DIY Gift Idea: Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar

diy gift idea hot cocoa mix in a jar

I love making homemade gifts during the holidays. Not only is it more personal than something store-bought, but it’s a budget saver as well.  One of my favorite quickie gifts to make is hot cocoa mix.  With mason jars being all the rage, this gift in a jar is the perfect neighbor or teacher gift for the holidays!

Supplies:

  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 8 tbsp powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • 16 oz pint sized mason jar (I used a wide mouth jar)
  • sandwich bag
  • scrap fabric
  • ribbon

homemade cocoa mix ingredients

Combine powdered milk, sugar, and cocoa mix in a large bowl until well blended. Pour mix into a mason jar. If necessary, wipe down the inside of the jar to remove any mix residue on the top half of the jar.

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Add marshsmallows and chocolate chips to the sandwich bag.  Squeeze all excess air out of the bag and twist to form a “ball” of marshmallows.

packaging cocoa jar gift

Carefully place the marshmallow bag on top of the cocoa mixture with the excess plastic at the top so the lid will conceal it.  Be sure to add your bag slowly so that you don’t cause the cocoa mix to spill.

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Cover the mason jar top with fabric. It’s a fast and easy way to make the packaging look a little more “fancy!” Simply cut a piece of scrap fabric slightly larger than your top.

making mason jar topper

Place the fabric and top on the jar and use the canning ring to secure it in place.  Tie a ribbon around the top to finish it off! Gift with the instructions to add 3 tbsp to 8oz of hot water.

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Do you like to make homemade gifts as well? What are your favorite DIY gifts to make or receive?

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Build a Giant Vintage Chalkboard

Build Your Own Giant Chalkboard | Pretty Handy Girl

Have you scoured antique stores or Craig’s List looking for a big giant vintage chalkboard? Those vintage school green chalkboards are highly sought after. But, hard to find. I have good news for you! You can build a Giant Chalkboard any size you want! (Although, typically you’ll be restricted to 4′ x 8′ if you want to use a sheet of masonite.) And you can mix your own chalkboard paint in any color.

Take out your notebooks, your pencils, and get ready to take notes.

Materials:

  • Masonite sheet cut to desired size (mine is 22″ x 48″)
  • 1×4″ pine boards for frame
  • 1 cup flat latex paint in color you desire
  • 2 tbsp. of unsanded grout
  • Pencil
  • Stain
  • White paint
  • Paint brush
  • Sanding block
  • Container to mix paint in
  • Kreg Jig
  • Drill
  • 1 1/4 inch pocket screws
  • Staplegun
  • 1/2″ staples

Instructions:

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Pour 2 tbsp. of unsanded grout into your empty container. Add 1 cup of flat latex paint and stir well. (Yes, I used satin and it still worked.)

Build Your Own Giant Chalkboard | Pretty Handy Girl

Paint the masonite with the chalkboard paint. Pull your brush in one direction. Then smooth out the paint by dragging the brush in a perpendicular direction.

Build Your Own Giant Chalkboard | Pretty Handy Girl

Let the paint dry. Lightly sand and add a second coat of chalkboard paint.

Build Your Own Giant Chalkboard | Pretty Handy Girl

Let that coat dry and sand smooth.

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12 Ways to Burglar Proof Your Home

12 Ways to Burglar Proof Your Home

Thanksgiving is next week and it’s the biggest traveling holiday of the year. Taking steps to burglar proof your home can put your mind at ease as you travel and keep your home and valuables safe.

The experts at Allstate have offered 12 Ways to Burglar Proof Your Home for the holidays. Of course, these tips will keep your home safe 365 days of the year!

1. Change the locks  Remember to change all the locks when you move into a new house. You’ll never know who had access to the keys before you moved in. If you lose the keys to your house, you should also replace all the locks for the maximum home security.

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2. Invest in an Alarm – There are many companies that will install and monitor a home alarm system for a very little monthly fee, however sometimes you do not need an additional monthly expense. If an alarm company is not an option for you, you can visit your local hardware store to invest in home alarms that take seconds to install. They will make very loud and obnoxious sounds if the doors or windows are open. This is a very inexpensive option but can be a large deterrent from theft. [Continue reading...]

DIY Snow Globe Ornament

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Jaime here today from That’s My Letter and it’s officially holiday prep time!  Today I’m sharing a DIY snow globe ornament with a wood base that makes a perfect gift for anyone big or small. This snow globe ornament is constructed on a wood base where all the interior pieces can be glued to the base and […]

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How to Install an Exterior Motion Sensor Light

How to Install an Exterior Security Light | Pretty Handy Girl

Nothing deters a thief like a well lit area. But truth be told, I needed this light to illuminate the path when taking out the trash. There is nothing like walking out the door with the trash in your hands after dark and realizing that you forgot to turn on the exterior light. I should mention […]

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DIY Restoration Hardware Weathered Gray Stain Recipe

Gray Restoration Hardware Stain Recipe | Pretty Handy Girl

I’ve fallen in love with the Restoration Hardware Salvage Gray wood stain. But, try as I might, I haven’t found a pre-mixed stain that produces the same look. That never deterred me, and I don’t like to give up. Therefore, I created my own recipe for approximating that Restoration Hardware Weathered Gray stain. You may have seen […]

