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Thursday, October 11, 2012

In With the Old: A DIY Match Holder

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.

I 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!


Julie said...

What a great idea! It looks so pretty.

Vickie H. said...


LindsB said...

Such a cute holder- I love this!!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I love this idea, Sarah. I'm forever looking for the one plastic lighter we keep in the house to light candles this time of year. This is the perfect and pretty solution!

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

oh could that be any more darling?! i love it

Chateau À Gogo said...

Love this idea and new follower! - Brandy@ChateauÀGogo

Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

This is such a clever idea! It it looks so chic in your living room glad you like the tote!!

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