By Noreen Doll.
This empty matchbox is a perfect size to make into a small reusable gift box.
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.
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.
Line up the wrapping paper and attach to the Mod Podge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can overlap the tape to the inside of the box end.
9. You can now use the box,
or you can brush on one more layer of Mod Podge to really protect the surface. Let dry.
If you have a family member who peeks, wrap the gift in tissue paper before you put it in the box.