12 Days Of Gift Wrap

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I have a holiday secret.  I LOVE being a secret Santa! I've never been one to rob a bank for thrills, but sneaking up to a door, placing a gift down, ringing the doorbell and running off to hide in a bush is where I get my kicks!

Today for my 12 days of gift wrap I wanted to share the perfect gift wrap for your sneaky secret Santa deliveries. It's pretty, fast to make, and everyone will love them. This door hanger will keep your gift from getting wet in the snow or rain because it's off the ground and it looks so pretty hanging there. Don't you think?!

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Step to create this:


  1. Print out the template on cardstock or cut out the cut file HERE.
  2. Trace the template on your paper and cut it out.
  3. Follow the folding lines and glue together.
  4. Fill the box with candy, gift cards, a small gift and maybe even a fun clue.
  5. Decorate with stickers and ribbon to finish the look.

Come on.... wouldn't you love opening your door to this?! Just think, you could even do this for all your loved neighbors. I hope you have fun this coming Christmas and enjoy the gift of giving. It will truly make your spirits bright! Happy Friday everyone!

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For most, craft pattern paper is a passion and they have TONS of it. Today I have a fast/fun gift box to share. Around the beginning of November I love to pull out all of my really busy pattern papers to make Chinese takeout food boxes. These boxes are the perfect size for any homemade baked goods and the busy pattern paper allows the box to stand out. The shape of this box is so darling and a handle makes it easy to deliver.

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The instructions are super simple and anyone can follow them

  1. Print out the template and cut out
  2. Trace the template on your pattern paper
  3. Cut out the box and fold the areas needed
  4. Punch out side holes
  5. insert wire for handles and shape in place

If you have a cutting machine, you can find a cut file HERE. If you want to print it out, you can download it here:


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At first glance today's gift wrap doesn't seem like much, but the meaning behind it will make your little ones smile. Around the holidays I love to surprise my boys by sneaking a wrapped treat into their lunches with a little note. A simple reminder that I love them and hope their day is going perfectly. I pop some red and green candies into a baggy and seal it with cute scrapbook supplies. You could even do this for your hubby.

I think what makes this so special is that all their friends at the lunch table notice and say "I wish my mom did that"! They always come home with big smiles on their faces and even though it was a small gesture and took me very little to no time to do, they will remember it for years to come.Heidi Sonboul Chickaniddy Crafts 12 days of gift wrap (1) (Large) Heidi Sonboul Chickaniddy Crafts 12 days of gift wrap (2) (Large)

And here is the free printable template for the bow:


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Hello Monday and Friends! I hope you had a nice relaxing weekend and that you got everything done on your to do list. In just a little while we will all be putting together those holiday shopping lists and with that thought in mind today I wanted to share my favorite way to wrap a fast "no fuss" present using just a couple supplies. It's amazing what you can do with a piece of pattern paper and yarn!

I know that most people love videos, so here you go. Let me know if you have any questions and I will be happy to help.

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I think we all know that the most important gift under the Christmas Tree is from Good o'l Saint Nick, because the legend of him is down right amazing. A nice man magically gets into our homes and leaves us the gift we have been longing for all year long.... yes please!

When planning out this class I got to thinking. I am a BIG fan of magic and have been known to overdo it when it comes to Santa. Wanting others to make a BIG deal about Santa I thought I would share something very special. A perfectly wrapped and sealed letter by Santa.

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  1. Start by printing out the template on a piece of cardstock and cut out the pieces you need for the envelope.   SANTA CHRISTMAS ENVELOPE CHICKANIDDY CRAFTS TEMPLATE
  2. If you want to line the envelope like me, simply cut off the side and bottom tabs. Add a good amount of adhesive and glue in place.
  3. Fold in the sides, the bottom, and glue into place.
  4. Pick a pretty ribbon. I decided to use this flashy ribbon covered in glitter and glue it down like this. Once you have closed the envelope, grab your favorite clear stamp font, sealing wax (you can find this in MANY craft stores in their wedding sections) and a match.

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You know how there are metal plates for stamping in wax? Guess what? You can use clear stamps and it works perfectly! Just follow these steps:

  1. Light the wax stick and let it drip onto the envelope.
  2. Dip on the wax
  3. Make sure to hold it straight. If the flame touches the wax it will burn it and cause the wax to look dirty. Notice the burn spots on the white? This is why you need to hold it straight and NOT at an angle. No worries if you have burnt spots you can just use white paint to clean it up.
  4. let cool for 10 seconds (DO NOT BLOW ON IT)
  5. Place your stamp into the wax and let it stay there for about 1 minute to make sure that the wax has set in place.
  6. Pull the stamp away slowly

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So here it is again. Could you imagine how excited your children will be getting a wrapped and perfectly sealed letter from Santa on Christmas morning?! We have done it with our boys and they LOVED breaking open the seal. It's so fancy and cool that I guarantee they will love this! Just pop the letter into the stocking with a note telling them they have been good this year 🙂 It's such a wonderful confidence booster!

Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Friday!

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12-days-of-gift-wrapping Chickaniddy CraftsIMG_0467 (Large)Hello and welcome friends! Today marks lesson 3 on our journey of 12 days of gift wrap and I have something darling to share. DRAWER BOXES! Let me tell you why I love drawer boxes:

  1. They are cute
  2. You can load them up with candy
  3. They are perfect for homemade jewelry
  4. They are cute (oh wait. I said that already)
  5. You can put a small animal in them... no... just kidding.... don't really do that!
  6. You could stack 12 - 25 of them and make a DARLING advent calendar
  7. It would fit a charming Christmas ornament for Grandma
  8. A key to a new car
  9. They could be used to organize your craft supplies
  10. Umm... and if I haven't said it already.... THEY ARE CUTE!

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I put together another video with tips on how to cut out the template and easy ways to assemble the box. If you have a cutting machine that takes cut files, you can download a template HERE and HERE. If you don't, no worries! Here are the templates:



For today's video I show how to put together a simple drawer box. Again, let me know if you have any questions and I'll be happy to help.

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There is something so cute about a round box. I'm not sure exactly why, but they just are! Wanting to share my love for this, I decided to dedicate day two to round gift boxes. There are so many different ways to create a cute round gift box and today I will show you 3, so let's get started.

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Cylinder Box With A Lid -  What I love most about this box is that you can mix and match pattern paper, make it as tall or as short as you want and it's super easy to make. Here are the step by steps:

  1. Print this Chickaniddy Crafts Round Gift Box Template on a piece of 8.5 X 11 card stock. Cut out the templates. Trace them on your pattern paper and cut out the patterns. (You can also use a cut file for the silhouette HERE if you have one).
  2. Fold the teeth on the larger cut-out.
  3. Add adhesive to the teeth and the side tab of the cut-out.
  4. Bring the ends together and glue in place.
  5. Once you have the teeth in place at the bottom of the cylinder box, glue on 1 of the 4 circles to cover the bottom.
  6. To make the lid and make sure it fits right, wrap the thin long strip with the teeth around the already made cylinder box. I like to leave it a little loose, so that it's easy to get on without falling off too easily.
  7. Once to have the teeth in place, slowly glue down the 2nd of the 4 circles to complete the lid. I follow the line or curve of the lid making sure it's on right. Any extra hangover, I trim off
  8. Inside the box and lid, add the remaining two circles. This will allow the box to be stronger and give it a nice finished look.

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A Recycled Can:

I'm all about being green and upcycling things around the house. Can I just say that the documentary "Bag It!" changed my life?! Anyway, This Pringles can is the perfect round box for many different gifts. You could roll up a scarf, shirt, or ties. You could fill it with candy or homemade baked cookies. Yes please!

  1. Clean out the can with a wipey and let it dry.
  2. Wrap the can with a pretty paper. I'm using a paper from the Jolly Good collection called Caroling.
  3. Take the lid. Punch two holes with your crop-a-dile, and spray paint ONLY the outside of the lid. Let it dry.
  4. Add a fun ribbon through the holes and tie a knot to keep it in place. Make sure to add any tags you might like before tying the knot.

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Couldn't you just die over this darling idea?! It's so easy to make. All you have to do is create the cylinder box from the template (not making the lid) and here comes the fun part:

  1. Cut two 3/4 by 2 inch strips and adhere them to each side of the box. This is to make the sides stronger. Then simply punch a hole and add an eyelet to each side of the box.
  2. I only had black wire, so I sprayed painted mine white and bent it into this shape (it makes it easier to slip through the eyelets).
  3. Slip the end through the eyelet for both sides.
  4. Twist the end of the wire around the handle. I scratched a little of the paint off, so I went back and did a small touch up.

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Once you have your box in shape, go ahead and add a few stickers with foam tape and tags to personalize them. Each box took me about 5-7 minutes to make and anyone receiving  one will just love it. I mean... could you imagine getting a box like this? And there are so many possibilities with these shaped boxes. Paper towel rolls, round packing tubs and way too many more to name.

Remember these tips are to help you have options when gifting a loved one. Sure it's easier to buy a $1.00 gift bag, but this little extra effort will have a big impact on those you care about. I hope you have enjoyed this class. Oh and make sure to tag us #chickaniddy, if you make something. We'd love to see it!

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Hello and welcome to our very first Christmas gathering on our Chickaniddy blog! To bring in the Christmas cheer we are celebrating 12 days of Gift Wrapping for Christmas. Over this next 12 days I will be sharing fun videos, free printables, and all my gift wrapping secrets.

Years ago I worked at a party store and to this day... it was one of my FAVORITE jobs. I blew up balloons and wrapped presents. Honestly I could have worked there forever! While working there I became quite good at wrapping presents and, as crazy as it sounds, there really is a right way to wrap a gift. So to kick off my first class I am sharing how to gift wrap with perfection. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll be happy to answer them for you.

Thanks for stopping by

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