Reusable Gift Box from a Matchbox




By Noreen Doll.

Quick Reusable Gift Box from a Matchbox by Crafty Journal

This empty matchbox is a perfect size to make into a small reusable gift box.

Quick Reusable Gift Box from a Matchbox by Crafty Journal

It can hold money, a gift card, jewelry, socks, or other small gifts.

While I was wrapping gifts, I had this small piece of wrapping paper left over, which perfectly fit the top of a matchbox.

Because I wanted to be able to reuse the matchbox / gift box many times, I used Mod Podge to attach the wrapping paper.

But you could also use double sided tape to quickly cover the matchbox top, although this would not be as durable.

Quick Reusable Gift Box from a Matchbox by Crafty Journal

Supplies.

Empty Matchbox

Piece of Wrapping Paper or Scrap Booking Paper

Mod Podge or Double Sided Tape

Foam Brush (for Mod Podge)

How to Make a Quick Gift Box from a Matchbox.

1. Cut the wrapping paper slightly wider than the gift box, allowing for the ends to overlap when it’s wrapped around the box top.

2. On the bottom side of the lid, apply Mod Podge to about half the surface.

Quick Reusable Gift Box from a Matchbox by Crafty Journal

Line up the wrapping paper and attach to the Mod Podge.

Quick Reusable Gift Box from a Matchbox by Crafty Journal

3. Apply Mod Podge to each side of the box top as you come to it, making sure you completely cover each surface.

Press the paper down firmly (rubbing your finger across it gently) to be sure the paper is completely adhered.

4. When you reach the bottom side again, overlap the paper by 1/2 to 1 inch.

Quick Reusable Gift Box from a Matchbox by Crafty Journal

Lift the edge of the paper and cover the entire surface with Mod Podge and press the edge down.

5. While the paper is still damp, trim off any excess paper.

Quick Reusable Gift Box from a Matchbox by Crafty Journal

Don’t forget to wipe the excess Mod Podge off the scissors before it dries on them.

6. Apply Mod Podge over the entire paper on the bottom of the box.

With your hand inside the box top, you can brush Mod Podge over all sides on top of the gift wrap paper.

7. Set the box top on one end to allow all the surfaces to dry. Let dry completely.

8. While you are waiting for the top to dry, cut a piece of duct tape to fit each end of the box bottom. Attach the duct tape.

Quick Reusable Gift Box from a Matchbox by Crafty Journal

Don’t overlap the duct tape onto the sides of the box bottom as it may make the bottom too snug to fit back into the top.

Quick Reusable Gift Box from a Matchbox by Crafty Journal

You can overlap the tape to the inside of the box end.

9. You can now use the box,

Quick Reusable Gift Box from a Matchbox by Crafty Journal

or you can brush on one more layer of Mod Podge to really protect the surface. Let dry.

Quick Reusable Gift Box from a Matchbox by Crafty Journal

Tips

If you have a family member who peeks, wrap the gift in tissue paper before you put it in the box.

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Comments

  1. This is a great idea. I love that it can slide out and so easy to do with a little paper and mod podge. Thanks for sharing this on Tips & Tricks. I hope we see you there next week!

  2. What a super cute idea! The match box makes a cute gift box, and would be so easy. Thanks for sharing! Scheduling pin and sharing!

  3. Adorable (and PRETTY) idea! Now to find the perfect gift to fit inside it… :)

  4. What a cute little gift box! Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!

    Jennifer

  5. Clever idea and even better to re-use an item! Thanks for sharing at Turn It Up Tuesday!

  6. Jann Olson says:

    So cute! It would make the perfect little box for some cute jewelry. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  7. This is simply adorable. I like how y ouhave reused and upcycled the matchbox. Such a common everyday thing, who would think to reuse it!

  8. What a super cute idea. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.

  9. how cute! this would be great for jewelry! thanks for sharing :)

  10. So very cute! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Hope to see you again this week…(with no issues lol!) Pinned!

  11. This is really cute! Thanks so much for sharing at Share The Wealth Sunday and I hope you’ll join us for an all new party tonight!
    xoxo
    Lisa

  12. Super cute idea!!! I love repurposed items, and gifting is a great way to use them. Thanks for the fab idea at Merry Monday! Come link up again, the party is live!

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