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How-Tuesday: Matchbox Valentines

Feb 2, 2010

by Julie Schneider

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Whenever I encounter paper lace, glitter, rosy patterned paper, and all the trappings of a classic handmade valentine, I am immediately transported back to my elementary school days. I would sit at the kitchen table with my mother, armed with a bottle of glue and a pair of scissors, and methodically and democratically (and sometimes against my will) make valentines for every kid in my class. Each little missive would be deposited in our custom crafted shoebox mailboxes at school the next day, surrounded by a group sugar buzz.

We had such a great time at Craft Night last night gluing and snipping that I decided to invite Rachel Johnson from Swap-bot back to share all her tips and tricks for constructing matchbox valentines for How-Tuesday this week. When Rachel shared her project idea with me, I knew I had met my crafting match! Read on for all the knowledge that you need to make a tiny gift that will surely help you ignite a Valentine’s Day romance.

Altered matchboxes are small favors or gift boxes that can be decorated in any style or theme — including Valentine’s Day! Some crafters decorate real, empty matchboxes, but if you don’t have any of those handy you can create the little boxes from scratch using one of the free PDF Matchbox Templates available below. The small paper boxes can be decorated with patterned papers, ribbon, and other small embellishments, and filled with a Valentine’s Day message or a small gift. Matchboxes are a popular item to swap on Swap-bot.com. If you are interested in trying out a matchbox swap, come join the February Love Matchbox Swap.

Supplies Needed:
  • Matchbox template (Download the traditional or envelope-style template below.)
  • Thick card stock and/or light cardboard, like a cereal box
  • Pencil
  • Scissors and/or craft knife
  • Bone folder or other scoring instrument
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Decorative papers and other embellishments for decorating your Valentine box
  • Optional: printed matchbox enclosures cards template to create cards and booklets to go inside your matchbox
Download Traditional Matchbox Template here.
Download Envelope-Style Matchbox Template here.

Matchbox Instructions:
1. Print out template at 100%. Do not use the “fit to paper size” option in your printer settings or your matchbox will not be the correct size. You can print the template directly on the card stock you will use to create your matchbox, or you can print it on scratch paper and then trace it on a light cardboard or other stiff paper.
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2. Cut along all black lines, score and fold along all gray lines.
3. Apply glue to the light gray areas of the inside drawer.
4. Fold the sides of the inside drawer in on themselves (they will be end up being double thick) while tucking the tabs into the folds of the shorter sides of the drawer.
5a. For the traditional-style matchbox: Fold the outside wrap around the inside drawer to make sure it is the right size. Then, remove the inside drawer and glue the wrap in place.
5b. For the envelope-style matchbox: Fold the outside wrap around the inside drawer while folding in its bottom and tucking in the tabs. (I suggest test folding the outer wrap around the inner drawer at first, then removing the inside drawer and doing the final fold with glue. This fold is a little tricky as you must tuck in the tabs and the final side.) Glue it in place. The flap on the right side of the outside wrap template is the matchbox’s envelope closure. Fold it over the top of the box and secure it with a seal or ribbon.
6. Decorate your matchbox! (Swap your matchbox creations on Swap-bot.com for added fun.)
Booklet Instructions:
With Valentine’s Day coming up, I wanted to create some little cards that can be slipped into these pretty, decorated matchboxes. Matchboxes make a sweet and inexpensive handmade gift — fill them with some candy and a little note and you are sure to put a smile on your loved one’s face!
I came up with three very easy card types that fit perfectly into the boxes created using either of the Matchbox Templates from above. On the Matchbox Enclosure Cards PDF you will find a simple folded card, an accordion-style card/booklet, and a more complicated 8-page folded booklet. Follow the steps below to create the folded booklet.

 

Download the Matchbox Enclosure Cards PDF here.

1. Print out the Matchbox Enclosure Cards sheet at 100% (not “fit to paper size”). You may want to print it on scratch paper first to try out the booklet fold or to trace the enclosure card shapes onto patterned paper. Or, you can print directly on a light card stock that matches the theme of your matchboxes. The folded and accordion cards are self-explanatory: simply cut along the black lines and score and fold at the gray lines. Do the same for the booklet template. Notice the cut line through part of the center of the booklet.

