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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!

Later,


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13 comments:

  1. Clever idea!
    steph
    swtboutique.blogspot.com

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

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  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?

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

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  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.

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  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!

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

    hugs ~ Crystelle

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

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  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 @ http://www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

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

    diane

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

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

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