Monday, April 13, 2015

Framed Vintage Matchbooks - Wall Art
10:01 PM

Framed Vintage Matchbooks - Wall Art

I've been meaning to post this piece that was made a few months ago.  If you're a lucky Californian, the Long Beach Flea market is open every third Sunday of the month. Stumbled upon a vendor selling boxes full of vintage California themed matchbooks and picked out a few dozen that had some vibrant coloring and artwork. A few had raised, embossed text which I really loved.

These matchbooks looked to be in pristine condition with all matches intact to give it a more 3 dimensional look. I thought it might look interesting if mounted in a shadowbox type picture frame. One stop shop, of course, is Ikea. Picked out the Ribba frame which has a 1.75" depth perfect to showcase the matchbooks. Actually hangs nicely in the bathroom for your guests to do a bit of reading while they do their business.


  • Cardstock or thick paper - for the backing in color of your choice. White shown below.
  • Double sided tape - keeps the matchbooks easily attached to the cardstock. 
  • Frame and bam, one of a kind wall hanging complete. 


  1. What size frame is that? How did you get a mat to fit that size frame?

    1. This one is 19.75 x 19.75. See link below. The frame comes with the mat.