Winter Crafting… Teen STYLE… Hannah’s Hot Chocolate

It’s officially winter! You wouldn’t know it with our smattering of warm days throughout the holiday season here in Kentucky.

Today was a beautiful sunny day. Clear skies of a beautiful shade of blue. Sunshine and crisp wind. Beautiful. Chilly.

It’s feeling a bit more like we are heading into winter now that a cold snap has arrived. A reminder that we’ll need to bundle up in coats and fun Pom Pom hats, and craft on the projects we save for the colder months.

I have two grown sons, one a college student and one a firefighter. They grew up around my whole family creating and designing and crafting for our family boutique. Growing up, they were great artistic assistants and shop keepers and crafters, and we have fond memories that we share of that time.

Fast forward… now I also have three beautiful bonus daughters. Two are my husband’s daughters and one will soon be our daughter-in-law. Our early family memories are not entwined, as we are recently blended, but just as special as we begin new traditions and build a foundation for our own family memories.

One thing we all share is a love of creating and crafting. And Pinterest! I’m so glad that crafting is cool and that there are a world of projects on Pinterest and craft sites to suit every design style. I’ll feature each of our special girls throughout the year as they complete craft projects.

Today is Hannah’s day. Our “baby chick”, who will all too soon graduate and leave for college. I would say we are entering into “empty nest” but we are overjoyed and blessed to have our precious grandson live in our hometown. Thank goodness!

Anyhoo… It’s Hannah Noel’s feature day. She loves to do craft projects and has tried several mediums over the last couple of years. We made fabric flip flops together, and she has been busy with fun teen projects like a tie dye 4th of July tee and a decorated wooden H. I’m sure her future dorm room will be full of artistic DIY decorations. Love that!

Hannah was so sweet to craft hot chocolate treats for family and friends for Christmas gifts. Who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive a Hot Chocolate Gift Jar to enjoy as winter rolls in.

Hannah chose lime green chevron stripe fabric and a cheery red yarn ribbon for this featured jar. If you would like to make these for a winter birthday or for Valentine’s day, simply choose fabric and ribbon to match the occasion.

Hannah’s Hot Chocolate Project: Gather up canning jars with lids and bands, desired fabric and matching ribbon, and your fabric scissors.

Gather up a tub of your favorite hot chocolate powdered mix, mini marshmallows and your favorite add-ins such as chocolate chips, peppermint bits or red hots.

The instructions are as follows. Using the jar band as a guide, cut a circle of fabric a couple of inches larger, so that it will hang down lower than the band when sealed. Cut ribbon, yarn or baker’s twine in a length to tie a bow or knot around the jar band. Set aside.

Using the serving guide on the hot chocolate mix, add two full to overflowing servings to the jar. Layer the add-ins and the mini marshmallows to fill the jar. Put the lid on, the fabric circle on and then screw on the jar band. Tie your ribbon and an oh-so-cute sweet treat is finished!

You can also make a tag to hang from the ribbon. Maybe an instruction tag or name tag or celebration tag for Happy Birthday or Happy Valentine’s Day. Be creative!

Hannah has also knitted a fun and glittery Pom Pom Hat this winter. Super for the cold days on the way. She has been knitting with her Boye loom for a while now and for this featured hat, she picked out Caron Simply Soft Party yarn in the color Black Sparkle.

I love to see teens and young adults creating and crafting! It’s a great hobby and the projects our family chose as Christmas gifts were just precious.

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