Secret Santa using 3-2-1 design principle

A few weeks ago, Rajina had shared Storypick’s post about matchbox greeting cards. The examples in the post were adorable and I wanted to make some on my own. Last week, at Karkhana, we decided to organize Secret Santa and I got Sagun on my chit. Here are the steps I used to make her Christmas gift.

I created a Google doc where I listed possible ideas. Then I decided to use the 3-2-1 design principle, so I did a quick sketch of 5 ideas.


I asked a few people who knew Sagun to vote on the ideas. I decided to build on two ideas that got most votes.


Then I used a gel pen to write the words on a piece of thick sketch paper and cut each word and the drawings using scissors.



I then colored the Dickinson hoodie red because Sagun had mentioned she’d be getting a red sweatshirt for Christmas.


But the color hid the text, so I added another piece of paper over the text.


I used Sagun’s character that she had made for a stop motion animation she had created a couple of months ago. Wadda QT being one of the hip words that young people like Sagun use these days. 🙂


Then I wrapped the matchbox with white A4 paper and then glued the cutouts.



And wrapped it and put it under the Christmas tree.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 🙂


I’m an engineer and an educator. In 2012, I co-founded Karkhana, an education company that designs learning experiences for middle school students. I play guitar and enjoy writing both computer programs and my own songs. I also like illustrating my friends as South Park cartoon characters using Inkscape.


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