I’ve been looking for a little white enamel bar cart for ages. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you might remember me finding THE Perfect One at a fall antique show, but hesitating and then it being sold when I returned a couple hours later. I resigned myself to waiting for spring. But, I did check occasionally on kijiji. One day I found one near by, but the bottom was covered in yucky mac-tac -you know that plasticy super sticky paper? I was worried that when I removed it it might take the finish with it, or I’d be left with a sticky mess, and getting the sticker residue off would ruin the paint. So, I passed on it. A few weeks later I noticed it was still for sale and now only $5. I was willing to risk it for 5 bucks. And, I’m so glad I did. The mac-tac came right off, and I love the cart. It made an appearance outside at the my fall soup party, but now it’s found it’s home in my dining room.
It snowed here yesterday. That means time for hot chocolate. I put together a sweet little hot chocolate bar on the bar cart. It all started when I saw these oh so pretty mugs in the Christmas Chapters/Indigo catalogue. Of course I had that moment that DIYer’s often have…I think I could make something like that.
Chapters has a deer, bear, fox, and owl in their collection, and here’s my version.
I started with inexpensive dollar store mugs, and a ceramic marker. I know the internet is flooded with sharpie mugs, but from what I’ve read they’re very hit and miss. I used the ceramic pen for my “give thanks” plates and they’ve been great, so I went with the ceramic pen again this time. Since I’m not really an artist, and perhaps you’re not either, here’s my cheater way of doing the sketches. Find an image on-line that you like. I did an image search on “simple deer sketch” and then just found one I liked, right clicked to open image in a new tab, then selected print and adjusted my printing size so it would fit on my mug.
Once you have a picture that you’re happy with and it is the right size, break out the good old fashioned carbon copy paper -memories of teachers using these magical sheets to make worksheets in grade one fill my mind. Use a small piece and tape it, along with your picture on top of the mug. Make sure you have the carbon paper on the right side so that when you write on it, a line goes through to your mug. Then, use a pencil to outline your image, which should transfer it to the mug. I’m not going to lie to you and say this process was simple. It was a little tricky. I started out with much more detailed images, similar to the Chapter’s version, but they were too complicated for me. I also started out just holding the papers onto the mug, but if the papers slip, the carbon copy lines rub off the mugs, since its a slippery ceramic surface. When I used a simpler image, and taped the papers really carefully, and also removed them carefully so I didn’t rub any off or erase it, it worked. Patience, patience.
Once the carbon copy is on the mug, use your ceramic marker to go over it. Again I made a few mistakes. The great thing about the markers is that when you’re working with them, you can wash them off with a little hot water and a scrub, and then start over again. The bad part, you have to start over from the beginning again. Once you’re happy with the image, my marker said to wait 24 hours, then bake in the oven (all the exact instructions will be on your marker). Once they come out of the oven, the image is permanent.
I really do like how they turned out and the Chapter’s version would have been around $50 for 4, and mine were $1.25 each for the mugs, and around $5 for the marker -so a fraction of the price at around $10.
I created the hot chocolate buffet with some different flavours of hot chocolate mix, chocolate spoons, sprinkles, and marshmallows.
Yum. My girls felt the need to break in the hot chocolate bar cart tonight, and I’m happy to say it got their seal of approval.
I love how this little cart looks for the holidays, and that the hot chocolate and the woodland mugs will look good all winter long.
With my thrifted cart, DIY version of the woodland mugs, and hot chocolate with all the fixin’s, life really is a party!