2. Fold booklet in half lengthwise.
3. This part gets a little tricky. Pull out the two center pages (on each side of the cut center area) at their folds to create two pages. The “spines” of page 6/5 and cover/2 will end up touching.

4. Fold the cover and back page around the other pages to create the booklet.

5. Press the folds using a bone folder or other tool.

6. Decorate your pages or write a little zine. Then, place your booklet inside you matchbox and give it to someone you love!

Thanks to Rachel Johnson and Swap-bot.com for sharing this project with us. For more projects and craft swap projects, check out Swap-bot.com.

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225 comments

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 7 years ago

    So cute! Nifty idea.

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing. I just love these whimsical boxes. At the moment they are stored away a the back of my mind, but I hope that I can put them to use soon :-)

  • humblebea

    humblebea said 7 years ago

    What a fun project! Thanks for sharing! (-:

  • CaryMartinDesigns

    CaryMartinDesigns said 7 years ago

    Wow, What a totally cool craft project! I am so going to do some of these!

  • MeltiesNmore

    MeltiesNmore said 7 years ago

    Truly adorable. Thank you!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 7 years ago

    adorable! was this the same how to from last week?

  • Luv2Have

    Luv2Have said 7 years ago

    Oh, so cute! I loved paper and glue when I was little, and still do:)

  • HandKnitHugs

    HandKnitHugs said 7 years ago

    Super cute, I love these! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • MyissaG

    MyissaG said 7 years ago

    So cute :)

  • CwButcher

    CwButcher said 7 years ago

    I love it so sweet Julie.

  • thelightningbolts

    thelightningbolts said 7 years ago

    aww, these are adorable! *goes off to make one* :)

  • onepixel

    onepixel said 7 years ago

    This is so fun! I'm definitely making some of these for Valentine's Day this year!

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 7 years ago

    love this idea!! i am so making these... thanks for sharing!!

  • FableBay

    FableBay said 7 years ago

    super cute! thanks for the idea. I love Valentine's day, the romantic portion, but also the fun craftiness!

  • PicturesqueBrooklyn

    PicturesqueBrooklyn said 7 years ago

    This was such a fun craft night! I love my adorable matchboxes! http://picturesquebrooklyn.blogspot.com/2010/02/etsy-labs-swap-bot-valentines-matchbox.html

  • julieincharge Admin

    julieincharge said 7 years ago

    paramountvintage--- This is the same project we hosted at Craft Night last night. Last week's How-Tuesday was a tasty pie recipe: http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/how-tuesday-blue-ribbon-bourbon-ginger-pecan-pie-6588/

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 7 years ago

    Too cute!!!!!

  • eroa

    eroa said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. So adorable! Thanks.

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 7 years ago

    Too cute!!

  • desertnana

    desertnana said 7 years ago

    Love Love Love!

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe said 7 years ago

    What a great tutorial - thanks for sharing this wonderful craft idea!

  • sandijagt

    sandijagt said 7 years ago

    Great idea! Thanks!

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy said 7 years ago

    cutest ever! i'm gonna make that at home:)

  • VickyAndFriends

    VickyAndFriends said 7 years ago

    Cute!!! I need to find time to make some of those!!

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 7 years ago

    I love these little boxes, and have plenty of paper on hand to give them a try. thanks!

  • cozycottagecreations

    cozycottagecreations said 7 years ago

    Wow! Those are SO CUTE! Thanks for the how-to!

  • cutiepiecompany

    cutiepiecompany said 7 years ago

    How cute, can't wait to try it!

  • EmyLewis

    EmyLewis said 7 years ago

    I absolutely love them!

  • ViolaMaeBoutique

    ViolaMaeBoutique said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! I've been looking for something different for my son and I do to for his kindergarten class.

  • EmyLewis

    EmyLewis said 7 years ago

    I'm in love!

  • ojami

    ojami said 7 years ago

    Very Cute! Though, the Envelope-Style Matchbox Template link links to the enclosures, not the box. Would love to be able to download the envelope style one!

  • callmemimi

    callmemimi said 7 years ago

    Ohhh! really lovely !!!! Many thanks for sharing .

