A fun treat to have in your home over the Holiday season is a special area where everyone can make their own hot drink – a hot chocolate station! You can keep your station budget-friendly by using recycled jars, dollar store products and things you already have on hand. Let me show you how!

How to Create an Inexpensive Hot Chocolate Station for Christmas

My three daughters were SO excited when I set this area up for them in our dining room! It was so easy to create, and didn’t cost me much at all.

How to Create an Inexpensive Hot Chocolate Station for Christmas

I love the idea of having a dedicated hot chocolate station over the Christmas break as a special treat, but I didn’t want to spend a ton of money to make one. I knew that if I scoured our kitchen and my DIY supplies, I could create something with many items we already had on hand!

How to Create an Inexpensive Hot Chocolate Station for Christmas

I set our little hot drink station up by my espresso machine on our dining room sideboard. First, I used some old pasta and pickle jars to store hot chocolate mix, coffee grounds, and marshmallows. I tied a bow around each one with baker’s twine. 

How to Create an Inexpensive Hot Chocolate Station for Christmas  

To give them height, I set them on top of an upside-down planter box. In front of that, I put some espresso mugs on and upside-down old bread pan. I created the “Fa la la la” letters with my Cricut and gold glitter vinyl I had on hand. I love how these turned out.

How to Create an Inexpensive Hot Chocolate Station for Christmas

Then, I set a row of smaller recycled glasses and jars in front of that, and filled them with chocolate cookie sticks, cinnamon sticks, tea bags and caramels. A little jar of sprinkles, a jar of candy canes, and some serving spoons were also added to the mix.

 How to Create an Inexpensive Hot Chocolate Station for Christmas

I keep my espresso machine full of water for my little latte addiction, so the girls can easily use the hot water from the machine for their hot chocolate creations.

How to Create an Inexpensive Hot Chocolate Station for Christmas 

How to Create an Inexpensive Hot Chocolate Station for Christmas

We’re already enjoying using this little area, and it will be such a fun treat over our break these next couple of weeks!

Watch my YouTube video on how I made this inexpensive hot chocolate station:

How to Create an Inexpensive Hot Chocolate Station for Christmas

Create an Inexpensive Hot Chocolate Station for Christmas

Yield: 1 Hot Chocolate Station
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $30

A fun treat to have in your home over the Holiday season is a special area where everyone can make their own hot drink – a hot chocolate station! You can keep your station budget-friendly by using recycled jars, dollar store products and things you already have on hand.

Materials

  • Recycled pasta & pickle jars with lids
  • Festive baker's twine
  • Small crates, narrow boxes and/or a bread pan to use as shelves
  • Mugs
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Coffee beans
  • Hot chocolate toppings like marshmallows, sprinkles, candy canes, caramels, chocolate & cinnamon
  • Fairy lights
  • Electric kettle or espresso machine
  • Napkins & cutlery

Instructions

  1. Put the hot chocolate mix, coffee beans, and hot chocolate toppings in the recycled jars.
  2. Tie baker's twine around the mouths of the jars as a decoration.
  3. Layer a couple of crates, boxes or bread pans to create risers near an espresso machine or electric kettle.
  4. Arrange the jars and mugs on the risers.
  5. Add napkins, twinkle lights and cutlery to complete the look & function.