DIY Match Holder

November 27, 2017

We have some fun traditions in my family, some that we’ve stuck to (like big breakfasts), others we do every other year (like wear matching pj’s). One of my fav traditions is that we make handmade gifts for each other. My sisters are pretty good at it and they always end up being my fav of all the gifts!

This match holder is super simple and everyone has matches in an ugly box so it’s def not gonna be a useless gift!What you need:

Beige polymer clay

White polymer clay

Craft knife

Vitamin bottle (or something similar in shape)

What you need to do:

First, preheat the oven to 275. Then cut one strip from each block of clay. This doesn’t need to be exact, really. You can always add or remove clay if needed. Using a vitamin bottle, or something similar in shape, wrap the plastic wrap tightly around the outside. Make sure there’s enough plastic wrap to cover the base. Work the white clay until it’s soft and easy to mold. Form the clay around the base of the bottle until it covers about 1.5 inches from the bottom. Smooth it out by rolling it on its side and pressing down firmly on a flat surface.Using an exacting knife, trim about 1/4 an inch of the clay to create an even edge. Careful to not cut the plastic wrap.Are you sick of looking at pictures of my hands yet? I know I am. Alright, roll the strip of beige clay “like a snake” is what I remember thinking when I was a kid. Then wrap it around the bottle above the white base. Trim excess clay and mold the clay with the base and roll on a flat surface to create an even layer and smooth finish. You can play around here with the clay a little, if you want to blend the white into the beige, or vice versa, do it!To loosen the clay from the bottle, remove the plastic wrap first. You should be able to squeeze the clay from the bottle fairly easily.Place the holder on a metal baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t burn. This was my second attempt because I burned the first one and it seriously smelled so bad. Don’t do that. 

Fill it with matches and set it next to a pretty candle in the bathroom or on a media console. And fin!

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