DIY Matchbox

diy matchbox tutorial

A simple matchbox makes a quick and easy DIY and is a great way to give a small gift or gift card.  You don’t even have to buy the matches.

diy matchbox tutorial

DIY Matchbox for Gift Giving

In this tutorial I’ll share how you can make the matchbox base and then embellish it for any season of the year.

You’ll need:

  • Heavy cardstock
  • Score board (or you could use a ruler and bone folder)
  • Glue or double sided tape
  • Patterned paper and embellishments of choice

The Matchbox Sleeve

diy matchbox tutorial

The matchbox sleeve is very simple. Start with a piece of cardstock cut at 7 1/2″x4″.

Then, on your score board, score at 1″, 3 5/8″, 4 5/8″, 7 1/4 inches.

As shown in the photo, put a little double sided tape to hold the sides together.

diy matchbox tutorial

You’ll adhere this edge on top of the narrow edge created by scoring. Now your matchbox sleeve has been created.

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The Matchbox Insert

Next you’ll work on the insert.

I’ve created a diagram for the score and cut lines. For more details, you’ll find a cutting and scoring diagram at the end of this post.

diy matchbox tutorial

First you’l fold in the sides, bending the flaps in.

Then you’ll fold in the ends. They’ll cover the flaps from the sides you folded in.

Now simply slide your two pieces together. Your little box is ready to use.

diy matchbox tutorial

I used a 1″ circle punch to just clip the ends of my box for a little finger hold. It isn’t absolutely necessary, but I think it makes a nice touch.

Use patterned papers, handmade embellishments, sequins and more to decorate your project to use any time of the year.

The sample box has been decorated with a Christmas Tree embellishment made with Cricut. The patterned papers used were from the Authentique Collection, Vintage Christmas. (This is an affiliate link, see our complete disclosure in the footer) 

I hope you enjoy making a matchbox for your gift giving and thanks for stopping by Say It With Simplicity. Have a wonderful and creative day!

matchbox scoring diagram


All photos and text by Say It With Simplicity. You may re-post this tutorial, but please provide credits and links to this website. Thank you! 

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