painted matches • A Subtle Revelry

painted matches

After posting the crazy beautiful painted match sticks last week, I had multiple emails asking for the source of where to buy them. I searched online but came up empty. Then of course, realized they would be super simple to make and a festive project for this chilly time of year.

You can make your own painted matches in just a couple steps. Seriously easy! Gather a group of completed ones together and tie with ribbon for a quick hostess gift. Make them in festive colors for holiday favors, or design a stash with your own specific whimsy to keep at home.

To make the matches: first use masking tape to cover the light tip completely. Then use a small foam brush to apply a water based craft paint to the matches (be sure the paint is water based which allows it to burn without releasing toxic fumes), or be green and safe by making your own milk paint for the matches. Milk paint adheres well to the porous match wood and contains all natural ingredients.

After painting, let the matches dry for a couple days before burning, wrap up and enjoy!



  1. bianca

    16 November

    Such a cute idea! I love how you always find ways to bring color into the world. What a sweet gift you have!

  2. Lena

    16 November

    What a small detail with huge impact!

  3. kat jackson

    16 November

    genius! well done again!

  4. Rach

    16 November

    These are super cute!

  5. Kira

    16 November

    Simple and pretty, I love it!

  6. Ruth Lyon

    16 November

    The matches are so cute and colorful!

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  8. Make and Do Girl

    17 November

    What a simple idea. And it’s not one of those “simple” ideas that still takes 3 hours. Love it.

  9. Brett Bralley

    17 November

    What a lovely gift idea! I am just in love with matches.

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