This DIY Coffee / Hot Cocoa Bar is a MUST HAVE This Year!

by Ashley

DIY Christmas Coffee Bar

‘Tis the season for all the hot cocoa! Today I’m sharing how I turned this little bookshelf into a simple DIY coffee bar with allllll the fixins! Complete with a homemade peppermint syrup recipe for the perfect winter drink!

Christmas coffee and hot cocoa bar

I recently got this cubby bookshelf from Target to put in my office, but it ended up being perfect for a grab & go coffee station!

And now that the cold weather is here, I thought it would be so fun to add some extra toppings and hot cocoa mix for a hot cocoa bar!

DIY Coffee and hot cocoa bar decorated for christmas

We love the convenience of our Keurig for those busy mornings when there’s no time to bust out the giant espresso machine to get our daily caffeine fix. This bookshelf-turned-coffee-station is the perfect solution to keeping the Keurig accessible without taking up valuable counter space in the kitchen.

And now that it’s freezing outside, I love using the Keurig to make a quick cup of piping hot water for some yummy hot cocoa!

DIY Coffee and hot cocoa bar

I found these jars and salt & pepper shakers at Goodwill, and they were perfect for holding all of the extra yummy add-ins! Marshmallows, candy canes, chocolate chips, cinnamon, nutmeg… If you ask me, the more toppings, the better! 🙂

(Checkout the recipe at the bottom of this post to find out how to make your own homemade peppermint syrup!)

DIY Coffee Bar and hot cocoa toppings on open shelves

I created these simple tags in Microsoft Word, printed them out on kraft paper and tied them around the jars with twine. (Grab the FREE printable with 15 different toppings available to download in my Printables library!)

Candy Canes in a jar with shakers of sea salt, cinnamon, and allspice

For the larger mason jars I used my DYMO embossed label maker from Amazon (love this thing!) to create quick and easy labels.

mason jars with embossed labels cinnamon sticks, marshmallows, and chocolate chips.

I plan to keep this station up year-round as a coffee bar so these containers are perfect for keeping all of our toppings organized and accessible. Plus they are perfect for when we have guests over, giving them a selection of yummy flavors to choose from!

DIY coffee bar and hot cocoa bar with toppings

The majority of our coffee mugs are kept in a cupboard in the kitchen, but I pulled out a few to display on my wall-mounted cup drying rack from Decor Steals. (This is my favorite site to find cheap farmhouse finds – they post new deals daily and the shipping is always $5!)

wall rack with coffee cups

I keep all of our extra K-cups in a large Anchor Hocking jar in one of the cubbies for easy access. And in the other open cubby is where I store my hot cocoa mix and some backup Swiss Miss K-cups.

Coffee Bar shelf with "sip sip hooray" blackboard

Homemade coco mix

The two bins on the bottom is where I keep extra table linens and serving dishes that we don’t use on a regular basis. I love the versatility of these cubby bookshelves allowing you to choose how many open shelves vs. bins you want to have. Perfect for cute displays and functionality.

DIY coffee bar and hot cocoa bar

DIY coffee bar and hot cocoa bar

Mike likes the convenience of having a few K-cups right next to the Keurig so I always make sure to keep a little bowl stocked with his favorite flavors! All of our favorite syrups sit here too. This homemade peppermint syrup is making it’s way into everything right now! I cannot get enough of the yummy minty flavor this time of year!

Homemade peppermint syrup

I topped off the whole look with a Merry Christmas sign from my friends at the SincerelyUs etsy shop. After Christmas is over, I think I might use this space to display a fun coffee sign or maybe a chalkboard…? What do you think – I’m open to ideas!

DIY coffee bar

Thanks to the new DIY coffee bar setup, I have been enjoying hot cocoa every night! I love the convenience of having everything I need all in one place. Each night I feel like a kid in a candy shop browsing through all of the toppings and creating a delicious masterpiece!

Most of my creations involve my homemade peppermint syrup for that perfect wintery taste so I thought I’d share the super simple recipe with you! Checkout the recipe below!

Homemade Peppermint Syrup


1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
5 drops of Peppermint essential oil (or 2 tsp Peppermint extract)


Add sugar and water to a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil, stirring often.
Simmer on low for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and stir in peppermint.

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Try the recipe for yourself and let me know what you think! For more of my coffee syrup recipes, see how I make cold brew at home!

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Kathy Carpenter December 19, 2017 - 9:06 am

Fun!!!!! I found a old label maker the other day….I might just do the mason jars with marshmallows and choc chips!!!! Ron ooooohed and awwwwwed over my shoulder when I should him this blog!!! Nice work!!!

Ashley December 19, 2017 - 4:23 pm

Oh yay! I love those old label makers! And I bet all these toppings were right up Ron’s alley 😉

Elizabeth December 19, 2017 - 10:05 am

Love this coffee and cocoa bar and have printed off the peppermint syrup recipe. Just love how you style spaces Ashley. This bar is no different! Merry Christmas. XO

Ashley December 19, 2017 - 4:24 pm

Oh I am so glad Elizabeth!! I have been LOVING this peppermint syrup so I hope you enjoy it, even after Christmas! Have a very merry Christmas, sweet friend!

Lo January 6, 2018 - 6:58 pm

This is such a simple cute idea! I may be trying this out! Love!

Ashley January 8, 2018 - 10:01 am

Thanks Lauren! We have been getting a ton of use out of it, you should definitely try it! 🙂


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