Are you MADLY in love with your mouse pad? If not, let’s change that, in 10 minutes!
You won’t believe how easy and fun it is to make mouse pad, either from an old one you have, or from scratch, using your favorite photo!
I also have a little gift for you! If you like the 2 photos I used here, you can download them at the end of this tutorial !
As you can see, I liked the result so much, that I made 2! One from scratch, and the other from and old mouse pad!
Materials and tools:
- Inkjet printer, like this basic Canon PIXMA Color Printer
- paper: I used this card stock, because it holds up better with spray adhesive, but you can try regular paper.
- this Elmer’s Spray Adhesive it works great!
- fabric: I used a piece of 100% cotton fabric. Synthetic fabric may not absorb ink as well.
- an old mouse pad, or if you want to make from scratch a sheet of these 8.5″x11″ craft faom works well
First step is to print our favorite photo or image onto the fabric, using the spray adhesive method, which I personally find easier than the freezer paper method.
Remember last week’s little project of how to print on fabric with our home printer? You can read more about the details of the process here.
After peeling off the printed fabric, you can iron it a little if it looks wrinkled.
I trimmed the old mouse pad to a more geometric shape for fun.
The craft foam sheet is kept at a rectangle shape. The photos are sized slightly smaller than 8.5″x11″.
Next, spay a thin coat of the spray adhesive on the old mouse pad, or craft foam, attach the fabric. Then trim off the excess fabric.
See how easy it is to transform an old object into something new and beautiful? Here’s a similar DIY you may enjoy- transform old switch plates and outlet covers into designer ones! (with free printable download as well!)
Now the photos for you to download as I promised- the waterfall photo is from our trip to Columbia Gorge, you can see more of the magnificent waterfalls here.
And the maple tree one if from the amazing Portland Japanese Garden, see more photos from that trip here.
Have a lovely day and happy creating! xo