Apply dots, splatters, or swipes to sheets of paper, and cut to personalize a box of matches.

March 27, 2015
Bryan Gardner


  • Acrylic paint
  • Paper (we used a roll of cream paper)
  • Craft knife
  • Metal ruler
  • Double-sided tape
  • 1 1/2-inch circle sticker labels
  • Triangle matchbooks
Bryan Gardner


1. Use acrylic paint on any type of paper to create free-form designs, such as a splatter painting, stripes, spots, color blocks, and random brushstrokes. Let paint dry completely.

2. Make the matchbook covers: Cut out sections of the paper into 2-by-2 1/8-inch rectangles. Wrap paper around the matchbook; secure with double-sided tape.

3. Download, print, and cut out the "XO" slide tabs using a metal ruler and craft knife. Remove the tray portion of the matchbox and attach tab to underside with double-sided tape.


Triangle matchboxes, $55 for 50,


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