Back to Homeschool DIY Lap Desk

July 15, 2021
Written by:
Naomi White

When it comes to homeschooling, everyone does it differently. Some have a dedicated school room with tables or desks, and that is where everything gets done. Some do schoolwork at the dinner table, while some do schoolwork in bed. There is no right or wrong way (or place!) to homeschool. Depending on the age of your children and their need for rigid structure or their ability to thrive with flexibility, being able to choose what is best for your family is what makes homeschool so great!

For those who may take the more “whenever and wherever” approach, you know the usefulness and convenience of a lap desk. They are great for having a comfortable, flat surface to work on a laptop or write in a workbook whether you’re sitting outside under a tree, lying on the living room floor, or riding down the road in a car.

As you’re preparing for the upcoming new school year, consider making a DIY lap desk with your children as a Back to Homeschool project! Save yourself some money on purchasing one and make some memories with your favorite students as you work together to make something from which you’ll get a lot of use, and that they can be proud of having made themselves.

DIY Lap Desk Tutorials


It doesn’t have to be complicated. This no-sewing-required lap desk from A Beautiful Mess is one option for an easy, fairly quick result.






If you have an older child who loves a challenge or you feel like getting fancy with woodworking yourself, this easy lap desk with storage from Houseful of Handmade is a great option.





Do you enjoy recycling and repurposing items to give them new life? If so, check out this wooden lap desk from Infarrantly Creative. She used some old end tables to create personalized lap desks for her children.




If you have a young child you want to include in making a lap desk, here is a super simple tutorial from Hobby Mommy Creations using a cookie sheet instead of a wooden top. Bonus: Your little one can use their lap desk to play with magnets!




There are so many options out there, but here are a few to get you started. By making your own lap desk, you and your child can start the school year with a fun project…and fun learning is forever learning!

Let us know if you and your children make a Back to Homeschool lap desk and how they turn out!


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Naomi White

Naomi White graduated with her B.S. in Christian Elementary Education and went on to earn her Early Childhood Education certification. She has taught preschool and elementary school in both Christian and public schools. She loves to read and write, is a pastor’s wife and stay-at-home mom, and is eagerly awaiting the day her son is old enough for them to start their own homeschool journey. Originally a Georgia girl, Naomi currently lives in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina with her family.