With that said, I have some things to wrap up this afternoon yet before our first round of Christmas celebrations, so this is going to be a brief post. I said yesterday that I'd share the teacher gifts I made this year, and here they are!
I made this salted caramel hot cocoa recipe from Seeded at the Table and used the labels that one of her readers shared. For the mugs I started with plain white mugs and used stickers as a template. Just be sure to clean with rubbing alcohol over the outside of the mug first to remove any oils and residue.
From there I made dots with a metallic Sharpie. This one was copper, and for the second I used gold, but once they were both baked you couldn't tell a difference in color. Moral: Don't fret much about color. (Post update: I have recently read that oil-based Sharpies hold up best to washing.)
You can go back and fix any mistakes with rubbing alcohol and a q-tip, which was reassuring and also nerve-wracking, especially when the sticker left residue behind. I pulled the sticker off with tweezers to avoid touching the markings I had made with the Sharpie, but had to scrape the residue with my fingernails (which I just cut really short...ugh!).
I went over the little bit that was left with rubbing alcohol.
Fortunately it worked like a dream! I just had to be careful to not take off the marker, because it was just how I wanted it.
To set the marker and make the glasses dishwasher safe, I just put the mugs on a cookie sheet in a COOL oven and turned on to 425 F. (Preheat the oven with the mugs inside.) I set a time for 30 minutes, and then let them cool in the oven before removing (important so they don't crack).
The cocoa is a little time-consuming and I don't have quite a large enough food processor, so I had to mix some of the ingredients in stages and mix everything by hand at the end]. But it's delicious and not "hard" to make. Having the jar labels already designed helped a lot! The mugs took a little time with the dot-making (and sticker removal issues), but it was a fun project and I love how they turned out! I'll definitely do that again. (Tip: Dollar Tree was sold out of white mugs already last week so I got these at Wal Mart for about $2.50 each. If you're planning to do several you may want to order a case off of DollarTree.com!)
I'm going to try to not blog much, if at all, over the next two weeks, but I love talking to you guys so much that it's hard to stay away! ;) In the meantime, I will try to regularly post on Instagram so be sure to follow me there! I hope you all have a very merry Christmas, and I'm anxious to be back in the New Year with a new My Blissful Space!!! Blessings to you!