Wednesday, December 9, 2015
A Gift a Day Gift Thirty: Chocolate Filled Ornaments
I washed the ornaments out with hot soapy water and then let them dry, opening down, for a few days to allow the water to evaporate out of them.
I then took a funnel and measured out the amount of hot chocolate from the hot chocolate/drinking chocolate mix I made earlier in the year for one mug at a time. I then added that amount (I found that three heaping teaspoons was enough to make a good cup of hot chocolate, so that's what I did for each ball with a little extra "for luck"). I then crushed up some candy canes that I had around, four of them to be exact, and then added the crushed pieces into the balls, about two teaspoons to each ball. I then put on the lids and felt all proud of myself for only making a BIT of a mess in the kitchen.
And then the balls shifted and fell over a little bit and I realized what the tutorials on Pinterest had failed to mention. That the balls are OPEN at the top because of the way the mechanism for the hanger works, so they leak EVERYWHERE if they shift a little bit onto their side.
Thinking on that for a few moments I took some plastic wrap, stretched it over the opening on each ball and then poked the two prongs for the hanger carefully through the plastic wrap to make sure the holes were really small at the top of the ornament vs. wide open. Yes, the ornaments have some plastic wrap at the tops of the ornaments now, but I wanted to be sure that people would realize that there was plastic there so they didn't later try to drink it by accident.
Now don't limit yourself when it comes to these types of ornaments. You could fill these halfway with glitter and call it "fairy dust" and then glue the lid shut with a hot glue gun so they don't leak. You could fill them up with some ash from your fireplace halfway, glue the lid to prevent leaking, put a label proclaiming "floo powder" and give it to the Harry Potter fan in your life. Use your imagination. You could have a lot of fun with these :).
Total Cost to Make Gift: Well 8 ornaments came in the box and I used four, so .50 for the four I made.
Total Time to Make Gift: About an hour to fill the balls and figure out a way to stop them from leaking and about 32 hours or drying time.