Backseat Caddy

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Introduction: Backseat Caddy

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Road trips are fun. Trying to feed little kids from the front seat of a moving car, not so much. This “caddy” provides an easily cleaned food tray complete with cup holders, making lunch on the go a little easier.

For less than 20 bucks and 20 minutes you can have one too. NO TOOLS REQUIRED. Here is what you need.

Plastic Paint Tray: $2.98
Two 3” Plastic Fittings: $9.10
Epoxy Putty: $4.98

Back round:
When this idea popped into my head I had all kinds of aspirations. I wanted to make a template of the back seat, lay out curves, break all my wood working stuff, and go to town. But, in the end I thought, what good is a travel tip if Mom & Dad Q. Citizen don‘t have access to it. For that reason this is as simple as I could possibly make it.

Step 1: Prepare the Plastics

Take a piece of 100 grit sand paper and rough up the bottom of the fittings. Next rough up the lower inner diameter about a ¼ inch or so.

Take the fittings and place them in the corners of the paint tray. With downward pressure rotate the fittings against the tray. This will lightly scratch in a circle. Use that mark as a guide when you rough up the tray side with the sand paper.

Step 2: Epoxy Putty

Cut a section of putty about a half an inch wide. Kneed the putty between your fingers until it’s a uniform color. Make sure to dampen your fingers before you do this. Otherwise it will stick to your skin. The putty sets in 20 minutes.

Wet a flat surface and roll the putty into a snake. With the fittings in place, press the putty into the corners between the tray and fittings. Keep your fingers wet.

Set the tray aside and let it cure.

Step 3: Get a Towel

To keep the tray from slipping around, loop a few thick rubber bands at the rear of the tray. Then fold a bath towel into fourths.

Run the bath towel under the tray and through the rubber bands. Leave some excess towel at the non-cup side of the tray.

Step 4: Tuck It In

Place the caddy in the back seat. Tuck the towel in between the seat and the seat back. Depending on the angle, you may need to adjust the towel under the tray.

Don't forget to stop by In-N-Out on your way to the beach.

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I am so going to build one for my kids once I drag them to America (here the only transportation is by motorcycle sidecar taxi...)

Love it! Thanks for sharing!

This is GREAT! We have a heavy vinyl tablecloth covering our backseat (even goes under the car seats) This is going to be great because cost wise, I just haven't wanted to spend much since the 2 granddaughters don't go with us daily or even weekly. When we do go, it does involve eating/snacking during the times from one part of our adventures to the next one. Thank you so much!!!

I love the towel part! Well done!

Great idea. I think I will make a separate tray for each of my kids to hold in their laps (since I have 3 kids). That way they can even use ketchup and I don't have to worry about my upholstery.

Okay I should get IN-N-OUT to sell these they would make some good money, course Mrballeng would get some money too

Excellent idea! Wonder why I didn't think of this!

Who has ideas about how to make one for the middle of two mini-van seats where there is no seat in between? I guess I could put it on top of a cooler or such for long road trips, but what about the everyday trip and the practicality of having it somehow always available? Flip down from one seat or the other? Drop from ceiling? Looking for creative ideas.

I'm actually thinking about the same thing - I'm thinking of mounting it between the arm rests that fold down on both seats. Maybe some kind of PVC mounted on the bottom of the tray to slide over the armrests and a folding anchor on the back to make sure it doesn't shoot forward.

Hey, Mrballeng, do you mind if I steal part of your idea? If I can build this thing, I'm thinking of making it an 'ible of my own (big IF - I'm not very handy, sadly). I'll give credit of course for the source.

Take a picture of the spot your working with and I'm sure we'll get you an answer.