I came across a vintage printer’s tray at the antique store last year, then I found a bag of wood stars at the thrift store a year later. I wasn’t expecting to combine the two in my Printer’s Tray Advent Calendar, but they ended up working great together!
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Printers Tray Advent Calendar
- Graphic 45 St Nicholas Collection Paper Pad
- Graphic 45 St Nicholas Christmas Ephemera Cards
- Petaloo Pine Pick with Cones and Berries
- Petaloo Burlap Poinsettias
- Xyron Creative Station Lite
- Printer’s Tray (vintage or new) with at least 25 sections
- Paint for printer’s tray
- Metallic paint for stars
- Paint brushes
- Wood Stars or other wood shape (that fit in the printer’s tray)
- Scallop paper punches (that fit the wood shapes)
- Cardstock numbers (ready-made or cut yourself)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
My project today is part of the Graphic 45/Petaloo/Xyron Blog Hop!
Here’s my printer’s tray, before. I had to remove some of the wood pieces to create 25 sections for my advent calendar. I couldn’t believe how well my wood stars fit into the tray! The largest section will be for day 25.
I painted the outside and wood pieces of the tray.
Then I removed the wood pieces and covered the backing (which I didn’t paint) in a patchwork of Christmas papers. I used my Xyron Creative Station Lite with the 5-inch Permanent Adhesive Cartridge to adhere my papers to the backing.
If I was more patient, I would have measured each section in the tray and cut out a piece of paper to fit! But I also like this crazy patchwork look.
I painted the stars in both silver and gold metallic paint.
Then I punched out some scallop circles and ran them through the 3-inch adhesive cartridge in my Xyron Creative Station Lite. I cut out numbers using my Cricut Explore in red cardstock and ran them through the Xyron as well.
I adhered the circles and the numbers to the center of the stars, for all of the stars except for number 25 which I made fancier.
For star 25, I made a little fan out of scrapbook paper (I love this plaid!) and adhered the circle and number on top.
I placed all of the stars into their sections but the three largest sections looked a little plain. So I took some Christmas ephemera post cards and ran them through my Xyron and adhered them to the large sections.
In day 25, I made it extra fancy again by adding some burlap poinsettias.
I loved these pine sprigs so I added them to the corners of my printer’s tray.
I might add picture hanging hardware to the back and loop some plaid ribbon through it to hang on the wall as December 1st approaches! My girls are already excited about Christmas and so am I. I can’t wait to watch them place each star in their new advent calendar as they count down to the big day!
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