Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

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

#Reveal #Poem for #SecretSanta is Adaptable for Your #SecretPal at #SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

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I came up with a silly poem to give my secret Santa teacher pal on our final day, and I just thought I’d share that with you. But please be aware that you can eliminate the religious stanza to make it more adaptable to your Secret Santa.

I’m sure you’re thinking daily

Who sent this stuff to you?

She’s poetic and she’s crafty

Or at least she thinks that’s true

 

Perhaps you’d like a hint

Perhaps you want a clue

Well brace yourself, it’s coming

That’s what I’m about to do

 

The first time that I met you

I thought you were a farce

“No one’s that nice,” I said to myself

“She’s faking it, of course.”

 

How foolish was I, how stupid

To think it wasn’t you

With your sweet smile and clever eyes

And all the kind things you do

 

You had a secret. I didn’t know

That Jesus was in your heart

Your kindness is a reflection

Of those who stand apart

 

So now I understand

Your goodness is genuine

I can’t believe I thought you fake

The error is definitely mine

 

And someday when we’re old and gray

And ready to leave this place

I’ll see you up in heaven

With a genuine smile on your face

 

Unless they only let Catholics in

In which case I’m outta luck

I’ll wave to you from hell I guess

But that will really suck!

 

Now, of course, you’ll want to alter some of the words to fit your secret Santa pal. For example, you might want to change “Catholics” to “Baptists” (or whatever religion applies to your secret Pal belongs to). You could even change it to “Unless they only let science teachers in” if the person’s religion is unknown. Also, if the person is not a Christian, just eliminate the “Jesus was in your heart” stanza from the poem, and you’re good to go.

And remember, my sister site is a lot of fun too: https://chellywood.com/ It offers free, printable doll clothes patterns for anyone who enjoys sewing.

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#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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#GiftIdeas: Make a #Quilt Ornament as a #Secret Santa Gift @ SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

The FREE printable no-sew ornament pattern is available at: https://chellywood.com/2018/11/15/crafty-hanukkah-or-christmas-diy-tutorial-w-free-pattern-chellywood-com-3/

You can download the pattern and cut out a bunch of fabric squares. As you see in the video, you would use straight pins to poke the squares into a Styrofoam ball. Then just turn each square into triangles (shown in the video) and pin them down in layers.

It’s a fairly simple project to make, and what secret Santa would love to get one of these in their stocking?

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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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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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Free Pattern for Easy #DIY Quilted #Ornament #SecretSanta Gift @ SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

Free printable sewing pattern for a holiday tree ornament that looks like it's quilted but is really a no-sew DIY project using a styrofoam ball, straight pins, and squares of fabric. The pattern offers a website where the matching tutorial can be found: ChellyWood.com

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Next week I’ll post the tutorial showing you how to make this easy, no-sew holiday ornament. The blue and white one makes a great ornament for friends or family members who celebrate Hanukkah.

My brother-in-law is Jewish, so my sister’s family has a tree but also a Menorah. I put together the blue ornament as a holiday gift for us to give my brother-in-law when we all get together for the holidays. It honors his Jewish heritage with the blue and white colors of the flag of Israel (which are also the colors commonly associated with Hanukkah), but it can also hang from their family’s Christmas tree, honoring the religious beliefs of both sides of the family.

Unfortunately the star at the center of the quilted holiday ornament is not a true “Star of David,” like one finds in the center of the flag of Israel. So don’t be confused by that. The Star of David has only six points; whereas these ornaments’ stars have eight points.

I suppose you could try to alter the pattern for a six-pointed star, but that might be tricky. If you’re going to try that route, please leave a comment, letting me know how you accomplished it and how the end result fared.

If you’re looking for a Christmas tree ornament, of course, you can’t go wrong with this nifty ornament in red, green, white, and/or gold. In a hurry to create your ornament? The video tutorial for making this holiday ornament will post earlier on ChellyWood.com and my YouTube channel than here. Navigate to those locations to make your ornament early.

This is my last post before Christmas, so you may want to see my Secret Santa reveal poem again before it’s all over. Just click that link to find the poem I’ve posted in years past.

Remember, it’s always friendly and kind to pin, like, or tweet about my creations. That helps spread the word that my websites exist. So if you enjoyed using my Secret Santa poems, projects, and patterns this year, please show your appreciation by pinning, liking, or tweeting about them. Thanks!

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