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Instructions for Making Matchbox Prayer Boxes

Jul 24, 2008
Go through your craft supply collection and bring out the glue, rhinestones, glitter, acrylic or tempera paint, magic markers and bits of shell, glass, feathers, beads or other fun stuff. If you happen to have any photos or reproductions of religious figures, or icons these are nice too, use ones that have meaning to your and your religious or spiritual beliefs.

Begin by covering the boxes with color, use your paints or markers. When the boxes are dry on the outside, pull the little inside drawer out and cover it with color as well. The finished product will be seen half open, so the plan your colors accordingly. Don't be afraid to splash on some vivid colors! Let the boxes dry completely before continuing.

Glue a photo of a religious figure or icon on the top of the match box. Cut the photo smaller than the box top so there is a frame of color around it when you glue it in place. You can, of course, glue photos on both sides of the box if you like. Let the box dry.

Now have fun and get crazy with the glue and shiny stuff. Glue squiggles of glitter on the box sides, or rows of rhinestones around the photo frame. Add any textural objects like feathers, shells, bits of glass. If you like, you can go back and paint designs on your base colors, spots and stripes in contrasting colors look nice. You can also add texture and glitter to the inside of the box, just don't glue the little drawer shut! The finished product is supposed to be vivid, bright and shiny!

When you are done decorating your little prayer box, get out some nice textured paper and cut a small strip to go in each of your boxes. Using marker or ink, print or write a prayer to go inside each box. If St. Christopher is on the box, the prayer might be for a traveling friend. Is Buddha on your box? Maybe the prayer is one to help still the mind for a friend who meditates. If you like you can add small mementos in side the box along with the prayer.

Personally I added small religious medals that the recipients could wear if they wanted to. Hope this helps point you in the right direction if some day you choose to make your own match box prayer box.
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