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How to Make a Matchbook

Updated on June 29, 2015

No Need for a Printable Template

Called a matchbook because it's folded like a book of matches, this minibook is just a few folds away.

Generally a small book, it is perfect for vocabulary words or other snippets of information.

Make several and arrange them in a group inside your lapbook.

Directions for Making the Matchbook Miniboks

Matchbooks work well with any type of paper from regular copy paper to cardstock. So grab a sheet and fold along with the directions!

Using a sheet of paper, lightly mark a vertical line about one inch (2.5 cm) from the edge.

Fold the opposite edge to that lightly drawn line.

Then fold the one inch edge back over. This forms the lip of the matchbook.

Cut the matchbooks into the desired width.

Ususally a regular sheet of paper can make four matchbooks. But experiment with different widths for even more variety!

Here is the finished matchbook. The lip at the bottom makes a great place to write the book's title. But there are no fast rules. Be creative in how you use your matchbooks.

Bookmaking Bonanza


This book is directed towards young learners -- preK to third grade at the oldest. There are some fun ideas and reproducibles for making minibooks, file folder games, and paper projects.

If you prefer an instant download, this book is also available at CurrClick in Ebook format.


Matchbook Variations

Change the orientation -- try a sideways matchbook:

Cut a wide matchbook down the center for a split matchbook:

Nest small matchbooks inside a larger matchbook.

How to Make A Matchbook - From Live & Learn

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Have you ever made a matchbook without a template?

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    • RoadMonkey profile image


      7 months ago

      I never knew about these before. Nice way for younger kids to start out.

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      7 years ago

      Another thing you can use for these is old greeting cards. The inside of the front cover is usually blank and you can use the front of a nice card someone gave you for a birthday or other special occasion. It's a good way to teach recycling too! :-D

    • sushilkin lm profile image

      sushilkin lm 

      8 years ago

      Nice Lens, Thanks for sharing. Keep it up.

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      10 years ago

      Cool little craft...I've seen altered artists do these with a vintage slant to it...never knew how they did it though...thanks for the great tutorial! 5*

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      11 years ago

      This looks great. My nieces will enjoy doing this (so will I).

    • groovyoldlady profile image


      11 years ago

      Since my girlies are still too young to give me full fledged reports, these would be an EXCELLENT way for them to distill what they've learned into one or two sentences.

      I love it!


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