Christmas and hot chocolate go hand in hand and this dollar store hot chocolate ornament will look amazing on your tree and also SO CUTE as a gift topper! Better yet, most of these supplies can be found at the dollar store!
Hot chocolate is such a holiday staple at our house. I mean I have a recipe or two you may like:
- Maple Bourbon Hot Chocolate
- The Best Stovetop Hot Chocolate
- Hot Chocolate on a stick
- Tuxedo Hot Chocolate Recipe
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Hot Chocolate Ornament Supplies:
- Mini Plastic Dessert Mugs*
- Brown Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brush
- Small foam craft ball (1.4″)
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
- Lightweight Spackle
- Cake Decorating Kit
- Paper Straw
- Craft Tweezers
*Dollar Tree has the mini dessert mugs (called Espresso mugs I believe) but I cannot find them online to link so I linked Amazon ones! A few other supplies they have instore but I couldn’t find them on the website to link so I linked from another store!
How to Make a Hot Chocolate Ornament
Time needed: 6 hours
Turn dollar store supplies into adorable hot chocolate ornaments for a tree or a gift topper!
- Paint the Inside of the Mini-Mug
Using brown acrylic paint and a paintbrush, paint the inside of the mini-mug. Leave about 1/4-1/2 inch clear at the rim of the mug. You may need 2 coats.
- Insert Craft Ball
Using a dab of hot glue, insert the foam craft ball into the mini-mug.
- Prepare Cardboard Insert
Turn your mini-cup over on some cardboard and trace. Cut along the INSIDE of the traced line. You want it to fit just inside the mug.
- Glue on the Cardboard Insert
Glue the piece of cardboard on top of the foam ball. Seal the edges with hot glue.
- Add Texture
Add a bit of swirls using hot glue on top of the cardboard piece for your hot chocolate surface.
- Trim Straw
While the hot glue texture dries, cut a paper straw down to size, about 2 inches in length.
- Paint the Top
Paint the texture brown and let it dry.
- Prepare Spackle
Scoop out the spackle from the tub and fill the pastry bag. Do this using a craft stick or a plastic spoon so it’s easily disposable. You will want the star tip.
- Add “Whipped Topping”
When the brown surface paint is dry, use the spackle filled piping bag to create whip cream swirls! You may need to stack in order to create the height.
- Insert the Straw
Insert the straw into the spackle at a slight angle.
- Add Sprinkles
Add sprinkles if desired. Carefully pour them on. You might need to lightly press them into the spackle. *see notes below
- Add Twine Hanger
Cut a loop of twine and tie around the handle of the mini mug.
When the spackle is completely dry (6-12 hours) You can hang on your tree or add as a gift topper!
Notes on Dollar Tree Ornament:
- This ornament can be made using any type of small clear plastic cup. Just adjust the size of the cardboard to fit, as well as the size of the foam ball.
- If your small plastic cup does not have a handle like this one, simply hot glue the twine hanger on the back of the ornament!
- Once you use this dollar store pastry bag, it will be for crafting only! Do not reuse for food. I think of these as single-use for this project.
- Lightweight spackle is needed. Regular spackle is heavier and will “sink” and collapse.
- If your sprinkles do not stick to the spackle and you have patience, lol. you can apply them with a dot of super glue and craft tweezers after the spackle is dry!
You can also completely omit the sprinkles or just add them to the hot chocolate part (while the brown surface paint is wet) and I think they are just as darling!