How To: Make Your Own Magnetic Matchbooks

When the pilot light on our stove goes out, or we want to light a candle to help kill the fumes while chopping onions, we usually have to dig through our kitchen junk drawer to find some matches. We wanted to figure out a way to keep them within arm’s reach without just cluttering up the countertops. So we grabbed a multi-pack of boxed matches at the grocery store and some magnets from the craft store and created some super-simple, customized matchbooks that are cute enough to display on the fridge 24-7. Here’s how we did it…


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  • Matchboxes
  • Assorted papers (magazine clippings, scrapbook paper, wallpaper scraps, etc.)
  • Gluestick
  • Strong glue, such as E-6000
  • Mod Podge (matte or glossy finish)
  • Magnets
  • Scissors or X-Acto knife
  • Pencil and paintbrush

1. Trace the matchbox shape onto the paper of your choice, then cut out using scissors or an X-Acto knife. Do this twice.

2. Cover the wrong side of the paper with a gluestick, then adhere it to the side of the matchbox. Cover both sides to hide the original packaging.

3. Once the glue is dry, apply some Mod Podge using a paintbrush to protect the finish. Go easy on the Mod Podge, especially if you’re using scraps clipped from a magazine—using too much can cause the paper to ripple. If you’d like to coat both sides of the matchbox at once, just set them on their sides to dry.

4. After the Mod Podge has dried, apply a dab of E-6000 or another strong glue to a magnet and place it on one side of the matchbox. Allow to dry, then stick the matchbox on your fridge and enjoy!


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