How to hang stockings from a mantle

I did a little investigating over the weekend to search out the most popular Christmas stocking hangers sold in retail stores and almost all of the large DIY stores carried both weighted stocking hangers and mantle clips, each of which have their own advantages and disadvantages. You should choose a hanger depending on your needs: i.e. whether it’s for decorating purposes only and/or for safety purposes.

Here are some tips to help you figure out which stocking hanger is the right one for your mantle?

The weighted stocking hangers:

Use weighted hangers to hang Christmas stockings

These stocking holders are weighted so they can hold full stockings from the mantle.

  • They come in a variety of designs, themes and materials (cast iron, pewter, bronze and more)
  • They’re very decorative
  • Each hanger weighs one pound or more
  • They’re available in packs of one, two, four or more
  • The hangers can safely hold empty stockings
  • They have a slip resistant foam pad on the bottom to protect the mantle surface


  • Heavy stockings may cause them to tip over
  • If children pull on the dangling stockings the heavy holders could fall and hurt them

The stocking mantle clips:

Mantle clips to hang Christmas stockings

The clips are made of sturdy metal that can fit almost any mantle design.

  • The clips can hold up to 10 lbs
  • They’re made of sturdy metal
  • The straight part of the clip measures 4.75”, which provides a good support to hold heavy stockings
  • They have clear grippers to hold tightly onto the mantle and protect the mantle’s surface
  • The clips fit almost any size of mantle
  • They’re very discreet and can easily be hidden under a garland, greenery, or any other Christmas decoration


  • They’re fairly plain looking
  • The clips come in a limited color selection

Hang it safe:

  • If you own a wood-burning fireplace, avoid placing stockings and garlands too close to the hearth as they could catch fire.

Do you hang Christmas stockings? If you do, what kind of hanging hardware do you use?

Liette Tousignant

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