Saturday, December 6, 2008

Handmade Christmas presents - matchbook books!

Make some cute matchbook books to share with your family. Perfect for stocking stuffers or the person on the go who wants to make notes as they run around town! Use up your bits of paper or small stickers for this project! In short, they're awesome!

TEMPLATE - You can make this template as large or as small as you want. I suggest printing it out in something like publisher so the big square measures something like 7 cm large so it's a nice size. Save the picture however you save in your browser (remember: Mac user. I have no idea how to do things in Windows any more!)


card stock for the cover (plain or coloured)
pretty paper to decorate the cover (if you want)
paper cut into 2.25 inches x 2.25 inch squares for the inside paper (6 x 6 cm)
a glue stick, stapler, and scissors


Cut out a piece of card stock for the cover of your book using the template above.

Cut at least 20 little squares measuring 2.25 x 2.25 inches or 6 x 6 cm for the inside of the book. You might not want to use all of these, but it's nice to have them nearby.

Fold the cover in the manner shown on the template. Score the creases (to score the creases, run a ruler over the crease and press. Or, if you have longer nails, scrape across the top of the fold. This will ensure the creases are really in place.)

If you want to add a piece of pretty paper to the outside of your cover, cut it out and glue in on the cover. Then score the creases again.

Take the little pieces of paper and make sure they are centered in the matchbook. Then staple!

Fold over the top, and you have a little match book! Hooray!


You could use this a photo album or really small scrapbook by using pictures of your friends that are smaller than 6 cm by 6 cm.

You can put felt instead of paper inside and use it to keep your jewellery or sewing needles with you at all times!

If you want to make a bigger book -- choose a size for the square part of the book. If you want it to be 10 cm by 10 cm, then you want to make section A 10 cm by 10 cm, section B 10 cm by 10 cm, the crease section 6 mm and the foldy-up bit 6 mm. So you will need to measure a piece of card stock that is 21.2 cm long (10 cm + 10 cm + 6 mm +6 mm). You can make the crease bigger and the foldy-up bit longer. You can make it a rectangle by doing the same thing. As you learn more about making matchbook books, you'll see what you can do!


Love these matchbooks with the JELLYFISH design. This one has the staples on the outside to be seen. Computer designs so if you want to make it with a publishing program, go for it!

Scrapbooked matchbooks with the staples covered!


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