Friday, September 14, 2012

Mini matchbox wedding favors

i was asked to do a guest blog post over at bridesmaids and weddings for a DIY wedding doo-dad.  i came up with a very simple yet very personal project using mini boxes of matches. i am reposting the article in it's entirety (plus additional photo) here as well...  i did try to make it sound/look a bit more "professional"  by using correct capitals and what-nots of super happy and encouraging transition and closing sentences that i rarely do on MHICTY.  not that i don't what to be encouraging... i just figure when you are playing at someone else's house you should put manners up front.  anyway, here goes:

Looking for a simple, cute, personalized (and cheap!) handmade wedding
favor solution? Well then, look no further! Mini match boxes are a
great blank canvas to work with and easy to add your own personal
touches. Whether you are more of the frilly pastel flower type or a
destitute dank weed enthusiast, such as myself, it works!
Purchase mini match boxes from dollar stores, scrapbook paper,
punches, and stamping materials from craft stores and images you enjoy
from the internet or other resources.

These matchboxes can be done fairly fast if done assembly line
style.... perfect for bridesmaid get togethers! Start by cutting out
all of the papers and then attaching them to the boxes with glue.
Next, do the stamping. It's best to do one side at a time to allow
for drying and to minimize smudging before moving on to the next side.
The best time frame I have discovered to wait until moving on to the
other side is equivalent to having two margaritas. So go forth
responsibily, finish stamping all of the opposite sides.... and you
are done!

These match boxes would look adorable resting in an intricate etched
crystal heirloom bowl, if you are going the frilly pastel flower
route. But I am going more towards a dank vintage vibe so I decided
to make a vintage style match dispenser to place them in.

I constructed the dispenser out of a cardboard popcorn box which I
covered in scrapbook paper and fabric trim. I found several images on
the internet of kitchen match dispensers from the 1940s and based my
design on them. Look around you for creative ideas and objects that
inspire or promote your wedding's theme to use as a container.

(above- example of said vintage match holder)
These embellished commemorative match boxes are a great little DIY
project that any bride can find the time to do and add a bit of a
personal touch to their special day.


Mocha Dawson said...

Cute match boxes as favors? Why not? Would love to try these embellishments and stampings in my wedding ceremony supplies. DIY concept really rocks!;)

Zootsuitmama said...

Cute! I'm gonna show my daughter! She's getting married soon.