Y’all it’s time for a hot cocoa bar! In addition to my love of coffee, I’ve got a pretty big sweet tooth so hot chocolate is a treat I’ll rarely pass up. This hot cocoa bar is a far cry from a bag of hot cocoa mix next to the kettle on my counter, but its fun to put on the ritz every now and then. SO, I whipped out my Cricut Maker to do a little of crafting and put together this hot cocoa bar in a few hours flat.
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You could just put everything on a tray and call it a day, but that’s not very #extra, and am I’m never anything but extra, so I jumped into this styling feet first. I love the excess of the holiday season, and how well my maximalist style fits with the aesthetic I know and love for the season.
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- Cricut Maker
- Cricut Heat Transfer Foil Vinyl in Gold
- Cricut Vinyl in Gold
- Fine Point Blade
- Strong Grip & Regular Grip Cutting Mats
- Felt in various colours
- Cricut Tools
I made several projects for this hot cocoa bar using existing fonts, images, and projects in the Cricut Design Space. I love to design my own projects, but when you’re on a time crunch like during the holidays, there’s something to be said for using what’s in front of you.
For this hot cocoa bar I used the: Santa Simple Cut (#MB5037); Merry (#M2F1880F); Holiday Cheer (#M2F181BD); Merry Christmas Banner (#M1DD4F6) –> you can find them all in this project // here // but you’ll need a design space to access them.
These are all super simple images and projects, so I don’t really need to break anything down into a step by step, but I’ll give you a quick run-down of what I did for each image.
BEFORE we get to that though, I want to gush a little bit about how easy it is to cut heavy fabrics like felt with the Cricut Maker. I mean it’s nuts. With the Explore Air 2 you had to bond the fabric, using freezer paper or fabric stiffener, but you couldn’t just cut it. How much did that suck? amiright? But for real, with the Maker it’s it’s cutting through paper. The blade just glides though it, and I am so so so glad I have my hands on a Maker.
The cut lines are perfectly clean, and the felt never caught in the blade, not even once.
For the Merry Christmas banner, the cut files are intended for paper, but I wanted something a little more permanent so I used some felt and HTV. I originally tried cutting the top layer out of felt as well, but the letters were too small so it didn’t really hold up when I tried to peel the letters off the mat. HTC was super simple, and acted as a better bonding agent.
I used HTV on the little sweater sleeves that came with the mugs I found at the dollar store. For 3$ each I couldn’t pass these up and thought they’d be great for the hot cocoa bar.
I used the Merry and Holiday Cheer files with gold HTV. Obviously the Maker cuts vinyl, it’s not a separate machine for fabric, it cuts everything the Explore does as well.
I also then applied those two images to the carafe and cloche on the hot cocoa bar.
I cut a large felt trivet out of felt using the Santa cut file. I use some fabric glue to attach the two layers, but there was nothing more to this piece than that.
You could also make matching coasters, but I think those cuts might be too fine at a small scale.
I made a trivet, a banner, and decals to customize my hot cocoa bar, using a Cricut Maker. These are super easy to do, use files from the Cricut Design Space, and don’t need anything too fancy to put together.
And now, for the part you’ve all been waiting for – shots of the bar completed!
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