Personalized DIY mug & hot cocoa wedding favors, perfect for a winter wedding!


While most of us aren’t too happy to see winter coming, there are a few benefits. First and foremost: hot cocoa season! What better way to welcome your wedding guests than with their very own mug of cozy hot cocoa wedding favors that you can simply DIY in just a few minutes?!

You’ll need just a few supplies, and a bulk supply of hot cocoa. You should be able to create these sweet DIY favors for less than $3 each – perfect for an intimate wedding or even your Secret Santa!

Let’s get started!


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • colored mugs (you can pick these up for between $1-2 each in a dollar store, or a big box store like Ikea or Walmart)
  • copper, gold or silver liquid leaf (you can find this at any craft store)
  • a small paintbrush
  • Q-tips
  • cellophane bags
  • fabric ribbon


Step 1:

First sketch your letter onto the mug using the small paintbrush and the copper leaf. You’ll fill this in, so it doesn’t have to be perfect but it should be just about the right shape. If you’re nervous, you can trace a printed letter with chalk and then fill it in with the liquid leaf.

You can also use nail polish remover to clean up any mistakes – so long as you don’t let the leaf dry for too long. I simply used a Q-tip to touch up any stray brush strokes.


Step 2:

Fill in the letter to make it thicker.


Step 3:

Next, dot on liquid leaf to make polka dots with another Q-tip. Just make sure the polka dots don’t drip before they dry or you’ll have oval instead of circular polka dots.

Once your letter and your polka dots are dry, the liquid leaf will be relatively sturdy for drinking, although the mugs shouldn’t be put in the dishwasher. Alternatively, you could use metallic ceramic paint on the mugs and then bake them for the prescribed time and they would last a bit longer.


Step 4:

Once the mugs are dry, fill your cellophane bags with cocoa mix and tie with a fabric ribbon.

You could make a list of how many of each letter you needed and do these in front of the television for really sweet, personalized wedding favors. Start by lettering each mug and then enlist a few bridesmaids to help fill the bags with cocoa and tie ribbons. Just check out how other brides have incorporated hot cocoa into their wedding favors!


Design Mom


Twig and Thistle


Ashley Dru via Ruffled Blog

If I was on DIY duty for my wedding, I’d love to set these up at each place setting – they’d make great decor as well as a favor for your guests!
em_westbrooks_175Emily Westbrooks is an American-born writer and blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. She is the Online Editor for Confetti Magazine, one of Ireland’s top bridal magazines. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, From China Village, where she chronicles her adventures in Dublin, travels around Europe, DIY projects and Irish design. She shares her home with her husband, one cat, and four sassy chickens!