Thursday, March 7, 2013

Matchbox Swap

I am swapping matchboxes with Andria of Drawing Near. I had never done this before so I had to do some research on how to make a matchbox. Then I would have the fun of decorating and filling it.



I researched matchboxes online and watched YouTube videos on how to make them from scratch. There were measurements given to help me create one, but then I found Rachel Johnson's template which had the box and cover all drawn out making it very easy for me. Thank you, Rachel for saving me some time!

I told Dan I was going to do this and he pulled out this matchbox that was sitting around. I thought, is it really going to be this small?


So I placed it on Rachel's template and saw that it was!

I cut out the pieces for the matchbox


and used my scoring tool to make the folds bend easily. Rachel included instructions for cutting and folding the box on her template. I used green cardstock because I have St. Patty's Day on my mind.


I used glue and the little clothespins from the baby shower came in handy in holding the pieces together while they dried! 


Next came the fun part - decorating and filling the box! I had this wide ribbon that would still allow some of the green to show.


and I had this little yellow stitched ribbon and a sterling silver pendant that Andria can put on a chain if she so desires.


I wanted to put a little St. Patty's Day picture under the ribbon and found this vintage girl on The Graphics Fairy blog. I shrunk the girl down pretty small so she would fit on top of the matchbox.

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I read where you can fit lots of stuff into these little matchboxes. I thought it would be fun to see what I could find around the house. Dan has lots of coins from his travels. Also, I have a collection of pretty buttons I have accumulated over the years. So I filled 'er up!



I got alot of satisfaction in creating something from things I already had around the house. I hope Andria enjoys this little St. Patty's Day matchbox. I am eager to see the one she sends my way!



17 comments:

  1. The most adorable match box! Love the St. Patty's green girl, she makes me smile :)

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  2. Your matchbox is just darling! You know, I've never heard of making these. What an intricate little project. Very sweet. I'm sure the person that receives it will LOVE it.

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  3. You are extremely crafty and talented! I mean it. Gorgeous work. Hugs, sandie

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  4. Your matchbox is adorable! I love the little baby doll. We used those on cupcakes for our oldest daughter's baby shower and had a lot of fun posing them in the frosting.

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  5. Your matchbox project looks like a lot of fun! The swap sounds like a fun idea too. I wonder what the matchbox you're going to receive will look like and what will be in it?! I hope you'll blog about it. Is this a party that's going on with lots of bloggers or just the one person you're swapping with? I see things like this on blogs all the time and wonder where everyone finds them. What fun!

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  6. I never heard of this either, but what an adorable, tiny project!

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  7. I'm a lucky lady, Patty! I love the matchbox that you made. You used the same template I found when I tried to make my own, but as you probably noticed, I used an existing matchbox for our swap. I have some paper folding practice to do! I love the goodies you included inside, and the charm on the front. So much goodness in such a tiny package. Thanks for swapping with me!

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  8. What a delightful swap Patty.
    I love the matchbox you made and thank you for such a great tutorial - beautifully presented!
    I have that sweet image waiting for some inspiration - I've been flat out making other things and can't quite get my head around green at the mo!!LOL
    I'll have to get a wriggle on.
    Thank you for sharing.x
    Shane ♥

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  9. So fun! I have decorated matchboxes and given them as gifts along with a tealight candle that I've placed inside my recycled candle jars with crocheted cover. One of my co-workers even squealed with delight when I gave her a set. She couldn't believe I had decorated the matchbox. She said I remind her of her grandmother. Ha! Since I'm only 7 years older than her, I will take that as a compliment. Obviously her grandmother loved making things. :) Glad you received my card. I sent about 8 that day and then couldn't even remember who I sent them to since I had given them to my husband to mail. I must get more organized so I know what I'm doing. Have a great weekend. Tammy P.S. You should visit Kimmie at Art in Red Wagons: http://artinredwagons.blogspot.com/ She makes the most wonderful filled matchboxes and then wraps them up in the most creative ways. :)

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  10. I love making matchboxes! Old postage stamps are a great size to add as a decoration. I even have some for sale on Etsy! They make cute little gifts and decorations. Yours is great!

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  11. How darn cute! Love the wee baby in there too!

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  12. Oh, that is so cute! I never thought about using clothes pins when gluing. Now I have a new idea. Thanks.

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  13. You probably know by now how much I love little things. Your matchbox is both creative and adorable. What a treasure!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  14. You talented girl, you! I would probably have used a matchbox I had on hand and covered it. And that wouldn't have been nearly as wonderful as the one you made from scratch. You did a wonderful job!

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!

    xo
    Claudia

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  15. Patty, you are so talented. This is adorable and no easy feat. I love what you filled it with, xo

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  16. What an adorable project, Patty, and your matchbox is so lovely. I'm sure Andria will love it. I hope you post the one you receive from her. Thank you for showing the template. I'm going to try this myself!

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  17. Cute, cute matchbox. Love the colours you have used and especially that stripy ribbon.

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