I always say that anyone who walks into our apartment without knowing us would probably think that we’re pyromaniacs: there are candles everywhere. The problem I come across is that I’m always searching for a matchbook. None are nice enough to display, so they’re all hidden away in drawers. While browsing Pottery Barn a while back, I came across this cute little glass bottle with a rough bottom and matches inside, rough on the bottom–a strikeable match bottle, it was perfect! And then I saw the price: $25 for matches is a little steep, and it couldn’t be something too difficult to recreate at home.
A cute glass bottle, some basic craft supplies, and a cup of coffee later: voila, I had my very own fancy match bottle. Read on for a how-to on making your very own strikeable match bottle!
DIY STRIKEABLE MATCH BOTTLE
What You’ll Need
(ideally with a cork/lid, if not go for a bottle
with an opening you can cover with your finger)
Strike Anywhere Matches
Rubbing Alcohol (to clean the glass)
Clean the bottom of your bottle with the rubbing alcohol, making sure you get everything nice and clean. Let it dry, and then glob on some etching cream. The instructions on mine said to leave the cream on for 15 minutes, I wanted a deep etch, so I went for 45 instead. Rinse the cream off, making sure it’s fully dry.
You should have a nice, cloudy surface. It won’t feel rough to the touch, but it should be rough enough for the matches. Strike a test match, if it doesn’t work, just repeat the process all over again! Fill your bottle with matches, and you’re done!
It’s seriously the easiest DIY project ever. Package it with a nice candle and it’ll make a great hostess gift, or make little ones as party favors! The possibilities for this project are endless!
If you decide to give this project a go, I’d love to see it! Make sure you tag Lilliput Design and #PracticalPanache on social media!