It's really beginning to look like Santa's workshop at my house. I have 6 crafting projects on the go right now, and the mess to prove it. My deadlines are fast approaching (Sunday for some, Tuesday for the rest) and I'm thrilled to knock one more thing off my to do list.
This is what I came up with this year. (Actually the original idea spread like a bad rash and ended up being nothing like what I planned)
I wanted to do some cute little hot chocolate in a mug, with a candy cane stir sticks and marshmallows, so I found some cute little mugs. I didn't know which one would work, since one has a wider mouth than the other. So I bought them both to try. (Dollar Store)
Then when I was trying to fit the hot chocolate and all the goodies in, it just wasn't looking right. So I ended up making a sweet little paper carrier to put it all in.
Start by taking jumbo marshmallows and sticking a lollipop stick in the bottom. Melt some chocolate and dip the marshmallow in about halfway. Stand the sticks in something that will hold them upright until the chocolate sets. (I used my salt container)
I wrapped each marshmallow (once the chocolate set) in cellophane and tied it with curling ribbon. Just in case you're wondering what these are for, they are to stir into your hot chocolate and the marshmallow gets all melty and delish!
Each little milk box is made out of kraft cardstock. The first one holds two little packages of hot chocolate mix.
If you google milk carton template, you will find lots of free ones to download. But I used the one from the Papertrey website, which you can buy here. (I wouldn't feel right sharing it here, since well, it's not very nice and slightly illegal, but anyways) The free templates I found are slightly different from the one I used, but they will still work just the same.
Okay, so the other milk box, all I did was cut the top off where it folds into a carton. Cut a window out of the front and add some cellophane to "cover" the hole.
Along with the marshmallow stir sticks, I included crushed candy canes in a little zip-lock bag to sprinkle on top of your hot chocolate.
The carrier itself is included in the milk carton download from Papertrey. It too is made from paper and super easy to assemble.
See, super simple, but so adorable. And very inexpensive as I try to do with most of my projects. You could probably make these for about $1-2 each, not including the template download which was $5.
I like to look at this and think of all sorts of different ways I could stuff these little boxes. The possibilities are endless!