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October 18, 2012

Match Holder {Waterproof}

Our matches are always missing, even if I buy the large box! I hope this jar will stay in it's place - close to the gas stove, where it belongs...

We do not have a fancy gas stove where one just flips a switch - ours need to be lighted manually. When we bought the gas stove a year or so back, it was mainly to stand in when we had load shedding - load shedding happens when the municipality feels that a certain area uses too much electricity, and they will disconnect the electricity for up to 12 hours! {supposed to be at scheduled times and only 2 hours at a time...}.

Therefore, we did not spend a lot of money on an expensive stove with all kinds of special features.  Ironically, as it happens, I now only use the gas stove plates, not the electric stove plates!! But I still prefer the electric stove oven.

To get back to the Matches Holder - we like to go camping and that is also a headache in finding matches or a lighter {and keeping it dry!}. With this jar I glued the strike pads to the inside of the lid, no chance of getting wet.

All sealed up!

From left to right :

- The jar has a glass top in the lid - I have some fabric left from the curtains and the bench which I made for my kitchen which you can see HERE and HERE . I inserted a piece of this fabric to show on the outside of the lid.
- I then cut a piece of scrap booking paper and pressed it on the inside of the lid, under the little ridge in the lid. {Both the fabric and the scrap booking paper can easily be lifted out to change the look}
- All nicely tucked in...

After adding the paper, I glued some match box strike pads to the paper - sorry, forgot to take a photo.

Lastly, I used rub-off letters onto the same type of scrap booking paper and punched in holes on either side of the "tag". I cut a strip of the same fabric and threaded it through the paper tag and tied it in a simple knot at the back of the jar. 

I used my finger nail to loosen some of the fabric to get a frayed look. Weird, but I like it!

Left - the box of matches look bad AND it is never placed back where it belongs.
Right - the new match holder, looks better and will hopefully stay there  {I am waiting for the first person to ask for the matches tonight - at least one of them will look for the box and totally miss the new jar.. whink}.

I am busy with at least 6 different projects at the moment - some simple and quick like this one, others a little more work or... with some I have only an idea, but it is not 100% "there" yet!


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  1. Clever idea!

  2. I haven't used matches in quite some time, but for those that do, this is a great idea!

  3. Fabulous idea that will be great for camping as you mentioned. Would you mind if I post a link to this post sometime in the future on my RV travelling and caravanning blog?

  4. Awesome idea, and it would be totally perfect for camping! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  5. What a great idea. This would be perfect to keep in our BBQ box since it is sealed. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you next week.

  6. Ours are usually held in a worn paper box and that just doesn't seem very safe to me with children. This is a far better solution! Thanks for sharing it!

  7. This is a brilliant idea!
    Thanks you so much for sharing!
    Looks nice too.... :)

    hugs ~ Crystelle

  8. Smart idea to put the striking paper inside the lid! Thanks for sharing on Busy Monday.

  9. Great idea and it looks so cute!

    Thank you so much for partying with us @ Keep Calm & Link Up this week! Have a nice weekend!! xo, Meredith @

  10. Cute Idea I am Definitely gonna steal! Why didnt I think of that! lol..
    Found you on the Sunday hop... hop on by and


  11. Another great idea - great for camping! I've pinned this as well - thanks for sharing at MightyCrafty Mondays.

  12. Nifty idea!! Thank you for linking this up as well at A new linky party will open again tomorrow. Look forward to seeing you again then!


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