Inside: best ideas to make printers trays and configuration boxes
One of my main craft supplies problems is that I collect stuff... a lot of it. I mainly collect small items, embellishments, 3D objects etc and I have boxes full of them! You probably ask yourself what am I doing with them? Well... my favorite way of using them is embellishing printers trays and configuration boxes- they are perfect for that!
WHAT ARE PRINTERS TRAYS ANDCONFIGURATION BOXES
Printers trays were used exactly as the name states – a tray for printers. Long ago, varied letterpress letters would be placed in the small compartments for typesetting. Configuration Boxes are a modern take on the old printer's trays - It's a collection of small boxes in different sizes that can be painted, embellished etc.
Both types of these boxes trays are perfect for storage of small items like toys, jewelry, bead bottles, spices and any object that fits inside the box. In recent years printer's trays and configuration boxes have become really popular in crafts and many artists and crafters are altering them, painting them, embellishing them and making them into works of art.
Here are a few options of printer's trays and configuration boxes that you can get:
WHERE TO GET 3D OBJECTS TO FILL THE BOXES?
Creating a collection of items and objects to embellish printer's trays and configuration boxes takes time but if you want to start your collection here are a few ideas where to get them:
- Craft stores
- DIY stores
- Thrift shops
- Yard sales and garage sales
- Industrial factories and garages
- Your father/husband tool box
- Dollar stores
- Toy stores
HOW TO MAKE PRINTER'S TRAYS AND CONFIGURATION BOXES
Printers trays combine two things I love, the first is boxes. I love them, I collect them, I buy them even if I don’t need them. The second is working with little 3d items and embellishments which I love collecting. It's so much fun filling the spaces with all of them.
ROMANTIC STEAMPUNK PRINTER'S TRAY
The style of a printer's tray is determined by the emnellishments you add to it. In this project I added a retro romantic embellishments like vintage women'simages, embellished metal buttons and flowers. Eventhough the color of the printer's tray is dark it still has a softer look.
Check out how to make this project: Romantic Steampunk shadow Box
BOX OF TREASURES
This is one of the first configuration boxes I created. I just started collecting metal embellishments, little trinkets and found items. I was really excited to show them in this box that also had an artistic look to it. What I love the most is the hanged items I added - it's always good to think outside of the box and use all sides!
You can find a video tutorial on how to make this configuration box here: Box of Treasures
TOYS WALL HANGING
You don't have to buy a printer's tray oraconfiguration box in the craft store you can make it yourself. This printers tray was created from scratch with old jewelry boxes and my old kids toys. It's hanged in my craft room and I love to look at it and remember the good times my kids had playing with these toys.
Here's how to make it: Toys Shadow Box Wall Hanging
I created this printers tray as a gift for my grandparents. It has lots of family themed embellishments and black and white photos of three generations of our family.
Here's how to make it:
- Measure the spaces and cover them with papers.
- Add photos to some of the spaces.
- Embellish the remainingspaces with flowers, lace, ribbons, charms, buttons and any other embellishments you have. If you want to turn a 2D embellishment into a 3D embellishments attach it to the surface with foam tape to give it height.
- Add cut out shapes and embellishments to the frame as well.
DECK THE HALLS CONFIGURATION BOX
This project was created especially for Christmas and I incorporated holiday embellishments and winter embellishments as well. I usedsome really cool mixed media techniques to create the snow and the winter look and effects.
A full tutorial on how to create this project from scratch is available in the VIP Room - you can join here
My favorite printer's tray is the one I createdfor the Graphic 45 design team audition back in 2016. I'm really proud of it notonly because I like how it turned out but also because it helped me get on the Graphic 45 design team for two years!
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Have fun creating!