Hi my little elves! I had to wait to share this year’s Christmas craft in an effort to keep the surprise intact since we shipped these as gifts for our family.
I made hot cocoa jars! I used this recipe. Usually my vision and execution don’t intersect but I actually think these turned out adorable! Am I allowed to say that?
I made two versions: a mocha cocoa, which I layered with instant coffee and coffee creamer and a candy cocoa layered with crushed candy bars. Pretty pretty layers!
Was this craft easy? Yes, of course! Did it take me a long time? Yes. That’s the deceiving thing about craft projects from the interwebs. You’d think you could pull something like this together in an afternoon and that’s simply not the case, even if you don’t have a baby to plan around. For me, the main time investment was collecting and cleaning the jars. I had to clean them out and remove the labels. I soaked them in vinegar and soapy water and removed the labels using a coconut oil and baking soda mixture. I found this all natural “Goo Gone” recipe HERE (a great blog, btw). It worked but took serious effort! Since I reused old jars, I needed to paint over some of the lids to hide the previous labeling. I used Martha Stewart’s craft paint in Wedding Cake, which is a soft white. I sponge brushed the paint on, which I think gave a textured “snowy” effect. Of course, I had to do multiple coats…see how this easy project got way more involved? A few of the jars only needed a cupcake liner to make the top festive:
Obviously you could save yourself a load of trouble and buy mason jars all ready to go! I fear these jars probably didn’t survive shipping to Minnesota without some jumbling but I just hope they didn’t break! *crosses fingers*
Hubs helped me make the labels with Gimp software and I think they are so cute. On the back I wrote “Add a few heaping tsp of mix to hot h20, top with marshmallows & enjoy!”.
Budget breakdown (approximately):
- 2 bags of powdered milk: $9.00
- 1 1/2 tins of cocoa: $4.50
- 1 bag of powdered sugar: $1.50
- 2 bags of marshmallows: $2.00
- candy bars: $3.50
- instant coffee: $5.50
- coffee creamer: $2.50
- paper straws: $2.00
- TOTAL for 12 jars of cocoa: $30.50 ($2.55/jar)
*the jars, ribbon, paper, cornstarch, salt, craft paint, cupcake liners, baking soda, and coconut oil I had on hand. You could save yourself money by skipping the mocha version and buying pre-mixed hot cocoa.
So, what do you think? Did you do any crafting this year?