Valentine’s Day is around the corner and this year I have joined a Swedish group called The Red Thread Craftivist for a little project. Our task was to send Valentine’s greetings with an encouraging message to a woman who is important to us, a friend or relative, a colleague or someone whose work we admire.
For quite some time I have had an idea in my head, and although the task was some kind of handmade card, I expanded the idea a bit, because basically, the project was about sending a kind message to someone. I made three small matchboxes, each with a button that – if you pull it gently – reveals a message (for this project, my message is ‘Your creative spirit is so contagious’). On Instagram, you can see a little film that I made – it shows the button mechanism.
Of all my craft tutorials on my old blog, the one with the magic boxes is the most popular and I thought I’d share the instructions for you here as well. I have used this idea for wedding invitations, birthday greetings and for little surprise gifts. It is a lovely craft project to do with your kids, too and most of the materials can be found in your drawers and cupboards.
- matchboxes (either used ones or from the craft store),
- nylon string
- sewing thread or embroidery floss
- washi tape (optional), glue, sellotape
- needle and scissors
- paper scraps and buttons
- hot glue (optional)
Remove the little drawer. Cut a piece of fishing line (mine is about 25cm long) and tie a triple knot at one end (it has to be very sturdy). Thread a needle and stitch through the cardboard at around two third of the height of your matchbox, pull through. Test whether the knot is sturdy enough by pulling the fishing line a few times. Secure the end with a piece of sellotape.
I have printed my message on sturdy paper, both for the drawer and for the front, but a handwritten note is lovely, too. I used hot glue to attach it – glue stick and a teeny tiny piece of cardboard work fine as well.
Voilà! Three small gifts for three women in my life whose creative spirit I truly find contagious.