Thursday, July 12, 2012

Repurposed Camping Matches Container

Look at the cool little thing that I put together to hold our matches when we go camping!  

I got the idea from this blog post, which I think is really cute but sort of impractical for camping because of the glass.  We occasionally buy gum in these plastic containers that I realized would be perfect to repurpose for the job because it won't break, yet will keep the matches nice and dry.  I added super fine sandpaper to both the outside and inside of the lid, so there's plenty of place to strike a flame.




You might also want to read my Family Camping Essentials List.

13 comments:

Maria Burgess said...

What a great idea! Thanks fr sharing.. Pinned IT. Using recycled materials to create new uses is cool! Love your blog!

Michelle Somers said...

Love this, thanks for the post.

Michelle

ASBloom said...

Thanks ladies! Glad you find it helpful!

Anonymous said...

I like the idea, but the sandpaper on the inside of the lid is just begging for the whole thing to go up in a ball of flames if you shake it. I've had it happen with a dozen matches inside a metal screw-top container - it blew the lid off and scorched carpet in the back of my car.

ASBloom said...

Hmmm...excellent point @Anonymous! I was just thinking that it would be good to have some of the sandpaper inside where it would also remain dry, but I wasn't thinking about the fire hazard. Maybe putting a little piece of paper over it to prevent contact with the matches would prevent that, while still keeping some of the sandpaper tucked away in a dry place? Thanks for your comment!

heaubeau said...

Putting the matches in upside down should solve that problem

Anonymous said...

This is a great idea; just make certain that you purchase "strike anywhere" matches. If you don't the matches will not strike on the sandpaper ( the striking strip on the boxes contains phosphorous & is necessary to make "regular" safety matches work).

Jacob Carlson said...

That's what you call being resourceful. If we can recycle things and use them for another purpose, then why not? We save money and we also protect mother Earth.

Richard C. Lambert said...

I also saw your blog on Pinterest. Love camping with my daughter. We go on a annual camping trip every August and we're always looking for cool camping stuff to add to our collection.RV hire New Zealand

Jilly said...

Hi there could someone tell me what matches you use here as the matches I have doesn't work and I would love to do this project?
Thank you in advance.
Jilly oxo

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