How to make cool things out of matches

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Wooden matchsticks make good miniature building components for many small projects. Because of their uniform straight shape, they can be used wherever a continuous length of petite wood is necessary. Wooden matches can be used with burnt and blackened ends, or painted.

You may cut off their phosphorus heads to give them a straight surface, which might prove beneficial for assembly. Start making some simple shapes with wooden matches as building blocks and see where your imagination leads you.

Place a CD case on your table to act as a small work space. Building on this surface will allow you to turn your creation around in front of you, without any need to move the matches.

  • Wooden matchsticks make good miniature building components for many small projects.
  • You may cut off their phosphorus heads to give them a straight surface, which might prove beneficial for assembly.

Lay eight wooden matches on this surface, parallel to each other and with the heads in the same direction.

Spread a thin line of glue on top of each matchstick. Use a toothpick to help you apply the glue.

Arrange eight more matches perpendicular to the first layer and on top of the glued matches. This square shape becomes a basic building block for matchstick construction.

Cut a notch in the flat end of two matchsticks by cutting a small slice halfway through the stick.

Slit up two millimetres from this same end to remove the small piece of wood and form a notch.

  • Lay eight wooden matches on this surface, parallel to each other and with the heads in the same direction.
  • Spread a thin line of glue on top of each matchstick.

Squeeze one dab of glue on this indented area and place the two sticks together to form a shiplap joint. Make a square using this method of joinery.

Adjust three matchsticks to form a triangle using this ship-lapped technique.

Combine these elements to create many shapes; connect them to realise the varied potential in this simple construction process.

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