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