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Matchbox Gifts




"The littler the better" is the philosophy of these presents -- and it's easy to make a bunch quickly. Kids can give them to friends and classmates, adding a small treat, such as a holiday note, candy, or trinket.


  • Decorative paper
  • Glue
  • String
  • Stickers
  • Matchbox
  • Pinking shears or scissors


  1. Step 1

    For a standard-size matchbox, cut a 33/4-by-2-inch band of decorative paper.

  2. Step 2

    Glue band around box; you can attach more paper to box ends.

  3. Step 3

    Embellish with string, stickers, or a thin strip of paper glued around box.

  4. Step 4

    To make a card to go inside, cut a 2-by-21/2-inch piece of paper; trim edges with pinking shears, if desired, and fold in half.

Martha Stewart Kids, Holiday 2003



Reviews (2)

  • John13000 4 May, 2013

    I found these boxes empty and cheap at . No need to buy matches and waste them.

  • RioBravo 16 Dec, 2010

    If you'll be recycling used matchboxes for this project, plan ahead. The boxes will need to be aired out for awhile because they usually retain a strong sulfur/chemical smell from the matches. You can buy blank, unused match boxes (without the sulfur smell) online at several craft supply sites for a reasonable price ... but, personally, I find old, used matchboxes a lot more interesting.