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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. And that got me thinking, why not add some matches, and a label and turn them into matchstick holders?

A quick and easy gift idea for the special men in your life. These cute mason jar matchstick holders are sure to light up their lives. #giftideas #DIYGiftsmen #giftideasmen #acraftymix

Aren’t they cute? And they’re super easy to make too.

What you need

  • Small mason jars
  • Large matchbox
  • Paint
  • Drill
What you need to make mason jar match stick holders #giftideas #DIYGiftsmen #giftideasmen #acraftymix

How to make the mason jar matchstick holders

Remove the mason jar lids and drill a small hole in the center of the lid. The hole needs to be just big enough to fit a match. The holes make it easy to dispense the matches, just turn the jar upside down and shake.

Drill a hole in the lids #giftideas #DIYGiftsmen #giftideasmen #acraftymix

Paint the lids in a color of your choice. I used a gorgeous copper color for mine.

Paint the lids. #giftideas #DIYGiftsmen #giftideasmen #acraftymix

Cut up a matchbox and stick the ignition strips on the sides of the mason jar using the E6000 glue. Trust me on this one. I tried using super glue and a glue gun but they didn’t work 🙁

Fill with matches and add the striking strips #giftideas #DIYGiftsmen #giftideasmen #acraftymix

Add a label and your mason jar matchstick holders are all done. A quick and easy gift for the man men in your life 😉

A quick and easy gift idea for the special men in your life. These cute mason jar matchstick holders are sure to light up their lives. #giftideas #DIYGiftsmen #giftideasmen #acraftymix

These little mason jar matchstick holders will keep your matches dry and are the 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 too.

If you like the idea of making mason jar match stick holders for the man in your life, don’t forget to pin it for later.

A quick and easy gift idea for the special men in your life. These cute mason jar matchstick holders are sure to light up their lives. #giftideas #DIYGiftsmen #giftideasmen #acraftymix

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Until next time, I hope you have a beautiful, love-filled week.

P.S If you want to spoil the ladies in your life, you’re going to love these herb-infused bath tea bags.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

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.
      • Posted: October 11, 2019 18:33

        Christy Roppel

        I love this! I have a question...kinda dumb, but here goes: Does it really work? The matches come through the hole? Thanks!
        • Posted: October 12, 2019 04:44


          Hey Christy, it's not a dumb question at all and yes it really does work. My hubby has been using his for about 3 years now and we've replaced the little strike strips on the sides quite a few times. The hole in the lid isn't strictly necessary, but it does make it easier to dispense the matches. Just flip and shake 😉

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