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    So cute!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 7 years ago

    I bet you had loads of fun last night! I remember those school days and the decorated shoebox ~ I loved filling out all the valentines, crossing the names off the list, dropping them in each person's box.... what fun memories!

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger said 7 years ago

    Adorable!! I can't wait to print to my template!!!

  • PhotoPosy

    PhotoPosy said 7 years ago

    OMG - what a cute idea. This would be a great craft project for a group of kids too.

  • discerningchichi

    discerningchichi said 7 years ago

    Oh, how cute! Love the idea - would love lots of them to store my buttons in :)

  • trulakids

    trulakids said 7 years ago

    love those little boxes - so many little gifts you can put into them as well. Thank you.

  • CrackedPavement

    CrackedPavement said 7 years ago

    thats a great idea

  • CrackedPavement

    CrackedPavement said 7 years ago

    thats a good idea

  • SandBagsDesigns

    SandBagsDesigns said 7 years ago

    Great idea.... reminded me that I had a matchbox/matchbook collection as a child. When my family traveled, I would collect them at various restaurants, places etc. so I could remember the trip. Wonder what happened to it; had like over 200 & it was very cool! Anyway.... love the idea!

  • arvi5214

    arvi5214 said 7 years ago

    Those are so cute. I will have to give them a try.

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 7 years ago

    So cute! Thanks for sharing Rachel.

  • mirabelleza

    mirabelleza said 7 years ago

    Very cute! A perfect gift this Valentine's day

  • Rabattuee84

    Rabattuee84 said 7 years ago

    I'm so inspired! Valentines matchboxes for everyone!

  • craftyferret

    craftyferret said 7 years ago

    Really pretty and lovely to decorate.

  • bethvt

    bethvt said 7 years ago

    Adorable...thanks for sharing.

  • nounouvintage

    nounouvintage said 7 years ago

    Awesome.. they would be great gift packaging for earrings or other small bits and bobs.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    Adorable wedding favors.

  • RoughMagicCreations

    RoughMagicCreations said 7 years ago

    Oh I LOVE this! I've tried and tried to make those and they always turn out cattywampus. But with these clear instructions and diagrams, I'm ready to try again! Thanks so very much!!!

  • murandabarker

    murandabarker said 7 years ago

    oh...I love this! I have seen the matchboxes, but the little notes that go inside are too cute!

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 7 years ago

    What a swell idea! Now I know what to do with all those rose printed matchboxes I've been saving. Thanks so much.

  • poshpie

    poshpie said 7 years ago

    Oh my! those are adorable!! Thank you so much, I think I'll make some as packaging for the stitch markers I have into my shop :)

  • mimirob

    mimirob said 7 years ago

    Absolutely adorable!

  • corelladesign

    corelladesign said 7 years ago

    SO Adorabibble!

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 7 years ago

    I love cute, thanks for sharing. BTW, do you ever just upcycle matchboxes instead of creating one?

  • cookieletta

    cookieletta said 7 years ago

    So cute!!!

  • Tessella

    Tessella said 7 years ago

    wow, they are so cute. I will have to try make one over the next few days.

  • FiberContent

    FiberContent said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this! I love these.

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 7 years ago

    Sooo sweet! Just love them.

  • brandyfisher

    brandyfisher said 7 years ago

    these are too cute! :)

  • desertbloomer

    desertbloomer said 7 years ago

    Such a great idea! My grandkids are ages that are difficult to buy things they like or don't already have. I have learned to nto disappoint myself by giving them money. I am always looking for cute objects to put the money in. These adorable match boxes can be adapted any occassion, boy or girl, and decorated according their particular likes. Thanks for sharing!!!

  • pixiepaper

    pixiepaper said 7 years ago

    So cute, thanks for the tutorial.

  • NoMoreTwistHandmade

    NoMoreTwistHandmade said 7 years ago

    you know, this would make a fantastic thank you to buyers--maybe a little simpler and less time consuming version, but still. thanks for great idea inspiration!

  • itsmolly

    itsmolly said 7 years ago

    Thanks for all the info, tutorial and fun last night. Craft Night was a blast!

