I was reading House Beautiful magazine recently (maybe their March issue?) when I came across their “The Best” feature and found this photo of a reclaimed apothecary matchstick bottle from here:
It was $20 which was $20 over my budget for a reclaimed match holder (didn’t even know I needed one of them!) but I thought I could make it easily, especially since AJ found this fabulous little bottle in our attic when he was vaulting the ceilings in the master bedroom.
My plan was to put a circular piece of sandpaper at the bottom of the bottle to use as a striker… only every time I tried to strike it it wouldn’t work… so I did a little research online and came across this great blog that gave instructions for what I needed. First off, I was using the wrong kind of match. I needed “strike anywhere” matches:
and fine grit sandpaper that I cut to match the size of the bottom of the bottle.
Wouldn’t this look great sporting a little tag with the monogram of you or a friend (if it were a gift)? I just printed various sizes of “M”s for Migonis on my computer and then used the one that fit perfectly (font size 80 in Casteller).
Wouldn’t this be a cute hostess gift with a little candle? Just the monogram on the bottle makes it so much more personal than simply giving a candle.
I’m submitting this post to the CSI Project for a Unique Gift Idea.