Make this Homemade Holiday Gift: Lap Desk

Make this Homemade Holiday Gift: Lap Desk

Tara Bellucci
Nov 18, 2013
Maker: Kat & Cam
Skill Level: Easy
Time Required: 2 hours
Project Cost: $20 ($40 if you don't have a staple gun or and glue gun)

Made for a friend who started working from home and couldn't find one that didn't "look like an oversized cutting board," Kat & Cam made this lap desk with basics from home improvement and craft stores. They even hand-stamped the fabric in their friend's favorite pattern—the Triforce from Zelda!

Materials & tools:

  • Wood

  • Wood Stain
  • Polyurethane
  • Staple Gun
  • Craft board
  • Foam (1"-2")
  • Fabric
  • Cardstock
  • Fabric Paint
  • Sponge Brush
  • Hot Glue Gun


  1. Pick out a piece of wood and cut it (or have it cut) to the size that you would like the desk top to be. Ours is about 17"x14".
  2. Stain the wood in the color of your choice and seal it with polyurethane.
  3. Stamp your fabric. We used plain black linen, and acrylic fabric paint. The stencil is made of cardstock, and just hand drawn and cut out with a small knife. We used a stippling sponge brush to dab the paint on in very thin layers.
  4. Cut both the foam and the hobby board to the exact same size - approximately 2" smaller than the desk top wood.
  5. Place the hobby board on the foam, and wrap your hand-stamped fabric around both. Do this as if you're wrapping a gift, but instead of using tape, staple the fabric directly into the hobby board. Trim access fabric (you want to have a good amount of the hobby board exposed, for gluing).
  6. Hot glue! Put glue on the underside of the desk top, and carefully press the completed padded base onto it.

Thanks to Kat & Cam for sharing the Stamped Lap Desk gift idea. Check out their blog, Our Nerd Home for more of their creativity and style.

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