  • jewelsbyldesigns

    jewelsbyldesigns said 7 years ago

    I love all of these things! What wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing. :)

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 7 years ago

    Those are so incredibly cute. Thank you

  • SomewhatHip

    SomewhatHip said 7 years ago

    I just love this How-Tuesday - I'm definitely going to make some!!! Thanks!

  • pearlandlibby

    pearlandlibby said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration. I'm definately making these tomorrow with my students!

  • justthegoods

    justthegoods said 7 years ago

    Oh wow! This is an adorable! Too bad I'm all thumbs ;-) I guess I'll have to admire from afar .... unless someone darling makes one for me! *tee hee*

  • TimmerysBebeBling

    TimmerysBebeBling said 7 years ago

    What an ADORABLE idea!!! THANKS for the how to!

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 7 years ago

    Sweet project!

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts said 7 years ago

    can't wait to try this out with my teenage daughter-we needed a new project to do together

  • petitwovenplay

    petitwovenplay said 7 years ago

    OMG, so cuuuuuuuuuute!!!! This would be fun for my two daughters to make and give away to there friends @ school. Thanks for the project Julie!

  • sassmama

    sassmama said 7 years ago

    Awesome!!

  • mihosi

    mihosi said 7 years ago

    SO cute ,thanks for sharing!!

  • WoodsyWools

    WoodsyWools said 7 years ago

    love this!! so cute. thanks the tips...

  • WoodsyWools

    WoodsyWools said 7 years ago

    this is so cute! i love it! great idea, thank you for sharing....

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 7 years ago

    I can't think of any other word but CUTE!

  • lazydayz

    lazydayz said 7 years ago

    What a great how to! Have to forward this to my daughter (a mother and in child care) She will adore making them!

  • CuriousSparrow

    CuriousSparrow said 7 years ago

    Thank you very much for sharing! I just love the super lovely and cute valentine boxes.

  • StamperAlley

    StamperAlley said 7 years ago

    This is a really cute idea! The Envelope-Style Matchbox Template, however, is incorrectly linked -- it brings up the Matchbook Enclosure Cards template. Will this be corrected? Thanks!

  • floria

    floria said 7 years ago

    Thank for sharing! So cute!

  • TanyaMac

    TanyaMac said 7 years ago

    ack! cutest thing ever! ;D

  • whyte

    whyte said 7 years ago

    Adorable, thanks for sharing!

  • bamboobaby

    bamboobaby said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this, Julie!!! Already downloaded and made one to show my second grader who wants to make them for her class valentines. Just the right size for a Hersheys miniature and a folded up heart with a little message.

  • historicalproducts

    historicalproducts said 7 years ago

    Simply Marvelous! Wonderful article and thank for sharing! Your friends at Historical Products

  • thespiritlamp

    thespiritlamp said 7 years ago

    Very cute! If I can dig up some paper, this is what I'll be doing on the weekend.

  • eurolenscape

    eurolenscape said 7 years ago

    Fabulous idea! Great activity for my kids to make their Valentines for their friends at school .

  • aisle3studio

    aisle3studio said 7 years ago

    i like making my own boxes and envelopes too! i love this one

  • SunshineDaydreamz

    SunshineDaydreamz said 7 years ago

    Too cute! I'm going to show my daughter tis project - she loves paper :)

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 7 years ago

    Way too cute! thank you for sharing, I need a play date with a fellow artist to chill and make these! :-)

  • RozarioCreations

    RozarioCreations said 7 years ago

    It's amazing what you can do to make an ordinary matchbox look amazing. Fantastic idea!

  • HazelHoney

    HazelHoney said 7 years ago

    omg that is such a wonderful little tid-bit!!!

  • SADesign

    SADesign said 7 years ago

    They are delicious....thank your for sharing your idea!

  • creationsnthings

    creationsnthings said 7 years ago

    I love the little boxes. I think the cards would make great thank-you's for a purchase!

  • IMGirl

    IMGirl said 7 years ago

    Crazy cute! I hope I get one for Valentines day :)

  • EcaEcho

    EcaEcho said 7 years ago

    Such a fun idea! Guess I know what I'm doing after work.

