The are a lot of things that I love about Winter. Like thick socks and fireplaces and making snow angels. But, there are two things that I am absolutely obsessed with this time of the year – coffee and snowflakes. I will never get over the beauty and uniqueness of snowflakes. Thats why, we usually end up making something or the other them. For the other, I need coffee to function like a car needs fuel. So, this winter we combined my love for both these things to make simple cosies. Let’s get started!
Time taken: 1 hour
1. Start by cutting a long panel of the foam. Ours is about 24 centimetres.
2. Punch out 12-15 snowflakes.
3. Place them haphazardly on the foam
4. Take an old toothbrush and dip it in any one paint and spray it onto the foam. Try spraying as close as possible to the cutouts. Keep switching all three colors and spray over the foam. Once done, let it dry for at least 10 minutes.
5. After the paint has dried out, carefully peel off the cutouts (we saved these to use as embellishments. They’re adorable!)
6. Measure your cup, if it’s available. And, cut off the excess. This is an optional step, which I end up skipping, as I use disposable coffee cups.
7. Paste one part of the velcro on the back of the cosy, vertically.
8. Paste the other part of the velcro horizontally over the other front of the cosy. This is at the opposite end.
The horizontal velcro is very convenient. As, it adapts to differently sized cups and bottles. You can make it as tight or loose as needed
Finally, place the cosy on your cup or bottle and you’re ready to go! I’m not much of a tea person. But, I do use this glass jar for green tea or flavoured teas. So, the cosy comes in handy, to carry the bottle around.
Things to keep in mind:
- Don’t move the cutouts when spraying the paint.
- The paint needs to be sprayed directly, without any water. Or it will make odd blobs instead of a spray.
- To make sure the velcro sticks to the foam – paste the pieces and place the cosy under heavy books for a few minutes. It will flatten the velcro completely.
- Avoid using embellishments that stick out from the cosy. I tried that and it makes the cosy difficult to hold. Which really defeats the purpose.
When I was making this idea, I was thinking about whether I would even use the cosy. Because, my coffee is usually store-bought. So, I tried it out for a few days and I realised that carrying a small foam band isn’t difficult. It’s light, doesn’t tear easily and it protects my hands from scalding hot coffee. That’s why I started leaving one in my bag permanently! Let me know, if it works the same for you.
What do you think of this cup cosy? Let me know in the comments below. Happy New Year!