Wednesday, February 22, 2012

DIY - Matchbox Trinket holder

I had this cute little idea the other day, I actually think I remember making a basic version these when we were little and seeing how many items you could squeeze into a matchbox! It's a very simple and quick project. It could be used to give someone a note, a selection of trinkets, buttons, ribbons or whatever you can fit! A small soft heart would be cute with a note....


You will need:

An empty matchbox
  • A cute piece of fabric approx 4 times size of matchbox [I used vintage scraps]
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Old book paper or any paper you like.. musical/science book/floral/coloured
  • Trinkets to put into the box [could even be a message rolled up...]
  • A stamp or choice or piece of paper cut to size of the inside of the box.
  • Any rubber stamps are handy for fun and cute extra's [words or letters]


  1. Cut your piece of fabric so that you can roll the matchbox up within it and make sure you leave a 1cm seam around it.

  2. Lie the box within the fabric [outer only!] and put glue along the edge of the box. Lift up the flap of fabric and stick to this edge.

  3. Roll up the box in the fabric. Fold and glue the edge back on itself, Again glue the edge of box and stick down folded flap.

  4. This is how it should look now.

  5. Cut 4 incisions  to each of the 4 corners of the box. Glue and fold these inside the box one by one. Lid done.
  6. Lay the box drawer in the paper you are using, make sure there is enough to fold the edges over and cover the inside walls but not the bottom.

  7. Begin folding the paper inside as tightly and neatly as possible. Do the long edges first.

  8. With the shorter sides imagine you are wrapping a present, fold in side to make a triangle.

  9. Fold these up and glue to the inside. Repeat on both sides.

  10. Choose a stamp or similar sized image and glue to the bottom of the box.

  11. Fill your box with trinkets of your choice.

  12. I cut a little paper heart out of the same paper used to cover the drawer and stuck this to the lid. And here you have an adorable personal gift. xx

  13.  
    Oh it's so cute! I am going to make a few little sets and pop them on Etsy!
    ENJOY.
    Lots of Love.
    Miss K-T x

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