Friday, July 30, 2010

Flash Back Friday~Lap Tray

This was a fun little project.  I took an ordinary frame that I got on clearance for a couple of dollars (sorry I don't have a before picture of the frame!).  It was deeper than a normal frame, not quite as deep as a shadow box, but deep enough that I was able to add some material and some buttons underneath the glass.

Then I took two extra large unfinished wood letters.  I used W's, but I think you could get M's to work depending on the font of the wooden letter.
I covered the letter with scrapbook paper using Mod Podge.  LOVE the stuff! :)  Then I inked the edges of the letter and applied a couple of coats of mod podge on top of the letters and paper.

I attached the letters to the bottom of the frame using E6000 and then I screwed small screws from the inside back of the frame down into the tops of the wooden letters.

I took a dowel and attached it with screws along the backside of the W's and then covered the screws with buttons.
I painted the dowels and the backside of the letters a cream color to match my frame.  Then I ended up with this handy dandy lap tray.  It works great for the kids to have a snack on or to draw on while watching tv or in bed or even in the car.  Or maybe even for hubby to bring you breakfast in bed?  Haha!  One can dream ;)

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99 comments:

Steph S. said...

SO CUTE! I love this - thanks so much for sharing your ideas!

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El) said...

You have such wonderful (W!) ideas. I am blown away by the stuff you come up with.

Not a crafty bone in this body however, sigh.

One Cheap B*tch said...

If my men were ever to bring me breakfast in bed, I'd want it on this! Coming over from the Shabby Nest and a happy new follower!

Jeanine

Brittany said...

Holy buckets! This is ahhhmazzzzinngggg!

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

That is AMAZING!!!!! What a GREAT idea!!!!! I love love LOVE it!

Thanks for linking up!

ale balanzario said...

Ah so cute!! thanks for sharing

Kelli @ WhimsiKel said...

Holy clever! Hopping over from NFF, and this is just fantastic. I can see a lot of potential with this idea - our last name starts with a W, so I'm imagining fun projects already... :)

AmieAnn said...

I love it! What a great idea for the kids. Also a great reminder for the hubby that sometimes us wives need to be spoiled with breakfast in bed~

Jenn said...

Oh, that is neat. I just popped in to say Happy Friday!

The Charm House said...

This is a very cool, cute idea!! I love it!
Have an awesome day!
Yvette

The Autocrat: Haley said...

OOO love this idea! Super cute!

Night Owl Mama said...

Oh no you didn't!! Oh my gosh that is soooo cute. How very creative! I luv it! these would make perfect lap top homework trays for the kids. what a wonderful idea.

Thanks for sharing.
stop on by . came by to follow you

http://nightowlmama.blogspot.com
See ya then

Kristi Flanagan said...

This turned out sooooo CUTE! Thanks so much for planting your creative seeds at Plant a Punkin Seed Party! Come plant again!

Randi said...

THIS IS SO CUTE! This is my favorite project of your so far! SO creative! Love it!

Terrell said...

OH WOW!!! This is simply ADORABLE!!! I just love it! I'm visiting from New Friends Friday and wanted to say I am totally following your fun blog!! I hope you check me out at FrouFrouDecor!! I love having new crafty friends! :) Have a great weekend!
~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

mymoho said...

You are so talented. Love it!

Marie@PoutyPinkPrincess said...

Love this!! So cute!!

LLL with Leslie said...

Hi! I am your newest follower from Friendly Friday. Please follow me back. Thanks. Have a great day! :)

Leslie
http://www.livelovelaughwithleslie.com/2010/07/friendly-friday-july-30th.html

oh amanda {impress your kids} said...

Super cute! I love this. My daughter has a laptray...but nothing as adorable as this!

FrouFrouBritches said...

You are so creative! That is just adorable! Great idea using the letters! Soo cute!

kati said...

What a great creative idea!!!

CK said...

This looks so cute!!! Very creative

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

OH, I love this tray!
What a wonderful idea!
Thank you for sharing!
Leticia

I am Harriet said...

Hi there.
Stopping by from the Friday Hops to say hello.
Have a great day!
http://harrietandfriends.com/2010/07/dont-forget-to-have-some-fun/

Ruthie said...

I love this! Where did you find the letters at? I am needing to find some like this for a project I want to do!

FineArtPainting said...

excellent tray! we have to make this now...

easy + 10min + something really sophisticated as a result.
we love this formula.

do come link it up at our site so that our readers can find this and your other wonderful ideas:
http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-tutorial-linky-party-8/

(new party every wednesday, findable at our home page)

we look forward to featuring your work!

rose

angelia said...

I love this-so creative! I must attempt it! Found you on friendly follow! I enjoyed looking around and just became your newest follower! I love your ideas!
Stop by for a visit at
http://www.superherosandstilettos.blogspot.com

Peggy said...

