DIY Personalized Hot Cocoa Mug Gift

5 Days Until Christmas, can you believe it?!! Today, for a twist on my regular Coffee Date post, we are continuing with this series I'm doing to get ready for Christmas! It is The 12 Days of Christmas DIY.
This is the time of year where you get to sit down by the Christmas tree and fire with family, and just revel in all things good! My favorite way to do so is with a warm cup of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa. Today's DIY is perfect for your favorite drink, or to make as a last-minute Christmas gift for that special someone on your list! It is the DIY Personalized Hot Cocoa Mug Gift!

For this DIY, you will need:
Sharpies (or any permanent markers)
Cotton Balls or Pads
White Vinegar
A Cheap White Mug
Candy Canes
Cellophane Wrap
Hot Cocoa Powder
Mini Marshmallows
Masking Tape
(*NOTE: The cheaper the mug, the better! Dollar Store mugs work great, because the glaze is cheaper, so the marker can penetrate it. I got mine at JCPenney on clearance.)
Start by designing your mug. Use masking tape to tape off where you want to write, so you have a guide.

Then, soak a cotton ball with white vinegar and rub on the surface of the mug, where you will be writing. This cleanses the surface of any oils. After this step, make sure you do not touch that part of the mug.

Write on your mug! You can also draw a picture or a design. Most people stick with black, because some of the colors will change once baked, but I decided to step out on a limb and try a purple accent. You can write on the inside of the mug as well, as long as you rub the vinegar on it first.

I love this saying- it's just so cute! I thought it would be perfect for all year round!

 Put your mug in the cold oven, and THEN preheat to 425 degrees. At this time, start your timer for 30 minutes.
After your timer has gone off, turn off the oven and crack the oven door. DO NOT REMOVE YOUR MUG. IT WILL BE VERY HOT AND MAY CRACK. Instead, let the mug sit in the oven for another 30ish minutes, until it is cool to the touch. Then remove it!

If you decide to make it as a gift, it is fun to fill the mug with some goodies!
Follow the instructions on your container of hot cocoa mix, and measure enough cocoa into the bottom of your cup for at least one portion. I did a little extra.

Then, add mini marshmallows! The more the better...YUM!

Finish by breaking up some candy canes.

And pour your candy cane parts on the very top! It'll add a fun Christmas touch!

Then go ahead and cut a generous piece of cellophane.

I folded mine over to give some extra volume. Set your mug in the center, and bring all the edges up top.

Secure with a ribbon or twine.

Cut the cello down to size, so it's poufy but not too long. Cut the ends of your ribbon also.

And there you go! A perfect holiday gift they can use all year round!
 Over all, this DIY only cost me about $5 to make, which would make it a great White Elephant or Secret Santa gift!

If you liked this tutorial and try it out, post a picture on Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #GypsyTeacherDIY. I'd love to see your mugs!
Here's where we are in our 12 Days of Christmas DIY!
1st Day of Christmas DIY: Chai Tea Latte
2nd Day of Christmas DIY: No Heat Sponge-Rolled Curls
3rd Day of Christmas DIY: Christmas Cards and Tags
 4th Day of Christmas DIY: Travel Journal
5th Day of Christmas DIY: Ethereal Smoky Eye Look
6th Day of Christmas DIY: Wrapping Paper
What do you guys have going on this weekend? Any fun Christmas parties to go to? My family is going to see Narnia tonight at a theatre downtown with dinner before! It shall be very fun and festive! I'll see you tomorrow with another DIY!
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