Merry Christmas Eve! Whether you have checked off all the “to dos” on your list, or are (like me) scrambling with a few last-minute tasks, this simple hybrid project is for you… a quick, cute gift, perfect for a neighbor, a guest, or that Very Special Visitor we’re all expecting to arrive tonight! All you’ll need to assemble it is your printer and some sturdy cardstock or photo paper, scissors and a small hole punch, a few odds and ends of ribbon, baker’s twine, or embroidery thread, and a pretty button.
First, print the file in THIS DOWNLOAD! I used the larger cup from the Mug and Macchiato hybrid templates by Girl Boy Girl Designs, and resized it slightly to fit on 8.5×11″ paper for easy printing.
I covered the template with papers from Wishing Well Creations’ Jingle Bell Rock kit.
If you’d like to own the templates and make your own personalized mug, here’s how I made mine: instead of making the whole mug out of one paper, I used the Polygonal Lasso tool to separate the sections of the template; I dragged the cursor around two “panels” at a time. Once they were selected, I used Command-J (or Control-J on a PC) to duplicate the selected section onto its own layer. I repeated the process until I had five separate sections, then I clipped a different paper to each one. I then clipped the striped paper to the bottom-most layer (the original whole complete template); this gave me a striped handle, mug bottom, and tabs.
If you’re using the downloadable gift included in this post, start here with these assembly instructions.
I printed the mug template onto photo paper, then adhered the whole thing to a piece of red cardstock. This served two purposes: it made the inside of the mug prettier, and (more importantly) gave more sturdiness to the project (so it would stay upright when filled with goodies!).
After the papers are stuck together, cut out along the black solid lines of the template.
Also cut out the “Dear Santa” stamp. I love postage-stamp embellishments, and it’s easier than you’d think to give it the stamp-y edge! First cut the stamp in a straight-lined square, ignoring the little half-circle dips in the edging. Then use a small hole punch to cut into those dips, lining the hole punch up just outside the stamp’s red outline.
Now fold all the tabs around the edge of the mug. Also, gently fold on the edge of each patterned paper change, and slightly pinch at the center of each different paper, at the bottom of the mug. In order to fit the bottom, each tabbed section needs to fold in just a bit. Use your favorite adhesive (I used my Scotch ATG dispenser) to adhere all the tabs on the inside of the base, as well as on the inside of the cup on the handle side. Also, adhere the two handle pieces to each other.
Finally, if you desire, have fun decorating! I glued a baker’s-twined button to the center of the snowflake, and tied on the Santa stamp with more baker’s twine and matching embroidery floss. The mug is ready to fill and give as-is, but if you’re in the mood to play (or to recruit your kids to help prepare Santa’s special treat) you may want to add snowy glitter, faux greenery, or more ribbons and bows around the handle. Fill the mug with a tasty treat, like I did, or use it to hold letters to The Big Guy, rolled up into scrolls and tied with pretty ribbons.
Have fun making a last-minute memory… and have a wonderful holiday!
Other Articles by NikkiFB:
- Thanksgiving Countdown Banner - November 6th, 2012
- Personalized Hanging Hooks - October 12th, 2012
- Quick Hybrid Photo Mat - September 21st, 2012
- Hybrid Wrapped Wreath - August 27th, 2012
- Mailable Memory Mini-Album - July 9th, 2012