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10 Days of Craftsmas!: Day 8 - Gift-Worthy Cocoa Kit

Today, I've got two delicious homemade posts for you. The second post will feature one of your fellow Sweet Tooth reader's holiday sweets, so be sure to come back and give our guest baker some cyber love.

Ok, now onto today's first post. For the eighth sweet project in the 10 Days of Craftsmas, Maddy of Somewhere Splendid and I created the Gift-Worthy Cocoa Kit. Nothing says "winter warmth" quite like a mug of cocoa with homemade marshmallows and peppermint sticks. Festive packaging and a custom cocoa mix makes this an inexpensive, giftable idea.

If you don't have time to buy and stain the wooden boxes, simply arrange the cocoa envelopes on a table, scatter confetti, ribbon, or ornaments to add some holiday cheer. We made our confetti using a 1/2" hole punch and metallic, color-coordinated paper.


wood craft box (ours is from Jo-Ann)
wood stain and sealant
stain brush
double-sided tape & glue stick
glassine envelopes
sewing machine or needle and thred
hot cocoa mix (recipe here)
marshmallows, homemade or store bought
peppermint sticks


Stain your wood box with whatever color you prefer – we used a shade called American Walnut. Follow the directions provided on the stain can, and let it dry for some time in a well-ventilated area. Seal the box after it has dried, and then allow it to dry once more. (Note: Because these boxes are generally made of craft quality wood, it may not stain as evenly as you are used to. Embrace this!)
Print the PDF provided. Cut the liner and the inside lid pages to the size of your box. Attach the two liners as shown with double stick tape.

Create the cocoa packets by filling a glassine envelope about halfway with dry cocoa mix. Flatten the envelope at the top to remove excess air from the pouch, then fold over the top of the envelope twice. On a sewing machine, or with a needle and thread, stitch across the envelope and flap to secure the envelope. Cut the appropriate provided label out and attach to the center of the packet with a glue stick or double stick tape.

Assemble all items as shown, or as fits best for your box size. Finish with a ribbon and a tag. A matching tag is provided in the PDF.

Come back later today to see the first Guest Dessert feature! Want to join in? Send pics of your baking projects to me at info {at}

If you're  joining the Craftsmas fun midstream, be sure to check out all of the projects in this holiday DIY series here.

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