September 30th, 2010

country craft

Hello fellow buoy birds! Well, I promised you crafts, and crafts you will get.craft supplies

This is a little something that comes straight out of my childhood. I spent my weekends as a child camping with my family, and with about 100 other families, at a seasonal camp park. And as I’m sure that many of you can relate, we all remember how these summer-time places were full of hand crafted decorations and knick knacks.

A craft that always fascinated me was this matchbox holder. Made up of simple parts, I always admired this craft because not only did it serve its purpose as decor, but it was also quite functional.

For this matchbox project, you will need:

– 4 small boxes of matches

– 2 standard square coasters (I was lucky enough to come across slate ones, so that I could take my craft a step further and write a message on the slate in chalk, but the ones from my good ol’ days were decorative cork ones with pretty scenes on them. Use what ya got!)

– 4 beads that coordinate with your coasters

– your trusty glue gun and glue sticksmatches coasters beads and glue

Your first step is to attach a bead to each matchbox, to act as a “drawer pull” of sorts.This will allow you to access your matches, as once everything is together, you will not be able to push the box out from the opposite end.drawer pulls

Next, line up your matchboxes on the bottom coaster, so that the ends with the drawer pulls each face in a different direction. The other end of each box should butt right up against the side of the box behind it. Be sure that your matchboxes are right side up, else you will end up with a lap full of matches (I speak from experience).

Once everything is centered and in place, glue each matchbox to the bottom coaster, one by one, working your way around the square.lineup

Now, you simply top off the matchboxes with the top coaster. Because I am using slate, I used quite a bit of glue to hold everything together.

In the third photo here, you can see how your match striking strip is exposed around the side of the whole craft; one for each side.top on

Last, but not least, I added a message to my coaster with chalk (I’m going to be looking for something a little more delicate to write with once we are back in the city). I love having the slate writing surface as I will be able to add creative messages for holidays and special occasions.

Pull out one of your drawers, strike the match, and you’re all set.light me up

I hope you enjoy my little “craft from the past”. I think it’s a neat way to have your fire-starters always handy, and looking cute to boot!country candle

Let me know if you come up with any other creative ways to take on this project, and I would love to see anyone’s finished product! Happy crafting everyone! xo

(Just a side note, I know my mother is going to find it absolutely hilarious that I am sharing this “old craft” with you, so it’s nice to know that I’m either a) inspiring people, or b) giving them a good laugh :) )

***and be sure to check out this post and MANY other crazy talented people over at Blue Cricket Design’s Show and Tell Wednesdays!

3 comments on “country craft”

  1. Fantastic idea! Now I feel like my childhood was incomplete.
    -JK

  2. I’m sure we can hook you up with a little matchbox action Joanie; a second childhood is in store for you! plus, maybe I should keep the fire-related projects away from children, just for now anyway. :P xo

  3. What a cute idea! Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hello. I’m off to peek around yours more now! :)

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