At the Brimfield Antique Fair, the Wayfair team found endless amounts of knickknacks and furniture. Some items were rusted, restored, or patinaed, but all had character and a story to tell.
Among those items, we found this old mason jar filled with matchbooks. Right off the bat, familiar places stuck out, from a hotel in Boston to restaurants in Chicago and lobster shacks in Maine—so we knew that we had to get it!
Truth be told, we didn't know what we were going to make with it, but that's what's so exciting about antiquing. Sometimes an item just speaks to you and you think, "I can definitely make something cool out of this!" When we figured out what to make, this project was a piece of cake.
If you are looking for a project that doesn't take much time, won't make a mess, and won't require you to go to the store (you probably have all of these items at home), this project might be the perfect match for you!
Mason jar filled with matchbooks: $10
All the other materials were already at home, but would normally cost around $10 total
Picture frame (8x10)
Skinny felt tip marker
Matchbooks (about 20-25)
Steps: 1. Pick the matchbooks that you want to use in the frame. We used a mix of more sentimental ones (first dates, meaningful addresses, and birthday dinners) and others from the antique fair with funky designs or cheeky advertisements. Start with 20-25 matchbooks, but you will not likely need all of them.
2. Cut the cover off of the matchbooks. If you have a deeper frame, like a shadowbox frame, you can use the whole matchbook. Arrange the matchbooks around the matting frame before gluing; you can simply arrange the matchbooks or create a pattern on top of the matting.
Repurpose a frame that you already have and use matchbooks that you have collected to make this project basically free!
3. Once you have settled on an arrangement, glue the matchbooks to the matting. We left a 1/3 inch border on the inside of the matting so the covers hung over the outside edge.
4. Using the back of the matting as a guide, trim any excess covers that overlap the edge with scissors.
5. If the matchbooks are older and need extra support to stay in place, secure them with a long piece of tape along the outer edges.
6. We finished the frame by writing "Perfect Match," first in pencil, followed by a felt tip pen. Then we also added two matchsticks, and secured them with gluestick.
Although you don't have to add any writing to the frame, a fun traveling quote might be fitting, such as one of these:
Wherever you go, go with all your heart. – Confucious
I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list. –Susan Sontag