I like being surrounded by pretty things while I’m at my desk. This mouse pad is not one of those things. Hubby brought it home from work. And while it serves it’s purpose well, it’s not pretty to look at.
So I found some pretty fabric in my craft room to cover it. I cut the fabric about 1 1/2″ bigger than the pad all the way around.
Then I ironed heat-n-bond to the back of it, to make the fabric easier to work with and so the mod podge doesn’t soak through.
I rounded the sharp corners.
Then cut slits at the corners to make it easier to cover the pad.
I used mod podge to glue all 4 corners down. And let it dry for about 10 minutes.
Then I folded the corners in on each side and glued all 4 sides to the back using mod podge.
This is how the bottom or (back) looked. Not very finished, huh!
So I slathered the mod podge on the back and added a piece of felt I cut to fit. This project does use more mod podge than normal. It really soaks into the pad.
That looks so much better covered. Not that anyone is probably going to pick up my mouse pad and look at the bottom though.
During drying time which was about 10 minutes for each step. I placed the book Lan Tu gave us,to add some weight to the top and prevent bubbles or wrinkling. This book is beautiful!
Ta-Da! Now it’s functional, pretty and fits in with my bedroom decor (that’s where my desk is).
It even has green in it, which I apparently can’t decorate without. And this project cost me $0 since I had already had everything.
I will be trying to spend as little money as possible crafting, decorating and organizing my home. We have resently taken a substantial cut in income so I’ll have to see what I can do with what I have. I hope you’ll join me as I put on my thinking cap to be more creative and frugal while still making a beautiful home.
I’m linkng to:
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Look At Me Party at Fun To Craft
Frriday Fun Finds at Kojo Designs
Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming
It’s So Very Creative at It’s So Very Cheri
Just Something I Whipped Up at The Girl Creative
Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch
Show Me How Party at It’s a Blog Party
Tutorial Tuesday at Hope Studios
Before and After Party at Debbiedoos
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage
Mod Podge Mayhem at Fingerprints on the Fridge