DIY Guy: 4th of July Matchboxes

These DIY Matchboxes are perfect for a 4th of July party or, in our case, a little favor for our clients.


What we used: 

  • designed print-outs 
  • matchboxes
  • ruler
  • x-acto knife
  • cutting mat
  • pens
  • scrap paper
  • a book


Step 1: 

Create your artwork…

The artwork we used was found using Google or produced using Adobe Illustrator. Before printing, we made sure each image settings were set to the following specs:

Color mode: CMYK

Resolution: 300 dpi

The size for the front/back of the boxes we used  was 1 3/8 x 2 1/8 in. The side was 3/8 x 2 1/8 in. Resize the images to your liking in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator (or similar programs).

*note: the size of matchboxes may vary, so measure yours to get the best measurements

We added the crop marks using Adobe Illustrator to make trimming easier.


Step 2:  

Wrap Around Box Design

  • Take apart your boxes by slightly cutting in between the glued area of the matchbox.
  • Glue your new box print to the cut open piece (leaving one of the strike strips exposed). Trim the excess paper off and place under a book while the glue dries.
  • Glue the box back together and use the pen clip to hold it in place. Let it dry.
  • Slip the matches back into the new sleeve.
  • You’re done!


Two-sided Box Design 

  • Glue the paper designs to the front and back. 
  • You’re done.



What do you think? Comment below!


Have an awesome and safe 4th of July guys!

One thought on “DIY Guy: 4th of July Matchboxes”

  1. Polly says:

    shawna moody – love the grid cards!i am behind as well…funny how work, school, kids, husband, life just gets in the of our crfysa-nets!thanks for the chance to win!

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