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I wanted a bean bag tray to use with my laptop, but after a quick look online I decided I could definitely make my own for a lot less money and it was going to look a lot better than what I'd seen.

I decided to start out with a scrabble board as its my favourite board game, but you could use any board game, or start with a plain piece of card the right size and customise to your hearts content!

Posted by ijustwalkedin from Leeds, England, United Kingdom • Published See ijustwalkedin's 11 projects »

  • How to make a tray. Scrabble Bean Bag Tray - Step 1
    Step 1

    First up, pick your board game, obviously it doesn't have to be scrabble, but its my favourite, and its big enough to sit under my laptop, without being huge!

    I bought a new-to-me board rather than use the one I already had so the game is still complete.

  • How to make a tray. Scrabble Bean Bag Tray - Step 2
    Step 2

    Next up, you need some picture board, or thin mdf sheet, or really thick card, the same size as your game board. It needs to be thick enough to stop the game board from bending, and to add support to it if you are carrying anything about on it.

    I used the back of an old frame, a little bit smaller than the board, but does the job.

    Stick this to the back of your game board with a strong glue!

  • How to make a tray. Scrabble Bean Bag Tray - Step 3
    Step 3

    Now to make the bean bag. I used an old pillowcase. Use the board to mark out what size you need it, and then cut and sew to the size you need, remember to leave a hole so you can fill it.

  • How to make a tray. Scrabble Bean Bag Tray - Step 4
    Step 4

    I took some poly balls from an old bean bag that I don't like the cover of (look out for a future project!). Don't over fill the case or it won't sit comfortably, I filled mine about 2/3 of the way.

    Now sew up the hole, making sure there are no holes!!!

    (excuse the creases, not a big an of ironing)

  • How to make a tray. Scrabble Bean Bag Tray - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now to attach your bean bag to the board. I used the same glue as before and simply applied it to the bottom of the board, dropped the cushion on top and held it down for a bit to give it chance to stick.

    I don't know if its necessary (will depend on your glue), but I left mine the wrong way up for a few minutes, just to be sure it had bonded.

    And there you have it! A scrabble bean bag tray! Which I'm using now to type up my how to guide!

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ijustwalkedin · Leeds, England, GB · 11 projects
Thanks for the lovely comments
You should be able to buy filling from haberdashery type stores. I've made others since as Christmas presents - a Mouse trap one and Cluedo one! (will try and get photos and add to versions)
Penny F.
Penny F. · North Bay, Ontario, CA · 19 projects
I need to make one of these!!!! Maybe even make someone else one too! I wonder if I can find the filling though.. I don't have any old beanbags.
This project is BRILLIANT! I'm headed to my local thrift store this weekend to look for board games. lol
Abby W.
Abby W. · St Louis, Missouri, US · 16 projects
Cute and comfortable--it looks just right. Happy

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