Winter means embracing the rustic beauty of nature. Freshly fallen snow, aged tree bark, semi-frozen lakes with mossy logs along the water’s edge – it truly is an awesome sight to see, especially during the winter months.

Today we are excited for another fun Group Project. This week features ideas for sharing projects that incorporate a natural element. Join the design team, as we share our {Nature of Winter} projects.  We’ve included a full list of participating CSS designers:

Lori | Jennifer | Dana


Haute Chocolate


For many winter equals short, blustery days and long, chilly nights. What better way to stay warm, than with a cozy cup of hot chocolate? But not just your average cup of cocoa. Let’s kick it up a notch and papercraft a fun gift set of Haute Chocolate…on a stick! This is homemade hot chocolate with gourmet flavors added in for fun.

First you will need to round up a few ingredients:

  • dutch cocoa (baker’s chocolate)
  • chocolate chips or shavings
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • heavy cream
  • flavor toppings (orange, chili peppers, cinnamon, mint)

The flavorful toppings are what takes this winter treat from ordinary to simply delicious. Follow the Haute Chocolate recipe (available for PDF download) to create your tasty, single serve beverages.

We selected three fun topping options: Mint, Chili Pepper, and Orange Peel to infuse our haute chocolate.

As cute as the single serve cocoas can be all by themselves, we couldn’t resist packaging them up with a few of our crafty Clear and Simple Stamps supplies.

To start we cut a band of Kraft Like a Rockstar gift wrap to fit a standard white paper cup. (click here to view another project using stamped gift wrap) We’d advise the you cut apart a cup from the pack to use as a template for this part of the project, as cup sizes will vary based on the supplies available to you. Cut the gift wrap according to your template, then stamp with the Birch Trees background in Dish All the Dirt Brown ink.

Now that our cups have had a bit of a makeover, we wanted our Haute Chocolate on a stick to have equally fun packaging.

We die cut Cube favor boxes, with a hole cut from the center using a Shapes: Circles die, and a tiny Word Window from the top. Here the wooden spoons can easily fit into the lid of the cube to create the perfect single serve packaging for each Haute Cocoa serving. Each box is color coordinated to match the flavor.

We hope you enjoyed seeing fun ways to incorporate natural elements into papercrafting.



STAMPS: Cup of Cocoa, Birch Trees / CARDSTOCK: Glamazon Green, Orange You Fabulous, Dare to be a Diva RedINK: Perfect Little Black Dress / SIMPLE CUTS: Word Windows, Cube, Shapes: Circles / GIFT WRAP: Kraft Like a Rockstar  / RIBBON: Glamazon Green, Orange You Fabulous, Dare to be a Diva RedOTHER: Dimensionals, 1/4″ Simple Adhesive, Paper Cups, Wooden Spoons, Haute Chocolate Recipe


Design Team Inspiration


Our natural element for today’s project was paper and wood. Be sure to visit with each CSS designer for more inspiration that can be found in “Nature”

LoriJennifer | Dana


Looking for more inspiration?
Download the CSS Daily Papercrafting App {2.0.1} available on iTunes

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3 replies
  1. TK Watson
    TK Watson says:

    What an awesome wintry gift! Thanks for the ideas… just two questions: Of the flavorings, how much did you use? And you show a can of dutch cocoa but the recipe only says chocolate chips, are they interchangeable in equal amounts?


    • admin
      admin says:

      @TK – Thanks for your comment – we’d love to see if you make a few. For the flavorings we added to taste. The shavings are more for garnish, but you can add flavored extract (mint, vanilla, orange, etc) to the recipe to intensify the taste. For the Chili version, you would use cinnamon and a dash of cayenne pepper. Start light and add to build the flavor. We followed the recipe, and added roughly a 1/4c to the recipe for a less sweet version. You can create without it if you prefer. Once the base recipe is created, you can separate the mixture into thirds and add your flavorings – the best part is taste testing to make sure you have perfected your recipe! Enjoy…

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