Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

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

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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Easy #DIY #Mittens for Your #SecretSanta

One of my Facebook friends made this video last winter, so I thought I’d share it with you. These mittens would be a super-easy DIY gift for your Secret Santa / Secret Pal:

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Magnetic Clothes Pin Clips Make an Easy DIY #SecretPal #Gift @ SecretPalTeachers.wordpress.com #edchat

Image of flat wooden Christmas tree cut-outs glued to clothespins to form a clamp

Image: iClipart

Clothes pins are an inexpensive thing to buy at your local five and dime (or dollar store), and they’re so easy to decorate. Attach a piece of magnetic strip to one side, and you’ve got a decorative refrigerator magnet that holds paper notes and reminders.

What does your Secret Pal really love? Golf? Horses? Hershey’s Kisses? Slap a little paint on a clothespin and attach photographic images, clipart images, or three-dimensional representations of whatever your Secret Pal collects to the side of the clothespins opposite the magnet. Voila! It’s a clever little creation you can make in no time at all.

Here’s a list of objects you could use to decorate your magnetic clothes pins:

 

  • ribbons, buttons, and lace (for someone who sews)
  • pages from a book cut into shapes (for a librarian)
  • paint the clothespin like camouflage and attach a plastic green army guy toy (for veterans or National Guards)
  • stickers representing a person’s alma mater
  • doll-sized kitchen utensils (for someone who loves to cook)
  • colorful Washi Tape for a generic gift
  • silk flowers or fake plants (for a gardener or florist)
  • felt stuffed animals (for a veterinarian or daycare provider)

Didn’t find what you wanted in that list? Try looking in the scrapbooking section of your local craft store for small paper objects that can easily be attached to the clothespins. Your dollar store may also have some miniature goodies in the birthday decorations section, as well as the toys.

It’s also nice if you attach the clothespins to a cute little poem:

To your fridge

Attach this pin

Open its jaw

To stick messages in

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Make Christmas Gift Bags Out of Old Christmas Cards–an Easy DIY Secret Santa Project

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 week 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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A DIY Umbrella for Your Secret Pal’s March Gift

DIY umbrella project

Image: iClipart

Next month I’ll be posting an “April Showers” poem and card for the secret pal idea of the month. To set the stage for that spring poem, consider making a DIY umbrella for your secret pal. At this time of year, umbrellas can be found at discount stores, so this could be a relatively inexpensive gift for your secret pal.

I did a little research on Pinterest, and here are some great DIY umbrella ideas that I ran across:

As spring approaches, you can’t go wrong with an umbrella for your secret pal gift. And as I said, watch for next month’s “April Showers” poem and printable card for your secret pal as a clever follow-up!

p.s. If you need the card and poem early, just message me through my “Contact” form page. I’d be happy to send it to you as an attachment!

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Make Christmas Gift Bags Out of Old Christmas Cards–an Easy DIY Secret Santa Project

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 week 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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Christmas Gift Toppers Take a Rosey Turn: a DIY Paper Rose Gift Topper for Secret Santa

I’ve got another neat image from my Pinterest page. The written instructions for this particular project are found at OwlPrintPanda (Blogspot).

Don’t these paper roses make an incredible Christmas gift topper? And the images make it look so easy! This is a DIY project I’ll definitely be using this year!

paper roses DIY Christmas Gift Topper with written instructions easy DIY

Image: iClipart

FYI: I checked out wowsai.com but found it was written in Chinese. My computer tried to download a translation, but it got locked up. I believe it’s China’s Etsy though, so you may also be able to find this on wowsai.com when they get their translation wrinkled out.

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