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Christmas craft: How to make festive matchbox favours

Dec 15, 2015

by Sarah Sandiford

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Come Christmas, nothing beats a little handmade cheer. ‘Tis the season for all things bright and merry after all – and what better way to step into the festivities (other than having Elton on repeat) than indulging in a festive crafting sesh? Calling upon Laura, blogger from We Made This Home and all around styling ‘n crafting extraordinaire, to share with us her magical table touches…

Christmas Matchbox Favours Etsy UK We Made This Home

Is this not the most magical of all seasons? I love gathering my mum and sisters together at the beginning of December to spend an afternoon of Christmas crafting. It has become a family tradition to make our own christmas crackers for the Christmas table, where we include our favourite sweets, handmade hats and handwritten jokes. This year however we have decided to do something a little different.. and create festive matchbox favours. A wonderful addition for any Christmas table, each box can be customised and filled with treats suited to each guest.

Christmas Matchbox Favours Etsy UK We Made This Home

Bits to gather for your festive matchbox favours:

– Large matchboxes,
– Decorative paper,
– Sheet music,
– Fabric,
– Twine and ribbon,
– Washi tape,
– Small gift tags,
– Glitter and confetti,
– Scissors and glue,
– Miniature treasures such as stamps, buttons & glass bottles.
– Foraged treasures such as fir cones, poppy seed heads & sprigs of pine.

9) Christmas Matchbox Favours Etsy UK We Made This Home

Christmas Matchbox Favours Etsy UK We Made This Home

Step 1:

Cover the matchboxes with your chosen papers. We have decided on a gold, white and neutral colour scheme to create an elegant yet natural look. I was delighted to find some stunning handmade and vintage papers on Etsy, not only do they look and feel beautiful they are either made from sustainable resources or they have been saved from vintage books which I love.

Christmas Matchbox Favours Etsy UK We Made This Home

Christmas Matchbox Favours Etsy UK We Made This Home

Step 2:

We have decorated each box differently using ribbons, twine, washi tape, vintage buttons and stamps. We also found natural treasures such as pinecones, poppy seed heads and sprigs of pine to decorate with which fills the air with a festive scent!

Christmas Matchbox Favours Etsy UK We Made This Home

Christmas Matchbox Favours Etsy UK We Made This Home

Step 3:

Next, line the inside of the matchboxes with contrasting paper (we used vintage music sheets) or fabric, then fill them up with treats. We have chosen to fill ours with miniature glass bottles which we added glitter to for some extra magic and sparkle – they remind me of miniature snow globes!

We have also added tea light candles of which we decorated with gold glittery washi tape and then used twine to attach a couple of matchsticks. Of course, hidden in the boxes we have added our favourite sweets but tucked inside are some wishes for the new year ahead, typed out on small luggage tags which you can find here.

Christmas Matchbox Favours Etsy UK We Made This Home

Etsy finds…

|Parcel tags : Knot and Bow |
| Handmade paper : Handmade Seed Paper |
| Vintage music sheets : Torn Edge Paper |
| Twine : Knot and Bow |
| Washi tape : Cwlcrafts |
| Vintage stamps : Lemon Cat Shop |
| Miniature pegs : Knot and Bow |
| Glass bottles : Crafting for Joy |
| Glitter & Confetti : Knot and Bow |

How magical are those match boxes? The New Year wishes idea is beyond adorable! Will you be taking festive inspo and recreating Laura’s Christmas DIY?

Leave us a comment below if so and don’t forget to tweet us a snap of your matchboxes to @EtsyUK. Bookmark Laura’s blog We Made This Home for more crafty goodness and styling inspiration.


More crafty Christmas Etsy tutorials…

How to make a card peg wreath
How to make your own snow globe
How to make a Christmas stocking – from an old cardigan!

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