Make a Match Box

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Today I wanted to share with you one way to give a gift card creatively, using a handmade Match Box.

With Christmas right around the corner, there is no doubt you’ve been searching for gift ideas.

A gift card almost seems like a last resort, doesn’t it? You shop… and shop for the perfect gift, and then you throw up your hands and say, “I’m going to give a gift card.”

Does it have to be the last resort?

I don’t think so. The gift card is very welcome any time of the year.  I think the problem is, that when you receive it, you get handed an envelope from under the tree and you know almost immediately that it’s a gift card.  Where is the surprise in that?

One of the solutions

Choose a gift card right from the start. Who doesn’t want some groceries, gas for their car, jewelry or clothing that they pick out….

The second part of the solution is to choose a wrapping for your gift card giving that is a little more exciting than the usual envelope and card.

For this reason, I’ve created a match box that’s the perfect size for giving your gift card and you can make it quickly and easily with my template from the following link:

 

Template and Instructions

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See link above for full size  template and scoring instructions

What You’ll Need for a 4″ x 2 1/2″ match box:

  • Paper Cutter
  • Scissors
  • Scor-pal or other score board
  • Heavy card stock
  • Scor-Tape or similar adhesive
  • Decorative paper
  • Embellishments for decorating
  • One inch circle punch (optional)
  • Match Box template

First you’ll cut two pieces of card stock, one for your inner, slider box and one for your outer, sleeve part of your box.

  • Cut the inner box at 4.5″ x 8″.
  • Cut the piece for the outer sleeve at 4″ x 7.5″

To assemble the inner box:

  • Turn your paper so that the 4.5″ part of your paper is at the top of the score board. Score at 1″ and 3.5″ (one inch from each edge)
  • Turn so that your 8″ part of your paper is at the top of the score board. Score at 2″ and 6″
  • Using your scissors, snip the area where you see the solid red lines on the template.
  • Fold up the score lines at 2″ and 6″.
  • Now place your cut ends on the score board and score 1″ from each end.
  • Fold up all score lines. The side ends get tucked under the double scored end when assembling the box.
  • Use Scor-Tape or similar product for the best hold when assembling your box.
  • You may use a small circle punch about 1 inch to punch one or both ends of the box for easier opening.
Cut the ends, fold over and then add the last score line.

 

Match box scored and cut

Match Box slider assembled

To assemble the outer sleeve:

  • Place your 7.5″ edge at the top of your score board
  • Score as indicated on template
  • Fold along all score lines.
  • Adhere the narrow edge inside the sleeve using Scor-Tape.
Folded Match Box Sleeve
Folded Match Box Sleeve with Adhesive Tape

 

Completed Match Box Sleeve

Ideas for decorating

Match Box Decorated with Authentique Vintage Christmas Paper

Slip the inner box into the sleeve and you’re ready for decorating your match box. You could make your decorating simple by using Kraft card stock to make your box, then cutting out snow flakes, deer or some other image for decorating.

You could make a box from one color and use a pretty ribbon or make a belly band to brighten it.

Using decorative papers and embellishments are another option if you would like to make a fancier box.

I used papers from Authentique Vintage Christmas and added a mat to my “Seasons Greeting” sentiment. I also added a handmade tree embellishment left over from cards I made last year. Clear red gems complete the look of this box. I’m linking my project to the “More than One Score” challenge on the Scor-pal blog.

Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to know if you tried this project and how it went for you.

Say It With Simplicity this Christmas. Happy Holidays to all!

 

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