Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

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A miniature box of chocolates for your Secret Santa

on December 1, 2011

Here’s a fun idea for your Secret Santa teacher pals! Build a miniature box out of old Christmas cards, fill it with chocolates, and insert a holiday poem. I’ll give you just what you need, right here in this blog post.

I’m inserting the pattern here as a document. Just download this and you’ll get the idea. First cut the decorative top half off of an old Christmas card, and do the same with a card of similar size. Then fold each piece to form half of a box. Put the bigger half over the top of the smaller one as a lid. You’ll want to tape the corners shut to form your box top and bottom. I’ve taken photos and inserted them here, so you can follow the steps and see how the finished box should look:

Create a gift box from my easy pattern and your old Christmas cards!

What’s needed? Two Christmas cards, scissors, and tape… That’s all!

Some pointers:

  1. Make sure your name isn’t written inside the card, or your role as Secret Santa will be a secret no more!
  2. Be sure the top and bottom pieces are of approximately the same size card. You can trim off excess to make them equal in size, if you need to.
  3. When taping the sides together, be sure and put the tape on the inside, so it looks attractive.
  4. It helps if you score along the fold lines before you fold. (Scoring is where you run your scissors over it lightly, not to cut, but just to create a crease.)
  5. If the boxes are too identical in size, and you find you can’t fit one inside the other, then loosen the tape on one. The looser-taped one will be the lid.

And here’s a little poem you can slip inside the card, once it has been created:

Christmas greetings

Christmas cheer

A tiny box

Of candy’s here

Milk chocolate sweets

To chomp and chew

Holiday treats

From me to you!

One more thing, if you’re an English or reading teacher, you should visit my sister site, English Emporium, where I offer journal writing prompts.

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2 responses to “A miniature box of chocolates for your Secret Santa

  1. Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the images on this blog loading?

    I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s
    the blog. Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.

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