DIY Matchbox Shrines – The Artful Chica

DIY Matchbox Shrines

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. 

Matchbox featured on “A Historical past of Graphic Design” weblog.


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!

DIY matchbox shrines


Matchboxes with matches (empty into a tin or glass jar)


Matchboxes, blank and empty


White craft glue

Glitter glue or loose glitter

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:

DIY Matchbox Shrines

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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DIY Matchbox Shrines

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.

DIY Matchbox Shrines

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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DIY Matchbox Shrines


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.

DIY Matchbox Shrines

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!

DIY Matchbox Shrines

Here is a video I made showing the DIY matchbox shrine process!

Concepts in your matchbox shrines:

Social gathering favors

Vacation ornaments

Craft evening get together

Mini-mixed media

Dimensional greeting card

Pendant or brooch

Visible storytelling

Journey shrine

3D scrapbook reminiscence piece

Centerpiece for bigger artwork items