Thriftcrafting: Witching on a Budget

November, 2015

Magical Matches

Merry meet.

If you are looking for a tool for a special ritual or an easy gift, try decorating match boxes.


I had a partial deck of miniature tarot cards. Cutting off the white borders with a paper cutter made them the right size for putting on boxes of matches. Some decks, such as the Rider-Waite, are just about the perfect size for the large box of kitchen matches, requiring only a very small portion of one edge to be removed.

I used spray adhesive to affix them, but just about any glue will do.

By choosing cards to fit someone’s personality, astrology or goals, you can make a thoughtful gift set that can be a given on any occasion. Selecting cards to represent the quarters can make lighting each of the candles extra special. The same is true for selecting cards to align with the intention of the ritual at which they will be used.

Seek out partial decks or ones you no longer use, and buy matches from a dollar store for the biggest bargain.

The match boxes can also be covered with photographs or images clipped from magazines.

Merry part.

And merry meet again.

Witchcrafting: Crafts for witches

July, 2015

Sea shell for Sea Salt

Merry Meet.

July brings beach weather just about everywhere in the Northern hemisphere. Among the objects I associate with the beach is shells. Chances are you’ve collected some over the years that have been relegated to a drawer or a box. This craft is meant to inspire you to make your a salt dish or an offering bowl.


Select an open shell and others with which to decorate it. Use two-part epoxy, hot glue or other craft adhesive to attach smaller shells, bits of sea glass, charms and pieces of jewelry as desired. Small shells, beads or pearls can be used as legs to keep the shell from tilting.

If you have an abundance of shells, you might also consider:

forming them into a wreath.

gluing them around a bowl, vase, frame, mirror or planter.

dangling them to form a wind chime.

filling a shadowbox or a lamp base with them.

… wrapping fabric around a metal tiara and adorning with shells.

melting a tea light, pouring the wax into the shell, and inserting the wick and its holder.


I hope you’ll share your shell stories.

Merry part. And merry meet again.