HOW TO MAKE THE CUTEST MATCHSTICK JARS

My love for old-school matches came from Pa Ingalls. He always struck his match across the hearth to light his pipe.

Can you imagine if Pa Ingalls had lit his pipe with a Bic lighter? Totally different show.

I guess it was Charles Ingall’s smoking habit that began my love affair for wood matchsticks.

And, it was my dad’s wood-burning fireplace frustrations that fueled my love for fireplaces here. Skip to the 2nd or 3rd paragraph for that memory.

I bet Caroline would have loved these cute matchstick jars to store the wood matches.

DIY MATCHSTICK JARS

LHOP is responsible for my love of candles on the first chilly nights in September (October if you live in Colorado).

Maybe it was LHOP that made future generations love candles and lanterns?

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To be fair, I was not always a fan of matchsticks. What was not to love about the 4 pack of Bic extended arm lighters from Costco?

Except, these lighters are made of plastic.

bic lighter

And then one day I discovered Pottery Barn and other retailers were bringing back matchsticks.

On a late afternoon, I found myself at Pottery Barn. As I lingered around the fall tablescapes, I spotted a square little box. Pottery Barn introduced boxed matchsticks. They came in cute square and/or rectangular boxes with seasonal greetings.

And, guess what I bought in addition to the boxes of matchsticks? The more expensive candles on the same display table.

Well played Pottery Barn. Well played.

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And, I went crazy for matchsticks. I love these cute little wood sticks paired with phosphorous. And suddenly boxed matches started to show up in gift shops and craft booths.

I was not alone. And, isn’t that the greatest feeling?

WOOD MATCHSTICKS

As expected, my family rebelled; what was wrong with the Bic lighter with the convenient extended arm to light candles?

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Seriously?

STEPS TO MAKE MATCHSTICK JARS

  • I found boxes of matches at Kroger
  • few boxes of matches at Kroger (in the seasonal aisle) and stored them in a mason jar.
  • Recycled candle jars (with lids) are great too
  • I used the striking paper from the original box of matches.
  • I found these striking dots for the bottom of the jars.
  • I created a Word doc with the word matches for the mason jar lid.
  • Holiday gift wrap would be cute too

Thank you Pottery Barn and Pa Ingalls for reigniting my love for matches.

HOW TO MAKE DIY MATCHSTICK JARS FOR FALL

Thank you for visiting today.

Here are a few places to reignite your love for matchsticks and make new memories.

Sources for Matchsticks:

  1. Costco size order of matches here.
  2. These matches are made in the USA.
  3. I found these plain white boxes with matches here.
  4. These custom matchboxes would be fun for a wedding.

Please pin for other matchstick enthusiasts to find!

DITCH THE PLASTIC LIGHTERS AND MAKE THESE CUTE JAR MATCHES


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7 Comments

  1. Laura, such a sweet expression of your love of matchsticks. I like the mason jar filled with matchsticks too. Isn’t it wonderful how we never know when inspiration will “strike” ( wink) xo

    1. Good one! Made me smile! Who knew Charles Ingalls could make matches look so cool!

  2. Naomi Shelton says:

    Laura, I love matches, too! I have an old black tin matchbox holder on the wall in my kitchen. It holds the size match boxes you buy at the grocery store. I taped one of striking sides to the inside of a nearby cupboard and I use those matches all the time. I hate fiddling with t hose Bic things! Even to light birthday cakes, I prefer the matches. Any way we can get away from using plastic should be a priority for all of us who are concerned about the plastic pollution of our environment. So, thanks for your post and yay! for matches!

    1. HI Naomi! Your comment made my day! Thank you so much! laura!

  3. I love matchsticks too! The green tips are my favorite at the moment. The mason jars are so cute paired with them.

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