DIY Christmas Gift: Reindeer Hot Cocoa Cones

DIY Christmas Gift: Reindeer Hot Cocoa Cones

Reindeer_Cocoa_Cones1With Christmas right around the corner there are all sorts of cute, frugal craft ideas that are sure to make someone smile. In my mind this holiday season I had anticipated making homemade ornaments, cookies, body scrubs, and so much more. In reality I’m not sure why I thought I could transform into superwoman because pretty much nothing got done! I barely even have time to wrap gifts!

Thanks to a wonderful, frugal, and smart friend (Annie) I have an adorable gift idea to share with you all!  This awesome kids DIY Christmas gift is called “Reindeer Hot Cocoa Cones”, and they are a  fun way to celebrate the season. This is pretty much the cutest gift idea for teachers, classmates, grandparents, and pretty much anyone else who appreciates a gift from the heart.

For the Reindeer Hot Cocoa Cones project you will need:

  • Hot cocoa (powdered)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Piping bags (can be purchased at your local craft store)
  • Red Pom Poms (can be purchased at your local craft store)
  • Brown Pipe Cleaners (can be purchased at your local craft store)
  • Googoo eyes (can be purchased at your local craft store)
  • Chocolate chips *optional
  • Circle Sticky tabs to adhere the red pom poms


  • Fill your Piping bags with the hot cocoa mix (2 cups worth per bag)
  • Top with mini marshmallows, and then a small amount of chocolate chips
  • Tie them off it a knot
  • Wrap your pipe cleaner around the knot to make them look like antlers
  • Using double-sided tape, or sticky circles tape the googoo eyes, and red pom poms to your bags
  • Voila~Enjoy your Reindeer Hot Cocoa Cones!! You now have a cute, frugal craft, and gift idea!

If you like Christmas DIY Crafts, check out our other posts:

We hope you and your children enjoy this holiday season, and have fun making your Reindeer Hot Cocoa Cones!

Photo courtesy of my friend  Annie S. (thank you). Please do not use this image without credit!!

Get the supplies needed for this craft on Amazon:
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Brown Pipe Cleaners:

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  1. holly says

    hey, i love the idea so much I’m making them for all of my employees but i wanted to add a tag with preparation instructions. how much water to use and such, do you have suggestions?

  2. Lisa B says

    Super cute.. I was wondering if it would be more frugal to use the big cans of powered cocoa measured out 2cups in each bag? Also how do u feel about a low temp hot glue gun

    • says

      I think the hot glue would melt the bag myself :( I would use whatever is the most frugal way!! The big cans are the way to go! How about those sticky little circles? They sell them at the craft stores-that is a good idea too! Thanks! Amy :)

  3. Marie-Ève says

    These are so great! Just spent an hour and a half to make 29 for my students! They will love it! Next up, making some for my 5 year old’s kindergarten class. Thanks a bunch for this idea :-)

  4. says

    I gave a similar set of instructions a year or two back only I made my bags as the cake decorating tubes are quite expensive which would up the price of the finished product. I also included a layer of chocolate chips (tiny ones are best, they melt faster) and the colored mini marshmallows. Now how to make your own bags. If you have a food sealing machine just trace the cone part onto the sealer’s plastic bags from corner to corner and you get a cone bag. They are not quite as strong but they do work. If you can find refill plastic bags without advertising they will look nicer but that is why I put a very large bow on the top with tails hanging down to cover the ad.I made so many of these over a period of 3-4 years that I actually got sick of making them. They sold like hotcakes so hope you have the same luck. Marlene

  5. says

    P.S the food sealer machine is made for storing food so it should be safe. The machine has a wire across it and a air withdrawer thingy . The wire heats up and causes the plastic to seal itself, there is no glue involved. I do think if you used hot glue it would not work so well as the hot glue would melt the plastic bag and probably is not too good to ingest. good luck. Marlene

  6. Karen Ruckel says

    If you are going to sell these at a craft fair (I’m doing one at an Elementary School), how much would you price these?

  7. Chris says

    I know that you said to use 1 cup of water. But once it’s all in the cone. How much of the powder do you use. (How many teaspoons/ tablespoons?) I just want to write it on the tag with the gift.

  8. Tara O. says

    These are so adorable! My mom and daughter made them and now my daughter can’t wait to pass them out at school!

  9. jeanne says

    Where do you get the plain piping bags to use for the reindeer? All I have found in the stores are the ones from Wilton and they are not clear….

  10. says

    Hi Amy! OMG! These are so cute and clever! I’ve pinned it to my Pinterest board and plan on including it in a Holiday DIY post on my new blog That Was Then | This Is Wow (
    A good thing about starting a blog late in the year–lots of holiday ideas to share and therefore post ideas! Pop over to my blog and see if I can inspire you as well.
    Thanks! Paula


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