Mouse Pad Makeover

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

Visit thecsiproject.com

Before and After Party at Debbiedoos

Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage

Mod Podge Mayhem at Fingerprints on the Fridge

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{ 18 comments… add one }
  • Mod Podge Amy August 27, 2010, 5:27 am

    Very cute – I love this! Great revamp.

  • Karie Jackson August 27, 2010, 8:47 am

    I like this. I think I will re-do my mouse pad. Thanks for sharing.

  • Krista August 27, 2010, 10:18 am

    Super cute idea! I just had a personalized mouse pad made for my husband, for Father’s Day (a family photo from a recent vacation, Costco.com). I might do this when I get my new computer for my craft room though!

  • Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife August 27, 2010, 11:31 am

    I love this idea! So cute!

    There are a lot of ugly mousepads in the world…

  • Mandy's Creative Corner August 27, 2010, 4:27 pm

    How adorable! I’ll have to do a makeover to mine too now that I know it’s possible =) Thanks for the inspiration! Dropping by from Fun Finds Friday!

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode August 27, 2010, 4:35 pm

    Nice! What an easy way to glam up the desk. Good luck adjusting for the financial changes – if you’re using what you have, the up side of that is that you’re recycling!!

  • Kaysi @ Keeping It Simple August 30, 2010, 11:59 am

    That is such a great idea!!! My mouse pad is so boring and ugly!

  • Sunny's Life in Rehab August 30, 2010, 1:54 pm

    I did this a couple of months ago. Yours is adorable!

  • Yanet Spitler August 31, 2010, 7:02 am

    that’s a great idea. I have some leftover fabric (similar to yours actually) that I can use to cover up the ugliest mouse pad in the world I have. That’s for the great tutorial and the detail of how to fold the corners!

  • Suzanne August 31, 2010, 7:05 am

    This is such a “doable” project — so easy and it makes a splash!

  • Suesan August 31, 2010, 8:51 am

    I love it. Simple and easy. Come check out what I’ve been doing. I try to keep things very inexpensive and doable.

    http://froufrugal.blogspot.com

  • Krystal @ Sassy Sanctuary August 31, 2010, 9:39 am

    Brillant… and so simple Who would have thought?!?!

  • katie @ Sew Woodsy August 31, 2010, 7:18 pm

    OMG! I almost threw out my 2009 mouse pad today at work, but kept it for some strange reason. SO glad I did… I’m totally going to revamp my old, dirty, outdated calendar mouse pad to something cute and hip for my desk!!! Thanks for the great idea!!!

  • debbie September 1, 2010, 4:04 pm

    Hi Leanne, that is an awesome idea. Something so simple can make such a happy difference. Thanks for joining me this week:) I like to see what you are up to….it is always something clever and creative. Debbie

  • Amanda Formaro September 2, 2010, 5:13 am

    Great post Leanne, featured you this morning on Craft Gossip 🙂
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/mouse-pad-makeover/

  • Three Simple Girls September 2, 2010, 5:48 am

    I’m definitely stealing, I mean borrowing, this idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    -Sarai (from Three Simple Girls)

  • Jenean September 2, 2010, 11:34 am

    I don’t think we’ll ever exhaust the list of uses for Modge Podge. What a great and useful idea.

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