Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

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Holiday Pencils in a Festive Box for my Secret Santa Teacher Pal

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Today’s post is a variation on yesterday’s theme. I bought my Secret Santa Teacher Pal a bunch of holiday pencils. You know the kind: they have little santa erasers on top and snowman designs along the shaft of the pencil, for example. I kept thinking, “How the heck am I going to package these pencils?” They were too long for my Christmas card boxes but too skinny to go in a gift bag.

So I came up with a variation on yesterday’s post. (Click here if you want to see that post.) As you’ll recall, yesterday I made gift boxes out of old Christmas cards. Well today I did something similar. I took a 12×12 piece of scrapbooking cardstock paper with holiday designs and sliced it right down the middle (so it became 12 inches by 6 inches long). Then I made a similar box, like yesterday’s, only long and slender. I had to make my cuts deeper too–about one and a half inches deep on each side. This created a long slender box in which I put my holiday pencils for my Secret Santa Teacher Pal.

As before, I lined the box with crepe paper and filled the bottom with red and green M&M’s. Then I put the pencils overtop. Everything fit nicely together, just like yesterday’s box.

Instead of inserting a holiday poem, this time I’ve included famous quotations from Mother Teresa. (It just so happens that my Secret Santa Teacher Pal is Catholic, so that’s perfect!) Here are the quotes I’ll be using:

Words of Wisdom from Mother Teresa

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

“The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.”

“Do not wait for leaders, do it alone, person to person.”

I’m going to cut out these quotes on a long, thin strip of paper and frame it with the same scrapbook cardstock paper that I used for the box. that should make it very special!

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.