It's a bit of work for something you'll be throwing out within a day or so, but it would be worth the work in the situation intended...plus I say the "neat-o!" factor is pretty high :D
Step 1: Supplies
- "Hard" Cigarette Pack (That has the inner tabs detailed in step 2)
- Scissors or Knife (Optional, tearing would work just as well)
- "Booklet Type" Safety Matches (1 Booklet)
- Glue or Tape
* Note: I have Gorilla Glue pictured, but it is not recommended for any paper based projects. Great for everything else...just not paper. I ended up using tape, which works fine but you lose a bit of surface area on each side of the strike pad. I would recommend any type of fast-drying craft glue.
Step 2: Pack Details
Most any hard-pack should do, just needs the fold-out tabs pictured.
- Tab 1: "Lip" fold in the front of the pack lid.
- Tab 2: Dual tabs that lie flat in the "roof" of the lid.
Step 3: Preparations
- First, disassemble the matchbook.
- Then cut the strike pad out of the matchbook cover.
- Next, cut one of the match bundles down to a little less than the width of the lid.
Step 4: Creating the Strike Surface
- Affix the strikepad to the "lip" tab, on the side that will fold in. (So when the lid is closed the strike surface is safely tucked away).
- Next, tuck the match bundle under one or both of the "roof" tabs. (I only used one, it holds fine and makes it easier to retrieve).