Day 139: Make a Matchbox Shrine

by thecraftaholic


“Irrespective of whether you’re a believer or nonbeliever, Buddhist, Christian, or Jewish, the important thing is to be a good human being.”

What does this mean? Be a good human being. What a novel idea. Instead of pointing out all the shit we have different, we can just be good human beings. So instead of being a “real” artist, crafter, seamstress, painter, “professional” crafter, we can just be. Just be a good human being. Being a good human being means stepping out of your comfort zone, and actually deciding to do something for someone else.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I hate labels. Labels are what cause competition, division, and separation between people. Don’t call yourself one thing or another. Just be. Be  a person, a human. Even animals have their human like tendencies, but the know how to coexist.

Why don’t we just try to go beyond the ego of the labels we put to ourselves, and just be good humans? Be a good person. And for your classically trained artists out there: don’t hate the crafters just because we can’t draw pretty flowers. We may not be able to draw them, but we can sew, embroider, knit, crochet, collage and stamp them with the best of them.

Today’s crafty endeavor is a matchbox shrine.

I had a workshop with my craft group, The Craftaholic’s School of Art & Creativity. Today we made some matchbox shrines.

Matchbox shrines are really not that hard to make at all. The main thing, when making any sort of assemblage art, is to think of a main idea or theme. Sometimes you can just follow things intuitively, which is what I do. Think of an idea. My first idea was owls. So intuitively, I just grabbed what felt right to me, and glued it down. It’s also helpful to have something as your main theme, to go inside. I mean, like a figurine of an owl if that is your central focus, or a picture of your relative, if that is your main focus. Something.

When making your matchbox shrine, you’re going to want to remember to cut the outside wrapper open, to make doors. You’re going to also want to glue the box with the outer wrap, so that it stays put. I recommend Scotch Quick Dry Glue.

After that, just wrap the thing with paper. You can also paint it, but we chose to cover it in pretty paper. You could also use road maps, newspaper, or even gift wrap. Just use your imagination. Again, remember that whatever your main focus is, whatever your main theme is, that is how you should build your box. Decorate your box so that everything goes along with your central theme.

The inside is all up to you. I chose to put some glitter at the top and bottom (mostly because of some ribbon that I glued down and did not like). Then, realizing I had no owls with me, I looked in my stuff to see what I had that went along with what I had already done. And I found a Loteria card of a Parrot! So, not having dimensionals with me, I glued a cotton ball down on it, to make the card stand out. I also punched holes at the top, to make it able to hang.

I glued some scrap green paper I had (the Taj Majal stack) to some watercolor paper, and glued it the back of the matchbox, to add a little something extra.

What do you think? It’s pretty simple, and not that fancy. But I really like this piece a lot.

Here it is, hanging on my peephole.

Here’s a side view.

I hope you like it!

The Craftaholic

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