Today’s entry for the DIY Favor Contest is sent in by Mandy Fowler. These little match jars are way, way too adorable, and just imagine all the puns you can play with!

An important note before you begin: The most crucial detail about this project is that you absolutely MUST use “strike anywhere” matches. Matches that say “strike on box” on them will not work and will make you cry tears of bitter frustration before tossing back a whiskey and everyone knows you don’t even like whiskey. I found mine at Ace Hardware, and I believe you can also find them at Target.

DIY Striking Match Jars

For this project, you’ll need:
-glass spice jars
-black fine grit sandpaper (I used 220-b)
-“strike anywhere” wooden matches
-glue (I used a silicone adhesive, but you could use craft glue)
-mailing labels or whatever you want to use as a label
-an old pair of scissors
-toothpick

DIY Striking Match Jars

Instructions:
1. Remove the plastic sprinkle top from your jar—use a knife to pry out if necessary.

DIY Striking Match Jars

2. Use the plastic top to trace a circle on the back of your sandpaper sheet—or, trace around the lid. You want a circle that’s slightly smaller than the lid on your spice jar. When you’ve got one, cut it out with an old pair of scissors.

DIY Striking Match Jars

3. I used a silicone adhesive to glue the sandpaper to the lid– you could probably use another type of glue (maybe superglue?), but I like the adhesive because it bonds really well and spreads nicely.

DIY Striking Match Jars

4. Using a toothpick, spread your adhesive evenly over the back of the sandpaper circle—don’t overdo it, you don’t want excess glue squeezing out. If it does, just wipe it off with a paper towel.

DIY Striking Match Jars

5. Center on top of the lid and press down firmly.

6. While that’s drying, you can work on your label. I used a simple mailing label that I printed off with a typewriter font. For something extra fancy, you could use a small scrap of vintage paper to add a cute background before affixing your label. Add some matches and you’re done!

DIY Striking Match Jars

Reminder: Our DIY Favor Contest is still open to submissions! Be sure to submit your crafty beauties by April 3rd.

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