  • SewBrenda

    SewBrenda said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this. I better get started, I have lots to make! SO CUTE!!!

  • julieincharge Admin

    julieincharge said 7 years ago

    UPDATE: The link for the Envelope Matchbook Template PDF is now correct. Thank you to ojami.etsy.com for pointing that out!

  • undertheroot

    undertheroot said 7 years ago

    origami for the elves!

  • FunnyLittleBird

    FunnyLittleBird said 7 years ago

    Yay! I want to make!!

  • TheMegShop

    TheMegShop said 7 years ago

    Great tutorial!!

  • blueberryblonde

    blueberryblonde said 7 years ago

    Big Thanks!

  • ElegantHobbies

    ElegantHobbies said 7 years ago

    Absolutely Adorable!! Great Tutorial!!

  • BonTons

    BonTons said 7 years ago

    Such a sweet idea, great tutorial

  • jessicatt

    jessicatt said 7 years ago

    so cute! must make time to do this!

  • wickedlymodpendants

    wickedlymodpendants said 7 years ago

    Cute, cute. This is something the kids can do! Think about the hit they will be if they bring these to the valentine exchange. Thanks for sharing!!

  • SixSkeins

    SixSkeins said 7 years ago

    Very sweet :)

  • starshinecompany

    starshinecompany said 7 years ago

    Love love LOVE!!! The ideas are flowing!! ;)

  • anadiazarte

    anadiazarte said 7 years ago

    Very cute!

  • monkeyminddesign09

    monkeyminddesign09 said 7 years ago

    how fun!! thanks for sharing!

  • LycheeKiss

    LycheeKiss said 7 years ago

    awesome tips! thanks for sharing Julie!

  • ThirtySixTen

    ThirtySixTen said 7 years ago

    I can't wait to make these with my kids! A wonderful project!

  • LDCraftSupplies

    LDCraftSupplies said 7 years ago

    LOVE THESE! THANKS FOR SHAREING ♥

  • sidquilts

    sidquilts said 7 years ago

    I am so excited! My dad has a whole case of old matchboxes (so old the matches are duds) that we just couldn't throw away...now I have a use. THANKS LOADS!!

  • prettydamncute

    prettydamncute said 7 years ago

    Damnit! This makes me wanna get crafty. The best craft I ever made (please note, I sell vintage and am not crafty) was a Vday book for my mom!

  • joyfulspiritphoto

    joyfulspiritphoto said 7 years ago

    Those are so adorable! Thanks for sharing how to make them! :)

  • 360spoons

    360spoons said 7 years ago

    I love this idea! I really appreciate all the how to photos and instructions. I also really enjoyed the authors memories of grade school valentine's trading. It used to make my heart beat faster when someone forgot to write their name, because I thought maybe they were a secret admirer ;) Hummm, perhaps those early experiences in part inspired me to make my photo cards now. Thanks!

  • bizyjanes

    bizyjanes said 7 years ago

    Those are great! It does remind me of those elementary school days of making your own valentine's for your classmates! :)

  • 6catsart

    6catsart said 7 years ago

    Those are adorable can't wait to do a few with my 10 year old niece who loves doing crafts with me.

  • sweetharvey

    sweetharvey said 7 years ago

    Those are so adorable - thank you so much for taking the time to create a tutorial. I have done that before and it is no easy task!

  • ModernNatureJewelry

    ModernNatureJewelry said 7 years ago

    Really cool idea. I absolutely love the little book inside-what a fun surprise! This is a project that children and adults would enjoy, I know I'll be making one! Excellent instructions too.

  • Petette

    Petette said 7 years ago

    Great idea, perfect for little kids.

  • zemphira

    zemphira said 7 years ago

    These are way too cute! Lovely work, and I am excited to create some of these!

  • OnTheRound

    OnTheRound said 7 years ago

    awww cute!

  • TieDyeBathworks

    TieDyeBathworks said 7 years ago

    This is great! Thanks for showing us how to make these!

  • filofashion

    filofashion said 7 years ago

    Oooooh Very Sweet and romantic...

  • VintiqueLa

    VintiqueLa said 7 years ago

    cute idea, i want to make them for all of my friends!

