Fancy Holiday Matches

During this time of the year I find I always have matches out ~ either to light a fire, light the menorahs or just to light candles on our mantle.  So I decided that the usual grocery store box of matches was no longer *quite* the look I wanted out.

Wait until you see how super fast and easy this project is!


pretty piece of scrapbook paper or cardstock, ruler & pencil, scissors or paper cutter, bone folder, spray adhesive or a Xyron sticker machine, embellishments and matches

Cut your scrapbook paper as wide as the length of the box of matches and then you want it as long as the top + bottom + one side of the box.  Draw lines where the side of your box is on the inside of your scrapbook paper.

Now use your bone folder to fold in on those lines to get nice, crisp folds {if you don’t have a bone folder, you can get one at Michael’s – they come in handy for all sorts of projects and aren’t very expensive}.

Now, embellish the top with whatever you’d like.  I added a simple initial sticker to mine {I am a deprived crafter and do not own a Cricut.  Hint, hint, family!}.  Once you add whatever decoration you wish, you can either spray the inside with spray adhesive or run it through a sticker machine {I did a sticker machine because it was less messy}.  Then attach it to your box of matches, leaving your “strike” side free to use!

Look how much prettier this will look with our menorahs this year for Hanukkah!

This would also make a quick and easy hostess gift wrapped up with a few pretty candles!

P.S.  I deserve extra Mommy points for both completing this project and writing this post while The Cuties tormented me with deafening levels of a Ke$ha dance party.

Linking up with:

C.R.A.F.T. , The Girl Creative , Keeping it Simple , Craft-o-Maniac , Skip to My Lou

Sumos Sweet Stuff , Sugar Bee , These Creative Juices , Today’s Creative Blog

Lucky Star Lane , Hope Studios , Blue Cricket Design , Sew Much Ado

Pinkapotamus , Night Owl Crafting , Creations by Kara , Someday Crafts

Paisley Passions , Life as Lori , The Shabby Chic Cottage

The Trendy Treehouse , Somewhat Simple , Fun to Craft , The Shabby Nest

It’s a Hodgepodge Life , Along for the Ride, The Idea Room

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7 Responses to Fancy Holiday Matches

  1. Van says:

    This blog is SO CUTE! Love your logo/picture…and your basket full of candles in the picture. Excellent craft idea, I’ll have to try this one!

  2. Kathie says:

    Pretty nifty! Would love for you to share this over at my link party: Holiday Hookup!!

  3. Sherri says:

    I love anything inexpensive and cute! This works for me and is practical too. I just happen to have a stash of scrapbook paper. Love it!

  4. so nice to see some Chanukah crafts….thanks so very much for linking up this cute project on Craft Schooling Sunday! Love the idea of dressing up our matchboxes for the holiday! all the best!

  5. Amie Irwin says:

    This is sooo cute! Love that this is a simple way to personalize! It would be wonderful for a wedding! Thanks for linking up to the Pink Hippo Party! Hope to see you next week!

  6. Lori S. says:

    What a simple, yet WONDERFUL idea!!! Thanks for sharing it on Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions 🙂

  7. Lynne says:

    found you today, via creative jewish mom, i think. ( I’ve been clicking for hours, so i’m no longer sure where i began.) i LOVE this idea, and the photo with the gelt-layered vase in the background is fabulous. thanks for the inspiration.

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