Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

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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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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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More Silly Santa Poetry for the Holidays

I’m posting the second of my Secret Santa / Silly Santa poems for holiday gift giving. This one has a very silly, comical theme. Hope you like it. Look back at my last post for a list of ways to use your poems as part of the present exchange for secret pals.

Here’s this week’s humorous Silly Santa poem:

Secret Santa Western Theme Poem

Graphics: iClipart
Poem: Chelly Wood

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Secret Santa Becomes Politically Correct

This week I’ve been following a theme with my Secret Santa gifts. Every day this week, I stuck two foil-wrapped chocolate reindeer in a home-made gift bag. Well the recipient of these chocolate reindeer has most likely eaten all of these gifts, so who’s going to pull Santa’s sleigh? That’s the theme of the poem for today. (Scroll down for that.)

The gift bags I used for my reindeer were absolutely free, because I made them. Click here for the pattern. To make one, you just trace the pattern onto the back of the picture-part of your old Christmas card, cut, fold, and tape the tiny little bag together. Here are all the things you’ll need:

  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors
  • The pattern
  • Marker or pencil for tracing
  • Old Christmas cards
  • An exacto knife or craft knife (for cutting out the center of the handles)
  • Lindt Chocolate Santa Sleigh x 2
  • Cutting boardinstructions for making your own gift bags

If you need detailed instructions, please look back at Monday’s post. I wrote out the instructions there in detail.

Once I’ve stuffed my little gift bag with one of the two Santas in my Lindt chocolates, I’m going to insert a poem. (I did this all week long, so you’ll want to look back at previous posts to access the poems that came before this one.) Today’s poem will be:

Secret Santa

Is a politically correct elf

When you finally meet me

You’ll surprise yourself!

I can’t drive my sleigh

‘Cause you’ve eaten my deer…

What were you thinking?

Oh well. Be of good cheer!

I’ll round up new reindeer

To replace the old

Named Juan and Enrique

And Alfonso the Bold.

There’ll be Jaqueline and Tina

And Elizabeth too

Because Santa must have

A few women on the crew

Fluffy and Cojo

From Frisco CA

Will ensure equal rights

And that’s all I’m gonna say…

Elmo will light the way

With his big red nose.

Ah heck, at Christmas

Ain’t that always how it goes?

Since today’s gift bag only contains one of the two Santas that came with my Lindt chocolates, I have good news for you… You’ve got to EAT that last chocolate Santa! Bon appetit!

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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A Fun Theme for Secret Santa Gifts

Have you seen these adorable chocolates from Lindt? For this week’s creative and super-inexpensive Secret Santa gift, I bought two of these chocolate sleigh sets from Lindt. I’m going to pack two reindeer in a gift bag at a time along with a clever poem I’ve written.

The gift bags were absolutely free, because I made them. Click here for the pattern. To make one, you just trace the pattern onto the back of the picture-part of your old Christmas card, cut, fold, and tape the tiny little bag together. Here are all the things you’ll need:

  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors
  • The pattern
  • Marker or pencil for tracing
  • Old Christmas cards
  • An exacto knife or craft knife (for cutting out the center of the handles)
  • Lindt Chocolate Santa Sleigh x 2
  • Cutting boardinstructions for making your own gift bags

If you need detailed instructions, please look back at Monday’s post. I wrote out the instructions there in detail.

Once I’ve stuffed my little gift bag with foil-wrapped reindeer, I’m going to insert a poem. (I did this yesterday too, so you’ll want to look back at previous posts to access the poems that came before this one.) Today’s poem will be:

Donder and Blitzen

Are tasty you’ll see

But who will drive

The sleigh for me?

Since tomorrow is Friday (and the last day of this theme), I’ll be putting one of the Santas in my miniature gift bag with a much longer, conclusive poem. Check back for that one!

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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An Inexpensive but Fun Gift for Silly Santa

Have you seen these adorable chocolates from Lindt? For this week’s creative and super-inexpensive Secret Santa gift, I bought two of these chocolate sleigh sets from Lindt. I’m going to pack two reindeer in a gift bag at a time along with a clever poem I’ve written.

The gift bags were absolutely free, because I made them. Click here for the pattern. To make one, you just trace the pattern onto the back of the picture-part of your old Christmas card, cut, fold, and tape the tiny little bag together. Here are all the things you’ll need:

  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors
  • The pattern
  • Marker or pencil for tracing
  • Old Christmas cards
  • An exacto knife or craft knife (for cutting out the center of the handles)
  • Lindt Chocolate Santa Sleigh x 2
  • Cutting boardinstructions for making your own gift bags

If you need detailed instructions, please look back at Monday’s post. I wrote out the instructions there in detail.

Once I’ve stuffed my little gift bag with foil-wrapped reindeer, I’m going to insert a poem. (I did this yesterday too, so you’ll want to look back at previous posts to access the poems that came before this one.) Today’s poem will be:

Comet and Cupid

Make a party of six

Tiny gold reindeer

For your chocolate fix

I’ve written a brief snippet for each reindeer plus Santa. So on Monday my Secret Santa was given a chocolate Dasher and Dancer; on Tuesday, she got a chocolate Prancer and Vixen, etc… On Friday I’ll be putting one of the Santas in my miniature gift box with a much longer, conclusive poem.

