Printer’s Tray Accent Wall


‘Tis that time of year. The weather starts to warm up and my mind starts going a mile a minute. I need to paint the garage, build a raised vegetable garden bed (I know nothing about gardening, this should be an interesting summer), repurpose a grandfather clock into bathroom storage, make acrylic mirrors for the playroom, build a table for the deck…SO MANY THINGS. This printer’s tray accent wall project wasn’t even on my list, but it popped into my head a couple days ago and it just sort of happened.

I have a LOT of printer’s trays in my basement. (I sell them in my Etsy store if you are in the market. If I look sold out I’m not. Just shoot me a message and I will let you know what I have available!) I’ve always wanted to do some sort of a wall hanging with the trays because I love their history and the wood is beautiful, but I wanted to do something different than the typical trinket shadow box display. I love how the finished look of this project reminds me of stone/tile or stained glass.

All you need is a printer’s tray, 5 different colors of card stock, scissors, pencil, ruler and Elmer’s Glue. Measure the openings and cut out the card stock to fit. I glued the colors in place randomly, but making sure the same color never touched.  The color schemes you can choose from are endless. Here are a few ideas:

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I also have a large selection of metal and wood letterpress blocks for sale in my Etsy shop. I have pre-made listings and I can also do custom names, words, etc. I plan to display a few words and phrases throughout my accent wall.


This project was a little time consuming, but I would rate it super easy. Anyone can do it 🙂

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