A Crafty Mix


You Light Up My Life

With Valentine’s day around the corner, I thought I’d make something small for all the men in my life; my Dad, hubby aka soul mate, Calin, Uncle Sal ……….. In their own very special way they all light up my life. I don’t know about you, but it’s not always easy finding the right valentine’s gift for guys. Socks with hearts on are notoriously difficult to find and, to be honest, it’s a bit weird disconcerting sitting next to someone and seeing little hearts peek out from under their trousers. But that’s just me. So while I was out shopping for who knows what, I found these adorable mini mason jars. Aren’t they cute? I also saw this post on Craftaholics Anonymous which got me thinking, why not add some matches, paint and a label using a gorgeous frame found on The Graphics Fairy?

What you need

What you need, mason jar, wooden matches, match box, jewelry glue and a pretty label

Drill a hole in the mason jar lid and spray with some Rust-Oleum. The holes make it easy to dispense the matches, just turn the jar upside down and shake. Cut up a match  box and stick the ignition strips on the sides of the mason jar using the jewelry glue. I tried using super glue and a glue gun but it didn’t work 🙁

Putting it all together

Putting it all together

Add a label and fill the jar with safety matches. These little mason jar match boxes will keep your matches dry and are perfect manly accessory for a picnic or a braai. Talking about accessories, have you seen our succulent mason jar canisters? You’ll love how they turned out.

You light up my life

You light up my life

A Crafty Mix

P.S. Unfortunately I had to get hubby to help with drilling the holes in the lids, so he might just be getting those socks after all 😎

Categories:   Craft Tutorials, Holiday Crafts, Home Decor Crafts


  • Posted: February 13, 2016 14:10

    DIY Creative Valentine's Jar - Reader Feature - The Graphics Fairy

    […] came out great! I am sure the men in Michelle’s life will love them! To see her tutorial and other projects, visit her blog!  To learn how to transfer images yourself, visit the Transfer Methods […]
    • Posted: February 13, 2016 18:39


      Thank you Graphics Fairy for the feature and the beautiful vintage frames. As always YOU ROCK.
  • Posted: February 12, 2016 01:46

    Amy @ StowandTellU

    This is such a cute idea, my hubby would love this to keep in the garage for lighting up the fire pit. Thanks for the idea!!
  • Posted: February 9, 2016 02:22

    M Park

    Why does it need a hole in the lid?
    • Posted: February 9, 2016 07:21


      Good question :-) We added the hole so the guys can just shake the jar upside down and a match falls out. Kinda like a tooth pick dispenser.

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