DIY Travel Lap Desk – no sew!

Summer vacation is here! We had a long road trip planned this year, Chicago to Myrtle Beach, so I’ve been looking at travel desks for the kids, but just couldn’t bring myself to spend the $60 for 2 of them from Amazon. I browsed Pintrest for some DIY ideas and boy there were a ton of cute ones, but all of them needed some kind of sewing. I don’t have a sewing machine or the knowledge of how to sew so I got to brain-storming and thought about taking those ideas and merging them into a no-sew method.

No-Sew Laptop desk

Materials needed:

  • Cookie Sheet
  • iron fuse
  • pillow stuffing
  • material
  • foam board or other stiff board
  • hot glue gun
  • plastic place mat (optional)
  • velcro (optional)

supplies

First I cut up a board to be about an inch smaller then the back of the cookie sheet. The board I used was left over from an old coreplast sign, you can use any stiff board or cardboard for this.

material-cut-2

I also clipped the corners so they weren’t sharp.

board-corner

Then I took the material and cut it so it had the middle the size of the board plus 5″ flaps on all sides.

material-cut

To ‘sew’ the sides together I used the iron fuse, and fused the corners together using the right sides of the material. The iron fuse is basically a glue that you apply by heating it with an iron.

heat-bond

Then flipped the material inside out and stuffed it with the pillow filling. Placed the board on top and hot glued it together.

stuffed

I used velcro to attach the tin cookie sheet to the pillow. My thought was at a later date I could add on a write-on board or they could flip the cookie sheet over if they wanted a flatter side or possibly something else.

velcro

To finish it off I added a plastic placemat cut to size inside the cookie sheet with the hot glue. You don’t have to do this step but it comes in handy for food spills 🙂 Plus the kids liked them because they had Disney charters on them.

princess-finished

Overall these worked very well, and so much cheaper than the ones on Amazon. Since I used the fuse I wasn’t sure they were going to hold up, but they lasted all trip…14 hours each way! They were quick and easy too, I created them an hour before we left! Yep hubby was yelling at me for that one….lol

My cost for both was about $15 (I had some of the materials already).

finished

both-finished

Here are the kids with using them, of course my son had to make faces.

kids-with-desks

 

lap-desk-board

6 Comments

  1. melissa on August 5, 2014 at 7:20 am

    You can also use it to play games like checkers..add magnets to one side of the chip and there you go.

    • jen on August 5, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      yep… there are all kinds of ‘add-ons’ I’ve been thinking about 🙂

      • melissa on August 5, 2014 at 3:09 pm

        You are so crafty!

  2. JL Zinner on August 5, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    So Cute, going to have to try this!!

  3. nicole627 on August 28, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Wow! This is such an incredible idea Jen. I would love to have these for my kids on road trips. Although I’m not very crafty, you gave super easy to follow instructions. This is so awesome. I LOVE IT!

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