I had this whole post written in my head to go along with today’s mason jar matchbox project …
Something about camping. And how much I despise camping even though I’ve never been camping. How that whole communing with nature and bugs and wild animals — and pitch black darkness at night pierced by the hungry cries of those wild animals – is just so utterly unappealing to me.
I’m more of a sun and sand and a drink with an umbrella in it kind of girl. Where the only fire I’ll need to light with a match is on a Tiki Torch …
But if you’re a fan of camping, I’m guessing dry matches are pretty important. You know, so you can light that camp fire to keep warm – though I’m not sure why anyone would camp in cold weather – and cook that fresh kill you hunted off the land. Or caught in a stream …
In creating this project, I first looked for strike anywhere matches. And I was going to use some sandpaper on the top as the striking surface. But, admittedly, I didn’t look very hard. There were none at Target, so I just picked up some strike-on-the-box matches …
… and cut off and affixed a piece from the side of the box on the mason jar lid. You know, so you’d have a surface on the top that would actually light the match.
And that was that.
I’m thinking this may just be my easiest mason jar project to date …
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Elena @ `a casarella says
So clever! And as if I didn’t already think we were kindred spirits, you just articulated my exact thoughts about camping. Why on earth would anyone want to sleep on the ground when God invented beds?!
We have parties at our creek all of the time and I always want to give something to the guests who love the outdoors! These would be perfect! So cute and practical as well! Fun project!
Oh so cleaver Linda!
Amy of While Wearing Heels says
Those trunk mason jars are certainly being put to use! I am like you, I’d rather worry about lighting a tiki torch instead of a camp fire 🙂
Tara @ Suburble says
Wow! Very clever, and would make a great hostess gift (especially if it were a cookout).
And how can you hate camping!??! You need to do it the way we do: we hook up a miniature house-on-wheels to the back of our truck and then park it in the wilderness. 😉 But in a tent?? Not this girl.
What a great idea! I know so many people this would be perfect for….we have a lot of campers around here!
Have a great day rock star!
I’m with you on the camping! I used to love it but now I prefer a heated pool and a Pina Colada! I think this idea is wonderful and so cute. I would keep a jar by the fireplace and have one for lighting my candles. Thanks so much.
Hey, I just noticed you live in Chicago…hello neighbor!
Your creative mason jar crafts have all been wonderful. If I ever learn how to clip, or make a collage, you will be a one stop shop.
Kimberly ~Serendipity Refined says
I’m not a “camper” but I’m still going to make a couple of these for near the grill…and the firepit! Thanks, girlfriend…oh…and I’m pinning because I’ll forget about this before the day is over! xo
Hi Linda, I saw these 100th anniversary jars and thought of you! I’ve enjoyed all your mason jar posts and hope this inspires you even more! http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=20600206&cp=2568443.2568448.11927733.11927746
So how’s that finger doing? This is really cute. I always cut out the lighting strip from my boxes and put it in my match holder, but they tend to wear out before the matches are gone. I should test them with sandpaper.
Kelly @ View Along the Way says
Such a cute idea! It’d be really sweet in a little camping gift basket. For people who like that kinda thing. We go camping, but I don’t have to like it.
Christina Wedeman says
Love the post as great minds think alike. 🙂
However, I use my jars with matches for decoration around my fireplaces. I just decorate the jars to go with room decor, and either place on the mantle or on the brick next to the wood. Looks so much better than match boxes. 🙂