DIY instant comfort boxes

18 Nov

I saw these adorable matchboxes from  Kim’s Little Monsters and thought I would make some of my own. These will make great little gifts or stocking stuffers. The best part is that you can use whatever supplies you have on hand and really personalize them. Don’t worry too much about making them perfect, the imperfections add to their charm.

#DIY instant comfort box by Making Mondays


empty matchbox

scrapbook paper/paper/washi tape

pens/markers/colored-pencils/paints (whatever you prefer)




First wrap the outside.

#DIY instant comfort box from Making MondaysThen draw the cover. Cut to size and glue on the top.

#DIY instant comfort box by Making Mondays

Now decorate the inside. Cut a decorative background and glue it into place. Then make a character. If you’re not a great at drawing, you can use a photo or clipart. Cut out your character and glue to a small piece of cardboard (smaller than the character so you won’t see it). This will add depth. Glue it into place.

#DIY instant comfort box by MakingMondays

Lastly, add words of encouragement. Draw a ribbon and write in something sweet. Cut it out and leave a tab on the side. Fold and glue the tab to the side of the matchbox.


30 Responses to “DIY instant comfort boxes”

  1. A Wee Nest November 18, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    These are sooo cute! Love them!!

  2. imsupersaiyan November 18, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    This is the most adorable idea ever.

  3. KerryCan November 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    Clever idea–and so do-able! I like an idea that’s easy to do . . .

  4. Victoria Stinson November 18, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    This is the coolest/most adorable/most creative thing I’ve ever seen. Love.

  5. thriftytravelmama November 19, 2013 at 1:36 am #

    What a cute stocking stuffer idea! Or even just a small birthday greeting that would easily fit inside an envelope. Thanks for sharing!

  6. melibelleintokyo November 19, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Yes! I love how DOABLE this is!! Love the words of encouragement inside. Just perfect. All of it.

  7. savagedolly November 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    I love these, thanks for sharing! Will be making some soon.

  8. Kim — a r t i c k l e host November 21, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    I’m definitely trying this as stocking stuffers. Cool, cool idea for us design maniacs.

    • makingmondays November 21, 2013 at 11:35 am #

      Yours would obviously be amazing! You’re art is so creative, I love it. Let me know if you make them, I’d love to see a picture 🙂

  9. LifeOfBun November 23, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Haaa that’s super cute 😀 just perfect. And the “imperfections” do just make them personal and even more fun. I feel that’s the case with most DIY presents.

  10. Erin Hedrick November 27, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    These are too cute!

  11. Who'd Have Thought? November 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    I LOVE this idea! Thanks for stopping by my blog, too! Jane

  12. bdillon10 December 1, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    I love this idea! I will be doing this for my bf

    • makingmondays December 2, 2013 at 11:16 am #

      My boyfriend loved them, he ended up making a few for some of his family 🙂 Hope you guys have fun.

  13. kjwinston December 2, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Now how fun are those?

  14. Bliss, Bows, & Twinkle toes December 4, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    Love these:)

  15. flylikeafeather December 6, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

    thanks for checking out my DIY gift bow post (:

  16. ecozee December 7, 2013 at 4:13 am #

    It must be fate, Grandma Grace, of candied peel fame, also used to make my husband and his brothers little decorated matchboxes with theatre scenes in them! she also made scenes inside egg shells! Thanks for stopping by my blog – I have just made a cake with soem of my candied peel (with dried cranberries soaked in orange liqueur)! We lived in LA for a bit (pasadena) we now live in scotland! love your blog and will pop by and see what you’re up to. happy christmas.

    • makingmondays December 9, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

      Wow that’s a lot of coincidences! I might have to try that with the egg shells, I can only imagine how cool that looks. We live just outside of Pasadena (near Occidental). I can’t wait to try out Grandma Grace’s recipe, going to make some to send with Christmas gifts and a little extra for me. Do you mind if I share a link to it? I’m going to put together a post on holiday food gifts.

  17. cmbanerjee December 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    Love this idea! My kids and I had a DIY project called, “Jar of Happiness”. Recycle a jar and fill it up with happy thoughts. Definitely a picker upper for those sad face days. Great post!

  18. lisadecorates December 16, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    Reblogged this on Upcycle Art Supply and commented:
    I love this information. Small children could use these little matchboxes or other little boxes for their personal portrait projects. There is enough room for their faces as photo cutouts or they could draw them as well as add personal trinkets that they find in their class like beads, scraps, etc…. Very cool. Thank you. 🙂

  19. sorrenngaitahu December 31, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Oh how cute!! Awesome idea!! 🙂

  20. suzannemcdermott January 1, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    These are cute! Hey, you’re a popular girl! Thanks for the like. Happy New Year!

  21. cmbanerjee February 10, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    My kids and I finally made our version of this DIY project. Check it out: Thanks again for posting!


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