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Cozy Mug Wraps, created for Real Simple

felt mug wraps decorated with red/white/green circles

I want to thank Real Simple for including me in this bunch of 14 Creative Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas. I made this easy Warm and Fuzzy Felt Mug Wraps for a little holiday cheer, instructions are over here and below are a few extra photos from the making of. Check out all the ideas, they are fantastic.

supplies - scissors, thread, felt

felt circles being cut out

layered cocoa in jars that fit into the mugs, with candy canes

· comments [31] · 12-13-2010 · categories:christmas · craft ·

31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 noodle // Dec 13, 2010 at 5:19 am

    VERY cute! And I love the grey background fabric, been looking for something similar to cover my couch – is that linen?

  • 2 Haley // Dec 13, 2010 at 5:45 am

    I like your idea best! I’m heading out to gather supplies.

  • 3 Alicia // Dec 13, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Oh my, these are so adorable! Thank you so much for sharing. I’ll have to make some before my Christmas get together.

  • 4 meaghan (the decorated cookie) // Dec 13, 2010 at 6:00 am

    I saw these in that Real Simple spread and was smitten! I might have to make an argument that felt fits in “Edible Crafts” and post a link there :)

  • 5 dawn // Dec 13, 2010 at 6:31 am

    So adorable! I adore felt and both ideas look perfect for teacher or other similar gifts.

  • 6 regina // Dec 13, 2010 at 6:37 am

    I LOVE this! i am going to add this to my list of things to make for my kids’ teachers! it would be a lovely disguise for their jars of booze (i do homemade bailey’s, jarred hot chocolate and chocolate covered grahams for the teachers)

  • 7 Lisa // Dec 13, 2010 at 8:38 am

    The materials list includes rubber bands but in the instructions only elastic is mentioned. Should we use elastic or are we supposed to cut rubberbands to length?

  • 8 megan // Dec 13, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Lisa – I suspect they might have creatively edited my list of supplies, I didn’t include rubber bands. I did, however, suggest that colorful hair bands would work as a source of elastic that would match the colors you might choose. I know that colorful elastic can be difficult to find in stores as they usually only offer black and white.

  • 9 Lisa // Dec 13, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Ok, thanks. Your additional photos (offered here) gave me an idea what to look for at the fabric store.

  • 10 Julia // Dec 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Megan, what is in the cocoa jars?

  • 11 veronica // Dec 13, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    the felt covers are fab! what is the source for the adorable jars of cocoa mix? these look great. i’ve been looking for the right recipe but haven’t seen anything that’s blown me away…

  • 12 Seanna Lea // Dec 13, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    That is super cute. I’ve been making cozies, but the knit cozies just don’t have the same crisp lines that you can get in felt.

  • 13 Allyson McCombs // Dec 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Aww these are cute. I saw another version for sale at Starbucks and it gave me pause! Yours are pretty darn cute!

  • 14 // Dec 13, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I like wrapping my hands around a warm mug on a cold day, and I also like the feel of felt. So double the pleasure…

  • 15 Beth // Dec 13, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Cute as can be! These may be my 12 Day of Christmas gifts next year for my artist friends. Thanks!

  • 16 regina // Dec 14, 2010 at 7:04 am

    yes what is in the cocoa packages?!

  • 17 megan // Dec 14, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Allyson – I think I saw the sames ones, with holes punched out to show the color beneath? I tried to do something like that but cutting circles in felt isn’t easy without expensive equipment, so 3-d dots it was.

    Veronica and Regina – I’m afraid I improvised the layered cocoa. It was mostly regular coco mix with a layer of Dutch cocoa, some non-dairy creamer and marshmallows on top. I used hazelnut flavored creamer and it wasn’t so good. I might skip the creamer altogether next time, the only reason I used it was because I thought the light stripe would look nice.

  • 18 megan // Dec 14, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Lisa – I’m so glad! I was afraid they wouldn’t use as many images as I sent.

    Seanna Lea – Oh but knit cozies are so welcoming! And softer, even though I used all wool felt here they aren’t as soft as a knitted item.

  • 19 retro sweets // Dec 14, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    The mugs looks fantastic! But I am afraid I have to stitch them myself because my son broke my sewing machine last week.*sigh* Good cocoa improvising! :)

  • 20 retro sweets // Dec 14, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    sorry. The mugs look fantastic.. hehe

  • 21 Paul Byron Downs // Dec 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Cute and cleaver idea for the hot cocoa.


  • 22 Natalie42 // Dec 16, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I’ve made cocoa mix to give as gifts and made the mix with cocoa powder, non-dairy creamer (a mix of vanilla and regular), non-fat dry milk, powdered sugar and a bit of salt. Quite delicious!

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  • 26 Craftiness Now // Dec 19, 2010 at 8:49 am

    so cute!! happy holidays :-)

  • 27 Shirra // Dec 21, 2010 at 9:25 am

    About the creamer in the hot chocolate mix, my homemade recipe for mix from a friend uses powdered milk. It would give the stripe and her mix makes AMAZING hot chocolate. The marshmallows are a great idea.

  • 28 Deb Baker // Nov 30, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Oh my goodness – I’ve just found the perfect Christmas teacher’s gifts. It is always so hard to come up with something unique and cute, especially for the male teachers. Thank you.

  • 29 judy // Dec 11, 2011 at 10:18 am

    i love it-

  • 30 Capability // Dec 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Love these – So sweet for a teacher or hostess gift! I like the cocoa, too, and have also made something like this with cookie ingredients. Thanks for the great idea!

  • 31 cassie // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    this looks awesome! I can’t wait to try it!

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