Well, this is the last matchbox shrine I made for the swap over on UKScrappers, this time on the theme of the seaside for my partner Suzy.
Well, to me that conjures up the image of beach huts which made a perfect structure for the matchbox. Cut from chipboard and then painted white, I embossed some lines then coloured it to try and give the impression of the planks of wood a beach hut is made from. I put the door on the smallest hinges I had so it opens, and inside is a picture of (what I hope is) Suzy's favourite beach. I added some small shells, sea glass, pottery and driftwood to the inside (just loose so she can take them out if she want to) and finally added some fixings to the side and threaded some old rope, salvaged from the sea, so it can be hung up.
Now, for the last two shrines I did I made two things so I couldn't leave it at that for Suzy, but I didn't want to make another suitcase. So, I made and decorated a lidded box using another matchbox as the base, lined it with a different photo of the same beach, and filled it with more shells, sea glass and driftwood. I built up the sides of the lid with super strong chipboard, glued some shells and sand and then filled the lot with a load of molten UTEE. It came out more yellow than I thought but I think it looks okay.
It's reached its new home now and I'm glad you like it Suzy. I enjoyed doing it so much (plus I have some seaside bits left over) I'm going to make a matching screen!