Children are always enjoy hiding little treasures in small boxes, especially one that hangs around their neck (so it definitely won't get lost). This matchbox necklace will be the perfect hiding place for a tiny car, dinosaur or dolly. It is really quick and easy to make and they probably won't take it off for days.
Match box necklace
Time: 30 minutes
Age: Under 5's
1 used matchbox
Glue or sticky tape
Small rectangle of recycled wrapping paper
Ribbon or string
Sticker (for decorating)
Assemble the necklace parts
Once you've used the matches out of a matchbox (a true treasure for any keen recycler) measure some beautiful recycled wrapping paper to fit around the outside of the box (but not over the top or bottom ends).
Cut out the paper to size and glue or sticky tape it on.
Add an embellishment, such as a favorite sticker to the outside and now your matchbox is transformed into a handy treasure box, just right for small fingers.
Stick the ribbon onto the inner drawer
Glue some colored ribbon onto the outer edges of the "inner drawer" of the matchbox. This will form the necklace part of the piece, so it will need to be fitted to the individual neck of the child.
Fill the box with a treasure
Make a little piece of "carpet" to fit inside the "inner drawer" of the matchbox, and find a small something or someone to fit snugly inside.
Attach the necklace around the child's neck and you're all ready for an adventure. Or maybe this could be a great home made present for a friend's birthday?