Monday, August 13, 2012

Pretty Matchboxes


I think little projects that make the ordinary extraordinary are the funnest ones. By now I am convinced you have all witnessed my well established candle fetish, so it only makes sense that by relation I should love pretty matches. But the truth is I hadn't put any thought into it until  now.

 
Of course I've seen cute matches around, but spending $5-$10 on something so trivial seems pointless. So I decided it was high time I prettied up some matchboxes of my own. I love this project because I feel candles are one of those perfect gifts you can give for nearly any occasion. If you have a little stash at home you can handle almost any last minute gift with grace and elegance, and the only thing that would make it that much better would be to personalize a matchbox to the recipient, candle or event!

{ my new, pretty matches }

Oh yeah, and this is a super cheap craft/gift! I bought the matches at the dollar store and then headed over to   Creative Scrapbooks, a local store that has a seriously beautiful paper assortment. I coordinated  a cute leopard pattern with some teal glittered paper for a grand total of $2.60 and the rest of the supplies I already had at home. But if you need to make a trip to the craft store here is what else I used:
-a paper cutter (you could use scissors instead)
-a pencil and ruler for measuring and marking
-double sided mounting tape



Overall, this project is basically just like wrapping a present.  But we still need access to the striking material so we have to work around it. Simply cut your paper so that it goes from the edge of the striking material to the other side of the box, with some overhang on the sides to fold in.
Put tape on either side to adhere it. I think glue would be a little tough to work with and keep everything in place while it dries, but hot glue might be a good alternative.
All attached.
The same steps go for the other side, which I chose to do in the coordinating paper, but all one paper would be nice too.

Depending on what colors your paper is the side of the box being white might look good, but I wanted to up the glam factor and did more glitter paper
I didn't do the whole box, just each side. Again, fold in all paper edges for a cleaner look.

There are so many ways to make these even more exciting, using glitter, doing a monogram, the possibilities are endless really! 

All done, my glamorous matches add a little extra sparkle to my bedside candle. More than fragrance, I love the glow of a late night candle. It gives a simplicity to the evening and my routine as I wind down for the day.


22 comments:

Tiana Pellew said...

So simple and cute.

-Tiana @ muse-decor.com

Stacey said...

This is such a quick and cute DIY idea!!

xoxo
Stacey

http://fiveminutestyle.blogspot.co.uk/

Erica Dirba said...

Love this! Such a sweet and simple gift idea, yet still leaves room to make it personal. :)

deliciously organized said...

so need to try this! love!

Brie said...

I love this idea so much. You're right, finding the extraordinary in the ordinary is so fun and exciting. Thanks for sharing :)

The Mauermans said...

You could make the side "strike" area look a bit more finished with colored sandpaper to match your decor. Otherwise, terrific idea!

28years said...

Stinkin' clever. Love it!

This Thrifty Chick said...

This is just adorable! Especially if you are giving candles as a gifts..this would be so cute to go along with.

modern jane said...

I can't believe to made them! Such a cute idea! I love having nice matchboxes around.. Great gift too:)

hong kong property said...

that is really cute

Lindsey said...

Love this Holly! Something this simple - I CAN DO! =)

bagfashionista said...

love it!!! i may switch out to matches once all my lighters are used up!

JENN said...

Isn't it crazy that the most simple things we can make attractive with a DIY project. Love the idea! Checkout my blog if you have some time, and follow if you like!

Jennifer

http://apopofstyle.blogspot.com/

Lisa said...

Hello lovely Holly! I love your blog so much, and this craft is adorable. I hate when people post negative stuff in comments and that is SO not my intention here. I just want to mention to you that these beautiful matchboxes may also be attactive to little exploring fingers, so people should use great caution in displaying them in homes with precious little ones. I trust your discretion in whether to post this comment or not. As the mom of 3 now grown boys who were very cuious and hands on, I just had to mention to you. Thank you so much for your beautiful blog and sharing with us glimpses of your life!

Judy said...

DARLING idea!!! I'm gonna do it!

Milla said...

great ideas!

xoxo milla
http://blondhairpinkheart.blogspot.co.at/

LindsB said...

I've been meaning to upgrade my match boxes with some paper- I think you just gave me the kick in the butt I need :)

Jessica @ Simply A Farmer's Wife said...

OMG what a wonderful & gorgeous idea! I will be doing this tonight....

Maegan Tintari said...

I absolutely LOVE this! I featured it here: http://www.lovemaegan.com/2012/08/diy-inspiration-pretty-matchbox-makeover.html ...hope you don't mind ;) xx

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

Brilliant, I love it!

semforever said...

very very niceee love ittt


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A.Co said...

This is AMAZING!!!!!

I found you via LoveMaegan and her feature on you. WELL DONE!

 
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