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« on: November 01, 2012 11:45:58 AM »

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Christmas Matchbox Wrappers - featuring Elmer's products

I've offered matchbox wrappers for download on my blog, but the offered designs are seriously lacking Christmas spirit. Which is sad given how often we want "just a little something" for a gift or stocking stuffer.

So I'm correcting that now.  Cheesy

Wrapped matchboxes make the perfect size box for stocking stuffer baubles and are an easy project for kiddos who are making up inexpensive pressies for for classmates.

Using the wrappers is easy-peasy.


  • Matchbox
  • Matchbox Wrappers
  • X-ACTO Knife or Precision Scissors
  • Elmer's Craft Bond Stick Glue
  • Elmer's Precision Embellishment Glue
  • Heaviest grit sandpaper you happen to have on hand

Optional Supplies
  • Wooden Clothespins
  • Elmer's Painter Pens, Elmer's Gel Pens, Wood Stain Markers, Stamp Pads, Acrylic Paints
  • Beads, brads, rhinestones, etc.


Print and cut out one of the wrappers (see the download link at the end of this post).

To prep the matchbox, remove the "drawer" and peel the outer sleeve apart at the seam.  Use the sandpaper to scuff up the the painted/coated side of the matchbox.

Use the Elmer's Glue Stick to glue the painted side of the matchbox to the back of the wrapper.  It's important to get this step correct, because otherwise you end up decorating the inside of the box sleeve.

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Allow time for the glue to dry. So many people don't think stick glue needs to dry and barrel on ahead -- those people end up with buckled and torn paper.

*knowing nod born of experience*

Re-glue the seam using the Elmer's Embellishment glue (the seam gets a lot of pressure from the drawer moving in and out and needs the stronger glue).  For projects like this, you just can't beat using wooden clothespins as clamps.

For the simple version, that's it, you're done.  Or you can use the extras included in the PDF file to add dimension and detail to your wrapped gift box. In the top pic, the matchbox on the left is "wrapper only"  and the matchbox on the right has been embellished with additional cutouts, Elmer's Gel Pens, stamp pad inks, and beads.

I even used one of the included graphics as a template for a simple clay ornament that fits perfectly inside the matchbox.

Here are the eight designs included in the download at the bottom of this post. (You must be logged in to access it!)


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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2012 12:05:54 PM »

Thank you so much for the wrapper template!  I made ornaments as gifts last year and think I will do a different design this year.  This entire post has inspired me!

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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2012 12:08:12 PM »

So cute and tiny! I am amazed at what you can do with a tiny matchbox. Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2012 01:20:28 PM »

How lovely! I make a lot of jewelry gifts, so these are perfect.

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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2012 01:28:48 PM »

So lovely and festive! Perfect for those little gifts.

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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2012 01:54:53 PM »

Ooh, thanks for sharing the templates! I totally want to make some of these!

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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2012 02:21:41 PM »

So generous of you to share your adorable template. Great stuff.

Also, using clothespins to hold everything together while drying = GENIUS!

« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2012 02:25:41 PM »

They're so cute!  And THANK YOU for the tutorial!

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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2012 02:50:59 PM »

Thanks for the template!
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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2012 12:55:40 AM »

And here comes my festive mood again!  YAY! 
Now to find a good place around here to get match boxes.....

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