Here's what you'll need:
1. Matchboxes (I bought mine without matches in them)
2. Mod Podge
3. A paintbrush
4. A ruler
6. A computer and printer
I decided I would do my sister's book, "Giant Dance Party", since I could scan the front, side, and back of the book (and hopefully not get sued). For the others, I decided to take old book covers and their corresponding movie posters and match them per matchbox (examples here include "The Great Gatsby" and "A Clockwork Orange"). Now while you don't have to paint the matchbox beforehand, you're certainly welcome to if white isn't your neutral.
The hardest part of all of this is measuring the darn matchbox. I used Word to measure and print the photos. To save you some time and frustration, here's what I figured out:
If you just want to cover the front and the back and not the sides, have your photos be 2.06" x 1.37" (or 1.38" - you can always trim it if it's not perfect). If you want to include the side like it's a book, have the spine be 2.12" x .6"
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It shouldn't take too long to dry and voila! Your boxes are ready to be filled!
Maybe the dancer in your house has bobby pins that need wrangling...
Or you have some coins that need to be put in a safe place...
Or heck, maybe you just need a place for your matches!
In any case, have fun make something creative that speaks to you and save those $2 for something worthwhile!
TOTAL COSTS: About $14
$4.99 for 30 matchboxes from Amazon
$8.99 for 16 oz. of Mod Podge from Michael's (I used maybe 1 Tablespoon's worth)
Scissors, ruler, paintbrush and printer/computer already on hand
TOTAL AMOUNT OF TIME: About 20 minutes
10 minutes to measure, print, cut out, and glue on
10 minutes to dry
EASY-PEASY SCALE (1 super easy-5 very difficult): 2 out of 5
As I said, the hardest part is just getting the measurements right and if you're a perfectionist, this might drive you up the wall. However, it's really not that hard, given the measurements I provided and the rest is just to cut and paste! Take that Hollywood hipsters!