We've made no secret that we're big fans of Iomoi's custom lucite trays. Those colors...those graphics...lucite...ahhh, it's love.
The one thing getting in the way of our romance is the pricetag. The small tray (8.5" x 11") is $100. The ottom tray is a jaw dropping $650. These are splurge territory. Not for uses that involve spills or lots of wear and tear.
Anyway, the other night I stopped by my favorite OCD mecca- the Container Store- to pick up a little lucite tray for my cats' food bowls. Love them as I do, my little feline friends make just as much of a mess as toddlers do when they eat. I think it must be a sport for them. I got this inexpensive, but substantial, lucite tray for $9.99 to put their food bowls on. It's not on the Container Store's webiste, but it's a lot like this.
I got it home and realized that shape-wise, it looked a LOT like the Iomoi trays. Then I got an idea. I took a laminated placemat I had lying around (this is just some decorative printed paper I had laminated at Kinkos- totally cheap and easy) and cut it to the size of the tray. And voila...looks a lot like Iomoi...for $9.99.
Apparently PBB approves...he must be a big Imperial Trellis fan!
If I were feeling really motivated, I'd go to Ace hardware and have them cut a piece of plexiglass to size to lay over the insert. That way you wouldn't even have to laminate the paper insert. Wouldn't cost more than a few dollars and would be a bit more substantive than lamination.
And of course, if you have a color printer (or an office printer where no one is looking...we won't tell) you could easily print out inserts with pictures, graphics, initials, etc. Or, get some of the fancy wrapping paper from Paper Source to use as the insert. (L: Lakta Green; R: Yuzen Red Gold Saya)
The possiblities are endless and you can buy these acrylic trays in many sizes at the Container Store. A small one would be perfect for next to a bed...a large one for on a coffee table.
Not our worst idea ever, right???