a quick how-to

I love candles.  I have them all over the place.  Yesterday I had a brainstorm about, of all things, matches.  Or rather, matchboxes.  I have a fancy matchbox I bought once that is fun to use to light candles.

I've use those matches sparingly (though I can just refill the box, I guess), because they're special.  But I'd love to have fancy matchboxes all over the house.  When I was thinking about putting matches in the guest room (in preparation for a weekend guest -- I'm not naming any names) I realized, I could make a fancy matchbox.  And you can, too.  All you need is decorative paper (or fabric), something to cut with and some glue.

I used paper, an x-acto blade and a gluestick.  Oh, and, of course, a cheap box of matches. 

I found it easiest to place the box of matches on top of the paper and carefully cut around it.

Once the pieces were cut out,

I glued them to the box.  I used a gluestick, applying glue to the box and then attaching the paper.

Easy peasy!  And now I have pretty matchboxes placed around the house for quick candle lighting.


  1. WHAT AN AWESOME IDEA! Looks like I need to get some of my fancy paper out. Thanks for sharing. It was great to see a way to customize life with a bit more color.

    So cool!

  2. awww, what a wonderful idea! Its the little touches of prettiness that make us all smile and I'm sure your guest will too :)
    Ps. I just LOVE your new header, you have such an eye for catching beauty in photos....lovely to see your new name logo too :)

  3. Thank you! Touches of prettiness are a good thing. Hope you both are in the middle of making some. :)

    Glad you like the header. Until I end up with one that I LOVE, I'm going to change it up periodically. It's nice to be seasonal, too.

  4. Oooh. Fun and pretty! Thanks for sharing.

  5. You know, it really is the little things that make all the difference. These little covered matchboxes are actually very elegant! You are so creative, Anne!
    P.S. Thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog.

  6. I love this idea, how wonderful. Thank you visiting my new blog and your support.


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