Last-Minute DIY Gift: Mason Jar Hot Cocoa Mug

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DIY Mason Jar Hot Cocoa Mug via @poorandpretty

Christmas is just around the corner! If you’re still short a few gifts, here’s another quick & easy DIY gift from my crafternoon: Mason Jar Hot Cocoa Mugs. These are great gifts to make for guys, chocolate lovers, friends, or if you’ve got kiddies in school, you can make these for their classmates.

For each Mason Jar Hot Cocoa Mug, you will need:

  • 1 mason jar mug + lid – I bought mine here, but you can also find them in-store at Joann Fabrics and Michael’s.
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper (optional, but it does give your cocoa a bit more heat!)
  • mini marshmallows
  • tag (free printable below)
  • twine or string

Hot Cocoa Mason Jar Mug via @poorandpretty

Just like those sand art things you probably made as a kid, you’re going to add each ingredient layer by layer. You’ll really only see the sugar and cocoa powder, until you fill up the remaining space with marshmallows.

Hot Cocoa Mason Jar Mug made via @poorandpretty

When you’re ready to make some, take out the marshmallows, shake up your mason jar to mix the ingredients, then use 1-2 tbs of this mixture per cup of milk.

DIY Mason Jar Hot Cocoa Mug - printable tags via @poorandpretty

I thought you might want to include these directions on your gifts, so I made a printable for you! Download a sheet of 12 tags here. I recommend printing them on kraft card stock paper and then cutting them out with a 2¼” circular craft punch like this one Stan bought me for my confetti wall.


DIY Confetti Ornaments with The Confetti Bar

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DIY Confetti Ornament with The Confetti Bar - IN

Possibly the easiest and most fun DIY at my Holiday Crafternoon on Sunday was the confetti-filled glass ornament. Jessica of The Confetti Bar brought bags and bags of her handmade confetti so no two ornaments were the same:

DIY Confetti Ornaments at Crafternoon

How awesome are these?! They are so easy to make, so let’s get to it:

DIY Confetti Ornament - supplies

You will need:

  • one cup of your favorite confetti from The Confetti Bar – I used a mystery mix!
  • clear glass ornaments
  • twine or string

DIY Confetti Ornament - open glass ornaments

1. Pull the tops off of the ornaments.

DIY Confetti Ornament - pour out confetti

2. Dump out your confetti!

DIY Confetti Ornament - stuffing ornaments 2

3. Stuff the confetti into the ornaments, using your fingers to push it through. There really is no faster way to do this. We tried folding up paper and using funnels, and both actually slowed down the process. Don’t worry, it doesn’t take very long. ;)

DIY Confetti Ornament - tie with twine

4. Once full, pop the lids back on and tie on some colorful twine or string.

DIY Confetti Ornament - hang on tree

5. Hang ‘em on your tree with all of your other DIY ornaments. (Need suggestions? Try making these Salt Dough Ornaments or Yarn Pom-Pom Ornaments or Paper Crane Ornaments!)

If you have leftover confetti, tossing it on your tree or around the room is encouraged. ♥


10 Last-Minute Handmade Gifts for Mom

Mother’s Day is Sunday — did you get your mom something? If you forgot, don’t panic! Here are a few fun last-minute gifts you can make her this weekend:

10 Last Minute Handmade Gifts for Mom via @poorandpretty

1. DIY Fabric Photo Frames via Wonder Forest. 2. Floral Découpage Bottles via Daily Fix. 3. Mother’s Day Tote via Sew DIY. 4. Polka Dot & Leather Fold Over Clutch via Polka Dot Chair. 5. DIY Stencil Pillow via Wit & Whistle. 6. Wire Love / Name Bracelet via SwellMayde. 7. DIY Mason Jar Soy Wax Candles via Poor & Pretty. 8. Comforting Eye Mask via Wild Olive. 9. Tub Tea via Garden Therapy. 10. Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub via Poor & Pretty.


DIY Mason Jar Soy Wax Candles

DIY Soy Candles in Mason Jars via @poorandpretty

I love making candles! I use soy wax in them because it burns more cleanly and at a lower temperature, and is sustainable and carbon neutral. Since Mother’s Day is right around the corner, I thought I’d share this fun tutorial with you. My first few attempts were kind of a disaster, but thankfully I’ve learned from my mistakes so you don’t have to. ;) Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Keep your work area well ventilated — you’re going to be working with very strong fragrance oils and you’ll get a headache if you don’t! Open up windows and point a fan in them to draw air outside.
  2. Use wick stickers. It’s a pain trying to keep the wick on the bottom of your jar otherwise.
  3. Wear protective gear! Safety goggles, mask, and gloves.

