DIY Decorative Matchboxes
Christmas, Gifts, Home Decor

DIY Decorative Matchboxes

Need a simple gift idea or simply want to add a fun touch to your coffee table? These DIY Decorative Matchboxes are easy and charming. Pair it with your favorite candle and you’ll have a perfect gift. They cost about $1 to make, so you can make a bunch, making them perfect for group gifts or even stocking stuffers. And be sure to keep one for your own coffee table or bathroom. I use them wherever I have candles. Small matchboxes also work, but my Dollar Store currently only had the large boxes.

xDIY Decorative Matchboxes

I used fabric, but you can also use wrapping paper or scrapbooking paper. If you know how to decoupage, you already know the how-to, but I have the details below.


  • Matchboxes (my Dollar Store sold sets of two for $1)
  • Fabric, wrapping paper or scrapbooking paper
  • Paint (white or color that matches your fabric)
  • Mod Podge
  • Painters tape or masking tape
  • Fine sandpaper

DIY Decorative Matchboxes


  1. Measure your matchbox and cut fabric/paper to the correct size. The large matchboxes should be 2 5/8″ x 4 1/2″. You’ll need two pieces.
  2. Cover the sides of the matchbox with your painters tape so no paint or glue gets on the area where you strike your match.
  3. Paint the large surfaces of your matchbox so that the color of the matchbox design doesn’t show through when you add your fabric or paper.
  4. Once dry, decoupage your fabric/paper to your matchbox following the instructions on the Mod Podge. You’ll need a couple coats.
  5. Again, once dry, your decoupage may feel rough so use your sandpaper to lightly sand so you have a smooth finish.
  6. Take off your tape and enjoy!

DIY Decorative Matchboxes

DIY Decorative Matchboxes

DIY Decorative Matchboxes

It adds a nice little touch to my coffee table, don’t you think?

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