DIY Project (Hot Chocolate + Marshmallows)

28 Jan

This is almost a month late, but better late than never! Have been busy trying to catch up with schoolwork and enjoying the holidays, but I’d really like to share this.

Every year for Christmas, I make gifts for my closest group of friends. Unfortunately, the finished product in my head always outweighs the actual thing, which is incredibly sad, I know! But my friends, being friends, always smile and pretend to like my gifts. I occasionally see these gifts on their desks / in their homes still (and feel compelled to throw them away).

In the last couple of years, my friends have been the unwilling recipients of homemade candles, mini photo albums, and a variety of other ‘great ideas’ that I feel too ashamed to share. This year though, I spent HOURS trolling through blogs of people who really inspire me, and finally found a project that’s do-able, practical, and so very pretty!

Hot chocolate gift idea by Danni from oh, hello friend

Picture credit: oh, hello friend

Click on picture to see how she does it! 10000x better than the ones I did (kinda goes without saying ….)

I was incredibly excited for this one, but as simple as this project was, I still met with ‘obstacles’ I really didn’t appreciate! Especially during the already-stressful time of Christmas. The marshmallows (of which I purchased 4 packs(!!!)) didn’t fit nicely into the bags, I couldn’t find the gorgeous heart-shaped cutters (?) that Danni used in hers, which I really liked. Plus the amount of chocolate powder I got wasn’t adequate so I had to make another trip.

Nevertheless! This is how I did it. Started out with the following items, a lot of which I didn’t use eventually, or I had replaced with something else.

Things I Used:

+ Cadbury Hot Chocolate Mix (which you can find in most supermarkets like NTUC & Cold Storage. I got mine from Cold Storage @ Parkway Parade. I got 3 bags (of 15 packets each))

+ Small glass bottles from Ikea

+ My stash of ribbons from Art Friend and other various stores. Eventually, I stuck with twine string (much easier and secure than the ribbons. You’ll see why later!)

+ Designed labels, which I also uploaded onto Infinite’s Twitter Page, to stick onto the glass bottles of chocolate powder & for the marshmallows as well

+ Marshmallows

I changed the type of marshmallows I used because the ones I got originally were too big and looked funny in the bags. I tried cutting ’em into smaller pieces but they stick together a lot. Thankfully, I came across these brightly coloured marshmallows in the shape of flowers. Taste-wise, not too bad either!




+ I used about 3 small packs of chocolate powder per glass bottle

+ Designed the following for this project –

Hot Chocolate sticker for the glass bottles

Labels for the packet of marshmallows

‘Comfort Food’ labels to tied around the neck of the glass bottles. Wanted to use the pretty ribbons initially, but because the ‘neck’ of the bottles are so short, the ribbons couldn’t be tied as securely to the bottles as I would have liked. I stuck with my trusty twine string instead!

+ Put the set, together with a card (which I almost forgot – dear me) into doggie bags that I also use during fleas! I love these.

+ Held the bag tight with Christmas seals

+ ‘To’ labels, which I also designed for this

Finished Product:

My very first almost-there ‘how-to’ post. Hope y’all liked it! It was really fun giving these away too. Let me know what you guys think! :>

Some of my friends, during our Christmas sleepover, had this whilst watching the Human Centipede. Yes, on Christmas. Yes, I have really weird friends. But it was really cosy nonetheless (:


In other news!

Almost 2 weeks to Valentine’s Day! Finally updated the website with all the Valentine’s items we have for sale –

Valentine’s Day cards

Mini Lovenotes

and the ever-popular Sweet (& Naughty) Lunchnotes!

Birthday cards are also up and will try to upload the rest of the items asap. If you’re looking for something and it’s not in the website, drop me an email @!

Have an awesome day ahead! It’s Friday!


One Response to “DIY Project (Hot Chocolate + Marshmallows)”

  1. e. January 28, 2011 at 12:36 PM #

    lovely finished product and very nicely done (:

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