Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Quick & Easy Gifts with Templates

Here is my Tip & Technique for the week posted at the Noel Mignon Tip & Technique blog.


Sometimes you need something quick and easy to say THANK YOU to a friend, neighbor or colleague . . . but you still want it to be cute!

Here's an idea for you.

First, start with few Kit Kat bars (I used the JUMBO bars, but I think the regular ones would fit in much better).

Next, find a FRY BOX TEMPLATE online and print it. You can copy and paste it into a word processing program to size it if you need to.

Now, use the template to cut the shape from a piece of cardstock. Decorate as desired. I added some patterned paper to the inside of mine and then made a simple band of patterned paper with a label for the outside (papers from the Rise & Shine kit). "Thanks" is spelled out with Jenni Bowlin rubons.

Fill with broken Kit Kat candy to look like "french fries."

Place in a cellophane bag and tie with a cute bow! Done!!!
Hint: if your cellophane bag is too tall, just cut it shorter with a pair of pinking scissors. CUTE!

This would be fun for a teacher, friend, neighbor . . . or how about using this idea for Dad or Grampa for Father's Day.

For more fun templates check out the links below:
(if you know of any others, please tell us about them in our comment box and I will add them up here.)

Stampington & Co. Templates
Mirkwood Designs - Templates
Mel Stampz Blog - Templates
Jan Donavan Templates
Chia's Rubberstamp Art (House of Stir Fry) Templates
Jers Girls' Free Templates
Lori's Templates
Scor-Pal Projects (click on the different Volumes and E-zines -- some of these would be easier to do with a Scor Pal, but I'm sure some of them can be accomplished without one)



If you are like me and love to use buttons, you are constantly changing your thread color to match the layout you are working on.

Instead of rethreading your needle everytime, buy an entire package of embroidery needles (they have a larger eye and are easier to thread) and keep a length of each of your favorite colors on its own needle. Black on one, brown on another, white on the next, etc.

I keep mine in my tool drawer and they are ready to go whenever I need them.


  1. Cool ideas Jana...but I am going to keep my needles threaded...that is the best idea in a long time.

  2. Love the little fry box gift!!! Might have to try it for somebody :) and I'll come back to check all the other links!

  3. That fry box gift is just too cute - thanks for sharing this and linking all of those great templates! I will be back for those! Love the threading idea too! :)

  4. Jana - you rock!!
    What an awesome idea!! I might do this for my kids teachers this year, thanks!

  5. That box it totally cute. So easy but it says so much! Thanks for the example and making me want chocolate! =)

  6. What a cool idea! Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. how cute is this I'm going to have to get the template!

  8. That fry box is super cute. And maybe if I did keep thread on needles, I might actually use thread. Awesome idea.

  9. This is super-cute, I'm going to try this for father's day!!!


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