This is a workshop sample that I created, showing a pocket shrine in an embellished matchbox. The photo on the left shows the outside of the shrine, and the right photo shows the matchbox, opened.
For this shrine, I used a plain matchbox that I covered with some Chinese newspaper. I glued a hare (rabbit) sticker (from a swap) to the outside of the box, and the word Prosperity. (I was born in the year of the hare/rabbit.)
I cut the outside (the cardboard case) of the matchbox so that it would serve as a “door” to the shrine… it opens and closes. That part of the shrine is tacked in place with hot glue, at the back of the shrine.
Inside the shrine, I used decorated origami papers. Inside the matchbox, I used:
- a gold paper notary seal
- the Chinese symbol/word “prosperity” from a rubber stamp (no company name on stamp)
- a yin/yang symbol on Chinese newspaper (no name on stamp), and
- a small replica of a Chinese coin.
The coin is held in place with hot glue.