Matchbox Stories

Gather your ghoulish goodies and let’s make this freaky Halloween Display together.

Start by gathering your supplies. You will need:

Matchbox Stories dies
Tunnel Card, Halloween Add-on
Mini Halloween Hauntings
Halloween Treat Lantern
Ribbon Rosette, Halloween Add-on
i-Brush Blender Brushes
Distress Inks: Tea Dyed, Forest Moss, Dusty Concord, Wild Honey and Black Soot
Die Cutting Machine

Recycled book or atlas pages
Adhesives: liquid, glue stick, foam dots and hot glue

Gather recycled pages. For extra stability, die cut two pages at once using the Tray die from the Matchbox Stories die set. Use a glue stick to adhere the edges of the two die cut shapes together.


Using the i-Brush Blender Brushes and Distress Inks, apply colors to the inside rectangle of each tray shape. Flip the shape and apply inks to the rectangle and sides of the back of the same shape.


Fold all crease lines towards the inside rectangle. Apply liquid adhesive to the small tabs and adhere to the inside long sides. Fold over and adhere each long side inwards to secure the small tabs. Fold over and adhere the short sides to finish the tray.


Make as many matchboxes as desired. We made 21 but you can make more or less.


Die cut various Halloween shapes from our Tunnel Card Halloween set, Mini Halloween Hauntings set, Halloween Treat Lantern set and Ribbon Rosette Halloween Add-on set. To make the “dripping blood” shape shiny, place a piece of clear packing tape on red cardstock then die cut the shape.


If desired, gather dimensional charms, skeleton keys, beads, etc. to include in the project. Adhere with hot glue. The metallic charms add a nice texture to contrast with the papers used.


Matchbox StoriesBegin laying out the trays in a random pattern being sure to create some matchboxes as vertical and some as horizontal displays. Embellish each matchbox adding foam dots to create layers. Also adhere some die cut shapes on the raised edges of some matchboxes.


Matchbox StoriesOnce you have decided on a layout adhere the matchboxes using hot glue along the outer sides to create a display.


Matchbox StoriesCreate lots of layers for visual interest. Display and enjoy!

You can add to this display every year. This is a great way to use those small Halloween die shapes to create small vignettes.

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Matchbox Stories