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Easy DIY Stocking Hanger Rack

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Easy scrap wood stocking hanger made with a single board and some dowels

In this post, I’m sharing how to make the easiest DIY Stocking Hanger Rack ever with some wood scraps and a little glue!

Easy scrap wood stocking hanger made with a single board and some dowels

A while back I made an accordion coat rack and I’ve loved it since day one. We hang our stockings on it and after the holidays are over, we use it for the dog leash, umbrellas, jackets, etc.

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But, because it’s an actual moving accordion rack, it’s a little more involved to make.

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So I wanted to share a similar, but MUCH easier DIY stocking hanger version that works just as well!

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Grab your scraps, a saw and some glue and get ready to build.

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Tools and Materials:

Tools:

  • Saw (miter, jig, circular–anything that can cut clean lines)
  • Hammer
  • Level
  • Stud finder (optional)
Krazy Glue, board, and dowel supplies to make stocking hanger rackKrazy Glue, board, and dowel supplies to make stocking hanger rack

Step 1: Cut Rack Board to Length

First, I trimmed my scrap 1x board to the length and size I wanted my stocking hanger/coat rack to be.

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You can customize this to fit whatever space you plan to hang it in, but I made mine about 30″ long.

Step 2: Cut Dowels for Rack Pegs

Next, I cut my 1″ diameter dowel rod into pegs about 4″ long (this doesn’t have to be exact–you may want longer or shorter). You can cut these ends square for pegs that stick straight out, or you can miter the ends a little for pegs that slope.

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I mitered the ends of my dowels about 20 degrees.

Dowels cut to length for stocking hangerDowels cut to length for stocking hanger

You can cut as many as you wish to put on your rack.

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If desired, paint these whatever color you wish. I used some black spray paint to give them a little contrast against the wood board.

Step 3: Add Hangers on Back Side

In order to hang this stocking rack on the wall, I flipped the board from step 1 upside down and nailed a couple of sawtooth hangers on the back side.

Sawtooth hangers attached to back side of boardSawtooth hangers attached to back side of board

You want to space these out so that you’ll be able to hang them in the wall studs. You may want to check your stud distance of where you want to hang this and space them out accordingly. See step 5.

Step 4: Glue Pegs onto Coat Rack Board

Next, I measured and marked to evenly space out the pegs on my board.

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A simple formula is to take the number of pegs you cut PLUS ONE, and divide the length of the back board by this number. So in my case, my board was 30″ long, and I had 4 pegs. So 30 divided by 5 is 6″.

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So I made a mark on my board every 6″ about 2″ up from the bottom edge.

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I used Krazy Glue Wood Glue on the end of each peg and centered them on these marks the same distance from the bottom edge.

Using Krazy glue to attach pegs to rack boardUsing Krazy glue to attach pegs to rack board

Follow the directions on the Krazy Glue package. It will dry really fast and should hold plenty strong for stockings, hats, and light weight items.

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I didn’t add any additional support here, but if you wanted, you could also use a screw through the back of the board to help hold the dowel pegs in place if you wanted a little extra security.

Sticking pegs onto rack boardSticking pegs onto rack board

Step 5: Hang Up Rack!

Use a level and a stud finder to add a couple nails into the studs to hang the rack level.

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You can also use screws, but I prefer using a couple roofing nails. Then, slide the sawtooth hangers over the nail heads and deck the halls!

Christmas stockings hanging from pegs on DIY stocking hanger rackChristmas stockings hanging from pegs on DIY stocking hanger rack

Or hang up your hats, coats, whatever else you need to hang up 🙂

Hats hanging on pegs glued to board--DIY hat rackHats hanging on pegs glued to board--DIY hat rack

This really is the easiest DIY stocking hanger rack, hat, coat hanger ever! I really hope you enjoyed that quick and simple project and if you want to check out more winter/Christmas projects, here are a few favorites!

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Pinterest collage showing materials on workbench at top and completed stocking, hat, coat rack on bottomPinterest collage showing materials on workbench at top and completed stocking, hat, coat rack on bottom

Until next time, friends, happy building! 🙂