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.
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!