This is (probably?) my last St. Valentine’s Day project. And, although I have created it for classrooms, you can also fit some slim treats suitable to adults, too. But, the ones I created were for the kiddoes, and I should have mentioned that it would be great for them to decorate the matchbooks, and have a say as to what goes into them. They are intended for non-candy gifts, but some of the slimmer candy treats can fit in as well.
Start with a piece of card stock 8 1/2″ by 3 1/2″, you can get three from letter size card stock. Score, long side up, at 1 1/4″, 1 3/8″, 5 1/4″ and 5 5/8″. Fold and burnish the score lines, keeping the edges aligned. For the ones only 1/8″ apart, I usually fold one, then press the end gently toward the score line to “pop” the score line folded. This is shown in the video, and prevents me front making a mess of the close folds. Using a 1/4″ hand-held circle punch, punch a hole in the “top” (3/8″ section) of the matchbook to suit your pen. These are from the dollar tree, and the “catch” is close to the end, so I only go in about 3/8″, or so.
Depending on what you are giving, align the double-sided foam adhesive to secure the bottom of the matchbook, taking care not to stick the top 1/2″ or so of the bottom flap. The top will need this space to slide into, and you can test it to make sure not to prevent the top from sliding into the bottom.
Then, decorate as desired. If the kiddoes are giving these to the classroom, it would be great for them to do the decoration! Use markers, crayons, stickers, gems, die cuts, and more, for them to create a fun valentine for their friends. They could cut a heart for a “to & from” for the front, or write in on the back. They could write their own valentine message on the front, inside, or back. Kids are so creative, just give them the supplies and watch them innovate.
I still punched the hole in the matchbook that was for the balloon, but tied a piece of ribbon instead. Some of the flatter packs of candy may fit in here as well, like the Ghirardelli’s and the Laffy Taffy/M&M’s. You may need to double up on the foam adhesive to help the extra bulk ease into place.
And, they could work for adults as well. Perhaps coworkers or nursing home residents, teachers or nurses, just change the decoration and the gift. Although, I could always use pens and notepads, especially sticky ones.
And, this is a great way to let everyone know how much their Creator loves them. In a world that leaves folks feeling empty and searching, let them know that they are truly, deeply loved by Our Savior, who came to earth just to die for love of us. An everlasting, sacrificial love, that we all can have, if we just open the doors of our hearts to Him.
I hope you enjoy this project, and until we meet again, may your days be blessed. Smiles, Darby
- Card stock: pink pirouette, melon mambo, natural from SU
- Paper: painted with love from SU, love jars from Simon Says Stamp
- Taylored Expressions: In My Heart-notebook heart stamp (ret.)
- Echo Park: Have Faith: “Trust in God…” and “Love one another…”
- Taylored Expressions: Simply Stamped-Tulips: “Do all things with Love”
- Pens, note pads, and Whack-a-Pack balloons from the Dollar Tree