Create a personalized stocking holder in a few hours using a pair of pre-painted blocks.
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Drill a 7/32-inch hole centered along the profile end of a plinth block. Apply glue to the tip of a birch peg and insert it into the hole.
Lay the plinth block with the peg on a flat surface with the profile facing up and peg end closest to you. Measure and mark the block 2 inches from the profile end. Apply a thin bead of super glue to the plain end of the other block, place it perpendicular on the 2-inch mark on the other block, and tape it in position until the glue dries.
Glue a magnet to the vertical block centered about 3/4 inch from the top. On a second magnet, apply a piece of tape or mark the surface that’s attracted to the magnet on the assembly.
If desired, paint the assembly the color of your choice (Heirloom Red shown) and let dry.
On the opposite face of the magnet with the marked face, apply a dab of super glue and attach an ornament with the stem parallel with the magnet face. Hold it in position until the glue dries.
For an alternative to using an ornament, glue a painted 1-inch wooden button to the magnet.
Place the holder on a table or fireplace mantel with the peg facing forward and hanging over the edge. Using the two magnets, fasten a photo or art to the front of the holder. Estimated cost: $26 for three.