That is awesome!!
I am now following you through
Follow Friday 40+!!
Peggy Gorman
http://pegsplay.blogspot.com/

{K} said...

Wow1 You are amazingly talented. I'm so glad that I found your blog on the Friday Follow. Please come follow me back if you like

topfloorfamily.blogspot.com

Rachel said...

I'm your newest follower, and I can't wait to read more of your blog! Come follow me too!

http://frugalformyfriends.blogspot.com

Threeundertwo said...

What a great idea! It turned out great. Thanks so much for linking to Finished for Friday.

Dawn said...

this is amazing! :) new follower from follow me friday, will def be back, you have great stuff! :)
dawn
http://flipoutmama.blogspot.com/

Sheri@childmade.com said...

Very cute, and so simple! I'm not sure an "S" for me would stand so well though. Bummer! Thanks for posting ... I've added a link. Check it out and add a few links of your own!

Ellen said...

I love this...great idea...I am a new follower!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Excellent idea and well done! Love the use of the letters and the dowels for support, smart lady.

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

That is amazing!!! I love it. You are very creative. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Amanda said...

I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the new Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) My hope is to share many of the fabulous projects I see everyday with the vast CG audience. I hope you will not only stop by and subscribe to CG, but will tell your friends about the new category! Hope you see some traffic from it!

Your feature will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here
http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/diy-lap-tray/

If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here!
http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

Jenn Seratt said...

I saw this on Scrappy Gifts. Gorgeous! I love Mod Podge, too. I would have never thought to use those letterst that way!

Great idea.

Diann said...

What a super cute idea!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Lori...

Ooooh...I just adore how your "lap tray" turned out! What a creative and talented lady you are, my friend! Hmmm...now I'm wondering if I could use my initials for the leg part of the tray...a "C" or an "L"? I would love to give this great crafting idea a try! Love the pretty scrapbook paper that you chose and how you embellished inside of the tray (under the glass)! Sooo very pretty, my friend! Thank you so much for sharing this great project with us for Sunday Favorites today...love it!!!

Have a super Sunday, my friend!
Chari @Happy To Design

PS...just wondering if you ever got served breakfast in bed? Hehe!

Jenn Erickson said...

What a wonderful, original project! I love the use of the frame, and the personalization of the letters! I love the paper you chose to cover the letter. So glad to have stopped over from Tickled Pink. I wasn't able to find the poll on your sidebar, but I'd be interested in joining in if you decide to do a blog hop or linky party. Your newest follower, Jenn

Jenglamgirl said...

Totally darling and creative, love this project, so glad you linked it up. WAY TO GO! jenn

Young and Crafty said...

What a cute gift idea!

Hannah
http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com/

Lolo @ Crazy About My Baybah said...

I love the laptop tray! I may have to try to make one. New follower from Mingle Monday.
Come check out my blog at
http://crazyaboutmybaybah.blogspot.com

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

so cute! Too bad P's don't balance very well! I'd love it if you'd stop by my Topsy Turvy Tuesday Link party and add this laptop tray.

C.R.A.F.T. said...

wow! love this...come on over and link up to MMM :)

Kami @ Sweet Charli... said...

Oh wow! How creative! I love this idea! I must make one...I am a W too! Very cute! Dropping by from the Girl Creative!

CIELO said...

Awesome job! you're so creative! And thanks for participating in our "Show Off Your Cottage Monday" and letting us into your home...

cielo

creativejewishmom.com said...

So creative, great idea with great results! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

the Spartan said...

My last name starts with a "W" which makes this project even more perfect--thanks!!!

JHill said...

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

Alison said...

This is incredible!! How clever!

Kathy said...

That is an awesome lap tray! What a very creative way to put it together! It turned out wonderful!
God Bless,
Kathy

malia said...

What a fun and original idea! I am following you-- found you through Tues Tag Along. Would love it if you followed me back (-:
www.yesterdayontuesday.com

Belly Feathers said...

Such a cute idea!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Hi Lori, Your tray is adorable. So creative to use the W's and frame - so clever! Fantastic job. I have featured this today - stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

This is so darling! I need M's - I think that would look cute too! Thanks for sharing this cute project.

idesign said...

new follower :) very cut project, come by and visit sometime!

-Jackie
http://jaclyndesigns.blogspot.com/

Mimi from Peachy Papaya said...

This is adorable....

The Girl Creative said...

How unique. :) Thanks so much for linking up. Totally love it! :)

Laura said...

What a creative idea. I love it!

Best, Laura @ along for the ride

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays! I so wish I could make this. Maybe for my folks, there last name is E. P is so frustrating for a last name! Argh!

Amy said...

This is a perfect tray for doing homework!! Unfortunately the kids in my area are already back in school! Thanks for sharing this great idea!!

Staci J said...

