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Frugal Tip: Homemade Kid Trays

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, July 12, 2012 | 0 comments
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 Here is a great frugal idea from one of our readers!

Melanie Berkowitz wrote:

We are taking the kids on vacation and one of my pet peeves is dropped food in the car.

Since I know we will be eating while on the road, I converted some cereal boxes into homemade kid trays. (Not sure where the inspiration came from!!! LOL)

HOW TO MAKE: I taped all around the empty box sides to make it stronger. Then, I snipped off a long narrow piece of the leftover cardboard that I was tossing.

With this piece of cardboard, using packing tape, I taped it across one corner, to made a drink holder (it is surprisingly strong!)

Thanks to Melanie Berkowitz for this Frugal Tip!

Photo Credit: Melanie Berkowitz
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From our Facebook fan page:

Maria Lafreniere posted: Fantastic idea and if you do it with boxes that have those activities on the back they can flip it over when they are done and amuse with the activities

Trisha Ferrugia posted: Great idea, and great idea maria too and If there are no activities print several from a site and tape them to the back to keep them busy!

Danielle McCurley posted: I love this! I'm going to do it for the house. My daughter likes to east lunch in the living room, but she's so small the fold out tables are too high, so she ends up setting her plate or bowl on the couch! This would create less mess!!

Amy Muir posted: great job you can even pretty it up with some of the awesome colored duct tapes they have out now and make it even stronger.

Nadine Botham posted: Or .... The cardboard at the bottom of some cases of water (I'm thinking of Life Brand, because I just emptied a 12 pk) would require no cutting, and children could decorate the plain brown cardboard as they wish.

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