Okay, anyone who’s ever been to a flea market has seen these guys. They’re everywhere. (Isn’t this a cool picture?! Not mine… )
Technically, they’re old printing trays to hold the different letters needed to print, well… whatever you needed to have printed. Nowadays, they’re a picker’s rite of passage. I have one hanging next to our front door that was pretty beat up (read: cost effective) but I love the graphic lines, and ‘found’ simplicity. When the kids are older, I might consider displaying little tchotchkes (I love that word, btw) like old dice, tiny glass perfume bottles or interesting matchboxes to brainstorm a few.
Last week at the flea market’s season opener, I picked up another tray with this makeover in mind. As with my earlier decoupage post, fair warning: this is a fussy project. (Which can be a great thing if you’re exhausted and just want a glass of wine and some reality TV in the background. Hypothetically.) Rookie blogger mistake… no official ‘before’ picture so this will have to do.
I picked up an assortment of craft paper at Michael’s. I didn’t love my choices, but I wanted card stock (i.e. not wrapping paper or printer paper); I went with an array of blues with a few varying colors thrown in to keep it interesting. Assorted plain paper would have worked too… and maybe one day I’ll switch it up. (Some of the spaces on my tray were on the larger side or else I could have used paint chips.)
I measured out all the rectangles on the tray and made a list of how many of each size there were. This step made it much easier when it came to ultimately cutting out all of the rectangles.
When I had all my random piles of shapes cut out, it was time for the fun part. I made sure to cut a variety of paper in each size so when it came time to put them all together, I would have varying colors and patterns.
I played around with the layout a bit and then just used the tiniest piece of double stick tape to keep the paper affixed to the printer tray. (I didn’t want this to be a permanent thing, so no strong adhesive… just the tape.) If the tape wears off, easy just to get another strip and pop the paper back in.
I didn’t touch the frame as I loved the rustic, worn character of it.
For maybe $5 in paper, this was a nice way to brighten up a flea market staple!
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