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I made a classic city map on one of these little lap TV trays a while back and it got great feedback, so I’m at it again! This time I made it magical!
Want to make your own? It’s super simple! Here is what you need:
- Lap tray
- Rubbing alcohol (to clean tray before applying vinyl)
- Roll of vinyl for background
- Large pieces of vinyl for road
- Various other vinyl scraps for detailing
- Transfer tape
- Scraper & weeding tool
- Cutting machine or scissors
- My free design!
Upload the design to Cricut Design Space. Don’t forget to add your child’s name. Measure your tray and adjust the sizing, then cut and weed vinyl. Before applying vinyl with transfer tape, give your tray a quick rub down with some rubbing alcohol. You don’t want to have any dust or crumbs under your vinyl. I used permanent vinyl for this project. If you need help learning how to do these steps, I highly suggest looking at Cricut’s Youtube channel! They have answers to all of these questions. If you still need some help, feel free to comment below or contact me. I’m happy to help and can make videos/posts about these steps if needed. The Cricut ones do a great job, but I’d be happy to post my own if that would help you guys.
Please note: These TV trays are pretty flimsy which means the large vinyl piece is constantly moving and bubbling. The best way to avoid this is to get a high quality vinyl. For my original trays I used a super cheap one on Amazon and it bubbled like crazy. Though, many of the bubbles disappeared over time. For my fantasy map I used Silhouette brand vinyl and I didn’t have any issues with bubbles.
Make this your own! Add glitter and metallic vinyl to really bring in your style! I have metallic vinyl for the road, railroad tracks, and name.
The hardest part is going to be finding cars that will fit! I found some that are perfect at Smith’s Marketplace. They are Disney Pixar Cars Mini Racers. Here’s a link to a set on Amazon, it’s not the exact set I got but they look to be the same size. I am still on the lookout for a good sized train (I might have to have my husband 3D print one.)
I split the road into three separate pieces, so it wouldn’t take an over sized piece of vinyl. If you want, you can always weld them together in design space so you don’t have to worry about lining them up perfectly.
What do you think of the trays? Let me know in the comments below? And, if the magical set isn’t for you, make sure to check out my classical city instead. Thanks! Happy Craftin’!