I decided to make some stocking holders just about a year ago, when we hauled out our Christmas decorations and hung our stockings from the mantel. It has always been a problem, because most stocking holders are not really designed to hold stockings. Or at least once Santa fills them with goodies. The hook is on the front of the holder, causing it to tip.
To be functional, the hanger needs to be recessed beneath the mantel. I made the hooks using flat steel bar from the hardware store. These are strong enough to fill your stockings all the way!
Once I figured out the basic design for these, I decided to make it also function as a candle holder. When lit, the light shines through the trees and creates a nice glow.