  • torik2009

    torik2009 said 7 years ago

    aww super cute idea!

  • michalsclothes

    michalsclothes said 7 years ago

    such sweet boxes and idea. will try it! thanks.

  • SepiaSmiles

    SepiaSmiles said 7 years ago

    I love decorating matchboxes, it's so satisfying!

  • HancoxHomestead

    HancoxHomestead said 7 years ago

    Great idea, they look so cute!

  • JaniceCordeiro

    JaniceCordeiro said 7 years ago

    So very cute!

  • craftation

    craftation said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing!

  • smjcards

    smjcards said 7 years ago

    amazingly sweet idea...thanks for posting..!!

  • FamaraDesigns

    FamaraDesigns said 7 years ago

    Really cute. Thanks for sharing with all of us :)

  • fairiesnest

    fairiesnest said 7 years ago

    So cute! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • PinkTigerTextiles

    PinkTigerTextiles said 7 years ago

    such a lovely idea! I want to go collect old matchboxes now and get crafty! thanks for an inspiring tutorial :)

  • MossMountain

    MossMountain said 7 years ago

    SO cute! I want to make one now :o

  • WanderlustBling

    WanderlustBling said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing - these are darling!

  • CuriousSparrow

    CuriousSparrow said 7 years ago

    Absolutely Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 7 years ago

    I'm making some today for my son's teachers for Valentine's Day!!! So fun!

  • Fyrecreek

    Fyrecreek said 7 years ago

    Oh wow. They're darling! I need to play with these!

  • Smika

    Smika said 7 years ago

    I will make such a gifts for my friends and maybe colleagues in work!! A piece of chocolate is a must in it!! It is perfect, unique and cheap!! Thank you for such a brilliant idea!

  • BebesDecor

    BebesDecor said 7 years ago

    super adorable!! i love these little boxes!! very creative.

  • thepresentplace

    thepresentplace said 7 years ago

    these are so pretty, I gave up glue and paper for the paintbrush, you make me want to pick them up again, awesome, inspiring and it looks like such FUN!!!

  • entirelyart

    entirelyart said 7 years ago

    nice idea ;)

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 7 years ago

    Oh my gosh -- at first I thought these were awesome and what a great idea to save your matchboxes and create a little valentine box but no... Julie MADE the matchboxes too! Impressive! :)

  • theorientalbazaar

    theorientalbazaar said 7 years ago

    wow, I would never thought to re-use a matchbox like that! So cool! ^_^

  • tennyoceres

    tennyoceres said 7 years ago

    These are really cute! I've always wanted to do something with the little half sheets of scrap paper I have stored up.

  • candkexpressions

    candkexpressions said 7 years ago

    This definitely brings back memories! These are beautiful.

  • angelicafranssen

    angelicafranssen said 7 years ago

    Adorable!!

  • WellDoneAccessorize

    WellDoneAccessorize said 7 years ago

    very very cute and sweet!! Happy Valentine Day!

  • katieblue

    katieblue said 7 years ago

    So cute! You could really do these little boxes for any holiday!

  • HeartsofTrees

    HeartsofTrees said 7 years ago

    This is such a cute idea!

  • AyperiBellydancer

    AyperiBellydancer said 7 years ago

    Wow! I love this sugar-sweet idea. I'm definitely going to stow this idea away for Vday next year. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Whimsywares

    Whimsywares said 7 years ago

    Never has "giving a light" to someone been so cute and fun!

  • jedugoddess1228

    jedugoddess1228 said 7 years ago

    how adorable!

  • GoodDealJewelry

    GoodDealJewelry said 7 years ago

    I heart these adorable boxes! How lovely!!!

  • gufobardo

    gufobardo said 7 years ago

    wonderful idea and wonderful boxes, thank you...I search every day ideas on boxes for my items, thanks

  • owlbaby8069

    owlbaby8069 said 7 years ago

    Quite the cute idea--hand-made Valentine fun!

