Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

Need an idea for your secret pal's next gift? Here you go!

Make a #DIY #Halloween candy bucket for your #SecretPal

Last week I gave you the pattern for my Halloween pumpkin candy bucket. Here’s the tutorial showing you exactly how to make one for your Secret Pal or Secret Santa.

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Create a #JackOLantern #Candy bucket for your #SecretPal w/ this free pattern's free pattern for a tiny cat mask, a miniature jack-o-lantern Halloween candy bucket, and other Halloween accessories. The overlay image shows a Barbie doll wearing a black cat costume, complete with mask, mitten-like paws, a tail, and tights. She wears a one-piece bodysuit of black felt and carries an orange jack-o-lantern candy bucket for trick-or-treating. Written instructions show how many pieces you need to cut, in order to sew these accessories for a Barbie doll halloween costume.

Visit for more Halloween and holiday craft projects and free patterns.

My regular followers may know this, but if you are new to, you may be surprised to learn that in addition to this Secret Santa/Office Pal website, I also run, which offers free, printable sewing patterns for doll clothes.

But I’m posting this pattern because the little Halloween jack-o’-lantern candy bucket is perfect for giving candy to your Secret Pal or Office Buddy. Here’s an image of just the candy bucket by itself:

Free pattern at for this cute jack-o-lantern made of felt

Free pattern at

This week I’m just offering the pattern. Next week, I’ll offer the tutorial for making this adorable jack-o’-lantern candy bag for your Secret Pal in October. So stop by again!

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#SecretPal #Birthday Card and #Poem (Free) @

Here’s a generic Secret Pal birthday card. It’s free to print, as it’s my own design. My only request? Please like it on Facebook, add a link from your blog, pin it on Pinterest (with info about where it came from), and/or promote my website in some other way that suits you. Thanks!

free printable pdf birthday poem quote card from secret pal

Image: My Own Creation

p.s. This is a re-post.

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#Summer #GiftBasket idea and poem for #SecretPal @ for all your Secret Santa and Secret Pal or Office Buddy gift ideas.

Artwork by ASF. Poem by Chelly Wood.

As my regular followers know, this website is all about gift ideas for Secret Pals/Office Buddies/Secret Santas.

What do you give your secret pal in July? How about everything he/she will need to enjoy a good beach read?

Put together a gift basket that’s lined with a beach towel and stuffed with snacks, sunscreen, flip-flops, and a pair of sunglasses. Print the bookmark shown above and slip it into a book. Drop the book into the basket, and your pal is off to the beach for a little rest and relaxation.

But what if your office pal policy is to keep gifts under $10? Give each piece of the “gift basket” as a separate gift, and offer the bookmark and book as the grand finale.

You can also save money by purchasing goodies at your local dollar store. Buy books used at yard sales and flea markets.

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FREE pattern for #Renfaire #crafts or #SecretPal gift @

Image of tiny pink dragon with wings laying on his belly and sleeping. His arms, legs, and tail are spread out. He is made of scaley-looking fabric. Overlay says, "Chelly Wood dot com for free, printable sewing patterns and tutorials."

For the free, printable patterns & tutorial for making this dragon pin cushion, visit

This little pincushion is so cute! It’s perfect to give to a secret pal or office friend, especially if they’re a fan of Lord of the Rings, Renaissance Faires, or fairy tales.


I’ve actually posted this pattern on my doll clothes patterns website, Visit this link to see my craft patterns on that website. This link will take you to the how-to video that shows exactly how you piece together this adorable little guy.


I must warn you, though: this project is not for the beginner. It is tricky to make. If you want to find an easier pin cushion pattern, please visit my pin cushion board on Pinterest.



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Give a #FloralGift and #Poem to Your #SecretPal w/Ideas from

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Image: iClipart

In May, the northern hemisphere begins to blossom and bloom with spring. So why not take advantage of it?

Go to a yard sale and pick up a pretty flower pot that may need to be repainted or just cleaned. Fill it with fresh-cut flowers from your garden and a little sugar-water.

Add a ribbon and a sweet little springtime poem or saying, and voilà! You have a super-simple, easy-made gift for your Secret Pal. And just to make it even easier for you, I’ve written this little spring poem, which you’re welcome to include:


April showers

Brought May flowers

To the little garden of mine

I hope this gift

Of a rose bouquet

Leaves my Secret Pal

Feeling fine

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List of 10 #Giftideas for #TeacherAppreciationDay on #Education

Tuesday, May 3rd, is Teacher Appreciation Day. Since you may need a little time to find or make your gift, I thought I’d post my Teacher Appreciation Day gift ideas a little early, in April.

Here’s a smattering of great ideas for Teacher Appreciation Day gifts:


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Need a #StPaddysDay Gift for your #SecretPal? Visit #StPatricksDay

Need a quick and easy Secret Pal gift for St. Patrick’s Day? Buy a box of gumballs, Gobstoppers, or Milk Duds, paint the box light green or rainbow-colored (or use construction paper), and glue the following emblem on the sides of it:

Image of shamrock with the words "Leprechaun Loot" on it.

Visit for more free Secret Pal gift ideas.

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#SecretPal or #AmigoSecreto gifts for #PresidentsDay from

44_us_presidents_with_names_n_mugIt’s an election year, so we’ve got to take advantage of President’s Day this year! Need some President’s Day gift ideas for your Secret Pal/Office Friend/Amigo Secreto? There are some great gift ideas on Cafe Press! But get your order in early!

By the way, this would be the perfect gift idea for a history teacher, any time of the year, wouldn’t it? Check out that coffee mug with all the presidents on it!



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