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Matchbox Gifts

Photography: Annie Schlechter

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Holiday 2003


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

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

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

  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.

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