I saw this in a restaurant last summer and loved the idea â€“ instead of a book of matches advertising the restaurant they had what looked like matches, but inside were toothpicks. I knew right away I wanted these for my wedding. Problem is the idea has no caught on. I could find plenty of wedding vendors selling matchbooks, but none sold toothpicks. The only ones I found on-line were geared toward restaurants with the lowest minimum quantity being 4,000! I was going to go ahead and purchase them anyway because I really wanted them, but seriously, what am I going to do with 4,000 of these? So I decided to make it into a DIY project.
Using the tattered sample from last summer I made a template in Word and printed it on white cardstock. I neglected to try one out beforehand and after getting carpel tunnel from cutting and folding, I realized I was 1/8 inch short. Ugh! I adjusted the template and started over. Due to all the angles, itâ€™s easier to cut with scissors as opposed to the rotary cutter so I canâ€™t make too many in one sitting. I cut the inserts using a craft knife left over from my STDs. Then folded the flaps and along the dotted lines. The â€œbookâ€ is made to hold 7 toothpicks â€“ the fancy style ones with rounded tops. I got a box of 250 for a little over $2.00 at my local supermarket. So not counting my time, itâ€™s a pretty cheap project.
Iâ€™m putting one book in each OOT bag and then a few in the bathroom amenity baskets. Iâ€™d love to have some more, but they are time consuming to make so Iâ€™m not sure Iâ€™ll be able to do it. I have a few more projects to do, so weâ€™ll see. I'm attaching pictures and template in case anyone else wants to do it too.