Souvenir Shelf

I’m sure you all love simple, small projects just as much as I do.  If you also like personal wall art, this is the easiest, most interactive thing you can do.  A vintage printer’s tray to display little trinkets and nature finds.

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This idea is not my own, I fell in love with it in Lauren Liessbreakfast room:

Image via Pure Style Home

Seriously, I’m hard-core in love with her new house after seeing it in Domino.  How stunning is it?!?  She’s a Pure Style Genius.

Our boys are always finding little rocks, sticks, and other small items.  Before this, I had a full bowl on the coffee table.  Sadly, that didn’t show off the mini collection.  Instead, this showcases those treasures and becomes changing art.

After looking at local shops, I came home empty-handed.  I found a few small painted shelves, but I wanted something wooden and natural.  Etsy shop, The V Rose to the rescue.  My drawer is 32 by 16 inches and in great condition.

I completely copied Lauren by hanging Ben’s first deer antlers above, to fill the space a little more.

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The tray adds nice texture to the bump out wall in the living room.

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Original details, the metal front, numbers, and drawer pull, are just charming, too.  A simple tooth hook holds it up and then the boys helped me fill it up.

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We’ve got rocks, sticks, feathers, bark, a fossil, souvenir pennies, shells from vacations.  Basically anything small enough to fit.

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With room at the top, we can add to our collection and enjoy our finds.

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Though we have jars of sand and other souvenirs from vacations, I think this is my favorite way to display a collection.  Imagine this in a kids room with Legos, doll house items, or small cars.  Endless options and easy to swap out.

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8 thoughts on “Souvenir Shelf

  1. I have a collection of printer trays. Every time i find one for $20 or less, I buy it. This reminds me that I need to actually hang some/ one of them.

  2. I had to have one after seeing Laurens too! I felt bad not having a place to show off our “treasures”. Now they are out for us to enjoy. Yours looks beautiful!

    Londen

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