A few weeks ago, I came home from a fantastic estate sale with my MoS tote bulging with goodies. Thanks, Jenn, for the fab tote bag! It is perfect for hauling around my estate sale finds!
One thing I brought home from the sale was this little crystal urn with a sterling silver base. Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe this originally functioned as a cigarette holder. A glamorous lady would place on a coffee table, full of new cigarettes for her guests, sort of how we would set out appetizers.
The base was tarnished and dark, and let's be honest- tarnished silver is never pretty. So I quickly polished the base (Hagerty's silver foam is my favorite. It works really quickly and doesn't smell like rotten eggs the way more sulfur-heavy polishes like Wright's do).
What a difference some silver polish makes!
Since I would be taking matches out of their case to place them in the urn, I needed a convenient way to strike them. I used some 3M adhesive mounting tabs (2-sided) and found an existing "strike" section from the back of a matchbook.
measured eyeballed the size of the silver urn base and cut the strike section of the matchbook into a "circle." (Is this why you learn to use a compass/ protractor in school?)
I then used one of the double-sided adhesive tabs to adhere the strike section to the base of the urn.
I then filled it up with pretty matches (the thick, substantial kind that comes in a box).
It's a chic and convenient way to display matches next to a candle!
And it's a fun way to incorporate a beautiful-yet-obsolete piece into your home. In with the old!