Match Strike Paper, Match Striker Shapes, Matchsticks

Atlanta, Georgia | 7129 Sales


Match Strike Paper, Match Striker Shapes, Matchsticks

Atlanta, Georgia 7129 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars (891)
Melissa Moore

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Melissa Moore

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Last updated on May 16, 2019

We are here to serve matchstick lovers and givers of great gifts. Follow us on instagram @strikematches!


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There's just something about striking a match

I've been a candle and incense lover for years and tolerated using ugly lighters and match boxes, despite always preferring to strike matches.

In 2004, while browsing pottery at an art festival, I saw these neat handmade oil warmers and incense holders, and I thought "what if" there was something similar to hold my matches and have a striking surface of some kind. Fast forward through several years of research and experiments, discovering the world of antique match holders and strikers, learning more about match production than I ever wanted to know, and *most* importantly -- finding the right containers I was looking for and matchstick manufacturers that sold sheets of match strike paper -- and here we are. That of course is a very condensed version of how this all went down, but bottom line, persistence is what got these match holders to the market.

We've officially been in business since the summer of 2011 and looking forward to connecting to more and more matchstick lovers each year.

Shop members

  • Melissa Moore


    Georgia resident since 1979, by way of New Jersey and Maryland. Graduate of Lakeside High School and Georgia State University with a BA in Journalism. HR Analyst by day and entrepreneur/artist by night -- ultimate goal is to be a full-time creative.

Production partners

  • HomArt

    Los Angeles, CA

    HomArt is a California-based industry leader in home furnishings.

  • Maryland Match

    Baltimore, Md.

    Founded in 1935, Maryland Match has always prided itself as a national company serving independent and chain businesses alike, with warehouse distribution from Baltimore to New York to San Francisco.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 21, 2019
Welcome to Strike a Match, your number one resource for match striker sheets, match strike paper, match striker shapes, matchsticks, and modern match holders.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
  • Check
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 6 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
If anything arrives damaged, I will send you a replacement at no cost. Please allow up to 10 business days for shipping, especially during the holiday season.
I primarily use the US Postal Service for shipping, but I also have UPS, FedEx, and DHL accounts if you prefer to ship via those services. You can also send me a shipping label from your own carrier, and I will create a custom order with no shipping cost.
Additional policies and FAQs

(The names may change but the definitions will not.)

It's natural and common for striker sheets to have small spots or blemishes, especially around the edges, but some have more than others. They all function the same. The categories below are strictly based on appearance.

PREMIUM/Excellent sheets are generally smooth with consistent color, with few blemishes, if any. They are the best of bunch, but when they're gone, they're gone - until I order new inventory, which is usually twice per year.

REGULAR/Good sheets have some spots or blemishes but are easily ignored or can be cut around. They are ideal for most craft projects. Similar to premium sheets, they are in limited supply. (I will have new inventory by mid-April.)

BARGAIN BIN/Fair sheets have many and/or larger spots or blemishes - like smudges, streaks, spots, discoloration, creases, tears - just like "meh" or sometimes "ew" (and if they're too gross, I don't even sell them).


Do you sell the matchsticks by themselves?

Yes, we have 4" matchsticks come in black, white, red, pink, yellow, brown, green, orange, teal, and black on black. 11" matchsticks in black and white. 1.75" matchsticks in pink, blue, and purple.

Do you offer bulk pricing on the matchsticks?

I can offer bulk pricing on a case by case basis, but I'm mostly setup for retail sales. If you need more than 50 matchboxes, you're better off contacting my suppliers directly.

I get the pre-printed matchboxes with designs from HomArt, based in Irvine, CA. If you have a sales & tax use certificate, you can set up a wholesale account with them pretty quickly. Minimum order is $100 and their turnaround time is 1-3 weeks, if the item is in stock.

If you have more lead time and need even larger quantities of matchboxes, then I recommend my other supplier, Maryland Match. Their MOQ is 1,000 matchboxes and turnaround time is 3-4 months for 4" and 11" matchboxes, and 9-12 weeks for 2" matchboxes. Further, they are a full-service printing house, so you can either get the boxes plain or with your own custom design.

Can I get custom printing on the matchboxes?

No, I don't do custom printing on the matchboxes. See the above question for details about one of my suppliers, Maryland Match, which is a printing company as well as matchstick importer.

Does the match striker paper work with safety matches?

Yes, they work with safety matches and strike-anywhere matches.

Isn't the striker material actually just fine sandpaper?

No. This is actual match striker material imported from matchstick manufacturers. It's the exact material used on matchboxes, matchbooks, etc.

Does the match striker paper only come in shades of black or brown?

Yes. That's due to the chemical nature of phosphorus. Believe me, if I could get the sheets in different colors, I would!

Can you do custom striker shapes?

Yes. I use a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine to create all kinds of shapes and letters, just not too small or intricate because you need enough space to strike the matches, plus the material can tear easily when cutting it and/or peeling it off my cutting mat. All I need is a jpeg or gif of an image that has an outline that can be "traced"; you can send me your own or I can find one for you. Once we agree on a shape, I will send you samples. If you are satisfied, I charge a one-time $15 custom design fee to the final order.

Do you offer overnight shipping?

Usually, I can ship overnight without a problem via US Postal Service (starts at $25), FedEx (starts at $50), or UPS (starts at $65). If your order is urgent, please message me, and I'll do my best to accommodate your situation. FedEx and UPS are generally more reliable than the US Postal Service overnight (express) service. My cut off times are as follows, all Eastern Standard Time: US Postal Service 4PM. UPS 6PM. FedEx 7PM.

Why is the shipping cost so high for the match strike paper and shapes?

For the match strike paper, I use a thick cardboard mailer to protect the sheets and keep them flat. For the match striker shapes, I ship them via bubble packs.

In both cases, this changes the shipping class from letter to package, and also, to include tracking, I have to ship via package class, which in turn costs more to mail. However, if you don't care if sheets might get bent during shipping and tracking may not be available, I can package them in a regular flat envelope which brings the shipping cost down a little.

For US customers, the shipping doesn't decrease that much, but for overseas customers, the difference is significant. However, if you order a lot of sheets, the weight alone will drive the shipping cost back up, regardless of packaging. Message me or request a custom order with the number of sheets you want, your country, and your postal code, and I will calculate shipping for you.