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Baby Food Container Matchbox {TUTORIAL}

Baby Food Container Matchboxes

well summer is in full swing here! yay! i love summer. and i have a really fun summer craft for y’all….an adorable match holder made from plastic baby food containers! i know we go through matches like crazy during the summer months with cook outs and s’more roasts. i originally got the idea using StumbleUpon from the Ruffled Blog where she made wedding favors with this concept. but she used spice jars for hers. well, i don’t go through my spices that quickly….and plastic Gerber baby food containers are *the perfect* length to fit a match.

Adorable Match holder made with plastic Baby Food containerbut we sure do go through the baby food around here! :)

these adorable little matchboxes are perfect for BBQ’s, picnics, fireworks, parties, cook outs, hiking, wedding favors, etc.

*Gift Idea* wouldn’t these be SO cute for the kiddos to make for Dad for Father’s Day? especially if you were giving Dad a grill for Father’s Day? love.it.

TUTORIAL {these come together so fast!}


Strike Anywhere matches {important that you don’t get Strike on Box matches}

black sandpaper

empty plastic baby food containers


hot glue

trace a 2.5″ x 1.75″ rectangle on the back of the sandpaper

cut out the rectangle and round the corners.

TIP: i recommend not using your best pair of scissors because the sandpaper will dull your scissors.

then hot glue the sandpaper to the lid of the baby food container

and there you have the cutest little matchbox ever!

BUT i couldn’t stop there….

i had to make a cute match holder for my kitchen too using a tiny Mason jar! so much prettier than a boring box they come in.

 mason jar matchbox

What else do you like to do with empty baby food containers?

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About Linda@CraftaholicsAnonymous

Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When not crafting, I can be found chasing my 2 small {but very energetic!} boys or playing with my new baby girl. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1
    Patricia says:

    First, I’m loving those small baby food containers. I’ve never seen those as my baby will be 30 next month. I need that matchbox for my porch. I just commented to hubby last night that we needed a way to keep matches waterproof out there so we could light our citronella candles. Great job!

  2. 2
    Jaimee says:

    What a great project!! This looks so easy. Those baby food match boxes would be perfect for camping! And the jar one would be great to keep close to the mantel : )

  3. 3
    Sheila says:

    Love it! TFS! I saw some of those little flip lid glass jars w/ the rubber rings, little ones not too much bigger than that mason jar. ‘Think there’s a run to the store to get those! :-) BTW, L.O.V.E your blog!

  4. 4
    Kelli says:

    That is so clever! I’m pretty sure I still have a container or two that I’ve been saving for a few years:)

  5. 5

    GREAT idea! Love it. Thanks for sharing.

  6. 6
    Rebecca says:

    love this =]

  7. 7
    Posh says:

    Well, aren’t those little matchboxes wayyyy too clever!!! I love this idea….great job, great tutorial!!
    Thanks for the inspiration…..

  8. 8
    Jamielyn says:

    Love it! So much cuter than the match box!

  9. 9
    Amy says:

    What a great idea! I love this! Just saved it to my “to do crafts” folder!

  10. 10
    Sue says:

    I love this idea, but I’m thinking I’ll put the sandpaper on the inside of the lid, or on the bottom, so that I can leave this in the tray of my barbeque and the sand paper won’t get ruined by the sun and rain.

  11. 11
    Jane Harned says:

    Love this idea! so much so, I set out today to make it…ran into a little problem, can’t find “light anywhere matches”! I did some research online and apparently they aren’t safe since they light anywhere, so I couldn’t find them in TN!

  12. 12
    Jessica says:

    Do you know what grit sandpaper you used? I’ve tried three different grits, and they have all just sanded off the red part that lights the match!

    • 12.1

      Hi Jessica,
      Gosh, I don’t remember the exact grit, but it is super fine. Like a finishing sand paper. Does that help? So sorry to hear you’re having bad luck with it!
      happy crafting,

      • Jessica says:

        Thanks Linda, guess I’ll just have to run over to Lowe’s with a few matches in hand and test out a few more grits. You always have that moment at the end of a little project where you feel so clever and your expectations are high… Well both myself and my SO ceremoniously grabbed matches and tried to strike them, it was such an unexpected result that we couldn’t help but laugh at ourselves!

