Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

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

#FREE #Pattern for #SecretSanta #GiftBag @ SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

Yesterday I gave you my pattern for a gift bag, but how do you put it together? The image above shows the gift bag in all its stages, so you can easily cut yours out and put it together.

If you also sew, remember that I have hundreds of free doll clothes patterns on my other website, ChellyWood.com.

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Easy #DIY #Gift Bags for Your #SecretPal or #SecretSanta @ SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

Every year I post my gift bag pattern, and every year it gets lots of hits. So here it is once again.

You just place the pattern over the top of a colorful old Christmas card from last year, trace, cut, and tape. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

gift bag for Silly Santa presents that are inexpensive

Image: iClipart

Next time I’ll post a picture of a finished DIY gift bag, so you know how it should look when it’s all done.

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Make a Tiny #Christmas Stocking for your #SecretSanta or #SillySanta w/ Free Pattern at SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

 

In addition to this Secret Santa blog, I also run ChellyWood.com, which offers free, printable sewing patterns for doll clothes and doll accessories. This year, for the holidays, ChellyWood.com is offering this free pattern for a miniature Christmas stocking. So I thought, “Hey! I should share this with my Secret Santa followers too!”

This sewing tutorial shows you exactly how to make the little holiday stockings. Even if you don’t sew, this is an easy project to make. You could probably even use felt and hot glue. (But my tutorial shows you how to make them with a needle and thread.)

Here’s where you need to go, to download the free pattern at ChellyWood.com.

These Barbie-doll-sized stockings would be great to stuff with a simple candy cane, M&M’s, or one of my Christmas poems. So be sure and check back here next week to see the tutorial.

And just for good measure, here’s a poem you can include in your stocking with some blue M&M’s:

 

This stocking is red

The M&M’s are blue

Secret Santa is sweet

To someone like you

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#4thOfJuly #GiftIdeas for your #SecretPal

Image shows a worn baseball glove holding a baseball next to two mason jars filled with home-made lemonade over ice.

Image: iClipart

I realize it’s only June 4th, but we’ve got to plan ahead, right?

For my 4th of July Secret Pal gift idea, I’d like to suggest putting together all the fixin’s for your secret pal to make himself/herself some home-made lemonade. Search for a recipe online and print it out. Also place the following goodies in one of those summer jars you see on sale at every store in town:

  • A dozen fresh lemons
  • A bag of C&H pure cane sugar
  • A wooden spoon
  • A juice squeezer

Tie a big yellow ribbon around the jar, and you’ve got a 4th of July gift for your Secret Pal!

 

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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.

As always, if you enjoy my free tutorials, patterns, poems, cards, and ideas, please share them using social media. Like them on Facebook, tweet about them, pin them on Pinterest, etc… Thanks!

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Create a #JackOLantern #Candy bucket for your #SecretPal w/ this free pattern

ChellyWood.com'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 ChellyWood.com for more Halloween and holiday craft projects and free patterns.

My regular followers may know this, but if you are new to SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com, you may be surprised to learn that in addition to this Secret Santa/Office Pal website, I also run ChellyWood.com, 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 ChellyWood.com for this cute jack-o-lantern made of felt

Free pattern at ChellyWood.com

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!

As always, if you like my free Secret Pal ideas, show your appreciation by liking it on Facebook, pinning my images on Pinterest, tweeting about it, etc…

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Need a #StPaddysDay Gift for your #SecretPal? Visit SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com #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 SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com for more free Secret Pal gift ideas.

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How to Make a #DIY Mini #Holiday Stocking for Your #SecretSanta w/ FREE Pattern from SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

Last week I gave you the free, printable sewing pattern to make these cute little miniature stockings (along with a brief holiday poem you can stick inside). This week I’m showing you how to make them.

If you appreciate my free patterns, poems, and ideas, please show your appreciation by pinning, tweeting, or liking them on Facebook. Thanks!

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Make a Tiny #Christmas Stocking for your #SecretSanta or #SillySanta w/ Free Pattern at SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

Image of sewing pattern for a Christmas stocking and bell-bottom or boot-cut pants that would fit a Barbie-sized doll.

ChellyWood.com offers lots of free, printable doll clothes patterns like this.

 

In addition to this Secret Santa blog, I also run ChellyWood.com, which offers free, printable sewing patterns for doll clothes and doll accessories. This year, for the holidays, ChellyWood.com is offering this free pattern for a miniature Christmas stocking. So I thought, “Hey! I should share this with my Secret Santa followers too!”

Next week I’ll post my sewing tutorial, which shows you exactly how to make the little holiday stockings. Even if you don’t sew, this is an easy project to make. You could probably even use felt and hot glue. (But my tutorial shows you how to make them with a needle and thread.)

These Barbie-doll-sized stockings would be great to stuff with a simple candy cane, M&M’s, or one of my Christmas poems. So be sure and check back here next week to see the tutorial.

And just for good measure, here’s a poem you can include in your stocking with some blue M&M’s:

 

This stocking is red

The M&M’s are blue

Secret Santa is sweet

To someone like you

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Bags, Boxes, and Containers for Your #SecretPal /Silly Santa Gifts/ #Halloween #Gift Bags

Gift Box Pattern

Image: iClipart

This is a re-post from last year. Hopefully the links still work. Sorry if there are glitches!

It’s still early! I recommend that you order bags, boxes, and containers online, while there’s still time. Since it’s almost Halloween, I’ve included a gift bag for that upcoming holiday too (although it’s probably too late to order it online–but it might give you some creative ideas).

One of my favorite companies for secret pal gift giving is Current, which is located at currentcatalog.com on the web (Colorado Springs, CO, in real life). But I’ve done all the necessary bag and box shopping for you, and I’ve got these links to help you find what you need:

Daisy Purse Gift Bags

Cardstock Holiday Treat Boxes

Spendy but Cute Scroll Basket

Snowflake Felt Treat Bags

Christmas Owl Bags

Gable Box Value Pack

Santa Paws Gift Bags for Dogs

Non-holiday Black and White Gift Bag Set

Halloween Felt Owl Gift Bags

Polka Dot Hip Hop Bags

Designed Gift Bags (All-Occasion)

Country Themed Gift Bags

Assorted Solid-Color Gift Bags

That last bunch, the “assorted solid-color gift bags” are something I keep in my classroom for on the spot gift-giving, like when I’m trying to put together a small token of my appreciation for an emergency substitute teacher. I’ll pack it with soda, popcorn, and candy from the teachers’ lounge’s vending machine. Then I’ll throw in a few pens, pencils, and other supplies, so the sub won’t have problems with students who come to class unprepared. I also keep note cards in a secret location in my room so I can say thanks for being my on-the-spot sub.

Well, I do hope these gift bag ideas come in handy for your gift giving this year. If you need more gift ideas, please look back through my old posts. I’ve got bunches of ideas here!

And if you haven’t visited it before, check out my sister blog, English Emporium, which is an online MLA handbook for students grades 6-12.

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