Message in a Matchbox

For this weeks session we showed participants how to create a miniature message in a matchbox.

We we're inspired by this post, by Bored Panda, about an artist who had created little matchbox greetings with hidden messages inside. If you have an empty matchbox, knocking around your home, then all you need do is decorate. Try to find papers in your home. We recommend looking at the inside of envelopes (see below) for the inside and old book pages like we have used below:

If you don't happen to have a spare matchbox, we found these free downloadable templates by Earth Mother Crafts. It recommended that you print onto card but we only have a laser printer and this is not suitable for card printing. We printed off the template onto paper and stuck it to an old sturdy envelope, though an old greeting card will do. If you don't have a printer, the template has measurements for you to draw your own. We found the matchbox sleeve template was a bit small so we measured the inner box top and sides and transferred this onto a cereal box cutting a little extra for a glue flap. By doing this, we got the exact measurement for the sleeve.

We have created this free template, with drawings by artist Dave Pidgeon, for you to download and make a message, like the one above. We've also picked off links, to a few of our favourites, below:

Matchbox Mini Album Tutorial by Kay Williamson

DIY Matchbox Greeting Cards by Skill Flair-Easy Crafts

Dolls House Pintable's by Small Stuff

We hope this inspires you to have a go at making your own message in a matchbox. Check our website for future online events.