  • verityunmondoaparte

    verityunmondoaparte said 7 years ago

    wow, i think it's a good idea! i love paper and i love box, so i love too much paper box ! ^_^

  • terri4404

    terri4404 said 7 years ago

    I'm going to try one right now. Thanks Terri

  • KomicKat

    KomicKat said 7 years ago

    Awww...this is the cutest craft. I want to drop all I'm doing an create some right now:) Thx so much for sharing this:)

  • KellysKeepsakes

    KellysKeepsakes said 7 years ago

    How adorably cute! I'll have to try these for Valentine's Day!

  • PaperThickInk

    PaperThickInk said 7 years ago

    ~~~~~ THANKS for this fantastic tutorial! SO CUTE!! ~~~~~

  • Blakenetizen

    Blakenetizen said 7 years ago

    Very Cool! I though it was just gonna be a tutorial on ideas on how to decorate match boxes... but I was proven wrong! Great Job!

  • sgraff

    sgraff said 7 years ago

    Love your match boxes! The big Shot is so much fun to use. How long have you been into paper crafts? Sherrill Graff istmpnv@aol.com Thanks for the inspiration!

  • designerfavors

    designerfavors said 7 years ago

    Awesome, thank you so much. I just saw these somewhere else today and bookmarked so I could try to figure out how to make them for a friend's wedding. Then, I came across this. No more guess work!

  • argonamy

    argonamy said 7 years ago

    TOO stinkin cute!!!! Thanks for sharing your cute lil ideas!!

  • SparxsDesigns

    SparxsDesigns said 7 years ago

    This could save a lot of money. Instead of buying little boxes to ship earrings in, make your own. Great idea, thanks.

  • InformalElegance

    InformalElegance said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your instructions-very sweet!

  • ajoeynamedroo

    ajoeynamedroo said 7 years ago

    I'm on it!

  • designsbyjackaroo

    designsbyjackaroo said 7 years ago

    What a great idea! Thank you for sharing the detailed instructions. I agree...valentine's day always takes me back to my elementary school days too.

  • meoneil

    meoneil said 7 years ago

    Wow, so much to learn, so little time. These are wonderful and I will share them with teacher friends.

  • Hayleybebe

    Hayleybebe said 7 years ago

    Will you be my valentine? These are so gorgeous!

  • scrapingmom1221

    scrapingmom1221 said 7 years ago

    This is way cut ty for the idea.....

  • Sonshineworks

    Sonshineworks said 7 years ago

    I love these little matchboxes. They are a wonderful little additive! The possibilities are endless! Thank you for sharing!

  • scrapingmom1221

    scrapingmom1221 said 7 years ago

    oppssss way cute typing to fast lol

  • sandijagt

    sandijagt said 7 years ago

    Made a couple last night, now I just need to decorate them! Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Wattie

    Wattie said 7 years ago

    These little boxes are the cutest! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • VintageOddsAndSods

    VintageOddsAndSods said 7 years ago

    Cool and really cute boxes!

  • gingerbugz

    gingerbugz said 7 years ago

    perfect timing, and so adorable would be perfect for hiding, . . .oh, maybe a ring???

  • mystudio

    mystudio said 7 years ago

    Great tutorial.

  • idozvia

    idozvia said 7 years ago

    Thank you very understandable instructions recommend to everyone I created this box cool result

  • Joiedetea

    Joiedetea said 7 years ago

    This is so cute! I love it. Hope I have time to make some before the day! Tea samples would fit nicely too!

  • PoshAdornments

    PoshAdornments said 7 years ago

    these are so cute!! they would make great little gifts.

  • GarrettMcCarthy

    GarrettMcCarthy said 7 years ago

    Yes...Great tutorial - going to referr my art teacher friends to this - they'd love the step-by-step instructions.

  • missbaltimorecrabs

    missbaltimorecrabs said 7 years ago

    Awesome! featured on my blog: http://punkprojects.blogspot.com/2010/02/make-it-monday-valentines-style.html

  • panbeh

    panbeh said 7 years ago

    So Cute! great gift

  • WhimsyHouse

    WhimsyHouse said 7 years ago

    Lovely! How charming!

  • byemma

    byemma said 7 years ago

    I LOVE IT!!! Thanks for the ideas!!! Do you know... * This Year's Valentine's day and Chinese New Year are both on the same date (Feb/14/2010), It only comes around once every 60 years!!! When you have time, I would like to invite you to check out the newest addition! - Chinese Palace http://www.etsy.com/shop/byemma?section_id=6759179 Happy Holidays to you and your family, Emma

  • HighStrungBead

    HighStrungBead said 7 years ago

    So cute!! Off to make some now!

