advent calendar the 9th



Make a perfect pocket-sized present…

I got the idea for Lucky Wish Mouse from finding an old matchbox behind the fireplace in our house. The perfect bed, I thought, for a mouse. So I made a mouse out of felt (not very well: the bead-nose has a troubling way of coming loose and hanging off by a thread).


There’s something appealing about a matchbox-sized surprise. I’ve taken this idea to lots of workshops for children and it always goes down well.




It couldn’t be simpler:

take one empty matchbox, cover it in paper (pre-folded into the right shape helps) and decorate. Fill with treasure, tiny pictures, Christmas greetings, secret messages…

But be warned – they don’t close firmly. I am still regretting the tiny portable seaside project, complete with fine sand.


  1. Anne-Marie

    Oooh, gorgeous! My little girls will love this – will have to hunt out some matchboxes 🙂 Thank-you!

    • clara

      Thank you SO MUCH! And I hope your girls will be having the most wonderful Christmas.
      So pleased we are in touch!
      Clara xx


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