Make a DIY Santa Milk & Cookie Set (With a free stencil!)
December 16, 2013
You’re all in for a (literal) treat today – Erin from Made Urban is sharing the most adorable DIY Santa milk & cookie set tutorial with us! Wouldn’t this be the perfect neighbor gift or simply a fun Christmas activity to do with your kids?
Many of my friends who have kids are trying to reduce the amount of toys that come into their home this year and are asking friends and family to help them create traditions and memories with their little ones instead of buying gifts.
Putting out milk and cookies on Christmas eve was always a tradition for me as a kid so I thought a DIY milk and cookie set would be a great way for my friend’s families to whip of a quick batch of cookies and set them out for Santa.
glass or mug
craft paint for glass
foam stencil brush
re-positionable glue spray
stencil print out
I found most of my materials at the Dollar Store so this project was really affordable. I bought the craft paint, stencil film and glue at Michaels.
Print your Santa’s Milk & Cookie Set off on heavier paper, lay the stencil film overtop and trace Santa’s beard and text with a marker. Place your stencil film on a cutting mat and cut pieces out using your craft knife. Print off your stencil by clicking here (PDF file).
*tip – cutting curves can be a little difficult but I found if I used a light hand and didn’t press down too hard when cutting, it was easier for the blade to glide around curves.
Lightly spray the back of your stencil with the re-positional glue and press it firmly in place. Squeeze your paint onto a disposable surface (an old margarine lid or a piece of wax paper). Load your stencil brush up with some paint, dabbing it a few times to remove excess. Begin painting the surface by lightly dabbing it on.
Once you have 2 or 3 coats on, peel the stencil away and wipe up any leftover glue. Use the tip of your stencil brush or a paint brush to fill in the lines connecting the centre of the beard, the A’s and O’s from the “Santa’s Cookies” text.
Now it’s time to get the cookie jar mix ready. Most basic cookie recipes will work by layering the dry ingredients in the jar. Here’s a simple and yummy recipe you can use for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies…I’ve heard they’re Santa’s favorite 😉
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup rolled oats
1 cup milk chocolate chips
Mix the flour, baking powder and baking soda together in a bowl, then pour into the jar. Layer the following ingredients on top, in the order listed and seal the lid.
Cut the “Santa’s Cookie Mix” tag out and write the following instructions on the back:
You will need:
3/4 cup butter (room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°F. Cream the butter in a large bowl. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until fluffy. Add the entire contents of the jar and mix well. Use a tablespoon to scoop dough onto a baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown.
Hole punch the tag and attach it to the jar using a festive ribbon!
Bake the cookies on Christmas Eve and set them out with a glass of milk before you go to bed. In the morning, clean up any crumbs left behind by Santa. 😉
Merry Christmas everyone!
Erin Mooney is the founder of www.madeurban.com, an online marketplace for buying and selling locally handmade/homemade/homegrown goods. She ran her own crafty business for years and loves to support local which inspired her to create Made Urban.