DIY Mason Jar Candles - Candle supplies


This makes one 8oz candle. Multiply as needed. I bought all of my candle supplies from CandleScience.

  • 6 oz (1 2/3 cup) soy wax
  • 2 1/2 tsp or 12mL fragrance oil
  • Dye chip (I used half a chip per candle)
  • Soy wick
  • Wick stickums – they stick the wick to the bottom of your jar so it doesn’t move. You don’t need these, but it’s much less of a hassle if you do have them!
  • Plastic pipettes or measuring spoons, for measuring fragrance
  • 8 oz wide mouth mason jar with lid
  • Pyrex measuring cup (mine holds 4 cups)
  • 2 colored pencils (or pens, or popsicle sticks)
  • 2 rubber bands
  • Stainless steel spoon for stirring
  • Mask
  • Latex (or similar) gloves
  • Safety goggles


Step 1: Measure out 1 2/3 cup or 6oz of soy wax in a Pyrex measuring cup and put it in the microwave for two minutes.

Candle wick placement

Step 2: While your wax is in the microwave, unscrew the lid from your mason jar. If you’re using wick stickums, stick one to the bottom of your wick, then stick the wick to the bottom of your jar.

Candle wick colored pencils

Step 3: Wrap together the ends of your colored pencils with the rubber bands, and carefully slide the wick in the gap between the pencils. This will keep the wick standing straight while you pour in the wax.

Step 4: Once the soy wax is done microwaving, stir it and return it to the microwave for another minute.

DIY Mason Jar Candles - Candle color chip

Step 5: If you are using a dye chip, you may want to cut it in half at this point, depending on how dark you want your color to be. For my yellow candle, I used slightly less than half of the dye chip.

DIY Mason Jar Candles - Candle mix

Step 6: When the soy wax is done microwaving, it should be a clear liquid. If there are any unmelted chunks of wax left, stir to melt it. The measuring cup will be hot, so use an oven mitt to remove it carry it to your work station and add in your fragrance and dye chip. Stir until the dye chip is fully melted. You’ll want to wear your mask, gloves, and safety goggles for this.

DIY Mason jar candles - Candle pour

Step 7: Carefully pour the mixture into the mason jar, being careful not to move the wick.

DIY Mason Jars - Candle trio

Step 8: Let sit for 2-3 hours (until hardened) then trim the wax so it’s sticking about half an inch from the top of your candle. Don’t forget to add a fragrance sticker!


Guest Post: Stan on what to get your guy for Valentine’s Day

Hello readers! Stan here, with a few ideas about what to get your male significant other for the upcoming holiday of looove. It’s only 10 days away!

stan's valentine gifts for your guy - poor & pretty

1. Sam’s Natural bath & body products. Sami gifted me the Simple Start Hygiene Bundle from Sam’s Natural, and I use it regularly, especially the Slick Shave Soap and After Shave. They provide a much more comfortable shave than any store products I’ve tried, and the aftershave smells great and moisturizes well. It’s nice to receive a gift that I enjoy using. Plus, they use all-natural ingredients, so I know I’m not putting garbage into my body.

2. Dollar Shave Club membership. Dollar Shave Club allows your guy to receive a fresh shipment of shaving razors every month so he doesn’t have to spend a fortune on them in-store. There are several blade types to choose from and you get a free handle with your first shipment. To top it off, he’ll get an ego-boosting postcard with each month’s razors. Also, their ad is hilarious:

3. Sun Jar. A sun jar is a frosted glass jar with a light inside of it. It’s powered by a battery connected to a solar panel. During the day, you leave it in bright sunlight to charge up and at night, it produces hours of soft lighting. It makes for a less practical gift but is interesting, inexpensive, and unusual.

4. iPad smart case. If your guy has an iPad and hasn’t tried out the Apple Smart Case for it, I strongly recommend it. The “Smart Cover” only protects the front and leaves you carefully placing your iPad down to avoid scratches. The Smart Case lets you close it up like a book and toss it in the passenger seat or in a backpack and not worry about it.

5. Electric tea kettle. These will boil a cup or two of water in about a minute — great if he’s just looking to drink some tea and not engage in a lengthy ritual every time. As a guy who enjoys hot beverages, I was very happy to receive one of these as a gift!

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