If you have seen the American Girl or the Bitty Cupcakes post, you may already suspect that I am partial to mini things. I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to mini things. Last year, I was visiting Sewing Sister and discovered a mini matchbox Valentine that my nieces made. I have been hanging on to that idea ever since, and I am happy to report that we will be sending mini matchbox Valentines this year. As usual, Michael’s and Hobby Lobby are reporting increased sales.
- small matchboxes (I found bricks of 10 at the grocery store)
- festive scrapbook paper
- glue stick(s)
- paper cutter or scissors
- craft scissors with the fancy cutting edge
- baker’s twine
- decorative brads and mini screwdriver (optional)
- mini candies (mini M&Ms, candy hearts, chocolate covered sunflower seeds…)
- Measure the width of the matchbox and cut strips of scrapbook paper to match width (my matchboxes were 2 1/4″ wide). I own a paper cutter, and if you want these kinds of projects to look good, you should invest in one too.
- Wrap one cut strip around box to get the length. The paper should overlap across the top about 1/4″ to 1/2″ (my strips were ~4 1/2″ long).
- Using the fancy craft scissors, cut the end of the paper to the needed length.
- Smear glue on the back of the scrapbook paper and begin wrapping around the box. Make sure you wrap so the inner box still slides out. Begin gluing the plain end of the scrapbook paper to the top of the box, press the paper around the sides, and glue down the fancy end to the top of the box last, overlapping the starter end, as it comes back around to the top of the box.
- OPTIONAL PART: Remove the inner box. Using the little screwdriver, gently drill a hole in the center of the top of the box. Push the prongs of the brad through the hole and flatten brads to attach to the box. Carefully slide inner box back into the outer part of the matchbox.
- Fill box with mini candies. (This is the part Miss Priss and Mr. Star Wars get to do. After all, the Valentines are for their friends.)
- Cut a piece of baker’s twine. If you do not have the brad, wrap the baker’s twine around the matchbox like a Christmas present. If you opted to use a brad, fold your piece of twine in half and wrap the loop over the top of the brad. Pull both ends of the string around the box covering the sliding ends of the matchbox. Wrap the loose ends around the brad again the way you would close an interoffice mail envelope.
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These are so cute!
Really, do you sleep???? I am home with a sick child, and we are making a valentine chain of hearts. I’ll bring you one.
Elizabeth, Yes– I want to see! Did you see Sewing Sister’s comment? I don’t sleep too much when I get going on a project. I hope everybody feels better at your house soon. Missed you today.
Awe…These are so cute! Nice job!
These are a great Valentine for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. They can do all the required cutting, gluing and tying without making a total hot mess of it. You can also make them with tiny little scenes inside, if you can find little figures. We made them for Easter one year with tiny bunnies and chicks inside (a mini diorama). @Elizabeth – no, we do not sleep.
Do you still have one of the mini dioramas (tiny squeal for mini!!)? Send me a picture. I’ll add it to the project list.
This totally explains why I cannot keep up with the craftiness, I need my sleep! You all have inherited your mother’s endless energy gene, that is not something you get when you marry into the family. 🙂