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Upcycled Printer’s Tray

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Breathe new life into old objects with pretty patterned paper offcuts

Upcycled Printer’s Tray

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Market stalls and charity shops are often ideal hunting grounds for bargains of all sorts, and since the advent of desktop publishing, a typographer’s tray can be a great find amongst a myriad of other second-hand treasures. Once restored and decorated, this tray would be ideal for displaying an array of vintage cotton reels or could even be filled with memorabilia for a personal touch.

You will need

Craft essentials
Vintage typographer’s tray
Stiff brush
Sandpaper
Cloth
Varnish
Glass plate fixings (optional)

Printer’s tray

1. Use a stiff brush and damp cloth to thoroughly clean the tray and remove any dust and dirt. Carefully sand away any flaking varnish and touch up if necessary. Measure the width and height of a single compartment.

2. Using a craft knife, cut a section of patterned paper slightly bigger than the original measurement and slide it into the compartment, shaving a little off each side until it fits snugly without the need for glue.

3. Repeat for each compartment using an array of different paper scraps. Screw two glass plate fixings to the reverse of the tray so that it can be hung or alternatively prop it up on a sturdy shelf or mantelpiece.

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