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.