If my scanned pattern is too small to fit your reindeer, try enlarging it on a photocopy machine, but don’t go too big; otherwise, it won’t fit on the inside of the Christmas cards.

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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A Cheap but Fun Gift for Secret Santa

Have you seen these adorable chocolates from Lindt? For this week’s creative and super-inexpensive Secret Santa gift, I bought two of these chocolate sleigh sets from Lindt. I’m going to pack two reindeer in a gift bag at a time along with a clever poem I’ve written.

The gift bags were absolutely free, because I made them. Click here for the pattern. To make one, you just trace the pattern onto the back of the picture-part of your old Christmas card, cut, fold, and tape the tiny little bag together. Here are all the things you’ll need:

  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors
  • The pattern
  • Marker or pencil for tracing
  • Old Christmas cards
  • An exacto knife or craft knife (for cutting out the center of the handles)
  • Lindt Chocolate Santa Sleigh x 2
  • Cutting boardinstructions for making your own gift bags

If you need detailed instructions, please look back at Monday’s post. I wrote out the instructions there in detail.

Once I’ve stuffed my little gift bag with foil-wrapped reindeer, I’m going to insert a poem. (I did this yesterday too, so you’ll want to look back at previous posts to access that.) Today’s poem will be:

Now you’ve got

Two reindeer more

Prancer and Vixen

Make a total of four

I’ve written a brief snippet for each reindeer plus Santa. So on Monday my Secret Santa was given a chocolate Dasher and Dancer; on Tuesday, she’ll get a chocolate Prancer and Vixen, etc… On Friday I’ll be putting one of the Santas in my miniature gift box with a much longer, conclusive poem.

If my scanned pattern is too small to fit your reindeer, try enlarging it on a photocopy machine, but don’t go too big; otherwise, it won’t fit on the inside of the Christmas cards.

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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A Super-Inexpensive and Creative Gift for Secret Santa

I’ve decided to go with a theme this week for my Secret Santa/Silly Santa. Have you seen these adorable chocolates from Lindt? (Click on the link to see what I’m talking about.) They come with four foil-wrapped chocolate reindeer and one Santa. I bought mine at the local grocery store, but I bet they’re available at Target, WalMart, and some of those stores that go whole-hog for the holidays. Call around and see if you can find them.

For this week’s creative and super-inexpensive Secret Santa gift, I bought two of these chocolate sleigh sets from Lindt. I’m going to pack two reindeer in a gift bag at a time along with a clever poem I’ve written.

The gift bags were absolutely free, because I made them, and I’m going to offer a pattern right here:

gift bag for Silly Santa presents that are inexpensive

Image: iClipart

Yep, that’s one of my Christmas cards from last year. You just trace the pattern onto the back of the picture-part of your old Christmas card, cut, fold, and tape the tiny little bag together. Here are all the things you’ll need:

  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors
  • The pattern (above)
  • Marker or pencil for tracing
  • Old Christmas cards
  • An exacto knife or craft knife (for cutting out the center of the handles)
  • Lindt Chocolate Santa Sleigh x 2
  • Cutting board

Instructions:

  1. Print the pattern from above and cut it out, using the scissors. The craft knife is helpful for cutting out the center of each handle, but you can get by with really sharp scissors.
  2. Lay the pattern on the inside of an old Christmas card and trace. Make sure you’re tracing over the inside of the front of the card, so the picture on the front of the card will appear on the outside of your gift bag when you’re all done. If you have a light box, that might help you position the pattern so your card’s picture is strategically placed right on the front of the bag when it’s all done.
  3. Cut wherever there’s a straight line on the pattern. Where you see a dotted line, use your scissors to score (just barely indent the paper) and fold. See my photo at the bottom of this post for a reference.
  4. Use tape to hold the little bag together. When you’re all done making your miniature bag, you can line it with small pieces of crepe paper to look festive. Two reindeer will fit snugly in this bag. I’m going to be placing two reindeer in each bag along with a very short poem about those reindeer.

Today’s poem will be:

Here you have

Reindeers one and two

Dasher and Dancer

Made of chocolate for you

Check back with me on Tuesday through Friday this week to see the other poems. I’ve written a brief snippet for each reindeer plus Santa. So on Monday my Secret Santa will be given a chocolate Dasher and Dancer; on Tuesday, she’ll get a chocolate Prancer and Vixen, etc… On Friday I’ll be putting one of the Santas in my miniature gift box with a much longer, conclusive poem.

I couldn’t get the photo of my work table (displaying a finished gift bag) to load. So here’s a link to the picture. And here’s a link to my scanned pattern. If it’s too small, try enlarging it on a photocopy machine, but don’t go too big; otherwise, it won’t fit on the inside of the Christmas cards.

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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A miniature box of chocolates for your Secret Santa

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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