So the other day I was in Wally World in desperate need of a new mouse pad. You know how one day your old one is fine and then BAM! It's suddenly dingy and gross? My need level felt desperate and they only had one style in one color. Crazy, bright, ugly blue. I dug around in the box. I looked all around the shelf. I just knew there had to be a different color than this. Red maybe? What about black? There wasn't.
Since it wasn't worth it to drive across town to another store, I paid my $3 and went home. Sitting on my white desk, day after day, the serious blue was really ticking me off. So, rather than having an ugly mouse pad staring at me for one more day, I decided to DIY it.
For this project you will need:
- mouse pad (preferably cheap, disgusting or ugly)
- Mod Podge
- cheapie foam paint brush
- fray chek
STEP 1: Apply a healthy amount of Mod Podge straight onto the top of your mouse pad with a cheapie foam brush. Be sure to spread it all the way to the edges and corners.
STEP 2: Take your piece of fabric and press it onto the Mod Podge, doing your best to keep your pattern straight, if that matters. If you're not sure if you've got is straight, don't sweat it - you'll be able to tell in step 3. Which reminds me...
STEP 3: Flip your pad over and double-check on your pattern. You can kind of finagle it here to be more the way you want it to be. Give the back a good wash to remove any stray Mod Podge.
STEP 4: Flip your little sucker over and give it a good rub or two to make sure there are no bubbles or other weird goings-on with your fabric. Use scissors to cut around the pad and remove any excess fabric.
STEP 5: Go around the edges of your pad with some fray check. This will keep the fabric from, well, fraying and looking like a hot mess. Allow your mouse pad some time to dry out and VOILA! You went from nasty to classy in 5 easy steps and about 10 minutes!
I hope that you enjoyed this DIY. Feel free to post any questions in the comments. Have a wonderful weekend!