Remove all the matches from the boxes and store in a sealed tin for safety.
Glue your boxes together - Use any multiples you like. I decided on 16 boxes.
Cut a strip of paper to cover the top and sides and overlap at the bottom about 1/4 inch. I decided to decorate my strip but you can use pre-printed paper of course.
For a stack of boxes this size my strip was the length of an A4 sheet cut 2" wide - which made it easy! You need to cut a strip to go across the bottom too (on top of the overlap from the longer strip.)
Next I glued the strip and covered the box overlapping at the bottom, then glued a piece to cover the bottom
Once inked and stamped I decided it looked a bit pale - so added another layer of ink
and over stamped it.
And then one more! As I am a mucky worker and often have ink on my fingers I painted the top with Shellac to protect the surface.
Then all I have to do now is to ink the little drawers as I go - with a blending foam pad then pop them into the appropriate box.
The match boxes push out from either end with your finger or you can add a little brad.
On the reverse of each box I put the make and colour of the ink I have used on the pad.