Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Birthday Matchbox Favour

For Christmas I gave Marc the Tim Holtz Matchbox Die (for more information:-http://www.sizzix.com/product/659447/sizzix-movers-shapers-l-die-matchbox), as we have loved using my Stampin’Up one over the past few years.  However, when made up, Marc found that the Tim Holtz box is quite a bit smaller than the finished Stampin’Up matchbox. The tray was considerably shallower, still ideal for Marc’s earrings and other bits of jewellery, but not so good for putting sweets in, like my Christmas matchboxes where I was able to fit two Lindtt teddies in perfectly.
But having not seen the box “in person” as it were, I was curious and got Marc to send me a few of the die cuts so that I could play ….. which got me wondering as to the possibility of making a birthday matchbox to perhaps give instead of a card.
After making up a box tray I decided to marry up a pack of Paperchase stickers (Birthday Bunting Stickers £1) to the matchbox, as they seemed to be in just the right proportion for my idea…….
…… and created a bottom for the box using a 6cm x 4cm scrap of card, which I mounted on three layers of foam tape so it stood slightly away from of the base when I stuck it in.
I then decorated the sleeve of the matchbox using matching scraps of paper, two Craftwork Card circle sentiments, gold corner and strip peel offs, and scallop and plain circle punches to mat and layer the sentiment circles.
It was then when I put the matchbox together that I realised my error …… doh…
…. the sentiment circle was facing the wrong direction, but it was an error that could easily put right! (as in first picture).
I am now on the look out for wrapped chocolates that will fit neatly into these boxes, Cadbury miniatures would be perfect (but hard to find other than online), and I have found that one mint crisp will fit (but not two!) ….. which is probably enough when put with a sprinkle of birthday confetti.  I have an idea that for a little while I will be wandering round town with a box in my bag looking other chocolates that might be a perfect fit ….. and in doing so getting a few suspicious looks in the process no doubt !!
If you don’t have a matchbox die, there are plenty of simple templates on the net and if you have a Silhouette there are downloads available there too.


Cheryl W said...

Brilliant idea! Hope you find the chocolates you need!

Mrs B said...

Hi Helen. Great little boxes. I love the tiny stickers, they are sweet and fit perfectly. Let us know what you end up putting in the box please. Take care.

tilly said...

I bought this for myself at Christmas, I found that 2 snowmen, bought in a net ( I think they were about 75p for about 15) at Aldi fit perfectly, hopefully they will do something similar at Easter.

Susan said...

These have to be the smartest matchboxes in town! Paperchase have come up trumps with stickers again. Wish you hadn't got me thinking about chocolates though!

Chris said...

Aldi are selling off their foil wrapped chocolate mini santa/snowmen etc at the moment- the ones I picked up at the weekend had a BBE July 2016! May be worth a look?

marc said...

i love my box diy its fab and i love what you have done with them big love marc

marc said...

they dont make the one you have any more there is another match box diy which is bigger than tim holtz and i think just a bit bigger than yours you can find it here http://www.theglitterpot.co.uk/products/Sizzix_Movers_Shapers_XL_Box_Match/40020/0 i got the info from one of your other fab followers the fabtastic Sue from sue Foote crafts gave me the info when i was looking for one like yours big love marc

Anonymous said...

the charm of these little boxes makes them sure to be everyone's favourite....so many great designs......Dianne