Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox Gift

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

I’m a pretty positive person most days, but I think we all need a little pick-me-up sometimes, a reminder that we can try new things and go for our dreams. So I’ve made this little gift to give to a friend to remind her that Yes, She Can!

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

To make a match box like this you need to…

Step 1: Buy a matchbox, mine is approx 2″ x 1.5″:

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

Step 2: Cut and score a piece of patterned paper to wrap around the outer sleeve of the matchbox (my paper is from the Glitz 77 6×6 pad):

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

I stuck mine onto the matchbox with a gluestick.

Step 3: Paint the edges of the inner compartment with gesso or acrylic paint:

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

Step 5: Once the inside is dry you can decorate it, I used a phrase cut from the same Glitz pad, and a 77 giant rhinestone, plus some orange seed beads which I stuck in with glossy accents:

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

Step 6: Add some alpha stickers to the front of your box and you’re done:

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

You could add more dimension to the outside of the box, but I wanted to keep mine flat so it can be tucked into a pocket or handbag!

If you love the idea of this but don’t fancy making your own then check out this Etsy shop: Kim’s Little Monsters as her’s are super cute!

Be Inspired:

Alter a box with a refreshing phrase to gift to someone

Pile some seed beads along the edge of a project

Make something small enough to fit in the palm of your hand

Do you need a little pick-me-up like this sometimes?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!  {NOW CLOSED}

I’ll see you again in an hour!

Jennifer x

26 Comments
  • mandysea
    Reply

    Okie doke… I’ve always wanted to do these!!! There’s just something adorable and yes ‘positive’ about them! Love it – and a pick me up is something we can all do with at times 🙂

    June 7, 2014 at 4:04 pm
  • Frances
    Reply

    Love this idea. Love the clarity and simplicity of yours’ Jennifer.

    June 7, 2014 at 5:43 pm
  • What a lovely pick-me-up gift – I’m sure your friend will enjoy it!

    June 7, 2014 at 5:56 pm
  • how cute x

    June 7, 2014 at 7:52 pm
  • A lovely way to inspire.

    June 7, 2014 at 7:58 pm
  • very cute little box xx

    June 7, 2014 at 8:04 pm
  • I think I can safely say that yes I do need a pick me up sometimes! I love this idea.

    June 7, 2014 at 8:05 pm
  • barb macaskill
    Reply

    I can always use a little pick me up and try to send out random cards and little gifts to friends and family to give THEM a pick me up! It not only brightens their day but it makes ME feel happy! TFS!

    June 7, 2014 at 8:12 pm
  • Oooooo, love the idea of making one to give as a gift, be a lovely little “chic up” type pressie

    June 7, 2014 at 8:12 pm
  • Sarah
    Reply

    Oh gosh, don’t we all just need a pick me up like this sometimes?!! Lovely little box!

    June 7, 2014 at 8:17 pm
  • A lovely little box 🙂

    June 7, 2014 at 8:39 pm
  • that is sweet and such a good idea,,,, clever people who guessed this one correctly!

    June 7, 2014 at 8:58 pm
  • Annie
    Reply

    This is such sweet idea, how lovely it would be to receive something like this as a gift and what a great way to use up scraps and some of those boxes I keep hoarding ….. :o)

    June 7, 2014 at 9:37 pm
  • I’m a sucker for teeny little treasures. This is a beauty.

    June 7, 2014 at 10:34 pm
  • Jen
    Reply

    These are adorable! I’ve only seen a few decorative match boxes like this before- I’ll definitely I have to give it a try.

    June 7, 2014 at 10:42 pm
  • Gemma Steele
    Reply

    So sweet!

    June 7, 2014 at 10:59 pm
  • What a cute idea!!!

    June 8, 2014 at 2:07 am
  • I have a great idea – thanks for the inspiration!

    June 8, 2014 at 4:33 am
  • Lindsay
    Reply

    I love these. I used to make some of these as gifts. There are a few templates online to cut out and make your own with cardstock.

    June 8, 2014 at 8:29 am
  • I love five minute challenges..this is super cute!

    June 8, 2014 at 2:16 pm
  • I’ve seen this idea before both homemade and in shops, so cute and personal 🙂

    June 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm
  • Karen Schroeder
    Reply

    I love the idea of making something small for a friend! I alter Altoid tins.

    June 8, 2014 at 7:15 pm
  • Heather Pham
    Reply

    Cute!!! I don’t usually alter boxes of any kind, but I’m recently saving up mint boxes to alter. (I had a little mint faze in my last year of high school. So many tins. :-/)

    June 9, 2014 at 5:45 am
  • Definitely be using some seed beads like this, they look fab.

    June 9, 2014 at 11:14 am
  • What a sweet idea – the best things DO come in the smallest packages – and this one doesn’t break the bank!

    June 9, 2014 at 11:19 am
  • Janet
    Reply

    Super cute! I think I will make my sister one. She is battling a brain tumor and could use an inspirational quote.

    June 9, 2014 at 1:07 pm

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