That’s a lengthy blog title, but this is a fun DIY that adds one of a kind style to your space! I used air dry clay to create a little tray that holds a candle and matches, complete with a strike plate! Here’s how!
Grab some air dry clay. I went all in and ordered 25 lbs from Amazon here. I figured the kids could join in on the fun too! Outside of the clay the other supplies you need are few. In fact you could really just use your hands for most of it, but a rolling pin made it a lot easier to roll the clay out to a smooth consistency. I also kept a knife on hand to cut it down to size to start forming my tray. One tip, not shown in the picture, rolling your clay out on plastic wrap or parchment paper is very helpful to keep it from sticking to your surface. Start by rolling your clay out… Then cut out your desired shape. Next pull out those play doh snake making skills and roll out a piece to create the rim on the match holder portion. Use water to help bring the clay together and smooth it out.
Next roller and cut a long rectangular piece, and form it around something small and cylindrical to create the matchstick holder. Use water to attach it to the base and smooth out the seams. Then use a sharp knife to trim the top to a flat level edge, short enough for the matches to stick out the top. Feel free to paint your own unique design, or for a really cool effect, sprinkle pepper into your clay as you are rolling it out! I LOVED how this elevated the whole piece! If you have strike anywhere matches you can cut sandpaper or striking paper to fit around the match holder to create a built in strike plate! And last step, let it dry for a few days until it hardens. Easy peasy!