Thursday, January 26, 2012

Matchstick Holder

Today I am transforming a clear votive glass into a matchstick holder.  You can pick any type of material to cover your votive with, this way your 'matchbox' can blend with your current decor!  This idea originally came up, because I had a candle lighting bit in my wedding ceremony, and I didn't want an ugly box of matches sitting up on the alter.   

- Clear Glass Votive
- Ribbon or Fabric or Paper
- Box of Large Matches
- Glue
- Scissors

Start by running a line of glue around the bottom edge of the votive, then quickly place the ribbon down evenly around the bottom.  Thicker ribbon is more forgiving, try not to use too much glue.  

Continue adding glue, and then the ribbon all the way up.  Make sure to line up the ends vertically.   Be creative with the way you apply the ribbon, and the colors you pick out!  This is optional, but you can add a little clear nail polish too keep the ends from unraveling.  

Finally, cut out a thin strip of the striker from a box of matches.  Make sure it is wide enough to cover the seams, and the right height to fit on the glass.  Add glue to the back of the striker board, and then place over the seams.  

Now you have a lovely way to display your matches next to your candles.  

The matchstick holder on the right in this photo I used for my wedding.  

Hope you enjoy, happy DIYing!