How to Create a Matchbox Announcement

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Announce your special delivery in a memorable and new way

Announce your special delivery in a memorable and new way

Photo: Mary Ellen Bartley

In this excerpt from B is for Baby, Suzonne Stiring shows you how to turn a matchbox into an unusual birth announcement. Stuff the box with diaper pins, baby's first photo or even a print of baby's footprint. Mail in a padded white or pastel envelope to announce this special delivery.

What You'll Need:
Patterned paper, 2-1/4 inches by 4-1/2 inches (one piece for each announcement)
Rotary blade
Cutting mat
Plain matchbox, measuring 2-1/4 by 1-1/4 inches
1/4-inch double-sided tape
Solid colored paper, 2-1/4 inches by 1/2 inch (one piece for each announcement)
Decorative edges scissors (optional)
Small buttons or other embellishments
Complementary cardstock for interior of matchbox, 1-1/8 inch by 1-1/8 inch (one piece for each announcement)
Computer and printer
Diaper pin (no longer than 2-1/8 inches)
Small padded envelope for mailing

Step 1: Cover the matchbox
Cut a piece of patterned paper to 2-1/4 inches wide by 4-1/2 inches long. Adhere one of the short edges of the paper to the bottom of the matchbox cover with double-sided tape. Be sure to align the edges of the paper with the top and bottom edges of the matchbox cover. Wrap the paper around the matchbox cover, overlap the ends, and secure them with more double-sided tape.

Step 2: Embellish
To embellish, cut a piece of solid colored paper into a strip 1/2 inch wide by 4-1/2 inches long. Trim one long edge of the paper strip with decorative scissors, if desired, and layer it over the base paper on the bottom of the matchbox cover. Use craft glue to adhere small buttons or other embellishments, if desired, as shown in the photo.

Step 3: Create Announcement cards
To create the announcement card for the interior of the matchbox, use a small font size (approximately 10 points) to print the baby’s birth information onto the cardstock. Repeat the information approximately 12 times on each 8-1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper. Cut the sheet into cards, each measuring 2-1/8 inches long by 1-1/8 inch wide, with the text centered in each card. Secure the card to the bottom of the matchbox with a small strip of double-sided tape. Enclose a diaper pin in the matchbox as a finishing touch.

Step 4: Make ahead tip
All matchboxes can be covered and embellished before the baby’s arrival. Complete the boxes with the small announcement cards after Baby is born, and wait to buy the diaper pins if you want them to be gender specific.

Tips: Economizing on paper means knowing how to create multiple sets of text on each sheet. The easiest way to compose and center text is to insert “text boxes” on your document. These boxes act as independent work spaces and can be sized to the exact dimension of your announcement or card.

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Comments (2)

973Third writes: Thanks for a great post on matchboxes and your lovely book, B is for Baby. I'm going to link it on my blog about matchboxes projects at
Posted: 8:38 am on November 11th
GrandmaCindy writes: This is an awesome idea for a baby announcement! Very original. I can just imagine the different themes that can be used here. Thank you.

Posted: 3:28 pm on May 18th
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