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Matchboxes for Christmas

Filed under Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Laura Carson, Retro Ornaments Matchbox Kit

New Kit!

How cute is this? The aqua and red colors from the Jingle 6×6 Paper Pad started this whole kit rolling… the kit includes 1 each of all 6 paper designs from this retro Christmas paper set.

Next up: 2 new collage sheets with some snarky (some not) tags & labels in a matching mid-century style.

Special thanks to Design Team Members Kristin and Shannon for help with the snarkiness! Only slightly NSFW (things like “He sees you when you’re drinking…” may offend some).

Some of those labels fit the new Tree Ornament Matchbox (TWO of which are included in the kit — and check out Laura Carson’s artwork below (in the Giveaway section) to see a whole advent calendar of ornaments made from these matchboxes).

Plus a little Tiny Houses Accordion Book that can fit in one of those matchboxes, and a set of acrylic snowflakes.

Go see the new kit for more info and more photos.

New Artwork #1: A Kitschy Christmas Matchbox by Kristin Batsel!

How fun! Design Team Member Kristin Batsel made this Kitschy Christmas Matchbox with the new Big Chunky Matchbox with Window – 3×5!

(Yes, as that size implies, there is also a (new) smaller chunky matchbox with a window… and I believe Kristin is going to have another project using that size next week!)

There are actually 4 new chunky matchboxes today: there’s this 3×5 size with a window and also one without a window. All 4 styles come with parts for a heavy chipboard shadowbox, plus a die-cut (lighter weight chipboard) scored piece to make the cover.

From Kristin’s blog post:

Be still my heart: PINK bottle brush Christmas trees! When I saw these trees I just had to do something with them! Using the new 3″ by 5″ Chunky Matchbox with Window, I made a little kitschy Christmas scene. The pink tree looks great with my favorite color combo of turquoise and red, and of course I had to line the box opening with some pink pom poms. A little turquoise deer I had got a new set of eyes (spot of black paint) and a shiny red nose (tiny red crystal). I tied a little bit of baker’s twine around his neck to make him dapper, and used a few layers of foam tape to attach him to the back of the box.

I love the zippy red-and-white stripe paper showing on the top of the box (from the new Jingle 6×6 Paper Pad). And that “December 25” red tag and cute Santa on the back (the former from the Tim Holtz Snippets Tiny Die-Cuts – Christmas Ephemera and latter from the new Snarky Xmas Tags Collage Sheet).

Beside these highlights, here’s the full supply list! And be sure to visit Kristin’s blog for more photos and tips!

More New Products!

Just a snippet from 25 new products (!) are shown at left. From all the new Jingle papers to all the new Collage Sheets (yes, more than the 2 in the kit).

Some of these new things (especially the pink scrapbook papers) are featured in Laura’s matchboxes below.

More ways to search:

brand new items added this week are here (or click the photo at left for the same results)


– here’s a group of items related to the new kit (that’s all the new sizes of matchboxes)


– here are all of the items actually in the new kit


– here’s a repeat of Kristin’s supply list from her cute Kitschy Christmas Matchbox shown above!

Hooray for the Matchbox Advent Calendar Ornaments Giveaway!

Oh… my… Design Team Member Laura Carson
made TWENTY FIVE ornaments from the new matchboxes!

I’ll start with some text from Laura’s blog post then move on to goodies from her project included in today’s Giveaway:

‘Tis the season for Christmas projects and I have a few seasonal projects coming your way. The first is a set of matchbox advent calendar ornaments. I can imagine how fun it would be for kids to scan the tree each day looking for the day’s ornament then opening the box to reveal a small gift or treat.

There is nothing complicated about this project which is made up of cutting and gluing, a good project to work on at night while watching TV. The matchboxes I used are larger than the ones you find in the store which means you can insert larger items. They are made from a simple pre-scored two-piece kit, just fold and glue to make a matchbox.

