Personalized for the Mother of the Bride
Materials & Tools List
Some of the Supplies You'll Need
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1. To determine the size of your decorative paper, measure the length, width and height of your matchbox. I used different matchboxes for this project but I strongly recommend Diamond Brands. Diamond's cardboard is sturdier than other matchboxes, making it the best choice for crafts applications.
2. Cut your sticker paper to the size needed for wrapping around the box. Use the sticker paper to make glitter lace paper in purple and silver.
3. Apply double-stick tacky tape around the sleeve of the matchbox, covering most of the surface.
4. Remove the backing on the tacky tape. Wrap the glitter lace paper around the matchbox, taking care to align the edges.
5. Use a small piece of tape to adhere the end of the glitter lace paper to itself.
6. Trim any paper that extends beyond the box edges.
7. Tape or glue the fabric ribbon around the box ends.
8. Select a flower and leaf from your artificial flower bunch. Hold the petal and leaf tops together and twist a few times around each other. Tightly wrap the individual stems around the shaft of a wire wrapping tool.
9. Glue the flower on the front of the matchbox sleeve.
10. Paint the matchbox tray both inside and out. Paint it twice, allowing it to dry between coats. The picture shows a sampling of colors.
11. After the paint has dried, punch two small holes in a short side of the matchbox tray. This is where you'll fashion a handle for opening your treasure box. You may have to squeeze hard to punch through the tray if the cardboard overlaps.
12. Glue the pearl strand to the inside of the matchbox tray, around all four corners.
13. Wrap the stem of another flower around the wire tool. Glue the flower inside the tray. Glue a small button, alphabet and heart beads, and/or other embellishments inside the matchbox tray.
14. Thread a flower stem or piece of wire through a wooden bead and the tray holes. Twist the wire ends loosely to avoid tearing the box holes. You now have a handle to pull open the matchbox drawer.
15. Glue a pin clasp to the back of the matchbox. After the glue has dried, you're ready to wear your miniature art creation.
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Article Description: Do you have pieces of paper, snips of trim and other craft scraps left over from another project? Alter a matchbox into a personalized party favor your guests will adore.