DIY Personalized After-School Snack Trays

| September 9, 2013 | 2 Comments

After-School Snack Tray

Yes, it’s true: I have a thing for trays. We have ones for entertaining, a tray for tea time and now … two just for the kids. These cute trays are perfect for after-school snacks (which don’t ordinarily include brownies, but it was the first day of school) — and help streamline our afternoons. When the kids get home from school, they can fuel up at their desks … while getting their homework done. Why does this matter? As the days get shorter and shorter, they will appreciate being able to multitask during homework time so that they may enjoy a little time outside before darkness sets in.

The allure of bike riding is pretty strong.

These trays cost about $5 each to make. I found small unfinished wooden trays at AC Moore, but other craft stores are bound to carry them too.

Personalized Homework TraysUsing acrylic paints, I first painted the trays white and then embellished them with designs for each child. For Will, I went with kites, since he loves to fly his kite. For Paige, I went super girly with a floral design — totally up her alley.

Will Homework Tray

Once the designs were done, I hand-painted their names onto their trays to give it that really special, personalized effect.

Paige Homework Tray

Finally, I sprayed the trays with high gloss sealer so that they would be easy to wipe clean.

These fun DIY Personalized After-School Snack Trays are also great for breakfast in bed or for eating dinner on family movie night (we don’t have a coffee table).

What would you use a DIY personalized snack tray for?


Category: DIY, Inspiration

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Sarah W. Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. She lives in Maine with her two kids. And she loves the beach, writing and good books ...

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  1. Heather says:

    Fun idea – pinned!

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