Thursday, 31 July 2014

Matchboxes, lots of matchboxes

There I was sitting at my desk and lo and behold I spied my matchbox die which had recently arrived from Scrapadabadoo.  Love this die, you gotta get it, seriously, so many things to use with it.  Had  an idea shabby chic dresser, and then of course my brain went nuts how about vintage dresser,or Halloween dresser, or Easter or Christmas or or or ooooh the possibilities are endless.

Ok shut down brain, refocus – Soiree is steampunk theme hmmmm I know Victorians loved mechanics of any description, they did a load of inventions at that point, oooh Frankenstein and his laboratory hmmmm methinks gauges, cogs and so on.

oooh you want to see pictures – Ok here they are lol

full pic
8 drawer dresser
Victoriana mechanics with a wee touch of Shelley’s Frankenstein with the wires

Back View 

Top of dresser


You will need 8 matchboxes and their sleeves – I used Sizzix Bigs Lg Matchbox Die
Alternatively make your own, there are lots of templates around for these now or buy some matchboxes to use.
Wire – I chose gold, you can use what ever colour you choose
2 large pearls or other beads which are similar (I used Darice 10mm Pearls)
Gilders paste (of course!!!! Cannot do without it)
Sizzix embossing folders, but you can use anything that has cogs, watches, mechanic type things will work to fit in with the steampunk theme.
Or you can use wooden cogs or paper with these types of ideas.
Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets diecuts
Black cardstock
Black chipboard (raid your bits and pieces box for these)
Tim Holtz hitch fasteners  - delved into my prized coveted hoard – and decimated it lol

Tutorial can be found here

Have fun, would love to see your efforts, please dont be shy, we would love to see how everyone interprets things.


  1. This project is just so clever, MA! I love what you did with boring match boxes!! They are so special!!


  2. This is gorgeous!! luv this project I definitely want to make this!! thanks so much for sharing your tutorial with us...