Marks on my desk top are no more - I made a mouse pad! Whoop!
What I Used:
Corkboard Trivet [Set of 3: Ikea]
Sticky-backed Vinyl/Plastic [HobbyCraft]
[thinking about it, I used exactly the same materials as this pinboard DIY - get some new ideas, Sophie!]
Look at my sad [and slightly in need of a good dusting] desk space. I like minimal, but this just made me sad. This is why I chose a plain block of colour for my pad top - but there are a wealth of colours and patterns available to you that could make yours much more exciting.
Simply, I traced around the outside of the corkboard trivet on to the back of the vinyl. The trivet has a curved edge, so I made sure to angle my pencil inline with the curve:
I carefully cut around the outside, where the thickness of the vinyl made the process much easier
to get a smooth cut [you could also use a craft knife if you prefer - use the trivet to help guide
your curve if helpful]:
Starting by peeling back a small section, I began to stick the vinyl to the top of the trivet
- smoothing the vinyl as I made my way from one side to the other:
Once all the backing is removed and the vinyl in place, you can tidy any areas that may over hang - turn the trivet upside down and carefully cut any plastic showing over the sides:
...and you're done.
You could also try this out with a foam sheet instead of the corkboard - but I like the colour,
sturdiness and texture of the trivet. If you are in need of a mouse pad, or mouse pad makeover -
give this a go!