Believe it or not, holidays are coming. Another shocker: We like to make gifts for people, and most of our friends are geeks. That said, the time has come for DIY geek gift ideas! We’ll be posting some of our own every week. To our real-life friends reading this: Spoiler – some of these are for you.
Who doesn’t like to work while sitting on the couch? It allows you (us) to binge watch TNG while attempting to be productive. Instead of singeing your pants/no-pants (we won’t judge) with your steamy hot Macbook, use a lap desk. But wait! Don’t buy one from the Target dorm section that looks like a weird plastic cutting board. Make your own DIY lap desk! Then make one for a friend! Look extra awesome by personalizing it with hand-stamped fabric. We went with a Triforce pattern. Because, Legend of Zelda.
Buy/gather this stuff:
Piece of Wood
Craft / hobby board (you know, the extra thin plywood sheets. They have them at every Michael’s/Joann. This stuff)
Foam (1″-2″. The kind you would buy for a chair cushion)
Solid Fabric (we went with black linen)
Cardstock (or any thick paper you can use for a stencil. Cereal box?)
Stippling Sponge brush
Hot Glue Gun
Pick out a piece of wood and cut it (or have it cut when you buy it at Home Depot/Lowe’s) to the size that you would like the lap desk top to be, then sand the hell out of it. Ours is about 17″x14″. Our friend we made it for has a small Macbook Pro, which fits nicely with a little room to spare.
Stain the wood in the color of your choice, and seal it with polyurethane. We used the same Minwax stain that we used on our DIY headboard.
Time for hand-painted fabric! Make extra and use it for a DIY geeky throw pillow. The stencil is made of cardstock that we had laying around, just hand drawn (with a little help from a ruler) and cut out with an x-acto knife. We used a stippling sponge brush to stamp fabric paint (this one) on in very thin layers.
What kind of cat just randomly walks onto things that you are trying to work on? Oh. Right. Every cat. This is Jack. (Jack Meower. Yeah, like Jack Bauer. Dammit!)
Anyway. While your fabric paint dries, cut both the foam and the craft/hobby board to the exact same size – approximately 2″ smaller than the desk top wood. We used a saw for the craft board and an electric carving knife for the foam.
Place the craft 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 to expose as much of the craft board as you can.
Hot glue! Put glue on the underside of the desk top, and carefully press the completed padded base onto it (concentrate most of the glue on where the craft board is exposed. Wood+Hot Glue+Wood=better bond). DIY lap desk, done.
What do you think of the DIY lap desk? We would love to hear about your DIY gifts or geek home decor projects!