It seems to be an old Russian tradition to make houses from matches as a gift or just for fun.
Do you want to learn how to build a house from matches? Here is a little howto from the Russian artist G. Wolf.
It would be built without a drop of a glue, and you won’t need those tools in order to build a house.
But what do you need is:
1. A few boxes of matches, around 6-7
2. CD case, it would be used as a desk, that can be rotated as you like
3. A coin, not a little one.
Place a CD box on the desk and we’ll start the process.
Put two matches, parallel each other, in the distance a little smaller than a length of a match.
Now put 8 more matches on top of the first two, like on the picture.
Now put a second flooring of 8 matches, perpendicular to the previous layer. It’s better to put all the matches on an equal distance from each other.
Now we are building a “well”, 8 layers tall, like on the picture. Each next match should be aligned with a head perpendicular to the previous.
And now on the top of this well we are putting another deck of 8 matches. Matches on the top deck should be aligned contrary to the lower one.
Now on the top of our thing we are putting a coin.
Now pressing on the coin with one finger, insert a match in each corner, as shown on the picture below.
If there is no space between lower matches you can slightly spread them with another match, as shown on the photo. But be carefully so that a “house” won’t slide from the lower deck of matches.