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Matchbox Crafts

Updated on November 7, 2014

Crafting with Matchboxes -- Keeping it Tiny

Matchbox crafts are a way to craft in miniature, especially if you choose to use the small matchboxes that measure about 2 inches by 1-3/8 inches. It's also possible to craft with the small match books.

A wide variety of crafts can be made using small and large matchboxes. The following crafts are included in this article and as I find more, I'll be adding them:

- shrines that hold images and objects in a given theme

- covered matchboxes to dress up your matches

- doll dressers

- advent calendars

- gift boxes

This photo shows covered matchboxes. Add some embellishments, like buttons or charms to dress them up, if you want. One or two of these added to a candle would make a lovely hostess gift.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

More Craft Ideas to Keep You Crafting - All Year Long

Crafting can be a relaxing and productive way to spend free time. Whether it's with kids, a group of people, or just yourself, the act of making crafts can soothe your soul.

Martha Stewart Matchbox Craft Photos - See the links below for more detail on these crafts.

Save the Date to See Sparks Fly matchbox clip art courtesy of MarthaStewart.com.
Save the Date to See Sparks Fly matchbox clip art courtesy of MarthaStewart.com. | Source

Stock up on matchboxes at the dollar store.

Select some small matchboxes and a few of the larger ones for different crafts.

Be sure to keep matchboxes (or at least the matches) out of the reach of children.

Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share
Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share
This craft book features a Matchbox Bed for some tiny bears to sleep in. Such cute little craft projects!
 

Matches + a Candle = Great Gift

Decorate a few small matchboxes and

give with a nice scented candle.

This thoughtful gift will be unique and appreciated.

Make Covered Matchboxes - Step by step photos and instructions

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Make covered matchboxes with scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, a button, and wire.Select your matchboxes. These are the small size matchboxes.Paint the edges of the matchbox where the scrapbook paper may not easily cover.Cut out scrapbook paper using the top and bottom of the matchbox as a template.Use decoupage medium like Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the matchbox. Do one side at a time letting the Mod Podge dry completely before adding paper to the other side.If you want to add beads or buttons to the top of the matchbox, use a hole punch to puncture the box. Be sure to line up the holes with the button holes.
Make covered matchboxes with scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, a button, and wire.
Make covered matchboxes with scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, a button, and wire.
Select your matchboxes. These are the small size matchboxes.
Select your matchboxes. These are the small size matchboxes.
Paint the edges of the matchbox where the scrapbook paper may not easily cover.
Paint the edges of the matchbox where the scrapbook paper may not easily cover.
Cut out scrapbook paper using the top and bottom of the matchbox as a template.
Cut out scrapbook paper using the top and bottom of the matchbox as a template.
Use decoupage medium like Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the matchbox. Do one side at a time letting the Mod Podge dry completely before adding paper to the other side.
Use decoupage medium like Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the matchbox. Do one side at a time letting the Mod Podge dry completely before adding paper to the other side.
If you want to add beads or buttons to the top of the matchbox, use a hole punch to puncture the box. Be sure to line up the holes with the button holes.
If you want to add beads or buttons to the top of the matchbox, use a hole punch to puncture the box. Be sure to line up the holes with the button holes.

Matchboxes for the Fridge

After you decorate matchboxes, glue a magnet on the

back of one of the boxes and keep it on the refrigerator.

You will always know where there's a box of matches.

If you have little ones, be sure to put it up high.

Matchbox Crafts -- Cover Matchbooks - Use fabric to cover matchbooks and matchboxes

I covered these items including a few matchbox/books (from top left:  clothespin, binder clip, matchbox, matchbook) with fabric.
I covered these items including a few matchbox/books (from top left: clothespin, binder clip, matchbox, matchbook) with fabric.
Plain items before I covered them in fabric.
Plain items before I covered them in fabric.
Supplies needed:  scissors, decoupage medium, paintbrush.
Supplies needed: scissors, decoupage medium, paintbrush.
Fabric for covering everyday items.
Fabric for covering everyday items.
Fabric cut in pieces.
Fabric cut in pieces.
Euro Punch Plier, Square, 5-1/4 Inches | PLR-134.10
Euro Punch Plier, Square, 5-1/4 Inches | PLR-134.10
Punch holes easily with these pliers that are a hole punch.
 

Magic Matchboxes - Learn these matchbox tricks to awe and amaze your friends!

Martha Stewart Crafts Snow Lace Matchbox Treat Boxes
Martha Stewart Crafts Snow Lace Matchbox Treat Boxes
These fun little match boxes are already snazzy. Add a treat inside and you're good to go!
 
Party Favors Plus 50 Plain White Cover Wooden Matches Box Matches
Party Favors Plus 50 Plain White Cover Wooden Matches Box Matches
Dress up these plain match boxes for any occasion!
 

More Fun Crafts

Clothespin Crafts
Clothespin crafts transform ordinary wooden clothespins into something new. Clothespins come in both peg and clip styles...

Silverware Crafts
If you've seen wind chimes made from vintage silverware, you have an idea of what silverware crafts are.

Book Crafts
Books may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of crafting, but book crafts can be fun and when you're done,

Costume Jewelry Crafts
Costume jewelry crafts are simply crafts made using costume jewelry. This can include using a piece, such as clip on earrings,

Button Crafts
Crafting with buttons is one of the most fun ways to show off pretty buttons whether they're vintage buttons or new ones.

Lace Crafts
Lace crafts can be delicate and beautiful. Embellishing items with lace, using lace as a stencil, or creating lace by knitting or crocheting are all fun lace...

Rope Crafts
Crafting with rope can be a fun hobby that results in some useful objects with textures you just don't get with another medium.

Making Bookmarks -- Book Thongs
Making bookmarks, like book thongs, is a fun craft that ends in a useful bookmark to use to keep track of where you left off.

Crafts Using Tins
Do you have empty tins that you hate to just throw away? These crafts using tins will give you lots of ideas.

Key Crafts
If you're like me, you have a junk drawer (or two or three) with loose keys. You don't remember what they went to.

Rock Painting -- How to Paint Rocks
I saw an article online about rock painting and decided that I had to try that! I don't consider myself to be artistic at all, but I do love crafts.

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