Winter is the season of warm cozy hats and scarves, fires in the fireplace, and most importantly: hot drinks. Coffee, hot cocoa, tea, or whatever your preference is, I think we can agree that most of us enjoy a beverage that warms you to the core on a cold day. Are looking for an activity that will allow your child to create handmade, DIY holiday gifts for a special adult in their life? You’re in the right place; make a gift set including a hot cup sleeve and hot chocolate snowman!

Hot Cup Sleeve ~ DIY Holiday Gift

Materials Needed:

  • Felt (in various colors)
  • Buttons, rhinestones, ribbons, foam stickers (or other similar items)
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun (for adult use or for older children to use under direct supervision)
  • Empty hot cup

Cup Sleeve Directions:

  1. Take the felt and wrap it around the hot cup. Cut it so that there is a 0.5 inch overlap in the back and so at least 3 inches in height.  (The felt may need to be cut at an angle to fit the cup if it is one that is smaller at the bottom than the top)
  2. Once the felt is cut to the correct shape and size, it’s time to decorate!
  3. Cut out any other shapes from different colored felt that you want included.
  4. Use the glue gun to attach the shapes, buttons, rhinestones, etc… to the felt sleeve.
  5. Once the glue has dried, wrap the sleeve around the cup and use the glue gun to glue the overlapping piece of felt so that the two sides connect.
  6. Let the glue dry and remove from the cup to wrap up your sleeve and give it as a gift!

Hot Chocolate Snowman Gift

Materials Needed:

  • 1/2 cup of hot chocolate mix
  • 4 large marshmallows
  • 8oz mason jars
  • Acrylic paint

DIY Holiday Gift Directions:

  1. To begin, have your child pour in 1/2 a cup of hot chocolate mix into the 8oz mason jar. On top put four large marshmallows and close the jar.
  2. Encourage your child to keep the jar on a flat surface as they paint the snowman on the front. It is easier to paint after putting the hot chocolate in to see at what height the white marshmallows begin.
  3. Acrylic paint is permanent so have your child wear a smock. Ask your child what color would a carrot nose be or the snowman’s buttons. Start by pointing out where one body part would go such as the eyes and then ask where a nose and mouth would go in relation to eyes (above, below, to the right).
  4. With a ribbon you can attach a candy cane and tag saying how much hot water to add for an 8oz cup.

Children will love using their fine motor skills and creativity to make these fun and festive creations for any and all of the special adults in their life!  This is also a great gift for your child’s nanny, caregivers, or teachers.  Everyone appreciates DIY holiday gifts made from the heart! For more ideas try these homemade gift ideas.

About The Author

Sarah PSarah Proctor has worked with young children for over 25 years as a teacher, childcare director, nanny, and mom of two girls. She has her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and Administration from UMass Amherst. In addition, Sarah has her Director 2 certification from the Department of Early Education and Care.