A lot of what I deem tiny art is really just tiny junk, but with sentimental strings attached. It typically is banished to sock drawers or coin jars, never to be admired or talked about. We must, as tiny art supporters, put an end to all that under-appreciation! All that precious junk needs is a lovely little home–this matchbox frame DIY is perfect for your tiny treasures! My sister Eirene (who you’ll be lucky enough to hear from tomorrow!!) came up with the original matchbox frame (more on that later), but here I’ve come up with a few different variations, all of which are amazing. They are my tiny little frame-pets, and I love them.
Now to it. First of all, print off my matchbox frame templates, and then pick yourself up some of those mini little matchboxes. I had to look pretty hard for these, babies. In Walmart, they are NOT with other picnic items (they only have the large boxes there), but with the houseware/tupperware stuff. All I can remember was they were near the nutcracker. Don’t ask.
For the black art-deco matchbox frame, draw on a scant quarter inch border, then add some squares in the corners (see templates). Bust out the exacto and make quick work of it. Touch up any edges that needed cleaning up with a sharp pair of scissors.
For the showcase matchbox frame, simply measure and cut down the center of the outer sleeve, and then trace and cut a cool design on both sides (see templates again).
For the fancy matchbox frame, cut out a cool design from cardboard (templates here),
Round up all your little treasures. Here’s my booty: A centavo from Argentina (where I served a mission) that I flattened by putting on the train tracks , a pressed flower that Josie picked on a nature walk, an old Mia Made broach that I got with some trinkets I got from my grandma, a pin from Taiwan where my husband served his mission (love that it says Touch Your Heart!!!), and last but not least a very old Goodyear button (1851) that I got along with other antique buttons one year from my brother for Christmas.
I used tacky wall putty (what’s it called?? We call it Goma) to both stick the trinkets into the frames, and then also stick the frames to the wall. It’s easily removable, and the trinkets are easily swapped out.