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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#Snowman #Poem for Your #SillySanta Is FREE and Printable @ SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

Image of snowman with rhyming poem to accompany an edible snowman (like a cookie shaped like a snowman). Poem ends with the line, "I'm Secret Santa, I work here too."

If you print my free poems, please like them, pin them, or tweet about them to show your appreciation. Thanks!

In case you just joined us, last week I offered links to lots of gift ideas for edible snowmen. You might look back at yesterday’s post for a snowman to accompany your poem.

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Make a Marshmallow #Snowman for Your #SecretSanta #Gifts @ SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

 

 

Image of whimsical snowman made of marshmallows with round candy eyes and candy cane arms and a red rope for a scarf and cinnamon buttons.

Image: iClipart

 

There are plenty of ideas for making an edible snowman on the web, but just to make it easy for my followers, I’ve created a bunch of helpful links to various edible snowmen:

Melted Snowman Oreo Cookie Ball Recipe from Cookies and Cups

Snowman Sugar Cookies Made to Order from BakeMePretty on Etsy

Snowman Cookie Idea from Ingredients, Inc.

Powdered Donut Snowmen from The Celebration Shoppe

And here’s a link to my “Fun With Food” Pinterest page, which has a bunch of marshmallow snowmen ideas, like the one pictured above.

Later I’ll offer the perfect “Tasty Snowman” poem to accompany your Secret Santa snowman gifts, so check back with me in another week for the follow-up!

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#SecretSanta Sign-Up Sheet for #Teachers

I get lots and lots of visitors to this blog for my Secret Pal/Secret Santa sign-up sheet form.  So I didn’t think it would hurt to re-post it as we approach the holiday season:

Secret Pal Sign-up Sheet 2

I always appreciate when someone shows their appreciation for my creations by passing this on through social networking. 🙂 Please feel free to tweet it, pin it, re-blog it, or link to it in any way.

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#GiftIdeas: What to Give Your #AdministrativeAssistant for “#SecretaryDay”

As a matter of fact, I’ve been given the task of getting our school’s secretary a gift for Administrative Assistant Day this year. So like everyone else, I scoured the internet for ideas, and here’s what I’ve come up with:

Secretary Day Gift Ideas

Image: 52kitchenadventures.com

If you want to make this lovely bouquet, you’ll have to visit 52KitchenAdventures.com at this link for the instructions. But yum! Doesn’t that look lovely? What administrative assistant wouldn’t love to get a rose bouquet like that one?

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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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#MothersDay or #FathersDay #GiftIdeas from SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

Image shows a young woman putting together a scrapbook.

Image: iClipart

Here’s an inexpensive gift you can make for your mom or dad that will really make them smile!

Step 1: Go through your old scrapbooks and find old photos of yourself and your siblings.

Step 2: Use a scanner to make digital copies of the photos or just take pictures of them with your cell phone.

Step 3: Edit the photos in a photo studio program, giving them sepia tones, silly mustaches, frames, captions, or another theme. (I recommend sticking to one theme throughout the production — like just silly mustaches on every page or just frames or just sepia.)

Step 4: Purchase an inexpensive photo booklet with sleeves that are easy to flip through.

Step 5: Put the photo booklet together with occasional famous quotes or written memories on every other page or so.

Step 6: Mail it to Mom or Dad using the postal service.

 

Please note that although my posts only happen once a month most of the year, these posts occur weekly during the holidays, when it’s “Secret Santa” season, so it’s a good idea to bookmark this website for later reference.

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DIY #ornament makes a great #SecretSanta or #SillySanta gift w/ free pattern @ ChellyWood.com

In case you didn’t see yesterday’s post, here’s a link to the pattern you’ll need for making this adorable holiday ornament. As I said before, this ornament looks complicated, but really it’s not! My girls, ages 13 and 16 even said it looked a lot harder than it really was. (We’ve made a half dozen or so of them this holiday season.)

Remember, if you love my free poems and craft projects for Secret Santa or Silly Santa, please show your appreciation by sharing this video on social media! Thanks, and happy holidays!

 

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