Recycled Matchbox Gift Box

By: Maria Del Pinto for AllFreeHoliayCrafts

Are you looking for a cute a simple way to make your own gift boxes? Try using recycled match boxes as your guide! Simply decorate as many old matchboxes as you would like and fill them with surprises for your loved ones. These Recycled Matchbox Gift Boxes, designed by Maria Del Pinto, are made from scrap materials that can be found on hand. If you want to make your own gift boxes for less, this recycled craft for spring is the perfect craft for you.

Recycled Matchbox Gift Box


  • Old matchboxes or matchbox blanks
  • Assorted patterned paper
  • Clear multi-purpose glue or tape
  • Glue dots
  • Assorted collage materials: metal charms, ribbon flowers, rhinestones, or stickers.
  • Scissors
  • Ruler


1. Measure your matchboxes. Sizes may vary, the measurements used in this example are 2 " X 1 1/2" X 1/2".

2. Measure out one patterned piece to use as your template. For matchboxes that measure 2 " X 1 1/2" X 1/2", your paper should measure 4 1/2" X 2". Adjust these measurements according to your matchbox size.

Recycled Matchbox Gift Box

3. Use your template to create as many patterned pieces as you would like gift boxes.

4. Adhere each paper cut-out to a matchbox.

Recycled Matchbox Gift Box

5. Decorate your matchboxes by adhering your embellishments in layers.
Recycled Matchbox Gift Box

6. Insert a cute note or small gift and you're finished!

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