I remember as I was growing up we didn’t have a lot of Christmas traditions. As I married and had my own family, I was always looking at what other people were doing and lots of them had REALLY NEAT things they did at the holidays. So I did what most people do…..I copied them…..ssshhhhhh! One of my favorites was adding a new ornament in their stockings each year. It was so much fun searching for the perfect keepsake that fit their interests and personality. When they left home (sniff, sniff) they took with them a small box of memories they could decorate their own tree with each year. I admit that I still miss Darth Vader’s voice warning “The Force is with you young Skywalker…But you are not a Jedi yet” every time the tree lights are turned on.
So, I’m guessing you’re not here to read all about my memories but followed the adorable picture (wasn’t that a cute picture on a very early snow day this year) and want to learn how to make the Hot Cocoa Mug Tree Ornament. Yay…me:) When I saw it here I knew I had to learn how to make it (and I’ve made it many times now:)) Okay, Let’s GO…..
- Scraps of felt (any color, but you will need white and brown (hello, marsh mellows and cocoa?)
- Contrasting embroidery floss and larger eyed needle
- Matching thread with your main body color and needle
- Small clothespin
- Hot glue gun and sticks (hot melt works the best, but low melt can be made)
- Scissors and/or rotary cutter and mat
- Tape measure or ruler
I’ve tried to label the pictures clearly so you can follow them as you would written directions. Happy creating and hope you have as much fun as I did (and just wait ’til it’s nestled on your tree branch….seriously, it’s that cute!)
1. Gather supplies. Make sure you have sharp scissors
2. Cut the body of the mug: about 1 3/4″ x 3″. You will trim this later
3. Choose an embroidery pattern. It doesn’t have to be snowflakes, I’ve done others that say “HoHoHo” or “2018” or “IheartU” (but it’s a heart) or DAD….(I think you’re getting the picture). You’ll have to embroider it to the right of center and then towards the bottom as you will eventually roll the top edge. (See pictures) Use contrasting empbroidery thread and large eye needle
4. Cut the inside felt strip about 1″ x 5″. This will end up being the inside of your mug. Put a dab on hot glue at the start, roll and seal the end with more glue (careful with the fingers here:))
5. Wrap mug body around roll and fit in place. You will trim this. Using matching thread and a needle, stitch in place. (See picture)
6. Take the two brown circles (cocoa) and with a dot of hot glue, make them one. You will have to fit this piece now inside the top of the mug so you may need to trim it a bit.
7. Roll the edge of the mug body over using a bit of glue (again, careful with the fingers) and then with more glue, nestle the cocoa disc inside. You will have to adjust it a bit pushing and pulling. Use your scissors tip to help in this process.
8. Using a narrow strip of felt (Same color as body) about 1″ x 2 3/4″ to make the handle. Fold in thirds and sew along the edge. Stitch handle to body of mug. You will need to trim this to fit but leave enough to roll under and stitch (See picture)
9. Using small pieces of white felt (1/4″ x 4″) using a drop of glue to start, roll up the marshmallow. This will take about 1″ or more of the strip, then glue the end, trim and repeat. (see picture)
10. Glue the marshmallows to the top of the cocoa.(See pictures) Then take your small clothespin and with a line of glue, press the mug and secure. (See picture) Yay!
They really do look adorable, and you can personalize them for all your family, carefully wrap, and place in the stocking hung by the chimney with care………ya, read the poem too. It’s a fun little activity to do while watching Christmas movies on Hallmark:)