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Homemade lap desk for kids.

With summer well on it's way, a lot of families are going to be traveling.  One of the biggest challenges traveling with kids is keeping them entertained in the car.  

My daughter, Rosebud  had been looking at lap desks for her little girl to use on a trip they were making .  Rosebud soon found out that any lap desk with quality was too expensive.  

Being the resourceful girl she is (I think she learned a few things from, she designed her own  darling lap desk for her little girl.

The board was made from several layers of cardboard glued together with a hole cut for the cup. She used contact paper to cover the layered cardboard and then glued a fun, 
plastic place mat on top. 
If you look inside the cup in the photo below, you can see where Rosebud glued the piece of the place mat that was cut out.

For the cushion, she used some fabric she had on hand, cut it in a rectangle shape and sewed the sides, then filled it with batting.  Afterwards, she glued it to the board and put an edging around the fabric to give it a finished look.

This tutorial is not very detailed, 
but hopefully you get the general idea!



  1. How cool is that? Very cleaver. How did it work on the trip?

  2. Very cool idea Becky, and thanks for coming by Mommy LaDy Club! About your re-design project you mentioned...What do you think of doing a featured interview about it and the process, as part of our new "Makeover" series? Send me an e-mail at or contact me at Voiceboks.

  3. Karen, my little granddaughter, Boo, loved it. The cup kept her crayons from rolling allover and Mommy was pleased with the finished product!

  4. Courteny, I'll be contacting you about the makeover! Thanks for the invite!

  5. I think you can take credit for giving her the 'clever gene'. I think this is a great idea.

  6. First off, I received my blanket and candle. I love them! I wrote about it on my blog today. Second, I voted for Ashley. She seemske a very sweet girl. Third, I LOVE the lap desk. The directions seem very easy. I'm going to have to make some of these for the grandkids.

  7. Just wanted to let you know that I voted for your niece! The lap desk is so neat!!! Thanks for the great idea! HOPE you have a great week!!!

  8. This is so cute, thanks for the tutorial :)

  9. What a neat idea! The addition of the cup to the lap desk is very cool and handy, especially for long trips.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Following you back now.

  10. Neat idea! I wish I'd thought of this for our road trip!

  11. I love this lap desk thanks for the tutorial. I have got to make at least 4 of these for the grand kids!

  12. This is so cool! I will try to make one as the need arises! Thanks for sharing!


  13. What a great idea! I have seen and loved them too but they do seem to cost a small fortune, what a clever girl indeed!! That's what happens when you have such a good mamma!!!

  14. I can do that! Thank you!


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