The inspiration for the color scheme and design comes from the Christmas in the Village Countdown Scrapbook Paper with its twenty-four snow covered house with the number in the middle.

Nice job, Laura!

First off for this Giveaway: I’m including TWO sheets of the Christmas in the Village Countdown Scrapbook Paper and also a set of the new Jingle 12×12 Paper Set. (See Laura’s post for how she doubled up the numbers from the 24 houses to give the fronts of the matchboxes some dimension, which is why I’m including 2 sheets… plus that 12×12 paper set has EIGHT pages so you’ll have lots of options for covering your matchboxes.)

So… matchboxes: I’m going to include SIX matchboxes (not a full 25… but that’s a good chunk to work with).

And see all those fun charms (and buttons) Laura has hanging as drawer pulls from the bottoms of her matchboxes? I’m going to include all of these options:
New Large Hollow Silver Star Charms
New Printed Wooden Christmas Stockings Buttons
New 3D Silver Ice Skate Charm (I kinda love this charm)
Tiny Ceramic Nutcracker Soldier Bead
Santa Sleigh Silver Charm Set (that will give you 6 options right there!)

See all the lovely things Laura used in her supply list (though “only” those listed above are included in today’s drawing). And visit Laura’s blog post for more photos (and tutorial info, too)!

To enter the Matchbox Advent Calendar Ornaments Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, November 5, 2018).

Don’t forget to leave your (hello!) correct email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via

Hey, who won the It’s Never Too Late for Halloween Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Tamera Newger! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, November 4th, 2018

70 responses to “Matchboxes for Christmas”

  1. Jen R says:

    That Advent calendar is so cute!

  2. Nancy O says:

    Would love to see the matchboxes in a giftcard/atc holding size.

  3. brian hughes says:

    the match boxes are adorable…love him.

  4. Kim R says:

    Love the advent calender! Such a great idea!

  5. Donna Kottcamp says:

    I love Advent calendars…so enjoyed filling them when my son was younger. I can’t wait to see more of the “snarky” comments too. I also really enjoy working with matchboxes…have made a few scenes myself.

  6. Ann F. says:

    I love making altered matchboxes. The advent calendar is a brilliant idea!

  7. Denise says:

    I would love to win this kit. My granddaughters would love it.

  8. Gabrielle Schmidt says:

    So much Fun! Love the colors. Can’t wait to see everything.

  9. Debora L. says:

    I love the ice skates too!

  10. Winnie says:

    So cute yay! Love Christmas!

  11. Denise Bryant says:

    Such cute Christmas projects! I love the vintage designs on the papers!

  12. Di says:

    What a wonderful post, so full of inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing all this Chrismassy deliciousness. Di

  13. Sandie says:

    Very cute Christmas project. Love it.

  14. Love the vintage designs , awesome for the advent matchboxes!

  15. Laura Carson is so inspirational I love this advent calendar and all the charms she hung from them!

  16. Jean Marmo says:

    Oh my goodness! Such wonderfully creative projects for Christmas. Love the advent calendar and the fun pink trees!!

  17. Nancy E says:

    I just love this calendar. So unique to use every holiday season!

  18. Jo says:

    Happy Christmas Time! Love the matchbox advent calendar- what a great idea!!

  19. Lynn Fox says:

    These are wonderful project for Christmas! Love the blue reindeer and pink trees! The Advent Calendar is terrific! Love them all!

  20. Nan N. says:

    So clever! A great new take on an advent calendar.

  21. Chris K. says:

    Very clever idea.

  22. Emily Ann N. says:

    Love the match boxes!

  23. KIM says:

    Every year I plan on making a advent calendar for my granddaughter.
    Hope to win this give away to get me finally motivated.

  24. Carol F says:

    Love the advent calender! Such a great idea!

  25. Nancy Sherman says:

    I adore these matchboxes!! I made a bunch of Halloween ones for friends with little skeletons on them and was planning on making Christmas ones too so this is spot on. Love the collage sheets,so sweet and vintage!

