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How to Make a Mouse Pad


Todays post is the easiest-peasiest of DIYs and is another big tick off my to-do list.  
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!
see you next time x

Wondering what else you can do with the extra two trivets? Here are some ideas for you:

3 comments

  1. What a great idea!

    I've been looking for some cork pieces for a while for a project, never thought of Ikea! x

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  2. What a great idea!

    I've been looking for some cork pieces for a while for a project, never thought of Ikea! x

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    1. Thank you, Rachael! Ikea is my second home - no end of handy (and cheap) craft supplies! x

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