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DIY Mouse Pad

Apr 21, 2016

I was recently looking for a new mouse pad for my home office and just couldn’t find one that matched my office décor (or style for that matter). Everything in the store was pretty plain, and I love adding some personality to my desk with fun patterns. So, I set out to make my own mouse pad using fabric that matched my space and style perfectly. I was surprised at just how simple this project was!

You can add some personality to your own desk with this easy DIY project. Or, even better, make one and give it as a gift. It’s great for your coworkers or the students in your life –especially those living in a dorm room with limited opportunities to show their personality. For teachers, you could make one in their school colors, which would surely be hit. If you don’t have fabric scraps on hand, your local fabric store may have a sample bin with squares of fabric for just a dollar or two. You’ll only need 12 square inches of material to make this project.

DIY Mouse Pad 


Cork tile (you can find these at most craft stores and they come in both circles and squares)
12x12” piece of a cotton blend fabric
Decoupage medium (a substance that acts as a glue, sealer and finish for attaching paper and other materials to surfaces)

Finished Mouse Pad 


First, place the cork tile on the underside of your fabric and trace around it with a pencil before cutting out the fabric. This will be the top of your mouse pad.

Using the paint brush, apply a thin layer of decoupage medium on the cork tile and place the fabric on top so your print is facing up. Then, brush another thin layer of Mod Podge directly on top of the fabric until it is evenly coated to ensure your fabric is firmly in place. This adds a more durable layer to the top of the fabric and makes it easy to roll your mouse. It will feel dry in an hour, but wait for 72 hours before using.

To add variety, repeat these steps using a different fabric on the other side of the cork tile. Now you have a reversible mouse pad!

Who do you plan on giving a DIY mouse pad to?

Photo courtesy of Tori Tait.

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