I’m going to show you how to quickly and easily make a matchbox out of a Mason jar. I say matchbox because not only does the mason jar serve as an alternative, more attractive holder for the matchsticks, but it includes the match striking paper as well.
No strike anywhere matches needed!
This craft is floating all around the Internet, (I originally found it on The Burlap Bag blog via Pinterest). The only problem I found was that strike anywhere matches are needed, and much more difficult to find than normal strike-on-the-box matches. Inspired to figure out a way to use strike-on-the-box matches, I came up with this quick craft.
Supplies you’ll need:
- Strike on the box matches (Can be found at Meijer, Target, etc. Mine are from the lawn and garden section of Meijer)
- Small Mason jar (8-12 oz) (Can be found at craft stores or in bulk at Meijer, Target etc. Mine are from Hobby Lobby)
- Card stock or thick paper (preferably colorful) (Can be found at craft stores, paper stores, etc.)
- Anything you want to decorate your Mason jar with (ribbon, glue, etc.)
Cut match striking paper from box.
Cut match striking paper in half.
Take match striking paper pieces and fit them into the lid side-by-side. (No need to glue.)
Fold the card stock in half, trace the mason jar lid with a pencil, and cut out the circle.
(When you trace, be sure to trace a little off of the folded edge so that the circle is still folded after being cut.)
Lightly place cut out card stock into lid. (No need to glue.)
Step SIX (If you’re not decorating the mason jar, skip to step 8)
Decorate however you like! I chose a ribbon, and because it was thick I folded and glued it into a rod-like shape. I then wrapped it around the mason jar, gluing as I went.
(For glue I chose fast grab tacky glue because it dries extremely fast and I’m a little impatient sometimes.)
If you want to add a bow cut off a small strip of ribbon (make sure to use sharp scissors). Fold into a bow. Glue the bow on top of the ugly seam of the ribbon previously wrapped around the mason jar.
(Using a toothpick, I like to put a little drop of glue inside the knot of each bow to ensure it won’t come apart.)
Add both lids to your jar and you’re done! Use it for yourself in your home or pair it with a beautiful candle for a homemade gift— whatever you want!
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