into our home (and before even), I imagined dressing up our fireplace mantel with personalized Christmas stockings that could be enjoyed year after year.
When our son was born, I became even more adamant about trying to find “the perfect stocking,” that could be fancily embroidered with our names. I searched Etsy, Amazon, local retailers, etc. but I truly struggled to commit because embroidered Christmas stockings can be SO EXPENSIVE. I mean, I was looking at $30-$40 each! HELLO! Also, I couldn’t quite find “the look” that I was wanting either, which halted me from reaching for my wallet.
Now let’s face it. I’m a money-saving type of gal who is constantly on the lookout for bargains and deals. Did I really want to spend over $100 for personalized Christmas stockings? What if we end up having another child down the road? Would I be able to match a new stocking to our existing ones? But also, with having to pay for Christmas gifts along with my regular bills, can I really justify spending that much money for something that I “sort of” liked?
After several weeks of deliberation, I decided that I just couldn’t validate spending that kind of money on something that didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Therefore, I started to explore alternate options for achieving personalized Christmas stocking to accommodate our current home décor.
There are so many creative possibilities for executing your own stockings. From puffy paint to adhering cute DIY tags to ironing on fabrics letters, the idea of making my own personalization became possible! So how exactly did I choose to personalize our stockings? With my Silhouette Cameo, of course. =).
PERSONALIZED CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS FOR LESS THAN $6 EACH
To get started, my first step was finding Christmas stockings that I deemed to have that “timeless look” that I felt we would continue to love for many Christmases to come. I have not mastered my sewing machine yet, therefore I opted for buying them instead.
When I was choosing a stocking, I needed to consider the fabric, and if any embellishments already existed on it. Depending on where I chose to add my custom personalization, I needed to make sure that my addition would adhere properly, as well as complement the overall design.
Eventually, I found “the stockings” at Hobby Lobby! However, paying full price for something is not really in my nature, so I chose to wait until Hobby Lobby marked their Christmas décor 50% off. Since Hobby Lobby starts packing their shelves with Christmas décor as early as July, I’ve found that they mark it all 50% during the fall. I found that by mid-October that it was all marked down, so I finally purchased my stockings.
Take a look at them:
Here is my price break down:
Christmas Stockings: 3 Stockings at $4.99 a piece (marked down from $9.99/each) = $14.97
Acrylic Paint: 1 bottle of Light Ivory acrylic paint = $0.77
Foam Brush = Bought a pack of 25 brushes for $4.37 ($0.17/each!)
Silhouette Cameo = $0 (Already owned!)
Vinyl = $0 (Already owned!)
Transfer Paper = $0 (Already owned!)
Iron = $0 (Already owned!)
Paper Towel = $0 (Already owned!)
Total: $15.74 = $5.42 per stocking!
Money-savers rejoice! Here is how I made these personalized Christmas stockings!
Christmas Stocking(s) (I suggest buying stockings that are made from a stronger or heavier weight fabric)
NOTE: ONCE YOU COLLECT YOUR MATERIALS, A TODDLER MAY ATTEMPT TO RUN AWAY WITH SAID MATERIALS. Or maybe that was just me... Everett LOVES to help his mama!
1. Decide where you want to add your custom personalization. I chose the top portion of our stockings. Using a ruler, I measured how large this area was so that when I set my proportions in my Silhouette Studio, I wouldn’t make my personalization too big or too small.
2. Set your designing dimensions in Silhouette Studio to the measurements that you just made, and choose a font for your design. I chose KG Eyes Wide Open because it’s one of my favorites, and it has that “timeless look” that I was going for.
TIP: If making more than one personalized stocking, I suggest starting out with the person in your family with the longest name. This way you can choose the right font size from the beginning that you can use on your remaining stockings.
For example, here are the names that I made stockings for: Colin, Lacey and Everett. Well Everett obviously has the longest first name, so I made my design template using his name. This ensured that his name would fit within the dimensions of my stocking, as would the others. If I had chosen either my name or Colin’s first, I ran the risk of having to decrease my font size to squeeze Everett’s name into the stocking dimensions, thus our stockings would not look uniform. Thus, use the longest name first, and then do the shorter names in the same size font. Make sense?
TIP: If you have never transferred vinyl to a flat surface before, I suggest choosing a font that doesn’t have a lot of intricate detail in it because the vinyl is liable to stick to itself when transferring. If you’re unsure of what font to choose, I recommend using a sans serif font since they’re simpler with clean lines.
3. Load your vinyl into your Silhouette Cameo. I choose black vinyl since the paint that I used is light ivory, and I wanted to be able to see the outline of vinyl against the paint better.
4. If you’ve chosen a script font, then select “Cut Outline,” in Silhouette Studio, and send your design to the Cameo! If you’ve chosen a non-script font, then just send your design straight to the Cameo!
5. After unloading your vinyl, take your scissors, and cut around your design generously. I left about ½ inch of vinyl on each side of my design to give better adherence to the stocking.
6. Since will you be painting in the letters on your stocking, you’ll need to remove the interior form of your vinyl cut-out. Once removed, apply the transfer paper over the exterior form of your vinyl cut-out, and press firmly. I used the handled-end of my scissors for this.
7. Once the exterior form of your vinyl cut-out is adhered well to your transfer paper, pulling with the transfer paper, lift the vinyl cut-out away from its original backing. Make sure that the single pieces from your letters (Check the “i”, “j”, any letters with open loops) have adhered well to the transfer paper too.
8. Apply your vinyl cut-out that’s currently adhered to your transfer paper to the stocking. Press firmly.
TIP: Try to position your vinyl evenly on one attempt, if possible. If you keep repositioning it, the vinyl will lose its stickiness, which can cause paint to leak under your vinyl. We don’t want that!
TIP: Try using the handled-end of scissors to help with getting the vinyl to stick to the stocking!
9. Gently lift your transfer paper from the stocking so that only your vinyl remains on the stocking.
TIP: Take special care with this by taking your time!
10. Place a piece paper towel over your vinyl, and iron over your vinyl carefully. This will help create a better seal when applying your paint. Once done ironing, lift the paper towel, and survey your vinyl. It will look a little bubbly. Use this to your advantage to stick it further onto the stocking.
11. Using your acrylic paint and foam brush, color-in your design on the stocking. Do this with care as you don’t want your vinyl to lift from the fabric at any point since paint could potentially leak underneath it. Take your time to get your design fully covered. Allow about 10-15 minutes to dry.
12. Add a second coat of paint, taking the same care to apply the second coat as you did the first. Allow about 10-15 minutes to dry. Allow any additional coats.
13. Once your stocking has dried, carefully remove your vinyl from the stocking (don’t forget those little pieces from letters with loops, etc!) to reveal your newly personalized Christmas stocking. With this portion done, feel free to add extra embellishments to your stocking!
14. Enjoy your new stockings!
I must admit that I was completely giddy with excitement when I finished ours! I mean, what is there not to be excited about?!
They’re EASY to make.
They were QUICK to make.
Lastly, they are BEAUTIFUL! =)
What are some of your favorite DIY Christmas projects that you’ve done so far this year, or in Christmas passed? Let us know in the comments below!
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