As many of you know, I’m a big believer in a morning routine. Waking up to a steaming cup of coffee is a small luxury I look forward to every day and I know many of you feel the same way. On the weekends, I like to take a bit of extra time to linger over a cup of hot chocolate, coffee or mocha wrapped up in a blanket on the porch swing while reading a magazine from cover to cover. It doesn’t happen all that often but when it does, oh my word, I make it a celebration with donuts and everything. Acts of self-care no matter how big or small are so important. Even if you have to put it on your calendar to make it a priority like I do, just having a bit of down time always feels refreshing.
I was talking to one of my girlfriends the other day about how much our lives have changed over the last few years. In the past, we would have met for a late lunch or dinner but lately, it’s been all about the breakfast meeting. As the busy holiday season nears, I know it will be harder and harder to meet up because we’ll all be spending more time focusing on our families and related events.
I’m currently planning a brunch for all of us to get together before school gets out for the Christmas break and I definitely want to make each of these hard working ladies feel special. One of the ideas I’m most excited about is personalizing hot drinks with a diy stencil. This project is another one that’s easy to make (depending on the stencil you choose) and can be completed in an afternoon. As with the holiday simmer pot you can give this stencil as a gift to family, friends, loved ones, coworkers of your favorite hostess. Here’s a look at how to personalize hot drinks with a diy stencil…
DIY Stencil Supplies:
Cutting board or self-healing cutting mat
Plastic lid (I used the lid from a yogurt container)
Stencil (I used a letter but you can use any shape/image you like)
*You’ll also need a drink in a mug with foam or whipped cream on top and a shaker full of your favorite spice depending on your drink choice (I used a mocha and nutmeg combination)
Using a clean and dry lid (I saved this one from a yogurt container)
place a stencil of your choice on top of the lid. I found this set at a local home improvement store but you can use whatever stencil you want.
Trace the outline of your stencil with a pen or marker.
Using safety precautions and care, cut out your stencil with a craft knife. Just as an FYI the rounded corners were a little tricky to cut so keep that in mind when you’re choosing a stencil. The craft knife will be sharp AND the edges of the cut stencil will also be sharp so take extra time, caution and care with this step.
Again, if your drink is a hot one you need to use caution and care. You’ll also need to make sure your drink has milk foam or whipped cream on top so the image will show up.
Once you have the stencil ready to go, place the lid over your beverage of choice.
Shake the spice of your choice over the stenciled lid. I used nutmeg but you can use what best pairs with your drink.
Carefully remove the lid for the reveal. Super cute, right?
This makes me want to stencil all my morning drinks now!
And stencil my afternoon drinks too!
You can give this as a gift and include a favorite holiday drink like a coquito or include your favorite hot chocolate recipe with some Christmas cookies and a fun mug in a special box too.
This is definitely one of those easy ideas that can be dressed up or down so get as fancy as you want!
You guys, I’m getting so excited about the holidays!
See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll share a few tips on traveling with pets and a utility bag you can give the parents of your furry friends. Until then, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.