Printing press made from IKEA drawers

Jenny and Charles are making their own wedding program, and to do so, they made their own printing press. From a set of IKEA drawers. Because they are awesome.

The printing press is made of an Ikea Kullen chest of drawers, several pieces of wood, and several iron pipes... The cabinet is upside down, but with a drawer placed facing upwards. The drawer slides back and forth, and there is a piece of plywood attached to the back side of the drawer with a hinge, so it can swing up and down. The paper being printed is placed on this piece of plywood.

On the back of a cabinet is another piece of plywood which is attached to the sides of the cabinet. This back piece holds the engraved printing plate, which is inked to create the impression.

Printing Press (via IKEA Hackers)


  1. Having gotten married for the second time a year ago, I find this trend toward doing all this homemade stuff for weddings exhausting. It’s a lot of work to line up the location, the catering, the flowers, the clothes, the photographer, and also to coordinate all the travel of your guests. There’s often other small events to plan as well. As much as I like the personal touches people are adding to their weddings, I wish that people would acknowledge how much extra work it creates and encourage people to reign in it.

    One of the “crafty” things I did for my wedding was design and print my own invitations. I’m a graphic artist/technical writer so I enjoyed doing the design and was able to produce a really professional looking invitation. However, I wish someone had told me just how much time it would take me to do all the printing on my home printer, in addition to having to address all the invitations (calligraphy, of course). At the end of the day, I am not sure that anyone cared about how the invitation looked so much that it was worth all the stress of making it; even though it was fun, it was not as much fun as I thought because getting the addresses all lined up and all the envelopes addressed was so much work and absolutely not something I could have anyone else do, whereas the invitation could have been designed and printed by someone else.

    When it came time to deal with the ceremony stuff, as much as I drooled over the Martha Stewart things, in the end I realized that decorating the gazebo myself right in the middle of the wedding weekend (a fantasy I engaged in for some time) was just adding one more chore to my long list of things to do. I suppose there are people out there with lots of helpers to make these craft things more fun, but I feel like brides and grooms are having to put so much extra effort into their events because of this craft movement. Even though, yes, it is awesome they made a printer out of drawers, I think it would be more fun for them to do this for another project besides there wedding invitations.

    1. ” I feel like brides and grooms are having to put so much extra effort into their events because of this craft movement.”

      You got married because of a craft movement?

      I did my own invitations as well and to be honest, while I know what you’re on about because my wife didn’t realise the required effort either, you didn’t really think you where taking the easy route by doing it yourself do you? Easy is to buy. Hard is to make. But it is oh, so much more satisfying to make, and in our case at least, a better representation to our guests of who we are.

      Then there’s the cost. Doing it yourself is not free, though it may be cheaper in the end. (Spending a hundred dollars on a typeface can be a hard sell when you’re planning a destination wedding.)

      You mention that the guest didn’t seem to care about this effort and why should they? It’s not their wedding. You do these creative endeavours not for them, but for you. 

      And just look at these two, they’re working together, figuring things out. It’s beautiful. They’re already married in their mind and hearts. And just like a marriage, it’s a lot of work. I encourage anyone trying to decide if they should make their own invites or buy some to commit to making the effort.

      1. I definitely get your point. I know why there are so many crafts associated with weddings – when else do you get to decorate a gazebo? But, exactly your point about “you do these creative endeavors not for them, but for you,”is why I’d like to encourage people to fixate their craft obsessions otherwise. I think a wedding should be more focused on making it about your guests – work more on having a great band, great food, a nice flow of events – the things that make a wedding fun – and less on fancy invitations and origami cranes no one really looks at. And then if you want to make a handmade press, start an Etsy store making invitations for other brides and grooms after your wedding is over.

  2. Recycled Ikea furniture isn’t the first thing I think of when wanting sturdy pieces for a home construction project that requires some mechancial soundness.

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