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
Introducing Miss Frozen Yogurt!
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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!

  3. taffy Bee
    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:38 am

    Those are really awesome! I love the tags.

  4. moonbeam Bee
    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.

  6. msbuttons Bee
    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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