Do you know what lights my fire? Pretty matchstick holders.
I recently found a vintage cast iron matchstick holder to hold chalk, not matches, but that’s a story for the end of this blog post.
The point is you don’t have to store matches in the boring boxes they come in. There are really pretty matchstick holders – new and vintage – to hold your little fire sticks.
I flame to please, so check out these pretty matchstick holders.
This cast iron match striker from Schoolhouse is perfect in its simplicity. I love that there’s a place to set down spent matches.
Have you seen a match cloche? There’s a cork plug on the bottom, so that’s how you get the matches out. There’s also striking paper on the back of the cloche to light your match.
This match cloche from Lulu and Georgia comes in two sizes in case you like those really long matches. It includes 120 matches and comes in 3 glass colors: amber, clear, and green.
(image and top of post image: Lulu and Georgia)
This concrete house matchstick holder on Etsy is so cute.
I’m sure you could DIY this, but who wants to wrestle with an 80-pound bag of concrete when this matchstick holder only costs $15?
(image: Nicmannmade via Etsy)
If you’re a fan of ceramics, you’ll love this ceramic matchstick holder and striker. This Etsy shop makes this holder in different colors but I’m partial to the blue.
(image: Robert Brandt Ceramics via Etsy)
Check out this vintage-inspired metal matchstick tin! So cute, right? Plus, this tin ships from a New Jersey shop, so it must be amazing.
(P.S. I live in New Jersey and am here to convince the world that New Jersey is better than MTV and late-night comedians make it sound.)
(image: Decore Bliss Shop via Etsy)
I love the color palate of these matchstick holders. There’s a striker on the side and bottom of these holders, which come in a set of two. I won’t tell if you break up the set and give them as gifts.
Vintage and Antique Matchstick Holders
I won’t link any because they’ll be gone in a flash but you can find all sorts of vintage metal and wood matchstick holders on Etsy, eBay, and at your local thrift stores.
My cast iron matchstick holder was $10 at an antique shop here in New Jersey. I am using it to hold chalk next to a chalkboard we have in our pantry.
I love finding new uses for old things. While none of the matchstick holders featured in this post are old, I do think many of them would also be excellent holders for bobby pins or toothpicks.
Do you use matches at home regularly? Do you keep them in a pretty matchstick holder or in the box they came in? Or are you like me and have repurposed a matchstick holder for something else? I’d love to know.
P.S. When you buy a matchstick holder, pay attention to whether it works with safety matches or strike-anywhere matches.
Strike-anywhere matches work on any surface with suitable friction. Safety matches only light when struck on a specially prepared surface. If you want to impress your friends regarding the chemistry involved in creating safety matches, read this article.
Fun fact: If you are flying in the U.S., as of the time I am writing this blog post, you can take one book of safety matches in your carry-on luggage but all matches are prohibited in checked luggage. Double-check this TSA rule here.
You can also buy adhesive-backed match strike paper to attach anywhere that will work with your safety matches and strike-anywhere matches.
Thank you for being here today. I hope you had fun! If you’re not quite ready for the fun to end, here are some other blog posts you might enjoy.
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