Funny Gift Idea… a Lump of Coal w/ free printable! {CCC}

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Lump of Coal
(for naughty boys and girls)
Hello everyone!  We are Jennifer, Jamie and Jodie from eighteen25 and we are so excited to be here today! We have a question for you. We want to know if you have started to make “the list” yet. You know the one… the one that has to be checked twice. (well Santa checks his twice at least)

Today we are sharing something for those people that might not quite make the nice list… yes… the naughty list folks…. or those friends with a fun sense of humor. We first came across this idea on pinterest and knew immediately that we’d have to give it a try and make a little tag to go with it. So today we’ll be making a lump of coal {Christmas Coal}.

Of course it’s the yummy kind made with rice krispies!!

Lump of Coal
(for naughty boys and girls)

Lump of coal


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 10.5 ounce bag mini marshmallows
  • 4 cups rice krispie cereal (this is cut down from the regular rice krispies recipe)
  • black icing color (can be found at most craft stores)

Optional Tag Materials:

  • bags or containers
  • ribbon or tulle
  • card-stock
  • tag - download HERE


1. Melt the butter on low and then add your marshmallows. Once that is all melted add your black coloring. (it took a bit of coloring to get it to go from purple to black for us) then stir in your rice krispies until they are all covered with the marshmallow mixture. Then just take out small handfuls and mold them into odd shapes.  voila... yummy Christmas coal.

then just find a cute container to put it in.
this paint can came from Joann’s craft store and then i just tied a green grosgrain bow on the side.
i printed out the tag on white cardstock and used a 3″ circle punch to cut the tag out and backed it in a 4″ scalloped circle.
for this gift i just placed a couple pieces of Christmas coal in a treat bag and tied with red grosgrain ribbon. i printed the tag out on kraft paper and just cut around the square. i used an old ink pad around the edges.
i was so excited to find this little container in Target’s dollar spot. again i just printed the tag out on white cardstock and used my 3″ circle punch and it was the perfect size for the top. a black tulle bow adds just a little fluff.
our last question is…
do you have some friends (or children) on the naughty list that could use some a lump of coal this year??? ;)

Here are some more fun Christmas ideas you can find over at eighteen25.

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Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Piper posted on November 8, 2011 at 6:20 am (#

    I am soooo gonna do this!! Cute!!!

  2. CreativeBusyHand posted on November 8, 2011 at 6:47 am (#

    Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 2 post on Nov. 08, 2011. Thanks again.

  3. Jen posted on November 8, 2011 at 9:41 am (#

    What a great gift idea for the holidays!

  4. Abbey posted on November 8, 2011 at 11:43 am (#

    I love this idea!! I think my coworkers would get a huge kick out of this. Thanks for posting!

  5. Andrea posted on November 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm (#

    I love this! My hubby is a coal miner, so I always try to do some silly little “coal” thing for him. Thanks for making it so easy for me this year!

  6. cheryl posted on November 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm (#

    this is such a great idea i had no idea what to give my friends this year this totally saved me. Thanks

  7. chantelle posted on November 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm (#

    so cute and yummy too! can’t wait to try it!

  8. Jill @ posted on November 11, 2011 at 8:12 am (#

    I love this! Just shared this today on our Fun Finds Friday…so cute!

  9. Jessie posted on November 11, 2011 at 8:21 am (#

    I love this idea!! I used to get threatened with a lump of coal by my parents as a child, Maybe i should give this to them :)

  10. Allison posted on December 2, 2011 at 10:09 am (#

    Sooooo cute! Thanks for sharing…and yes, I love naptime too! :) Naps=Happy kids and a happy mom!

  11. Holly posted on December 2, 2011 at 10:17 am (#

    such a CUTE idea!!! Thank you so much!!

  12. Beth posted on December 14, 2011 at 8:26 am (#

    What a GREAT idea! I think I’ll make it and use as a Secret Santa gift for my boss….. AND a scare for my son who strives NOT to get coal from Santa every year! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  13. Angell @ Passionate and Creative Homemaking posted on July 10, 2012 at 3:16 am (#

    Hi, I’m just letting you know I featured this on my blog today!

  14. Anna posted on December 25, 2013 at 3:40 am (#

    I’m trying this with the Cocoa Krispies in hopes of cutting back the food coloring some… *fingers crossed*

  15. Jodie posted on September 17, 2015 at 6:16 am (#

    Hi, this looks great, how long would you say they are good for once they have been made?

    • Laura Capello posted on September 25, 2015 at 8:05 am (#

      If kept in an airtight container, they should be good for three days or more! :)

  16. Dara posted on November 18, 2015 at 3:11 pm (#

    Will the food coloring turn your mouth and teeth black?

    • Laura Capello posted on November 18, 2015 at 4:54 pm (#

      It can if you eat a lot at once, but it doesn’t stay black for very long.

  17. Matt posted on December 13, 2016 at 4:19 pm (#

    Good idea for friends :)

  18. Addie posted on December 20, 2016 at 10:23 pm (#

    Made these last year for my nephews and they were really tasty so I’m making them for everyone this year!! Haha. I was a little overzealous with the food dye, but I think it’s actually kinda perfect that it turns your mouth temporarily black 😁


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