DIY Countdown: Sparklers and Matchboxes

With fireworks out of the question, this little project will be a small way to recreate the pyrotechnic display I love so much.

I read about DIY sparkler packaging on a number of blogs and decided to combine a few ideas to make my very own version.

Here’s what I used:

  1. A matchbox for each guest
  2. A box of sparklers for each guest
  3. Thin silver ribbon
  4. Hard paper in white
  5. Printer paper in white

I printed the striped pattern from our invitations onto A4 sheets of normal printer paper – I used printer paper because it was easy to fold and the structural integrity of the matchbox meant it would not be flimsy.

Measuring the matchbox, I was able to cover 10 boxes with one sheet of paper. We would have loved to get rid of the blue of the insert (it is hard to get matchboxes in white, as the standard are the Lion matchboxes above), but decided this was one thing we couldn’t obsess over with so many projects on the list.

I removed the sparklers from their packaging (6 short sparklers came in each box) and tied them with silver ribbon I had pre-measured and cut. Before finishing with a bow, I tied tags which read “Light me when the newlyweds depart” and were printed on the same hard paper for our invitations, onto the sparklers. All my projects thus far have used the Rosewood and Eccentric fonts.

The tied sparklers were then slotted into the top of the matchbox between the insert and the cover. Each of these packages will adorn a guest’s place setting in addition to our menu/programme and photobooth ticket (both of which we are also working on this week and look forward to sharing soon!).

Here they all are, ready and waiting…

Are you participating in a sendoff? What will your guests be cheering you on with?


Mrs. Lightning

Cape Town
Wedding Date:
September 2009
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    krissycake 4160 posts, Honey bee @ 9:29 am

    i love how they turned out! =) we’re not doing a send-off, but we will do the bubble thing for the recessional.

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    Gator 607 posts, Busy bee @ 9:34 am

    I love these! We have a memorial day weekend wedding and I’ve been thinking of cute ways to incorporate sparklers. I absolutely love how cute these turned out!

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    alishaneva 2152 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:41 am

    I really love the sparklers. I would have fireworks if my budget was unending, but have realized sparklers will probably be the way to go … and now I know I can make them look great, too!

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    Jessie516 5480 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:41 am

    I think those are great and will be perfect for your big send-off! We didn’t really do a send-off–we were the last people to leave the party!

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    krissybee 3921 posts, Honey bee @ 10:13 am

    these are awesome! i i think sparkler send-off photos are so amazing! not sure what we are doing yet!

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    slicey19 3500 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:50 am

    Sparklers are not allowed in RI and since our reception is on state property, we are not about to try to break any laws. I think we may do a recessional at the church with the decidely less creative but cheap and easy to use bubbles. However, I have heard horror stories of bubble stains so maybe we’ll skip it all together.

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    Muffet 106 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:09 am

    What type of adhesive did you use to cover your match boxes? Mine decorative paper keeps lifting from the boxes – I used Xyron.

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    Mrs. Mouse 5761 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:24 am

    Very cute packaging!

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    evelinej 370 posts, Helper bee @ 11:36 am

    These are adorable!

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    Jessica, Snaptacular Photos, Guest @ 11:36 am

    Sparkler send-offs make for great photos! I am always excited when our clients do them.

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    lcneiny 183 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:43 am

    um, LOVE THESE!! I really want fireworks but the logistics & red tape make my head hurt so I think I’m going with sparklers as well. I may have to steal your idea Miss Lightning! :)

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    ScotIrishGirl 307 posts, Helper bee @ 11:43 am

    I love your font! So cute!

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    mschampagne 1337 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:47 am

    so cute!~ we wanted to do sparklers but its one of those projects where I just ran out of time!

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    pvaulter718 2116 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:00 pm

    Those are so fantastic! Not super expensive, and a much safer alternative to fireworks. I was actually going to just do fireworks for our band of minions (17 of them!), but I guess young and old would enjoy the sparklers!

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:53 pm

    i cannot wait for the pictures of the sendoff! it’ll be fabulous

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    AnnieAAA 5351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:53 pm

    We are using sparklers too! And this is SO strange, but I was just thinking yesterday about the logistics of lighting them!!! I love the idea of the matches!

    Out of curiosity, why are you giving each guest a box of sparklers vs. one? (Your prob doing this for a reason I havn’t thought of lol!)

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:56 pm

    they look adorable!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:02 pm

    I wish we could do sparklers, but our venue has a ban on them. We’ll be doing bubbles.

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    DarlingNikki586 175 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:49 pm

    So cute!

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    Little Lulu 108 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:28 pm

    That font is awesome!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 1:55 am

    we did sparklers too, but with lighters instead of matches to make it easier outdoors (sparklers also light other sparklers, so once you get started, it’s fast).

    we tied bunches of extra long sparklers with red/white/blue ribbons for our 4th of July wedding send off. it was great fun!!

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    Pr3c1ou5 72 posts, Worker bee @ 4:14 am

    can’t wait to see your sendoff pictures!

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:38 am

    Those are really awesome! I love the tags.

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    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:46 pm

    Those are great, I wonder if I’m allowed to do this at my dry Texas venue.

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    Jenniphyr 3426 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:34 am

    Pretty and simple! =) I love the idea of sparklers as a sendoff.

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:16 pm

    I love sparklers! I am definitely going to have them at the sendoff!

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    lightning 135 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:05 pm

    @Muffet: Just plain old glue, gosh I hope it holds!

    @AnnieAAA: I decided to give a bunch because we are not doing any favors other than the photo booth strips and if people want to take them home they can. Also one sparkler would have looked a bit lonely with a full box of matches (a bunch looks more aesthetically pleasing).

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