DIY Matchbox Covers

My love for our monogram knows no end. (I told y’all it would keep popping up!) Since we’re going to have a mini cigar bar, I figured custom matchboxes were in order.

Aren’t they adorable?


  • Matchboxes (I ordered from Amazon)
  • Card stock
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Scissors/Paper Trimmer
  • Glue (I used regular ol’ Elmer’s craft glue)

I started off by disassembling a matchbook cover and taking its measurements. Then I made a quick template in Publisher with the dimensions. I added our monogram and “the perfect match” to opposing sides of the design.


I printed the design to the Kraft card stock and cut to size with a paper trimmer. Then I scored the lines of the printed covers to make them easier to fold.


Now here’s the part that is a pain. I disassembled all the matchbook covers in order to glue the new covers I created. With trial and error, I found the best way to disassemble the ones I purchased was a combination of lightly pulling them apart by hand and then using an X-Acto knife to cut through any areas that were particularly difficult.

Once all the pieces were ready, I began to reassemble. To make sure the glue had ample time to dry, I reassembled the boxes in two steps. I first glued all the designed covers to the flat matchbook covers. (Make sure not to cover the strike strip!)


Then I folded them back together and held them closed for several seconds to set the glue before letting them completely dry.


I think they turned out really well! I’m excited to have these on display at the bar and scattered around our outdoor bar tables. Hopefully the guests will take notice of them.

Anyone else DIYing matchbooks or matchboxes?


Mrs. Hawk

Richmond, VA
Wedding Date:
May 2012
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  1. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:57 pm

    These are so cute, and I love the heart basket you have them in!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 5:07 pm

    You’re so creative! These are awesome!

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    Mrs. Bear Cheese Pie 1577 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:26 pm

    Oh my. This is awesome! We’re planning on doing matches as part of a favor, and this would save me a lot of money [instead of buying them already made]. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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    mkim 611 posts, Busy bee @ 6:29 pm

    These are great! Thanks for posting this. We want to do a sparkler send off and this would be so cute to have.

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    ShennaB2b 391 posts, Helper bee @ 7:35 pm

    I made matchbook covers for our wedding as well. We aren’t having a cigar bar but I needed some decorations for the bar; I am planning to put them in 2 tall, wide vases. I used card stock from the paper pattern/colors we are using in other places as well. I measured the box and then cut paper to length and wrapped and hot glued onto box instead of taking the boxes apart. I love them! I admit the first one I made I covered the strike part 😛

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    SarahConnors 152 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:40 pm

    YES!!! Our favors are matches and sparklers- so I will be doing this- though I have a handful of people telling me enough DIY lol- whatever!

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    brttnyhrrll 410 posts, Helper bee @ 10:44 pm

    could you send me the template you used?

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    coyote 1933 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:28 am

    Wow, these are so cute! They came out great!

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    EsqBailey 335 posts, Helper bee @ 6:36 am

    I would love to have the template as well. :)

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    alicia1745 1118 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:42 am

    Those are so cute! Good job!!!

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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:13 am

    @Mrs. Pony: and @Miss Dragon: Thank you, ladies!

    @TriciaAndDazzling: You are so welcome!

    @mkim: I think they’d be a great addition to the sparklers!

    @ShennaB2b: I love the idea of using patterned paper. I bet yours look so fun!

    @SarahConnors: Oh, I know how that is. Maybe one day I’ll listen. 😉

    @Miss Coyote: Thank you!

    @EsqBailey: PMing you!

    @alicia1745: Thanks! :)

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    lyndsaylee26 1 posts, Wannabee @ 10:46 am

    @Miss Hawk: I would love to get the template for this as well! We’ll have cigars, and are doing a sparker send off. This would save some $$ and I love DIY! So cute! Thanks so much for the idea!

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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:03 am

    @lyndsaylee26: I’ll send you a PM and get your email address!

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    Cristal, Guest @ 6:14 pm

    @Mrs.Hawk @Mrs. Hawk: I love this idea!!they came out beautiful i would love the template as well. I was going to buy them and their not even as nice as yours

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    Jill, Guest @ 2:06 pm

    I would love to have this template or the measurements. Thanks.

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    Kristin, Guest @ 5:02 pm

    will you please send me the template? Thanks!

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    jeanne, Guest @ 2:59 pm

    I would love to have the matchbox template for my daughters wedding.

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    ohuynh 4 posts, Wannabee @ 4:44 am

    If anyone has any matchbox template they can send me it would be greatly appreciated!

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    Virginia, Guest @ 6:56 am

    Mrs. Hawk, Love your idea of the matchbox covers. If possible, can you email me your template? thank you in advance.

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    CoastieWifeToBe 2 posts, Wannabee @ 3:52 pm

    could you email the template to me too? does it have to be opened in publisher? thank you!

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    sammie_j 10 posts, Newbee @ 11:19 am

    may i please have the template as well? would this work in photoshop? thanks!

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    Tabitha, Guest @ 8:00 pm

    I would love to get a copy of the template if it is still available. Thanks!

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    michelle, Guest @ 1:57 am

    I would love the template…do you mind sharing? Thanks!!

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    melinda, Guest @ 9:32 am

    if anyone has the template, would you share with me please? thank you.

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    soon_to_be_mrs_t 351 posts, Helper bee @ 5:29 pm

    I’d love a template too!

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