  13. 13
    Kat says:

    Didn’t know they make plastic baby food containers. Great idea!

  14. 14
    Jenny says:

    What oz size mason jar is this? I’m going to be doing this nifty project as a favor for a party and want to assure I order the right size. Is 8 oz about right?

  15. 15
    Novell says:

    For campers you could also put the sandpaper inside the lids to keep out dampness.

  16. 16
    Sharon in MI says:

    Very cute idea that I just may have to try.
    As far as scissors go, I’ve always heard just the opposite – that you can deliberately cut through fine sandpaper in order to SHARPEN your scissors.

  17. 17
    magda says:

    Linda, it’s fantastic idea but unfortunately I had the same problem like Jessica. So I just cut and glued the brown part of the matchbox to the jar I used
    (but I have no idea what it’s called in English, sorry) http://dariknews.bg/uploads/news_images/200702/photo_big_116603.jpg

  18. 18
    Bridget says:

    What a clever idea, you so rock in my book.

  19. 19
    Pam says:

    Ive been thinking about this idea some, and if you can’t find the strike anywhere matches, couldn’t you just cut the strike strip off a box of strike on box matches and use that instead of the sand paper? Also a tip: if you put the sand paper inside the container make sure the matches don’t come in contact with it or you could have a big ball of flames! Great idea btw, I’m using it for our 72 hour kits and will also have one in our long term food storage!

  20. 20
    kate. says:

    Where does one get black sandpaper?

  21. 21
    Tina says:

    What type of sandpaper? or what grid size? Thanks Tina

  22. 22
    Shan says:

    I have tried a number of nice fine black sandpapers (400 grit so far) and they all don’t work with the safety matches I bought. I noted they had 1500 grit at the hardware store so I may try that or have to resort to cutting up the box. It’s just not a sleek using the box strip instead of the black sandpaper. :( I will also try to find different matches (strike anywhere), but as these are for gifts I was hoping to get them in bulk.

  23. 23
    Kathleen says:

    Any special kind of sandpaper? I bought it today to go with the candles I made and tried to strike the match to give it a try, but it won’t light it.

  24. 24
    t. koenig says:

    To improve the jar method, place sandpaper INSIDE the lid also. add a disc of wax paper over it, and you will still have a stroking surface if the outside gets wet. Wax paper keeps the match heads away from the striker if it gets shaken.

    • 24.1
      Cath says:

      If you put the matches in the jar with the heads down you wouldn’t need to worry about them rubbing against the sandpaper. Besides, when you think about the force needed to light a match, I doubt the matches could light themselves even if they did brush against the sandpaper.

  25. 25
    t. koenig says:

    If you can’t find strike anywhere matches (it’s getting harder) use the regular sort, but cut part of the striker from the box and glue that on the lid. The striker patch contains Phosphorus which is what starts the initial flame (the red tip on strike anywhere matches).

  26. 26
    Grace says:

    Pleeeease…do put the sandpaper in the inside…always guaranteed to be dry.

  27. 27
    Melissa M says:

    I actually make modern match holders. I import sheets of real match striking surface and punch whimsical shapes out of them. So people who love striking matches to light their candles, incense, and what not, can literally strike their match on a striking surface shaped like a heart, moon, cat, butterfly. Stop by my shop and check it out!

  28. 28

    Be sure to use extra fine sandpaper. Or a section of the striker grit from that matchbox. Put the sandpaper on the inside of the lid. Wet sandpaper won’t light your match.

  29. 29

    Be sure to use extra fine sandpaper. Or a section of the striker grit from that matchbox. Put the sandpaper on the inside of the lid. Wet sandpaper won’t light your match.

  30. 30
    JD says:

    Sandpaper only works as a striker with strike-anywhere matches. Match strikers contain phosphorus which is not present in sandpaper.

  31. 31
    EDITH BEEBE says:



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