Here is the first of many "art" matchboxes I plan to make and abandon for my Art Abandonment project. I love how this turned out, and I love that it includes TWO sewn hearts, so I can count it twice!
I covered a matchbox with paper cut from the pages of a book (I bought this thick, boring book for $1 at a bookstore, specifically to cut up). I scrubbed the paper with white acrylic paint to soften the look of it.
I sewed a little "patch" for the top, featuring a winged heart, using fabrics from my scrap bag. It's so small (2 1/8" x 1 1/2") that it takes very little fabric to cover the top. I used my favorite color palette, and my favorite image! I sewed it all together, leaving the edges raw, and glued it to the top of the box.
When the finder opens it up, he or she will see a stuffed heart posing the eternal question, "got art?" The words are stamped on with rubber alphabet stamps, and the heart is another raw-edge fabric collage.
I covered the inside of the box with book paper too, and added a paper heart to the bottom to jazz it up a little.
After I make a few more of these I will print out some tags (so the finder knows that this is a free gift) and then I will secretly abandon them around town. I can't wait!