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Easy and Cute Mug of Hot Cocoa Christmas Ornament

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Hang a mug of hot cocoa Christmas ornament on your Christmas tree! Made with just a few basic craft supplies and a great craft for kids!


My kids love to make homemade Christmas ornaments for our tree.  We usually play around with different types of clay ornaments or homemade dough ornaments.  But there are only so many clay ornaments you can have on a tree.  This year we are making these adorable hot cocoa mugs to hang on our tree and give as gifts.

Easy and Cute Mug of Hot Cocoa Christmas Ornament



1 clear plastic mug 
Brown acrylic paint
Cardboard (use a cereal box!)
Small white pom poms
1 white pipe cleaner and 1 red pipe cleaner  (or you can buy them already twisted!)
Paint brush
Hot glue gun and hot glue
String  or ribbon for hanging



Wash and dry your clear glass mug. Place your mug, upside down, onto a piece of cardboard and trace it with a pencil. Cut out the cardboard circle and set it aside for later.


Put brown paint into the clear glass mug. If your paint is thin enough (mine was not) swirl the mug around to evenly coat the inside of the mug. Add additional paint as needed.

If your paint is thick, you can thin it first or use a paint brush to carefully spread the paint up the sides of the mug and on the bottom. Make sure there are no holes showing. Let dry completely.

You may need to let the thick paint dry for two days. You can check to see if it’s dry by looking at the outside of the mug. If the color is a consistent color, it’s dry. If you see light and dark spots of brown, some parts are dry and some are not. Paint dries just a bit darker than it does when it’s a liquid.

I would suggest thinning the paint out so it just doesn’t take so long to dry.


Fold the ends of a white and red pipe cleaner together to keep them in one place. Then twist the two pipe cleaners together to create a candy cane. If you end up with two even pieces when finished twisting, fold the ends together to secure. Otherwise, trim the long piece even with the shorter one and fold the pieces together to secure. Bend the tip to resemble a candy cane. Set aside.


Paint the cardboard circle you made with the top of the cup with brown paint. Let dry. Trim your painted circle with scissors. You want it to be about 1/8″ smaller all the way around.


Place your circle inside the mug. It should sit just below the line of paint. Trim and adjust if necessary.


Use the tip of a pen to create a hole in your cardboard as shown. Slide the candy cane through the card board and bend the bottom portion about 1″ to prevent someone from pulling it out of the cardboard. Set the cardboard into the mug. Position your candy cane as desired.

Use hot glue to add white pom poms to look like marshmallows and tie a string on the handle to hang.



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  • Agnes Smithers
    November 26, 2018

    I love these. Where can I purchase the little mugs?

  • Jennifer Wise
    January 11, 2018

    I love this so much! Do you sell (or would you consider selling) one of these to me already made? I’d like one without the candy cane. If so, can you email me to let me know how much you would charge? Thank you!!

  • Sherry Nappa
    December 23, 2016

    So adorable and creative! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

  • Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods
    December 18, 2016

    Oh my goodness! This is adorable and my kiddos would LOVE it for their Christmas tree. I just had to click over to see how you made that hot chocolate ~ so stinking smart!

    Merry Christmas!

  • Rhonda Gales
    December 16, 2016

    This ornament is adorable. I always enjoy your posts. You’re so creative. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

  • Mila
    December 16, 2016

    The cutest thing ever! :)))

  • Christene A Holder
    December 14, 2016

    Oh my goodness this is adorable!! I have to make this! I’m a sucker for ornaments that aren’t just a glass ball. I like more unique things and I just love this idea! Pinning!

    Thanks for sharing with us on the Family Joy Blog Link Party!

    >> Christene
    Keys to Inspiration

  • Kim
    December 14, 2016

    Oh my this is too cute! Love it! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Sharing on FB! Have a great week!

  • Natasha
    December 13, 2016

    These are adorable! I love it, especially the little candy cane. – Tasha

  • Cheryl
    December 12, 2016

    I. LOVE. This. So clever and super cute. Thanks for linking this to the Craftastic Monday Link Party at Sew Can Do. You’ll be featured again next week (it’s too good not to share)!

  • Mother of 3
    December 12, 2016

    That is so cute! I love it. Pinned.