Easy Lap Trays - 2 Ways
These are inexpensive and easy lap trays. Adaptable for many occasions and customization. There are 2 versions from you to pick from. I'm gearing up for the Super Bowl, so mine are customized for that.
For the first version, you'll need: A 11 x 14 picture frame (Dollar Tree) 2 choppers - or handle of your choice (Dollar Tree) Personalize-able items to decorate (napkins are from Dollar Tree) Either Hot Glue or E6000 Adhesive *Optional - Dry Erase Marker
Open up your frame and personalize your lap tray with whatever you want - customize it per person, birthdays, movie viewing, etc. Since I'm gearing up for the Super Bowl, I decided on football napkins.
I opened up my napkin, placed it inside, and closed the back of the frame.
If you decide you want to use handles, you'll need to glue them on. I used choppers for my handles that I found at Dollar Tree. You can either glue them on with hot glue which is a little less secure but allows you to open back up the frame if you want to change what's inside, or you can use E6000 for a more secure and permanent hold.
Glue your choppers onto the back of the frame.
You're tray is ready and you can use a dry erase marker to personalize each tray for an event. When you're done, it wipes right off. Now onto the second lap tray option...
For this lap try you'll need: A cookie sheet pan (Dollar Tree) Chalkboard paint of your choice (I used Rust-oleum, Amazon) Paint brush Painters Tape Chalk
I taped the edges of my pan with the painters tape to stop the paint from getting on the edges.
Paint on the chalk board paint and let dry. Follow the directions, mine said to let the paint dry for 3 days.
Pull off the painters tape.
Season the chalkboard paint by using a piece of chalk sideways and coloring the whole surface area. This step is important so that when you write on it the writing erases - if you skip this step your chalk words won't erase as well.
Erase all the chalk.
Use the chalk to personalize for the event.
Now you have your own lap tray to bring your food to watch your event. Which one do you like best?
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Published January 27th, 2017 11:08 AM
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Victoria Williams on Mar 17, 2018
Now that was ingenious!!! Great project
Chas' Crazy Creations on Mar 17, 2018
Thank you Victoria :)
RaeLyn J Hartford on Dec 29, 2018
Been wanting to use the chalkboard paint for awhile now. Thanks for the idea. FYI Home Depot has chalkboard paint in different colors.
Chas' Crazy Creations on Dec 29, 2018
Thank you for sharing.
I use cookie sheets for a lot of different things. Serving trays among them. I like the idea of the picture frame, but the glass part worries me. Some of that glass is quite thin and easily breaks, and did you use anything to reinforce the back of the frame? I am just curious, lovely ideas.
Wouldn't the weight of items on the picture frame cause the glass to break? Just curious.