DIY - Matchbox Favors

Looking for a super cute fun and easy favor for your next event? These personalized matchbox favors are the perfect detail to make your sparkler send off or cigar bar pop! These tiny keepsakes live on after the wedding to become cherished memories for guests to adorn bedside catchall dishes or accompany candles around the house.

Matt and Sarah were looking for a unique way to thank their guests for attending their art deco/Gatsby style wedding. With a budget of $200 our goal was to create personalized favors that enhanced their wedding theme. This favor also perfectly compliments Sarah's desire for a sparkler send off (and eliminates the attempt of guest all trying to share lighters) and even left some money in the budget for Matt to offer cigars to his gentleman guests. Stay tuned to see how we style these pretty favors next month for Matt and Sarah's big day!


Matchboxes (splurge for the plain white matchboxes and save yourself from step two!) white paintmod podge, paint brush, glitter glue, paper designs cut to size of matchboxes, and scissors

Step 1: Either use a program on your computer to design customized images the size of your matchboxes or find paper designs / photos that you like and cut to size of matchboxes.

Step 2: If you are willing to spend a bit more money and opt for the pain matchboxes you can skip this step. Otherwise, paint both front and back of matchbox solid color. You could also cut your paper designs to cover the entire area of the matchbox; just make sure you leave enough room around the edges for the glitter border!

Step 3: Mod podge paper designs to both front and back of matchboxes allowing to dry between sides. Or you can attempt to do both sides at once standing boxes on their side while drying.

Step 4: Use glitter glue to edge all four sides of matchboxes front.

Step 5: Let dry and repeat on backside.

Material Cost: ~$50
Time Spent: ~10 hours

  • $27 for cheapest option bulk matchboxes for 200 total / $44-$200 for plain matchboxes (allowing you to skip step 2) for 200 total favors 
  • $18 for 8 (4oz) bottles; we used about 5 bottles for 200 matchboxes
  • $5-$12 for bottle of  mod podge