  • rubadubbuddies

    rubadubbuddies said 7 years ago

    A very fun idea for party favor or customer thank you!

  • phoenixartstudio

    phoenixartstudio said 7 years ago

    Cute idea! I'm going to look into swap-bot too. I couldn't get the link to the February Love Swap-Bot thing to work though. :(

  • GrammieKimsCorner

    GrammieKimsCorner said 7 years ago

    How prescious! This is just my cup of tea. Thanks a lot for the pattern and idea. -Blessings, Kim

  • mmtncrfts

    mmtncrfts said 7 years ago

    I saw this just in time to make a couple before Valentines Day. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • melfannin

    melfannin said 7 years ago

    LOVE the idea...making mine tonight!

  • brenda45

    brenda45 said 7 years ago

    These are soooo cute! Thanks for the wonderful tut! :)

  • Squier

    Squier said 7 years ago

    So cute!

  • bamboobaby

    bamboobaby said 7 years ago

    Yes...downloaded the patern and tutorial... Just got finished making 22 Valentine Boxes with Hershey's Miniatures inserted for my second grade girl. She, on the other hand, drew portraits inspired by a book on Leonardo Davinci given to her by our glass artist friend Stephan Cox. she did sign and address the litle boxes...But drew a spot on drawing of the Mona Lisa... Same smile...

  • fromtherealmofwatson

    fromtherealmofwatson said 7 years ago

    these little matchboxes are absolutely darling, how wonderful to share the instructions!

  • cutiekidsdolls

    cutiekidsdolls said 7 years ago

    these are sooo sweet and lovely to look at and create,very heart felt....

  • vassano

    vassano said 7 years ago

    So sweet!!!! Great idea.. Thanx a lot!!!!

  • TreasureEmporium

    TreasureEmporium said 7 years ago

    THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH IVE BEEN LOOKING EVERYWHERE FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS TO USE !!!

  • mymariabella

    mymariabella said 7 years ago

    This will great for party favor. Great Idea.

  • delightfuldaisy

    delightfuldaisy said 7 years ago

    How pretty and fun!

  • SamisBracelets

    SamisBracelets said 7 years ago

    Cute idea. I'd love to get one.

  • RubyRedcrafts

    RubyRedcrafts said 7 years ago

    So very cute! Brilliant idea!

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 7 years ago

    fun fun crafts...this will keep me (more) busy this summer!

  • ElliesPrettyThings

    ElliesPrettyThings said 7 years ago

    lovely! thanks for sharing! Will be making for my daughters birthday favors!

  • glamazon08

    glamazon08 said 6 years ago

    Love this project! Matchboxes would also be great for packaging small items!

  • MommyTyme

    MommyTyme said 6 years ago

    I have never tried this before! Can't wait to give it a go! Thanks.

  • PomMagic

    PomMagic said 6 years ago

    so cute, I will like to try this!

  • kokopelligirl

    kokopelligirl said 6 years ago

    Sweet idea!

  • LittleNik

    LittleNik said 6 years ago

    Just what I was looking for :) Thank you so much!

  • karenanderson

    karenanderson said 5 years ago

    I can't wait to make these. I'm going to save time by using real matchboxes. I found them at the Dollar Tree. A nice stack for a buck. Trying to think of other nifty things to put inside!

  • LizardSkins

    LizardSkins from LizardSkins said 5 years ago

    great idea! thanks for sharing it!

  • Blingup1

    Hatsuna from Blingup1 said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous 3D handmade matchboxes!! and the thought of sharing is great!!

  • SoCuteHandemaJewelry

    Ricardo Costa from SoCuteHandemaJewelry said 5 years ago

    So Cute! We love it! thank you for sharing!

  • nuttawan

    nuttawan said 4 years ago

    Thanks for the great ideas.

  • monkydku

    Surasak Nualthong from PaperMonkeyO said 4 years ago

    Great idea, thank you for sharing

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