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   Monogrammed matchstick holders Posted by Jo 
January 1, 2013 
Jo
 

Happy New Year! I am looking forward to a lot of fun crafting and party throwing in 2013. To start the year off, I did a simple project over the weekend. I needed some gifts for upcoming events in January and decided to create some matchstick holders that I could put in a gift basket with a candle.

When I found these cute, corked bottles at Michaels, I bought all they had! To personalize them, I used a stick-on stencil and some 3D Frost Gloss Enamels paint in white.

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I dabbed the paint on with the writer tip and immediately removed the stencil. That was super simple! To create a surface on which to strike the matches, I cut some coarse grit sandpaper to the same size as the bottom of the jar.

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I used strips of our double sided tape sheets to adhere the sandpaper to the bottom of the jar. It stuck on perfectly!

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The last step was to fill the jars with classic wooden matchsticks and they were good to go. My plan was to make these for gifts, but I liked them so much that I even made one for myself!

monogrammed matchstick holder

6 comments so far:

  1. PatGLex said: (January 2nd, 2013 at 11:01 am)

    OMG! How cute! I am definitely making my brother/sister-in-law one of these! As well as me! It will be useful to keep the matches in that i use to light the Yankee Candles on my table, rather than having the ugly box there…..

  2. dee said: (January 13th, 2013 at 2:17 am)

    Very cute. Does the sandpaper pose a concern of scratching wood tabletop?

  3. Chica said: (January 13th, 2013 at 11:20 am)

    Dee, I would think that setting sandpaper on a wood tabletop would be a bad idea. Best, perhaps, to set this on a surface like stone, tile, or glass. If you really want to put it on a wood table, you could always attach the sandpaper to a flat side of the jar instead of on the bottom.

  4. Stacy M Hanbury said: (January 21st, 2013 at 12:03 pm)

    I love this! Do you know if glass etching cream will work on jars like that? I have some left over from a previous project I would like to use up.

  5. Chica said: (January 21st, 2013 at 12:36 pm)

    Stacy, glass etching cream will work on anything glass, so you should be good to go!

  6. Julie said: (January 25th, 2013 at 9:58 pm)

    Have you tried striking the matches on the sandpaper? Most of the modern matches will not strike on plain sandpaper. They now have a chemical in the sandpaper that is on the box, that is required in order to make the match light. It’s for safety. Here is some more information:http://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/everyday-myths/sandpaper-light-match.htm
    Unless you bought, “Strike Anywhere” matches, this won’t work. You could, however glue a strip of the sandpaper from the matchbox on the bottom of the jar and then it would work. It needs that chemical though or you won’t have much luck getting these to light. Cute idea though.

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