This DIY matchbox shrines undertaking is a long-time fave. I featured it in my very first e book, Making Shadow Packing containers and Shrines, and it nonetheless holds robust.
Mini-matchboxes are straightforward to search out (within the grilling part on the grocery retailer) and you may even purchase them clean and empty on-line. All of the hyperlinks are shared beneath.
What’s so cool is there are limitless methods to assemble just a little shrine that can be utilized in your Day of the Useless Ofrenda and even for the vacations as a tree decoration!
Matchboxes in historical past
Let’s give just a little love to those traditional sleeved packing containers. Based on A History of Graphic Design blog, matchboxes date again to 1680 when Robert Boyle coated a small piece of paper with phosphorous, then coated a small piece of wooden with sulfur, and realized rubbing the coated wooden throughout the paper would create a hearth.
From there, matchboxes grew to become the proper clever car for design and sweetness. Try the weblog submit i linked above to study much more.
Matchboxes in artwork and craft
Today matchboxes are a HUGE a part of the craft world. They’re embellished and used as get together favors, present packing containers, and even jewellery. They’re made out of papers, cardstock, cardboard, and even wooden.
You could find them in quite a lot of sizes. I particularly love matchbox artwork from Mexico, they’re usually adorned with Loteria, pop artwork, and non secular imagery.
For this undertaking, I used my Artful Chica Loteria sport, from my 2008 product line! I’m usually requested about this model of the sport, it’s grow to be a collectible! Test eBay, Etsy, Amazon for a set. I’ve a couple of units right here and that i’m holding on to them tightly! I feel I would
Okay, let’s get began with this DIY matchbox shrine tutorial!
Gems and/or sequins
Instructions for DIY matchbox shrines
There are such a lot of methods to make considered one of these! However let’s begin with this one:
Begin by eradicating the field from the sleeve.
Reduce the sleeve into 4 items – two larger items and the 2 sides.
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Glue the picture within the heart. Add glue across the inside sides and border of the picture, add glitter. Faucet away extra – or use liquid glitter.
Use one of many larger items and add glue to the underside of the field and place on prime, this creates just a little base so your shrine can stand upright.
Reduce the thin sides in an ornamental method and glue them to the perimeters.
For the final larger piece, reduce it to create a topper in your shrine.
Add shade to your shrine
Base coat the shrine in desired colours after which add painted accents.
It’s your selection if you would like add sheer shade so the packaging reveals by means of (provides extra dimension and curiosity) or if you wish to add extra coats of paint for an opaque look.
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Get inventive with chopping the perimeters
Use ornamental edge scissors, or you should utilize common scissors and reduce in wavy strips. It additionally seems to be good to trim all the perimeters in paint.
Add varnish and different accents
Use brush-on varnish, I used excessive gloss Mod Podge. Sizzling glue gems, sequins, tiny trinkets to convey your shrine to life and provides it a narrative!
Concepts in your matchbox shrines:
Social gathering favors
Craft evening get together
Dimensional greeting card
Pendant or brooch
3D scrapbook reminiscence piece
Centerpiece for bigger artwork items