Sunday, October 7, 2012

Vintage Halloween Print Matchboxes

It's really feeling like Fall around here, and that makes me start feeling really crafty. 

This covered Matchbox is an idea I have had knocking around in my head for a while, 
ever since I saw the decorative matchboxes at Pottery Barn.  
The little voice in the back of my head (planted there by my creative mother) said
 "You can do that..."

So today I did. 

I love "Easy Peasy" Decoupage Projects
like this Altoids tin turned into an iPod case and these little gift tags.

Everybody needs matches at Halloween 
and for the Holidays, too.

Here's how I did it.

First, I bought several boxes of kitchen matches at the Dollar Store.
I am not posting a picture of those because they are soooo ugly 
and if you have Google Reader, you just know that's the picture they would publish!

Then I went to the Graphics Fairy website 
and downloaded some background prints

 So much wonderful inspiration there, all for free...

I copied the label from the website, pasted it into Word, 
played around with the size until it fit the matchbox top and then printed a few.

 Here is the label, cut to fit the match box top. 


Then I cut the background print to wrap around the box.

 I liked the lighter one better with the Pumpkin label so that's what I used.
I decoupaged the background paper to the matchbox

  leaving the strike area uncovered.

Then I decoupaged the label onto the top.

Halloween Matches for all your Mischievous needs.....

These would be great for the Holidays
or you could monogram them or use photographs....
So many possibilities. 

Have fun with the boxes 
but remember,
never play with matches
 or use matches on your battery operated Magic Candles!!!

Linking to:
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill
Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming
More the Merrier Monday at DIY Home Sweet Home
Just Something I Whipped Up at Project Inspire
Sunday's Best at My 1929 Charmer
DIY Project Parade at DIY SHow OFf
Brag Monday at Graphics Fairy
Fall Mantel Link Party at 52 Mantels
Make it Yourself Monday at An Original Belle
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm
Uncommonly Yours Link Party at Uncommon Design
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Vintage Inspiration at Common Ground
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Fridays Unfolded at Stuff and Nonsense
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Fabulously Creative Friday at Jennifer Rizzo
Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk
Weekend Bloggy Reading Party at Serenity Now 

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  1. Very clever. Makes a $1.00 box of matches look like it's worth 10. The power of packaging huh?
    And I liked your basement transformation.
    A friend of mine was recently telling me a similar story about a couch NOT making it down the narrow steps of their basement.
    Take care,

  2. That image fits perfectly on there! And so great for Halloween and Thanksgiving! Nicely done. Visiting from the Graphics Fairy. I am a new follower!


  3. Oh my! you make everything seem soooo easy... and inexpensive too. You're right, those creative genes from "the chief"!!!
    A Delaware admirer!!!

  4. This is more than adorable!
    I love it!

    I am pinning!
    Do you have a Christmas or Thanksgiving version of this project?????
    I would be VERY interested.....

    Thank you!

  5. What a wonderful way to dress up matches! Clever!

  6. Wow! What a great idea.... I love to burn candles and leave the book of matches near the candle every evening. I don't like the look of that at all, but you have sparked a wonderful idea of covering the book of matches. I'll bet you change it with the seasons! This will be a welcome improvement. Thanks so much for posting!

  7. Wow! What a great idea.... I love to burn candles and leave the book of matches near the candle every evening. I don't like the look of that at all, but you have sparked a wonderful idea of covering the book of matches. I'll bet you change it with the seasons! This will be a welcome improvement. Thanks so much for posting!

  8. Brilliant. And we heat with a wood stove:}

  9. Who doesn't use matches to light up their pumpkin candles? Such a cute treasure! Saw you over at Nifty Thrifty Tuesday!

  10. Super cute and so easy!

  11. Great craft project and so cute. I may just have to buy some matches to make these. Thanks for the idea.

  12. These area adorable, don't you just love quick and easy projects that turn out as great as this. I never decoupage? What's up with that when I could get something this cute. If you make too many and just have them lying around, you could send me a few, jsut saying! Thanks for letting me know I was featured, made my day. Also thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  13. These are so cute! I love The Graphics Fairy too. The pumpkin looks so good on there.

    Well done!


  14. Very cute! I've decorated match boxes before at Easter and Valentine's Day and used them for candy treat gifts. They are always very well received.

  15. How cute, I never would have thought of that! I love that graphic, I have a large one that is framed that I put up in the fall. Stop by my blog if you get a chance.

  16. Erin, that turned out adorable. I am not sure I can tolerate my matchbox covers being naked now that I have seen their true potential. Really adorable and festive and I love that your mom's voice, encouraged you to go ahead and just make some.

  17. This autumn matchbox is so cute, Erin--I love the background pattern paper that you used and the graphic is so vintage and perfect! I'll have to try this out, maybe on a slightly larger box.

  18. Love it! I've done this also and included it with a scrumptious scented candle as a hostess gift. Clever idea. Happy Fall. :)
    Visiting from Uncommon Des.

  19. love this and what a great printable :)

  20. This is way too cute, Erin! Thanks for visiting my fall post; I'm glad to hear of someone else that goes into fall kicking and screaming LOL. It just takes us a while... :)

  21. Fantastic idea, thanks for sharing.

  22. Such a cute idea! And I love the Altoids tin too!! :) xo Holly

  23. Too cute...I have that original vintage label framed on my wall. Love the colors and your idea...definitely be doing that one for my vintage trailer.


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