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Seed Matchbook Favors How-To

Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2010

Sure, matchbooks have become a go-to wedding favor, but there's more to these clever versions than meets the eye. Give away a surprising something to remember in the form of a cheery, charming pack of forget-me-not seeds. The best part: Long after the big day, guests will watch the dainty blossoms -- and the memories -- spring to life.

Download editable clip art, and type in your first names and wedding date. There are two pages, one for the covers and one for the planting instructions inside the matchbook.

Print the front of the matchbook covers onto 8 1/2-by-11-inch card stock. Turn the paper over, and print the page of instructions on the back (test the alignment by printing one copy first, before printing the rest).

There are three creases you'll need to make, and there are three sets of dotted crop marks to make it easier to do so. Use a bone folder and a metal straightedge to draw creases between the dotted crop marks.

Use a craft knife and the straightedge to cut out the matchbook covers, cutting along the edges of the colors.

Fold matchbook along creases.

Scoop seeds into 2-by-3 1/4-inch glassine envelopes, and fold top edge over twice by 1/4 inch.

Tuck seed-filled glassine envelope into the bottom flap, with the folded edge down, and staple once in the middle of the flap.

Wedding seed mix, $45 for 1 pound, Flower Art & Soul

Glassine envelopes (G7), $2.75 for 50, Clearbags

Comments (15)

  • 6 Jun, 2012

    hi selmahermit- you need to be able to make and save changes to the PDF file...simply opening it up in Adobe Reader and making changes won't work (don't know what you've tried so far but I encountered the same problem!).

    i also encountered a problem: when i print the backside of the matchbook (the "forget us not" instructions), it's not centered with the front of the matchbook but rather offset way to the left. any suggestions?

  • 4 Jun, 2012

    Does anyone know the trick to printing these matchbook covers? I have downloaded and printed at least 10 times. It looks like it will print the names I typed but when I print it comes out with NAME & NAME ....MONTH 00, 0000. I would really like to use these...Please help if you can

  • 1 Mar, 2012

    How can I edit the rest of the file? I've tried putting it in MS word and it isn't working for me...

  • 20 Apr, 2011

    Hi Ladies! I wanted to let you all know that I will no longer be responding to matchbook e-mails as I am getting very close to my own wedding. However, you are more than welcome to make your own template as I did. Try Microsoft Publisher or word :)

  • 1 Mar, 2011

    I'm having a hard time finding cardstock in Canada 110lb. Is this what everyone is using?

  • 1 Jan, 2011

    forgot to add my e-mail :)
    Rose827@yahoo.com

  • 1 Jan, 2011

    If anyone is interested, I designed an adobe illustrator edit-able version...I'm having an irish wedding and needed something appropriate for my needs. If you don't have adobe, maybe I could fix it for you :)

  • 21 Nov, 2010

    I would like to reiterate mjstar03's question - is there a customizable template for this project? It would like to be able to make it more personalized!

  • 28 Sep, 2010

    These presents are known as favors and they usually come in beautiful packages. These packages are known as wedding favor holders.

    Bridal favor
    http://favorholders.com/

  • 26 Jul, 2010

    Would I use the same programs to change the color of the matchbooks or are there templates available in other colors?

  • 26 Jul, 2010

    Would I use the same programs to change the color of the matchbooks or are there templates available in other colors?

  • 6 Apr, 2010

    @Skye88- you'll have open the PDF in a program that can edit PDF's, such as Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.

  • 6 Apr, 2010

    @Skye88- you'll have open the PDF in a program that can edit PDF's, such as Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.

  • 6 Apr, 2010

    @Skye88- you'll have open the PDF in a program that can edit PDF's, such as Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.

  • 19 Mar, 2010

    How can I change the wording on the back to thank you for coming to our engagement party?