DIY Kids’ TV Snack Tray


DIY Kids’ TV Snack Tray


Now that it’s summer, lots of us probably have our kiddos asking to snack/lunch/picnic during movie time in the living room.  Here’s a cute little project to keep the crumbs at bay!  This is a post our friend Amber did for us – so cute!

Hi! I’m Amber Anderson, I am a pastors wife, mom of 2 lovely boys, and an avid DIY’er. I post regularly about DIY projects, crafts and family life!

If any of you are like me, you have a constant flow of crumbs surrounding your couches and rugs from the kids eating snacks. In my case, I pretty much let Jude (my 2 year old) eat whatever, whenever and where ever he wants it. This is mostly because he never wants to eat, so when he does, I happily oblige. So with him, I decided to come up with something that would allow him to snack without having to sit at a table (which is a struggle all of its own).

This DIY can go with any style though, I can picture it on an ottoman with some magazines and a candle, or used as a breakfast tray on special occasions. My creative sister-in-law, Jillian, even decorated hers with a paper map of Detroit.

What you need:

  • Tray (I got a cheap tray from Ikea, around 8 bucks)
  • Paint (I always shop the oops paint at Home Depot, a small jar is .50!)
  • Fabric
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
  • Scissors
  • Polyurethane/Clear coat

1.  Lay out your fabric over the tray, do a quick trace around the bottom edge, so you’ll know where to cut. As you can see, mine did not turn out perfect..don’t sweat it!

2. Paint around the entire upper part of the tray. In the picture, I have the tray taped off BUT you do not need to do this. I found out afterwards that since my fabric did not fit exact, it looks better if you paint around the base of the tray also. (See picture in Step 3)

 3. After the paint is COMPLETELY dry, pour Mod Podge onto the tray and completely cover over the entire base with a foam brush. Lay fabric back down and smooth out with your hands until it is completely stuck to tray.

4. After the fabric and Mod Podge is hardened and dry, add more Mod Podge to the top of the fabric. Coat and smooth over with foam brush.

 5. After its completely dry you can spray the whole thing with a clear coat spray, or you can brush on a polyurethane coat. Whatever you think would be easiest to clean.


Here is my finished product, we would love to see yours!

Best Buy: FREE Jurassic World Movie Ticket with DVD Purchase (as low as 49¢)

Best Buy has a great deal on a movie ticket to see Jurassic World – simply buy any select DVD (they start at $7.99!) and you’ll get a code good for a FREE movie ticket to see Jurassic World!  That is like getting a ticket for 49¢!

This is an awesome way to save some money on a family movie night while getting a few cool dvd’s in the bargain.  Consider using these dvd’s to make a family movie night gift basket for a friend or a dad for Father’s Day!


And if your crew is a big fan of the movie theater, make sure to check out our post on Cheap Summer Movies for Kids !

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Easy Memorial Day Treats | Fruit-Kabob Flag and “Sparklers”!

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Looking for an Easy Memorial Day treat?  Don’t bother heating up the oven to bake something red-white-and-blue  instead  check out these ideas for Fruit Kabobs!  For instance, this cute and yummy flag made of Fruit-Kabobs is easy to put together and makes a nice presentation!

All you’ll need is some bananas, strawberries, blueberries and kabob sticks!  TIP: Aldi’s has their strawberries on sale for $.99 per carton this week where we live in Tennessee!



Or ty these Red, White & Blue Fruit Kabobs or “Sparklers”!   This take on fruit-kabobs is extra fun for the little ones – just alternate blueberries, watermelon and mini-marshmallows on a skewer.  Stick them all into half of a cut watermelon for a cute skewer-holder!

*Actually, you wouldn’t really need to cut the watermelon – you could probably skewer through the rind easily enough :)


For more yummy patriotic treats – you may want to check out our roundup of 4th of July Desserts & Ideas!

15 Fun Water Games for Kids!


15 Fun Water Games for Kids

Now that temps are heating up – wanted to remind you about these ideas for fun water games!  Also check out another 10 Water Balloon Games – with over 1K pins so far!

The forecast is predicting highs of 105-108 over the next few days here in Tennessee – which means we’ll be spending a lot of time inside where it’s cool.  But kids will be kids – and they have energy to burn!  Here are some fun ways to keep cook outisde with – what else – water!

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Cheap Summer Movies for Kids | Cinemark 50¢ Tickets and Drive-In Movies



Each summer, select theaters offer cheap summer movies for kids.  These are G or PG rated films that you’ve likely seen already – but are great for something to do to get out of the house ;)

Be sure to check you location for participation.  Not all theaters in the same group participate in the same promotions. Also, most theaters have not discounted concessions so be prepared to pay full price for snacks.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse:

Ten movies will show – one per week starting at 9:45 am on Tuesdays.  Cost is $1 per show – OR buy a Ten-Movie-Pack for $5!  Check out all the upcoming movies here.

I also HIGHLY recommend going to the Drive-In with your family this summer.  Around here – you can get in a whole carload on Sunday Nights for $10!

We’ll update this post with more cheap summer movies when I can find more of them listed – let us know if you have info about other theaters!