One of my favorite stores in the world is Terrain. They’re a big online retailer, but have two brick-and-mortar stores, one of which I’ve had the pleasure of going to while I used to do business outside of Philadelphia. I passed up getting this adorable matchstick jar last time I was there but have been thinking about it ever since, especially when lighting candles at night using one of those long (and ugly) BIC lighters used to light your grill. The horror! I love that this piece is a treasure that actually looks like it should displayed so that when it comes time to light candles, you’re not hunting for your matches. Makes for a better presentation and experience, so I decided I should have it – but that I should make my own since it really is so easy.
First gather a tiny jar. I had this one in my house and liked it for this purpose because of the cork lid, but you can find any variety of small jars in antique or craft stores for a dollar or two.
Most matches you buy in the store are the kind with redish-brown tips but I loved that the one from Terrain had green so I found these that were a close match – ha, get it? :)
You’ll need to cut out the side of the box used to light the matches (sandpaper doesn’t work, not with these matches at least).
From here, it really is so simple – just trace around your lid on the back of the strike-on box and cut out. Glue to either the bottom of the jar (like Terrian’s) or to the bottom of the cork lid. I chose the cork lid because the surface was totally flat, and that way you can’t see it through the glass.
And there you have it! A perfect accessory to keep alongside candles in your home…and saved yourself $24 too, not too shabby. I think this would make a great gift paired with a nice smelling candle. Perfect for a hostess gift or just for someone special. A thoughtful touch always makes a big impact when gifting.
I put mine on my bedside table since that’s where I needed it most. And notice where Tuesday’s flowers ended up? Now to keep the area clutter free from books, magazines and other nic nacs that seem to find their way on my nightstand.
So what do you think – would you rather buy it or make it? Either way, I think it’s a lovely touch.