Tiny Art: Mini-Matchbox Picture Frame

When I saw this tutorial with downloadable template on Miriam Tribe’s “Mad Mim” blog I knew I had to try it. I love projects that turn what something that might be destined for the trash into art (like this tiny book, or these paper beads.) Plus, I had this adorable mini-charm I made from precious metal clay years ago that I just rediscovered and I have been looking for a way to use it that was a bit more creative than just making a necklace. I thought this tiny frame might fit the bill.

For the most part things went exactly to plan. I did make a few modifications to account for the materials I had on had. I found for my matchbox that the interior opening of the frame I chose needed to be a tiny bit wider than the template. I loved the corrugated cardboard that Miriam used in her frames, but I didn’t have anything like that lying around, so I used some of the paper I made during the mess incident.

I really love the way this turned out and can’t wait to find a permanent home for it! To make this I played with a matchbox, cardboard cracker box, white glue, painted paper, acrylic paints, and a sterling silver charm.

The materials: template, matchbox, and a panel from a cracker box to use for the frame

Matchbox and frame cut from the box panel. Note: I made my actual frame wider then the original template.

The pained frame.

Paper cut to fit the bottom of the matchbox.

The finished product!

A little closer view.

Some perspective on the size of the frame.



  1. What a lovely idea, and you executed it well. I wish i could work on such small scales, but I get all fingers and thumbs!

    1. Thanks so much! I was a little finger and thumbs while making it, but it turned out okay 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Oh my goodness, this is so cute!

    1. Thanks Carly! I think I found a little place for it, but its so dreary here today I can’t get a good photo 😉

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