Canvas Corp Brand asked the Design Team members to do something with ivory and rustic wood.  This gave me the perfect opportunity to finish something I had begun a few months ago.

Someone started a dollar origami animal collection for me.  I had them sitting on a shelf, as the collection grew this display method simply wasn’t working.  It didn’t show them off and it didn’t protect them from the cats!

I wanted something that gave them some presence, showed them off individually, and yet allowed for them to be organically  intertwined.  A typical glass curio wasn’t the answer as they are too sterile.  The printer tray from Canvas Corp Brand was purrfect!

I had some great work-in-progress pictures, but my camera died and won’t give me any access to those!  Annoying, but I have a new camera.

There are many things in this printer tray, but they are all things I already had.  This shows you want you can do with things you have on hand.




  1. Paint the printer tray with ivory paint.  I used several different paints as I had a few colors, but not enough of any to completely cover the printers tray.  My layers were not even.  The final coat of paint was Martha Steward pearl.  I then sprayed Glimmer Mist – Nougat.
  2. Sand the edges and other areas that so some wood color would show through.
  3. Using a paint brush paint on (not evenly) Glimmer Mist – Suede.
  4. The next step was to pull out everything that might work and decide what I was going to use and where it would fit.  I will describe what is in each section; generally working clockwise.
  5. Top/Center:  The bottom picture is from a magazine, I distressed with Distress Ink – Walnut.  The second layer is chipboard sprayed with Glimmer Mist – Mantis.  The third layer is printer chip board.  The top layer is a Prima flower.
  6. Top/Right:  Praying Mantis Dollar Origami.  Background is burlap stamped with white pigment ink.
  7. Right/Center:  Chevron stamp inked with High Impact – Olive.
  8. Right/Center/Edge:  Green clothespin holding a translucent leaf, to/from tag, image of a camera, and a chipboard “You.”
  9. Right/Center: Heart, received in a swap.
  10. Right/Center:  E-Flute paper, ridges painted with High Impact – Olive.  Frog Dollar Origami.
  11. Right/Bottom:  Ephemera with vintage button.
  12. Right/Bottom:  Metal Label Holder, with chipboard.
  13. Bottom/Center:  Elephant Dollar Origami standing on straw/grass.
  14. Bottom/Center:  Recollection Espresso paperpack.
  15. Left/Bottom:  Scrap paper from swap.
  16. Left/Bottom: Kayak Dollar Origami.
  17. Left/Center:  Vintage button.
  18. Left/Center: Recollections Espresso paper pack.
  19. Left/Top:  Owl wood embellishment sprayed with Glimmer Mist – Mantis and with flat pearl eyes.
  20. Left/Top:  Chipboard/
  21. Left/Top:  Cat Dollar Origami.
  22. Center/Left:  First layer, scrap paper stamped with Distress Ink – Paint.  Second Layer, Tattered Tangles sprayed with Glimmer Mist – Mantis.  Ivory flat pearl.
  23. Center/Center:  First layer, paper bag with edges distress with Distress Ink – Walnut.  Second layer, Flocked Floral Damask on White.  Top layer, Owl Dollar Origami.
  24. Center/Right:  First layer, product packaging stamped with a dragonfly with Distress Ink – Walnut.  Chipboard.
  25. Hanging from top:  Piece of leather with metal feather attached as pendant.


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4 thoughts on “Dollar Origami Animal Printer Tray

  1. Kim, this different! I like it! I think it is a nice interpretation of the project call from CCB! Nice to see one of my Crew mates participating in my challenge! Thanks for leaving this on our front porch here at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana Malkah,Owner

    • Thanks for the blog love! I am noticing you around the internet. The world is getting smaller.

  2. Fantastic altered art to showcase your collection! Love it, and will keep it in mind when I tackle my printer’s box.

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