December wouldn’t really be complete without some baking and crafting. Despite having tons of Christmas ornaments which I have collected over the years, I never quite tire of making something just a little different each year. Each year I look for ways to update the décor, add something unique or fun and make it all extra-special.

So, this year I thought I’’d make some little ornaments with dual purpose. You see, these don’’t only look pretty from the outside, you can actually fill them with little gifts. Imagine hanging small gifts on your Christmas tree!

A pair of earrings, a ring, maybe a voucher – as long as it’’s small (you’’ll probably struggle to fit a pair of socks into one of these) you’’ll have a sweet little box to surprise somebody with.

So, if this sounds good and you’’d like to know how to make these, then read on.


here's what you'll need...

  • Matchboxes (as many as you like)
  • Wrapping paper
  • Ribbon
  • PVA glue and brush
  • Scissors
  • Single-hole hole punch

Matchbox Ornaments Materials 1

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Matchbox Ornaments Post 3


Matchbox Ornaments Post 4

here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Cut out a piece of wrapping paper around 1cm wider than the matchbox and long enough to wrap around twice if the paper is fairly thin. Using the paintbrush, evenly apply the glue to the plain side of the paper.

    Matchbox Ornaments Step 1

  • 2

    Now wrap the paper around the matchbox making sure it’s flat and tight. Next, make a cut down one of the corners up to where the matchbox starts.

    DIY Matchbox Ornaments Steps 3 and 4

  • 3

    Cut around as close as possible to the edge of the matchbox. Repeat on the other side. Using the hole punch, make a hole in the middle of the matchbox insert.

    DIY Matchbox Ornaments Steps 5 and 6

  • 4

    Cut a length of ribbon and tie a looped knot into the bottom to connect the two loose ends. Thread the ribbon through the hole.

    DIY Matchbox Ornaments Steps 7 and 8

  • 5

    That’’s it! A simple idea that would also be fun to make with kids or turn into an advent calendar by putting numbers on the boxes!

    Matchbox Ornaments Post 2

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