Matchstick crafts

Updated April 17, 2017

Matchsticks were originally invented by the Egyptians in 3500BC. The sticks evolved over the years to the standard wooden stick and combustible sulphur mixture we use today. Since matchsticks are akin to very small boards, they are perfect for use in construction crafts for people of all ages. People all around the globe use matchstick crafts to express themselves creatively.


Some individuals make a living by producing matchstick crafts of professional quality. Many original matchstick works of art are created via the personal inspiration of the artist. Others are commissioned matchstick recreations of actual objects that consumers wish to purchase for display in their homes or to give as gifts. These items are recreated using photographs that show a particular object from many different angles.


The matchstick cross is a popular craft for both children and adults during the holiday season. Most people ignite and snuff out each individual match before putting this craft project together. A cardboard base is used, and matches are glued directly to the cardboard itself in the shape of a cross. Adult cross matchstick crafts generally include more matches and significantly more intricate match patterns than the children's version of the same craft.

For Children

Numerous crafts for children centre on the use of matchsticks. Placemats, napkin rings and Christmas trees are just a few examples of common matchstick crafts for children. Matchstick picture frames are one of the most popular and easy craft projects for children. Simply cut off the ends of burnt matchsticks and use craft glue to attach the sticks to an existing frame in an interesting geometric pattern. Once the matchsticks have dried, you can paint the sticks with acrylic paint for additional flair. (See Resources for instructions on a second matchstick craft for kids.)

For Teens and Adults

Matchstick modelling kits are available for teens and adults who wish to express themselves through a hands-on hobby. Using wood glue and tweezers, individuals construct matchstick models by following the instructions included in the kits. Model projects range in difficulty from easy to extremely difficult. Some common construction options include model boats, buildings and farm equipment.

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Sarah Morgan has been a copywriter since 2008 and has written hundreds of articles for various websites and blogs, including work for the Couple's Institute and Caney Technology. Morgan has a degree in practical ministry from FIRE school of ministry in Charlotte, NC.