Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.

I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!

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Monday, 15 April 2013

Recycled Matchbox


I hope you had a wonderful weekend. There is a rumour going around that spring is on its way and it is true that it has been a little warmer the last few days.  But I am not entirely convinced, after all, it was only just over a week since it last snowed.

Today sees a new challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges, the gorgeous Gabrielle wants us to recycle something. You could use newspaper, cereal boxes, packaging, an old project you know you could improve, just let your imagination set your boundaries.

I decided to recycle an old matchbox.

I got the idea for this project from a YouTube clip, unfortunately the clip has since been removed, so I cannot share it with you.

First, I cut the box to make a lid, I used a Spellbinder die to create the shape along the edge, then I covered it with a pale green paper from Papermaina. I created little feet with four crystal buttons from Stampin' Up.

I decorated the top of the box with a large dragonfly charm and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. I also added some clear flat backed gems and trimmed the box with some pale green pearls.

The rest of the Design Team have been very busy creating some amazing projects, please take time to pop across to Crafty Boots Challenges and take a look.



  1. Dionne, this looks so pretty!! Much better than a boring old matchbox. Hope you're well. (and long may it be spring!)

  2. OMG! How amazing is this! What a brilliant idea and just perfect for the challenge! You are soooooo clever! (I'm not sure I'm gorgeous though!!!) Gx

  3. Do I like this or do I like this. No - I absolutely LOVE it! Wow, wow, wow. It is stunning, very clever and beautifully done. xx

  4. Dionne this is lovely and so pretty and would be great for a special gift box or for keeping those special treasures in.


  5. Hi Dionne
    oh WOW, that's really something! Love the way you recycled something and made it look so posh! Crafted absolutely gorgeously!
    Michaela xx

  6. Wowee love how you made the lid open!! Xxx
    P.s. visiting from mexico hope it shows!!!


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