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Aging Galvanized Metal Quickly

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Hey everyone, it’s Jacque here from The DIY Village!  I am so excited to share this DIY tutorial with you.  I love the look of old metal buckets, but finding them with the nice patina is easier said than done. I am constantly coming across nice, bright and shiny buckets. I finally found a bucket […]

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Sports Gear Storage Shelves in a Small Space

Sport Gear Storage Shelves in a Small Space | Pretty Handy Girl

My home is protected by ninjas! Well, actually Tae Kwon Do athletes, but they are ninjas in training. So, don’t even think about breaking into our house or they will open up a can of whoop ass on you! Unfortunately, where my boys are plentiful in kicking and punching skills they lack in the picking […]

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Screen Porch Fall Decorating

Screen Porch Decorated for Fall | Pretty Handy Girl

This fall I’ve spent a lot more time on our screen porch.  It all started with a new ceiling fan. We call it the trickle down effect in our house. You bring something new, nice and beautiful into a room and all of the sudden everything else looks old, dated and ugly. I often find myself […]

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#DIYCourage Twitter Chat

#DIYCourage Twitter Chat

You know when you meet someone who likes to get her hands dirty. And she’s not afraid to pick up a power tool. And, there’s not a DIY project that scares her. You know this person is just like you and you want to reach for the stars and give her a super pumped high five […]

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How to Make a Mosaic Tile Lamp Shade #Lowes Creator

Make Your Own Mosaic Tile Lampshade | Pretty Handy Girl

Want to make a lamp shade that will bring some style and bling to your home? All you need are a few mosaic tile sheets, a lamp shade top piece, and some thread. In no time you’ll have a beautiful Mosaic Tile Lamp Shade! Materials: Scissors Needle Thread Lamp shade with a separate top ring Paper […]

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Day 31 – Smoke Detector Maintenance Tips

Smoke Detector Maintenance | Pretty Handy Girl

Happy Halloween! Trick or Treat, smell my feet! Now, give me something good to eat. Are you ready for the trickery tonight? Ahhh, good. What about the time change in the US? On Sunday, November 2nd be sure to turn your clocks back one hour. Are you ready for that? What’s to be ready for? […]

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Day 30 – Seal Gaps Around Pipes

Seal Gaps Around Pipes with GREAT STUFF | Pretty Handy Girl

Do you have an open door policy for drafts and bugs? Of course not! Wait… you might and not know it. Have you looked under your sinks around the water pipes? If you have gaps around the pipes, you have the welcome sign up for cold air and bugs. Take a few minutes to seal […]

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Day 29 – Caulk Cracks in Siding and Trim

How to Caulk Cracks | Pretty Handy Girl

One of the best thing you can do to save money is to prevent water from getting through your home’s exterior. Now is a good time to walk around your home and look for gaps and cracks around doors, windows, trim and siding. If you see any, I’ll show you super quick way to caulk and […]

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Day 28 – Keep Old Toothbrushes for Cleaning

Use Your Old Toothbrush for Cleaning | Pretty Handy Girl

Never throw away your old toothbrushes again! These worn out dental tools make fabulous scrub brushes for cleaning. First be sure to mark the old brush with a permanent marker so no one will use it in their mouth again. Then use this mini scrub brush on hard to reach spots like between the faucet […]

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Day 27 – Put an End to Fireplace Drafts

You may sense a theme here, yesterday I talked about weatherstripping the garage. But, as the temps are dropping, it’s important to take some time to seal your home and eliminate drafts wherever they are lurking. One of the biggest offenders in our home was the fireplace. On cold nights, it is cozy to light a fire. […]

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Day 26 – Weatherstrip Your Garage Doors

  Do you have a garage? Are your garage doors insulated or weather stripped? Or do you have big gaps in the sides like this: If you don’t have weather stripping on your garage doors, you could be throwing away money on heating spaces above and/or next to your garage. Not to mention, making it uncomfortably […]

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Day 25 – Do You Open or Close Crawlspace Vents

Do You Open or Close Crawlspace Vents | Pretty Handy Girl

Do you leave your crawlspace vents open or closed? The great debate ends now. If you guessed open, you are right. If you guessed closed, you are also right! Crawlspace vents should be opened in the spring and closed in the fall. The reason being that you want to preserve any heat in your crawlspace in […]

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Day 24 – Two New Tips using a Flashlight

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Do you have a flashlight? Silly me, of course you do. But, if you only use it when the power goes out or to send your child out trick or treating, you are missing out on two additional uses for a flashlight. Day 24 – Two New Tips using a Flashlight 1. Before you prepare to paint […]

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Day 23 – Remembering to Change Your Air Filters Regularly

Get Reminders to Change Your Air Filters | Pretty Handy Girl

I’m sure you already know how important it is to change your air filters in your home. As a Filtrete Ambassador, I’m happy to remind you why you should replace your Filtrete Healthy Living Ultimate Allergen Reduction MPR 1900 filters on a regular basis: Helps improve air quality in your home Allergen reduction from air passing through the filter Clean […]

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