I am a child of the 90s, a native Californian, and I spent a few years of my life living in Berkeley. So it will not come as a shock to you when I say that I care about the environment.
I do my best to recycle, buy secondhand, and reuse what I can. I’m far from perfect at it and still find myself being more wasteful than I know I should be (I’m looking at you paper towels when I have a bunch of cloth napkins that I could be using instead).
So it’s nice when I can find a simple little DIY that re-purposes an item I otherwise would have been done with, and not only that, brings me a little bit of joy every time I use it.
I’ve recently found out that you can buy match striker stickers so that you can basically make anything into a match holder. Mix that new information with the fact that I am a candle hoarder with a mild-case of functioning pyromania…and you’ve got a DIY tutorial, my friends.
I wanted to find something that I could re-purpose for this tutorial because I knew that my lifelong obsession with glass bottles would deliver me the perfect vessel to hold my matches. I scoured the house but most of my bottles have thin necks, making it pretty difficult to get a matchstick out when the time comes for some candle lighting.
So I took a break to bake some banana bread. I make this banana bread about every two weeks or so. It’s the best. But that’s for another post on another day. What did happen on this particular banana bread Sunday was nothing short of a baking/re-purposing miracle.
I finished up my jar of cinnamon.
I looked at that jar. Then to my new pack of match striker stickers. Back to the jar.
Could it be possible? I held the stickers up to the jar and they were the PERFECT SIZE.
Seriously, people. This jar has 4 flat sides, each side measuring in at 1.5 inches. And I had, completely on a whim, decided to buy the 1.5 inch stickers instead of the 2 inch stickers that my online search originally took me to.
It was a sign from the DIY/Cinnamon gods.
And with that little everyday miracle here we are. So if you want your own little match striker miracle bottle, you’ve come to the right place.
You will need:
- match striker paper
- a small bottle, preferably with a fairly open mouth/neck. I used an old cinnamon jar from Trader Joe’s
STEP 1: Peel off any old labels from the jar. My labels came off clean, but if you have issues, you can use goo-gone
STEP 2: Peel and stick your match striker paper on the side of your bottle. I used two pieces to have a larger striking surface but I bet it would look good with one centered sticker as well.
STEP 3: Fill with matches and display near your candles! No more hiding your box of matches behind the TV (or was that just me?)
I hope this inspires you to re-purpose/light candles/or bake bread. Let me know which one you choose in the comments!