I’m sure lots of you have seen the cute pins that have matches in baby food jars or mason jars with sandpaper on top. I thought they were an adorable solution to keeping matches from getting soggy in the bathroom. So of course I didn’t read the instructions and I just bought some sandpaper, glued it to a mason jar lid, and tried to light a match on it. And… nothing happened. It was depressing. I tried and tried and my sandpaper just became covered with red from the match but the match never lit. Then I shuffled through Pinterest more and came across the pin and found out you absolutely must use “Strike Anywhere” Matches. Well, I couldn’t find those matches anywhere in my little town so I ended up buying them on Amazon.
So anyways, here’s what I learned from not following directions & some trial and error. I hope this makes it easier for some of you DIYers at home who also hate reading directions.
- Use Strike Anywhere Matches. No exceptions.
- Use the finest grit sandpaper you can find but don’t kill yourself looking for it. Whatever Wal-Mart/Michael’s/your store of choice sells is fine.
- Let the glue on the sandpaper dry completely before you screw the lid onto the jar, or it will stick.