This is so stinkin cute!!! I want to make one too:)
Visiting from justsewsassy.com
Come by and check out my fun giveaway going on right now:)
http://justsewsassy.com/2010/08/03/tuesday-tutorial-anthropologie-knock-off/

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

What a cool idea, I never would have thought to do something like this. Love it!!

Ginger said...

OMGosh! I love it! What an awesome project! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

★All Thingz Related★ said...

Ok...that is super cool! Nice to have you join us for Anything Related! ~Bridgette

Crystal said...

This is so cute! Great idea.

Christy said...

Following now from WW, and I love this cute idea!

Kat said...

I absolutely love this - on the lookout to make my own.

TheVirginiaHouse said...

What a cute and creative idea! I love it. Thanks for linking up to We Can Do It Cheaper!

Christine:) said...

This is adorable! I never would have thought of this. I too love Mod Podge..and scrapbooking paper, obviously;) Thanks for linking up!

Christine:)
"Memories by Christine" scrapbooking
http://mbcscrapbooking.blogspot.com
Link party every Thursday!

Its A Blog Party said...

Such a great idea! It looks awesome!
Thanks for linking up!
~Liz

Lisa said...

Wow that is just awesome...now to figure out how to make an F work heehee...maybe I will just stick to the W.
Thanks!

I am your newest follower!
Lisa
http://homemeadhodgepodge.blogspot.com

Scrappy Gifts said...

Functional and cute! Love it! So inventive. Thanks for linking up to Scrappy Saturdays. Featuring this tomorrow!

Jenglamgirl said...

yOUR faB tRAY HAs bEEN feaTUred! CraftOmaniac.blogspot.com Jenn

Nikki said...

What an AWESOME idea!!! My sons name begins with an M so I may turn your idea upside down and give it a try!!!!!! Thanks for linking to gettin' crafty on hump day :)

Jessica Hills said...

Just wanted to let you know I featured this today on FTF! Stop by if you would like to grab a featured button!

Stacey said...

Well, apparently we all LOVE this try. By boys would love their own trays made from their initials. I'll be featuring this idea over at my own little blog. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

http://boyohboyohboycrafts.blogspot.com

Tere said...

You are so very creative! Looks great! Thanks for sharing at It's Party Time Thursday at PonyTails&FishScales!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

What a fun idea!

Chana said...

Seriously amazing!! I'm so thankful our last name is Wood so I can totally make one for us! What a beautiful blog and what delightful work you do!

Sarah @ The Pumpkin Patch said...

WOW! I agree with everyone else. Amazing!!

Thanks for linking to Transform Tuesday!!

Kuzak's Closet said...

Wow, what a cool project! Thanks for linking up to Sister Sister Sunday!

Leanne said...

Wow Lori, you are so clever and I love the paper you chose. What a great idea. It would make a fun gift too. THanks for joining We're Organized Wednesday. You're entered in the giveaway too.

Jill from Women Who Do It All said...

Wow, I so need to make one of these for me and my husband! Between eating on the couch quite frequently and using the laptops even more, these can be quite useful.

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

LOVE IT~! Thanks again for coming to the party, and I'll be featuring this on Monday!

JHill said...

This was one of my favorite projects at last week's Mad Skills party, so I will be featuring it on my blog tomorrow morning!

madincrafts.blogspot.com

Tere said...

Congrats! You are a favorite this week at It's Party Time Thursday at PonyTails&FishScales!

AUDRA said...

OUTSTANDING! REALLY! I LOVE it!!!
Great job!

Mine for the Making said...

Love the lap tray! Saw you on PonyTails&FishScales faves :) I am a new follower of your lovely blog!

Come on over for a visit some time :)

Kara @ Mine for the Making

Ashley said...

This is a perfect tray for my little ones. thanks for the idea and linking up with 6 inches of ribbon

Cheryl said...

I've featured your project on this week's Craftastic Monday link party. Stop by & grab an I've Been Featured button:)

Leslie said...

What a FABULOUS idea! This turned out darling! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

Holly said...

Really...could you be any more clever. You had me at the shelf a few weeks ago and then there is this - awesome!!!! Thanks for linking to Tickled Pink a couple weeks ago...I took a little (unexpected break) but I am back!

The Iowa Farmer's Wife said...

LOVE this! Especially since our last name starts with a W. :) Visiting from Sew Woodsy, but also a follower. ;)

Kelsey-N-Tim said...

this is adorable! Wish an "S" would work with it! ;)
Found you thru http://733blog.blogspot.com and now I'm following!

L said...

So creative...Would love for you to add this to my link party: www.thetreasurist.blogspot.com Just click on Thursday Treasures link at top of page.

azsbsm said...

Oh my heavens is this just way too cute, you are so creative, I love it!!! I am so enjoying spending time here with you, I am glad I found you.

Leila
http://azsbsm.wordpress.com/