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Recycled Matchbox 'Chest of Drawers'

By: Debbie Saenz
Debbie Saenz
Debbie Saenz
My name is Debbie Saenz and I’ve had a passion for creating art ever since I was a young child. Through the years, I’ve enjoyed working with many different art mediums and I’m always excited to learn new techniques. My heart’s desire is to inspire people through my art. My latest passion is mixed-media…It’s like a melting pot of all the mediums I love! Come learn more about me and my creative journey on my blog, A Creative Life, at: http://debbiesaenz.typepad.com
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Skill Level: Intermediate


FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Burnt Umber 2 oz.
Item #462
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

Mod Podge ® Matte, 8 oz.
Item #CS11301
Mod Podge ® is quick-drying for multiple coat build up and dries clear. Can be sanded to a smooth finish. Cleans up easily while wet with soap and water. Certified AP non-toxic; waterbase. Mod Podge ® is an all in one decoupage glue, sealer and finish.

Other Supplies
3 large match boxes
1 scrap piece of scrapbook paper or wrapping paper with flowers
3 scrap pieces of coordinating colored cardstock
1 – 13” ribbon
1 – 18” ribbon
1- metal rim tag with 2 rings
9 inches of 20 gauge wire
30 large seed beads
Brown permanent marker
Hole punch
Foam brush
Hot glue gun


1. Use Mod Podge to glue matchboxes together; dry.

2. Measure and cut scrapbook paper or wrapping paper to fit around outside of matchboxes; use Mod Podge to decoupage in place; dry and give a coat of Mod Podge to seal; dry.

3. Remove each “drawer.” Measure and cut out pieces of coordinating colored cardstock to fit each front; decoupage in place, then give a coat of Mod Podge to seal.

4. Paint edges of “chest” and “drawers” with Burnt Umber; dry

5. Cut the wire into 3 – 3 inch pieces and bend into a “U” shape.

6. Place 9 beads on each wire and feed through pre-made holes (use a large needle to make holes) in each “drawer” front; bend the wires away from each other to secure.

7. Use hot glue to glue the 13” piece of ribbon in place around outside of “chest” (do not glue the ribbon that lays across the top part of the “chest”).

8. Remove the metal ring from the metal tag and cut a circle of colored cardstock to fit the inside of the tag; decoupage in place and use the hole punch to re-punch the hole; place remaining 3 beads onto the metal ring and attach to the metal tag along with the additional metal ring.

9. Write “Stuff” on the tag.

10. Feed the 18” piece of ribbon through the ribbon that runs along the top part of the “chest,” then feed the ribbon through the tag and tie into a bow. Tip: Use birthday paper and write “Surprise” on the tag and fill with treats for a special birthday gift!

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