Monday, December 9, 2013

holiday project #5 - my very own idea, matchbox advent calendar

I'm not sure when this idea popped into my  head....

Perhaps a few weeks back when I came across a box of twelve vintage (would they be anything else?) match boxes on etsy.  They look pretty familiar...

Even the little box they came in identifying them as "noel matches"... just what every home needed back in the 60's?

Now you can see why they looked familiar!  I had found a box of these a number of years back and added a couple more here and there over the years to total 15.  Mine were all gold boxes and the new find, a mix of gold, red and green... the colors of the season are a fun addition.

I had an idea of what I wanted to do... and a large metal tray from ikea would work to start the project.

25 match boxes and a metal tray... hmmm.

Some aqua labels, which just happened to be the right size, and a black sharpie.

Can you see where I'm going with this?

Although I added the circle label in each box I didn't want to compromise my little vintage beauties further and opted for "mighty magnets" to hold the boxes in place.  The little magnets are super strong!

But wait... we're getting a bit ahead of ourselves.

Today (well last Saturday when I did this) is only the 7th of December!

I'm not sure if the little angels or the Santa faces are my favorites...
And in future years, perhaps there will be a little one or two around to help open a few of these boxes with maybe a little something inside?

And all those matches?  Well I could pile them back in those little boxes or better yet..

We'll use them to light some holiday candles!

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  1. What a find, what a clever idea! My have things changed...imagine, Noel matches with such care taken to decorate the boxes. And the turquoise match tips...almost too pretty to use. Love this! -Mary

  2. This is so cute Chris! Love it. Have a Merry Christmas!!

  3. Really cute project! And I even like the bowl full of matches!

  4. Super cute. I'm going to have to remember this for next year!


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