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Bringing Home Ezra: Photos from the kiddos carnival birthday party

Bringing Home Ezra: Photos from the kiddos carnival birthday party

I thought it would be worth trying to use a pinterest board as a photographic DIY tutorial for this quick, simple and cheap usherette tray I made to use for selling charity items at our staff Christmas party.

I thought it would be worth trying to use a pinterest board as a photographic DIY tutorial for this quick, simple and cheap usherette tray I made to use for selling charity items at our staff Christmas party.

MATERIALS: I wanted something fast and cheap for these usherette trays and so when I saw these cardboard 'shirt' gift boxes at Hot Dollar I was delighted to grab them at just $7 each. They are shallow and rectangular, and about 40cm along the long side, making them ideal for an usherette tray. Bonus is that they were already covered with decorative stripey paper - less work for me!  Plus if you keep the lid they can be used to store your Rocky Horror Trixie/Science Fiction Double Feature…

MATERIALS: I wanted something fast and cheap for these usherette trays and so when I saw these cardboard 'shirt' gift boxes at Hot Dollar I was delighted to grab them at just $7 each. They are shallow and rectangular, and about 40cm along the long side, making them ideal for an usherette tray. Bonus is that they were already covered with decorative stripey paper - less work for me! Plus if you keep the lid they can be used to store your Rocky Horror Trixie/Science Fiction Double Feature…

STEP 3: Place your cutting mat on a corner of your table and then hang the box over the corner so your marked rectangle is over the mat.

STEP 3: Place your cutting mat on a corner of your table and then hang the box over the corner so your marked rectangle is over the mat.

EQUIPMENT: A pencil, a steel ruler, a pen knife, and a small cutting mat.

EQUIPMENT: A pencil, a steel ruler, a pen knife, and a small cutting mat.

STEP 2: Mark out a small rectangle for your hole at the halfway point. Position it close to the top edge of the box so that gravity helps keep your usherette tray upright.

STEP 2: Mark out a small rectangle for your hole at the halfway point. Position it close to the top edge of the box so that gravity helps keep your usherette tray upright.

STEP 1: Rule along the short sides of your box and mark the halfway point. This is where you will cut the first hole. I decided to make my holes the width of three stripes.

STEP 1: Rule along the short sides of your box and mark the halfway point. This is where you will cut the first hole. I decided to make my holes the width of three stripes.

MATERIALS: While I was at Hot Dollar I also grabbed a couple of 3m rolls of wide satin craft ribbon. This is for the neck straps. It set me back just $2/roll.

MATERIALS: While I was at Hot Dollar I also grabbed a couple of 3m rolls of wide satin craft ribbon. This is for the neck straps. It set me back just $2/roll.

STEP 4: Carefully cut out the rectangle with the pen knife.

STEP 4: Carefully cut out the rectangle with the pen knife.

STEP 5: Repeat on the opposite side. You now have the basics of your usherette tray complete!  If you are just using this for a costume and not to hold anything, then all you need to do now is tie a length or ribbon through the two holes so the usherette tray can hang around your neck. And, of course, continue to decorate to your satisfaction!  Since I need to use the tray to hold a bunch of badges we are selling to raise money for charity, I wanted to give the tray more stability. With the…

STEP 5: Repeat on the opposite side. You now have the basics of your usherette tray complete! If you are just using this for a costume and not to hold anything, then all you need to do now is tie a length or ribbon through the two holes so the usherette tray can hang around your neck. And, of course, continue to decorate to your satisfaction! Since I need to use the tray to hold a bunch of badges we are selling to raise money for charity, I wanted to give the tray more stability. With the…