Thursday, 2 October 2014

2. Matchbox Monsters

Thanks Lou for yesterday's fabulous post. I will be having a go at one of those pendants just as soon as the eyes hit the shops.

A really simple little project from me today - little matchbox monsters.

For this project you will need
  • some matchboxes (obviously!) Mine were 5.5cm wide, 8cm tall and 3.25cm deep
  • some paper to wrap around the matchboxes (I used some old Halloween scrapbook paper)
  • images of your choice, approximately 1.5 x height of matchboxes
  • glue
  • ink pad
  • marker or Posca pen (optional)
  • Glossy Accents (optional)
I used Octopode images from some of the collage sheets available here as their bright and colourful style went well with my papers. Being digital images they were super easy to resize to fit my matchboxes. Stamped images would work well too.

Wrap your chosen paper around the outside of your matchbox and glue, then ink around the edges. Also, use some of the paper to line the inside of the matchboxes and adhere. Then, take two identical images and cut around them.  Place the first one centrally in the inside of the matchbox. As your images are larger than the box you will have to cut it to size by chopping off the head! Place the outside back one, leaving it about two thirds open. You can then line up the top part of your image with the inside part so that went the box is open you have a complete image as you can see below.

To finish off, colour with marker or Posca pen those parts of the matchbox not covered with paper. You don't want to use anything too rough as it will stop the slide action of the box. Finally, I added a little glossy accents to the eyes to highlight them.

These matchboxes make great little holders for some mini journals that I will be showing later in the month.  Fab filled with sweets to use as little Trick or Treat boxes or just stand alone little decorations. You can also play with them by mismatching the heads and bodies. I hope you have some fun with these, and see you tomorrow for Jas's project.

I've entered this is in the A Step in the Darkness challenge blog here, The Corrosive Challenge here and Divas by Design here.



  1. These are fab, and, I have empty matchboxes just waiting!!

  2. Such a neat idea, real fun, thanks for joining us at Divas By Design this week. Jac x

  3. What a great idea, and the colours just pop. I love it! Octopode have such great images!

  4. EEEK! How FUN! I adore Octopode! Thanks so much for sharing with ASITD. xxD

  5. Great project - love the images. thanks for sharing at ASITD - good luck and hope to see you again x