  26. I really like the match box idea.

  27. Pauline Martim says:

    I love the matchboxes. They are so fun to do.

  28. Laural says:

    Loving the colors, calendar and of course the idea of matchboxes.

  29. Dianna says:

    Oh how fun, cleaver and adorable idea!

  30. trudy a widner says:

    Been looking for advent calendar inspiration, I just found some. Thanks Laura!

  31. Celia says:


  32. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love these! The colors are great & vintage!!

  33. Aggie Stiefer says:

    So charming would love to do this project for christmas!

  34. wilczek lori says:

    I love it!! This is one of the best Advent Calendar Ideas I have ever seen.

  35. The idea is wonderful!! And covering the boxes would be so much fun. But I love the charms hanging to open the box. Thank you for sharing.

  36. Now that I have a four year old in my house, I need to make a set of these. Break out the matchboxes and my boxes of Christmas art materials and get to work. Love this idea. Thanks Laura.

  37. Karen Mallory says:

    I love the Matchbox advent calendar! What a fun start to Christmas crafting!

  38. Sheila AR says:

    Love this take on the traditional Advent calendar…and the color schemes used on both projects. Let the festivities begin!

  39. Janet Turner says:

    I am so ready to start crafting for Christmas. The matchbox advent idea is great.

  40. Pamela Leming says:

    I love all the wonderful Christmas projects and really want to make some of those matchbox ornaments! Great idea on the advent calendar.

  41. Beth Jones says:

    Thanks for the chance!!

  42. Kee Ostler says:

    What a great way to start holiday crafting!

  43. jackie says:

    Love the retro stuff…that pink tree is to die for!

  44. Jan Korz says:

    Love this kit and all the retro images❤️❤️

  45. Judy Goodwin says:

    I love the idea of matchbox ornaments. I used handmade ornaments when my grandsons were little and they could decorate the tree themselves. Now it’s sort of a tradition.

  46. Wilhelmina Margalis says:

    Am looking for an Advent calendar idea and viola! You have a wonderful one!

  47. Carla says:

    Love the matchbox projects…..the Advent calendar is so cute!

  48. Noreen says:

    I love the vintage papers for the matchbox Advent Calendar. I prefer the handmade ornaments for my tree, and these are such a great idea!

  49. Amy says:

    sweet little kit!

  50. Nadine says:

    A great start for Christmas!

  51. Mary says:

    I love advent calendars.

  52. Deborah Cox says:

    Both of these projects are too cute!

  53. Congrats Tamera! Awesomeness, love the Christmas projects. Would love to win.

  54. Peggy Manning says:

    Matchbox kits are great place to start. Really love the pink trees. Peg

  55. Mary Mac says:

    Loe the idea of using the match boxes for an advent calendar.

  56. BarbMac Vt says:

    Kristin ‘s matchboxes are so stinkin’ adorable! ❤️ 💕 💗 them to pieces! I also love the idea of a matchbox Advent Calendar! My granddaughter would love this! Thank you for the chance to win the goodies to get started on one! Winning this would put a huge smile on my face and in my heart! TFS!

  57. HeideC says:

    These are too cute!!!

  58. Rhonda S says:

    Both projects are really cute.

  59. Leanna Alverson says:

    I love the advent matchboxes! They look good but still seem fairly quick and easy to make.

  60. Chris Hoffman says:

    Cool idea 2 use ball chai n for drawer pull. How did u secure It?

  61. Anne W says:

    So cute. These would make great gifts!

  62. Angie M says:

    Advent calendars are so cool

  63. Jennie Ingram says:

    So adorable!

  64. Lana says:

    I have played Advent with my children for decades. Even at the age of 30 it never gets old to receive a small gift every night.

  65. Barb A says:

    Omg, the advent matchboxes are great. Would also be fun to decorate a tree with bunches of them. Super idea Laura. Love them.

  66. Randi says:

    Cute idea!

  67. Randi says:

    Cute idea!