I’ve been working at the same office for over two years now and I’ve never had a mouse pad. Though I don’t necessarily have to have one, I do like to use them and it adds a little bit to my boring desk top. I’ve looked around, but all of the ones I found were either too big, too expensive, or just not my style.
This past weekend, Wyatt and I were about to make a trip to Pat Catan’s and I had no idea what I wanted to make. I started browsing on Pinterest and found a super easy and super cheap mouse pad DIY that I could customize. Yay! I figured I’d share it with everyone else to see if anyone else could get use out of it! If I find the link to the original post, I’ll add it here. I’m not sure I really followed it completely, I just looked over it and headed to the store. (Quick note, I promise I’ll try to take better pictures from now on. I’ve been using my phone and the lighting where I live isn’t always the best. My laptop is on it’s last leg here so I have to try to find the cord for my camera.)
- Fabric (as big as you want your mouse pad)
- Cork (again, as big as you want your mouse pad)
- Mod Podge
- Scissors or a knife/cutting mat
Total spent: $4 since I already had the Mod Podge 🙂
First, you’ll need to cut your cork to the size and shape you want your mouse pad to be. Mine is on the small side and I freehanded it because I’m lazy and didn’t want to try to find my cutting mat and blade.
Next, cut your fabric to be slightly bigger than your base. Mine hung off like a half inch on each side.
Generously coat your cork in Mod Podge. My cork came in a roll so it was kind of hard to work with, but once I got it soaked in adhesive, it started to lay flat.
Lay your fabric on the cork and press it into the glue. Here I had a bit of an issue: I chose a really light fabric, so I was able to see some of the cork through it. Unfortunately, it did dry that way in some spots but it doesn’t look that bad and hopefully you guys can learn from my mistake!
Let it dry completely and the cut off the excess fabric! (I had to set mine under some heavy candle holders to keep it flat). This turned out so super messy for me because I have terrible devil scissors. If you are blessed and have fabric scissors, definitely use those.
That’s it! You can also add something to the bottom to keep it from sliding, but I just rolled a piece of clear tape and stuck it to my desk that way…hasn’t moved in days.
Thanks for reading! Send me ideas of you see any DIYs you think I’d like or think it would be funny to see me completely fail at.