Posts Tagged ‘Happy Holidays’

Crafty Goodness | Hot Chocolate Favors


Another tutorial today, one of my daughters’ favorite party favors. Seriously, every year she asks if I’m going to make her hot chocolate cones again. She loves them! And what kid wouldn’t really, a giant cone full of hot chocolate mix, marshmallows and other tasty treats. Yeah, its a hot chocolate lovers dream, and a foodie crafters’ delight! They’re easy to make and the combinations are endless!

The hot chocolate cone favors I made this year, and used in the new Happy Holidays DIY Printable Party pictures included chocolate mint marshmallows and chocolate spoons. Sometimes I crush up some peppermints and layer hot chocolate mix, peppermints,chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. One of my combo is hot chocolate mix, crushed chicken bones (you know, the cinnamon candies filled with chocolate? Not real chicken bones, that would be eeeew!) and mini marshmallows. My other favorite would be hot chocolate, salted caramels, chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. Mmmmm yum!

If you’ve never made hot chocolate cones before, they are super simple to put together. All you need is hot chocolate mix (I pick mine up in bulk), 6 or 8 inch pastry bags and any toppings you like in your hot chocolate.

First, I fill my pastry bags with 3/4 cup of hot chocolate mix using a 1/4 mixing cup. The 1/4 cup fits perfectly inside the bag for gentle pouring of the hot chocolate mix and minimizes the amount of hot chocolate powder on the sides of the bag.

Pour in 1/4 cup of hot chocolate powder into the pastry bag and gently shake your pastry bag so the hot chocolate powder fills the tip of the pastry bag.

Add another 1/2 cup of hot chocolate powder so the pastry bag is is a little over 1/2  full.

Now it’s time to layer the hot chocolate toppings! For these hot chocolate cones, I set a chocolate spoon into the center of the hot chocolate mix.

Filled with marshmallows until the bag was 3/4 full.

Then I gave the bag a nice, tight twist. 

I closed the top with a twist tie, covered the twist tie with some ribbon and added a favor tag from my new Happy Holidays Collection.

Now go grab some supplies and get crafting your own hot chocolate cones! What topping combinations will you try?

Donut Snowmen Tutorial


These little donut snowmen as seen in the Happy Holidays DIY Printable Party launch, have been a big hit! So I thought I’d put together a tutorial for you so you can see how I put them together. They take a little time and patience, but they are so freaking cute you’ll probably end up making more than you planned!

You only need a few supplies: white powdered donut holes, little chocolate balls or mini chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth, an orange gummy candy for the nose, red sour whips for the scarf , a Wilton Fondant Writer or a batch of royal icing, and toothpicks. Oh, and you’ll need a sharp knife or a pair of clean scissors.

Assemble the face

Using the fondant writer, or royal icing in a squeeze bottle, start piping the snowman’s face onto a small, round donut hole.

I piped on 5 small circles for the snowman’s smile starting with the bottom center to keep the smile as even as possible.

Immediately start placing your chocolate balls, or mini chocolate chips, onto the beads of fondant, then set aside to dry.

Make the carrot nose

Using a sharp knife or a pair of clean scissors, cut off a rectangular piece of orange gummy candy.

Then cut the rectangle from corner to corner lengthwise.

You will end up with two triangular shapes of gummy candy for noses.

Using the fondant writer, or royal icing in a squeeze bottle, pipe a small bead of fondant on the snowman’s face and place the orange gummy candy nose. Set aside to dry.

Make the scarf

Using a sharp knife or a pair of clean scissors, cut 1/2″ into the ends of a red sour whip to make scarf fringe. I made 5 cuts for 6 pieces of fringe. Note: After using the knife for a bit, I thought I would try it with a pair of scissors. I found this process much easier with a clean pair of scissors.

Then cut the entire scarf in half lengthwise. The ends of each scarf will have 3 pieces of fringe.

Assemble the snowman

Find a donut hole with a relatively flat bottom, press down on the donut gently to help flatten the bottom if needed. Press a toothpick into the center of the donut until the toothpick is about half way into the donut.

Repeat with a second donut hole, then slide the second donut onto the first donut.

Using the scissors, cut a toothpick in half . Wrap one scarf around the shoulders of the snowman and secure with the half toothpick.

Press the toothpick through the scarf and into the donut so the toothpick is not sticking out of the scarf.

Slide the snowman’s head onto the body.

Make 4 or 5 or 10 and set up little tableau’s around the house.

Or whip up a simple 4 layer cake with rough, snowy icing and place one on top. With or without a tree.

Or you could just eat them. You get to choose. It’s all fun until someone loses an eye (ha ha!)

Did you enjoy this tutorial? Let me know in the comments below!

Paper Trees


We are rocking around the paper trees this Christmas season! These fun, little festive trees are a new addition to the we love crafty Tracey Etsy shop and the girls and I have been having fun setting up some wintry forest tableau’s in the studio.

On the cake.

Off the cake.

We like it better on the cake. Such a simple and easy way to dress up a simple cake for the holidays. And these paper trees are super easy to make. Check it out!

To make these paper trees you need a pair of scissors, some glue, and 3 copies of the 5 inch or 10 inch 3D Standing Tree printable from the Happy Holiday DIY Printable Party available in my Etsy shop.

Cut out and fold each of your trees in half. You want to have a clear center fold down the middle of your trees.

Cover one half of a tree in glue.

Gently press the second tree into the first tree, carefully lining up the center folds as closely as possible.

Cover one half of the third tree in glue and gently press into the second tree, again carefully lining up the center folds.

Cover the remaining half of the third tree in glue and gently press into the first tree, bringing all three trees into a full circle, or tripod as the case may be.

And there you have a 3D standing paper tree!

I think a collection of these down the center of a table, or along a mantel would be a lovely way to decorate for a holiday dinner. You could even use the 5″ trees as place card holders for dinner. Just slip a place card with your guests’ name on it into the top of the tree and set the tree on the dinner plate.

There are so many things you could do with with paper trees! Tell me, how would you decorate with the paper trees for the holidays?

NEW IN THE SHOP | Happy Holidays Collection


I am so very eager for snow! So far our December has been a rainy one and it has left me wondering, when is the white stuff going to fall? Not that I’m looking forward to shoveling, but I am looking forward to hosting an afternoon of snowman making so I can use my new Happy Holidays Collection DIY Printable Party!

I am loving the bright blue and green of this collection. Although we don’t typically have a green Christmas in these parts, in many parts of the world a green Christmas is the norm and I designed this collection with that in mind. Like South Florida. It’s always a green Christmas in South Florida and I do love the sight of Christmas lights wrapped around a palm tree.

What I am especially loving about this collection (besides those donut snowmen) are my new paper trees.

I meant to get these paper trees into the shop last year, but the month of December got away from me. This year I knew I had to get these paper trees into a collection because I love them, and I had a feeling you would love them too. And well, they look positively festive in blue stripes.

This collection is perfect for those fun in the snow kind of holiday gatherings, but it is also perfect for winter birthdays! Do you want to have a holly, jolly birthday? I don’t why, but I want to sing “It’s a jolly, holiday with Mary!”

The Happy Holidays Collection is in my Etsy shop for 50% OFF for the next week. Invites are listed separately so if you’ve already invited friends over, you’re not paying for something you don’t need!

Grab it now so you’re ready when the snow falls, or for when your snowman inflatable is dancing across your lawn!

happy weekend



This is what I’ve been working on today. You’ll be seeing more of them next week. Lots of goodies coming your way next week.

For now, we are off to the Christkindl Market and to enjoy a weekend full of winter birthdays and Christmas gatherings. Wishing you a bright and merry weekend!