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a little valentine

The folks over at Brides.com have put together a nice collection of handmade valentines and valentine treats to make for your loved ones, inclduing my little matchbox valentines. There's even a PDF you can download with the patterned paper, so all you have to do is cut it out and wrap it around your matchbox. (And don't miss the cute cards designed by Sally Shim and Nice Package.)

Note: I've heard from a few concerned folks who don't think you should be putting candy in matchboxes, as they could possibly contain traces of chemicals leftover from the matches. If this concerns you, other options would include lining your box with patterned paper, using wrapped candy, or making little cards to fit inside instead!

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    These delightful Valentine's boxes come from inchmark, a new-to-me blog by the talented Brooke Reynolds, former senior art director for Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Kids. She made these last year for her kids' classmates by taping strips of paper around emptied matchboxes. I love how her son got involved, ...
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girl, you are fabulous. that's all I have to say.

02.5.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatelyn

those are very adorable. i'll have to print out the pdf. happy friday!

02.5.2010 | Unregistered Commentermrs. ott

This will definitely be the Valentine's Project for my daughter. Thanks for sharing.

02.5.2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

I love your sweet matchbox valentines. I am going to make some this weekend!!

02.5.2010 | Unregistered Commentersally

Thank you so much for the PDF!

02.5.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Everyone loves a little treasure box filled with sweets!

02.6.2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

Thank you! I downloaded all of the paper projects in the article - wonderful stuff!

02.6.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

this are so sweet and simple. thank you for the inspiration.

02.7.2010 | Unregistered Commenterholly

That's really cute, thanks for the link!

02.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterPetit Filoux

So cute. Love the color combos. At first I thought they were bars of soap which would be equally brilliant.

02.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterRansacked Goods

Hi Brooke - I found your site through the Brides.com Valentine's article. I really admire your work! Just wanted to let you know I posted about your project on my site, www.thegiftedblog.com. Thank you for sharing your project with us!

love that. What a fantastic DIY.

02.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

darling!!!! lucky me, i have 50 valentine's to prepare (with 2 boys), and a mind a-swirl.

02.8.2010 | Unregistered Commentermolly

The Toymaker has instructions for little matchboxes that you cut out and fold together yourself: http://thetoymaker.com/Toypages/59Matchbox/59Matchboxes.html

That way, no chemical residue!

02.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

Beautiful, sweet and simple.

so very sweet.

when i first arrived to your page, i thought i was viewing small bars of soap. that would be a lovely personalized gift as well, couldn't it?

02.10.2010 | Unregistered Commenteradrienne

You can also purchase these empty-never-had-matches-in-'em boxes. We just posted a matchbox craft on our blog as well, with felt, bead, and acorn cap "heart babies". We questioned this same issue. http://lusaorganics.typepad.com/clean/2010/02/kids-craft-valentine-babies.html

02.11.2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Wolf

I want to find a mix tape in mine! What an adorable homemade gift!! :)

02.12.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCafe Fashionista

thanks for sharing such a lovely idea! my 8-year-old daughter has never been so excited about or proud of her Valentine's Day treats for classmates.

02.13.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaryellen

hi!!!what a cute idea! thanks! it is over.....sad!

02.15.2010 | Unregistered Commenterhandmadecharlotte

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