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Wrapped Candles and Matchboxes

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Happy Tuesday, My Lovelies!  It's less than three weeks until Christmas.  Are you looking for a last minute, super-easy homemade hostess or Christmas gift? 

No worries...I have you covered!

This gift idea is from Scandi Christmas by Christiane Bellstedt Myers.   It is my *very favorite* Christmas craft book.  

People enjoy burning candles and sitting fireside this time of the year, so they appreciate this craft.  Last year it was a very popular hostess gift.

First I'll show you how to make the matchbook cover.

You will need:

A box of matches
craft paper (Christiane used Christmas fabric in the book)
Christmas ribbon
Glue (I used Elmer's)


Measure the area of the matchbox excluding the striking area.  Mark area on underside of craft paper.  Cut out and glue onto the matchbox.

Next, measure and cut the ribbon.  Glue on top of paper on the edge of the box to make a pretty border.

And now....on to the wrapped candles.

You will need:

Two dinner candles (I *love* Root candles, and used them for this project.)
Brown butcher paper
Christmas wrapping paper or craft paper
Jingle bells


Cut the butcher paper so it shows one inch on the top and bottom of the candle (about 8" long or so).
Do the same thing with the craft paper, but cut it about two inches shorter than the butcher paper.

Wrap the candles first with the butcher paper individually, then wrap them both with the craft paper, and then wrap twine around the candles several times to secure.  Then tie twine with a ribbon and add the jingle bells.

I changed my mind and went with the predominantly red wrapping paper at the last minute.  


I like to wrap the candles and matchbox in a cellophane cookie bag like this:

The matchbox is in the back.

I know that we aren't going to Christmas parties like last year, but these still make thoughtful gifts for friends: It will brighten-up their home and make it more cheerful for Christmas.

For more Advent fun visit my Advent 2020 page above!

Come back tomorrow because I'm sharing a few of my favorite Etsy shops!

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Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. OH these are so cute. I love the idea and may have to steal it lol! Not Steal borrow lol! I love to give gifts like these. Inexpensive to make but gives the recipient the feeling you put some effort into the gift for them. I love that book and need to hop over to Amazon and get it. That is a perfect book for me. Merry Christmas to me! Have a great day. xoxo

  2. Thank you for sharing. I am pinning.

  3. what a cute and useful gift idea - perfect for favors or birthdays, too! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Adorable idea! (Although I must say that matches aren't so easy to find at the store!)

  5. What a great gift to give as a thoughtful seasonal gesture! That book looks oh, so inviting! I think I'll look for it....I love Christmas.

  6. What a fun idea! I have tons of matches from when I was using the boxes for a tree ornament craft (and hopefully next year as an advent calendar with activities for the toddlers). They're easy to find at Dollar Tree (matches, that is) and inexpensive too, so you can get lovely candles.

  7. Such a clever and pretty wrap up! I haven't seen a box of old fashioned matches in forever!!


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