Altoids Tin Matchbox




This project shouldn't take any more than 5-10 minutes, as long as you have 1-2 matchboxes, an Altoids smalls tin, and a hot glue gun.

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Cutting the Matchbox

I used two different kinds of matchbox, only one of which I needed the rough part from. You know, the part that you strike the matches on. Anyway, use scissors to cut it off.

Step 2: Gluing Them Together

Using a hot glue gun, glue the cut-off part of the matchbox to the bottom of the tin.

Step 3: Add Matches

Now take about 6 matches and put them in the tin. Now you've got a matchbox tin! (Or would it be a match-tin?)

Be the First to Share


    • Skateboard Contest

      Skateboard Contest
    • Make it Move

      Make it Move
    • Teacher Contest

      Teacher Contest

    9 Discussions


    3 years ago

    all survival kits i see have strikers you can do a striker on it. BUT BE SURE TO COVER WITH ELECTRICAL TAPE!


    Cool. Couldn't you just use lighters, though? The new lighters, if used full time, (which means holding the button for like 1 day) lasts about 30 hours, and a match, at max, 2-3 minutes.

    And if the striking part was in the inside, wouldn't it be safe from water, wind, or any other elements that might wear it down before you even had a chance to strike it?


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    No, do not do this. You're now introducing the chance that it can ignite while in transit.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    You could, but it would be harder to strike. I used matches from one matchbox and the rough part of another empty one (of a different brand) I had lying around. Mine takes several strikes just to light as it is. You could try putting it inside, but it would be easier if the matches and the rough part were from the same box.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    "Burning people could cause them to die". This appeals to my dark and warped sense of humor!
    Give a man fire he will be warm for an evening.........