So, I’ve got some brick in my house. A big block of it, surrounding the fireplace. And, I love it. I do, but… with Christmas around the corner, it’s a bit of a downer that we don’t have a mantel (yet).
But there is a bright side to all this brick. Ready to see my little trick? It’s perfect for the holidays…
Bam! Free card holder. And, this time of year — we gets a lots of cards! It’s perfect, the cards stay put, not like in the old days when I’ve tried to assemble them on a table and have them collapse like dominos when you walk past. Cute right? (PSST!… It’s great for photos too!) However, I love THIS idea, Maybe next year after we get that mantel up?
Ok. Let’s try brick, two ways. Insert this little number. I was excited when I found these “brick clips” at the hardware store. Yeah, they are meant for lights, but, remember my mantel-less fireplace? I thought they could help with the Christmas Stocking situation.
And, you can see below, I gave them a shot, and yes, the stockings are holding. However, these were finicky little guys. I’m sure I scraped my fingers on the brick attaching them at least 3 times. I honestly can’t imagine I would attempt a cold winter day on a ladder attaching lights to the exterior brick of the fireplace with them, unfortunately.
It’s hard to see in a picture, so here is my handy-dandy diagram. The clips sit in the mortar of your bricks, and you can tighten and loosen the connection my sliding these two triangular pieces that clip together. Seems like a great idea, but it wasn’t quite working for me.
But, in all fairness, I’m sure brick can vary. So, maybe these clips would work great for some. And, hey, the stockings are hung by the chimney with care… or, at least until St. Nick fills ‘em up and moves them down to the hearth for us to find on Christmas morning. No need to drill holes in the brick this year so… meh, win-win.
Have you got any clever Christmas tricks you can share? Please do! Ho! Ho! Ho!