This is a cool way to store/carry your matches on your outdoor adventures. Its waterproof and you can even pack some firelighting tinder into it as well. But the best bit is that its made out of shotgun shells.

What you will need:
2 Shotgun Shells (used!) 
1 Box of Matches
1 Candle 
1 Knife
1 Pliers
1-2 Cotton Balls
1 Sticky Tape

Shotgun Shells are easy to come by, if you don't shoot, you could contact a gun club, they should be able to supply you with as many as you need.

Step 1: The Striking Card

Open the box of matches and flatten the outer sleeve. With a knife or scissors cut through the box, removing the striking surface and a flap of card. This flap should be the same size as the striking surface. Fold the flap over the striking surface and tape it closed. There should be no striking surface exposed (if there is it may cause the matches to ignite in transit!).
Place to one side. 
can you still do this with unused shells that have been emptied?
I sure you could, I have never tried. You would need to make sure it's completely empty as you will be heating the cap with a candle.
This is the first 'ible that addresses accidental match ignition as well as a real emergency fire starter. Its sealed in a way that prevents novel use as a "cool match box." Nicely done
Thanks for the comment
May I give a small suggestion maybe you can rub vasoline on the cotton and press it firmly into little balls and coat them in candle wax I made hundreds of them very useful fire starters what I do is push a match stick through one strike it and cover in paper I find it nearly fool proof
Thanks natis413, that's a good idea, I will try it out.

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