I sit at a desk a lot. Most of my day I am in front of the computer. So, of course, I want my home office space to be a space that I enjoy. I want it to be a reflection of me. When working with a computer for most of the day there is a pretty good chance that you probably use a mouse either wired or via bluetooth. A mouse is a tool that is needed in the office space and with that are mouse pads. But let’s face it, shopping for a mouse pad at a store can be pretty boring. Most of the time you aren’t going to find something that reflects who you are. This is why I decided to customize my own mouse pad. Not only am I able to choose paper and patterns that match my home office theme but it is also much more budget friendly to make your own than it is to purchase a pre-made mouse pad.
Making your own custom mouse pad is simple and it only requires a few craft supplies:
- Multi-Purpose Sealer (like Mod Podge in matte or gloss finish)
- Scrapbook Paper
- Craft Foam Sheet
Just keep in mind that when you are selecting your scrapbook paper and craft foam sheet that they not only match each other but that they also match your office decor if you want as well.
Start by placing your foam sheet onto a protected surface. Apply a thin layer of multi-purpose sealer over the entire surface of the foam sheet. Then press a piece of scrapbook paper onto the foam sheet and allow to dry completely (overnight is best). After completely dry, apply another layer of multipurpose sealer over top of the scrapbook paper. Again allow to dry completely (overnight).
Once the top layer of multipurpose sealer is completely dry then you are able to cut your custom mouse pad to the size that you prefer. You can cut it with a regular pair of scissors in a traditional mouse pad shape or any size and shape that you like. I choose to keep mine pretty big so that I can have a large surface to work on. All I did was cut off any excess paper or foam with scissors and rounded the corners a bit.
As you can see in the photos, I made a pink mouse pad for my desk. The foam backing is white. Of course, since my boys homeschool online they wanted their own custom mouse pads as well so I made them both their own mouse pads. My youngest requested dinosaurs and my oldest I used a metallic paper. You can easily find single sheets of scrapbook paper in a craft supply store.