Out of all the bars, pubs, dives, lounges, saloons and watering holes in San Francisco, my long-time favorite has always been the Zeitgeist. I just dig the vibe of the place from the bloody marys, to the sarcastic tshirts, right down to the nudie girl matches. I actually carry a pack around with me in case any match-related emergencies arise, and my brother always wants me to grab him a pack as well. Which means somewhere in Pasadena, those topless girlies are getting a lot of attention on his coffee table. It’s pretty clever marketing really, and matchbooks work exceptionally well as promotional items. They also work as invitations, gift tags, business cards, and more. So, if you’re say… into event planning, or have a band, or a radio show, or a graphic novel, etc, this could be pretty useful for you. Or, hey, maybe you’re just a super swanky smoker, either way.
Now, we’ve already covered one of my favorite matchbook crafts: matchbook notepads, but just as a refresher: a) they’re awesome, and b) all you have to do is staple some paper cut to size inside the matchbook. Easy enough. You can also accordion paper inside, and glue photos to them to make a quick pocket photo album.
Other matchbook crafts are likewise pretty simple. Check it.
Needle/Emery board Holder: Folding paper in a matchbook shape works to hold a variety of tiny bits like needles or emery boards. Just like paper, fold ‘em up and seal ‘em off. You can also tuck in seed packages for a quick gift to your green-thumb type friends.
Business Cards: It’s easy enough to design and print up an image then paste it over plain matchbooks. This also works well for things like save the date’s, cards, invitations, party favors and announcements. Leave the matches inside or fill with paper for the notebook version.
Chest of Drawers: So twee, so tiny, so irresistible. You basically just have to glue together a stack of matchbooks, then wrap in patterned paper to cover. Paint the front of the drawers then add a split pin to the front of each one to act as a drawer pull.
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