How to Turn a Stuffed Toy Animal Into a Lap Desk

Learn how to MacGyver a custom lap desk using a stuffed animal, a cutting board and some elastic hairbands.

Your kids probably have a few stuffed animals lying around the house that they never play with anymore. Turn that once-beloved toy into a handy lap desk for homework, virtual learning or drawing and coloring.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza Photography

Tomas Espinoza Photography

Tools + Materials

  • stuffed animal with loose legs and arms
  • wood cutting board roughly the same size as the stuffed animal
  • (4) elastic hairbands
  • staple gun and staples
  • fabric pencil pouch
  • vinyl letter stickers

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza Photography

Tomas Espinoza Photography

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Attach the Elastic Bands

Use a staple gun to attach the hairbands to each corner of the underside of the cutting board. Be sure the staple straddles the elastic. If necessary, use a hammer to sink the staple firmly into the wood. Also, be sure not to use staples that are deeper than the cutting board, otherwise they could poke through.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza Photography

Tomas Espinoza Photography

Add a Pencil Pouch

Unzip the fabric pencil pouch and staple the inside edge of the pouch to the top edge of the cutting board. Use about three staples to span the length of the pouch and be sure not to staple too close to the ends because this will make it more difficult to open and close the zipper. If necessary, use a hammer to sink the staples into the side of the cutting board.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza Photography

Tomas Espinoza Photography

Attach the Stuffed Animal

Place the stuffed animal so that its back is against the cutting board. Pull the arms and legs through the elastic bands so that the board is firmly attached to its back.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza Photography

Tomas Espinoza Photography

Add Personalization

Use letter stickers to add a monogram, name or any other form of personalization to the corner of the board.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza Photography

Tomas Espinoza Photography

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