Hello!! I hope you all are having a great week so far! I have a super easy redo project for you today. My mousepad has been looking quite sad, and to be honest, it has for a loooong time now. It’s not even mine, it was David’s and he gave it to me to use a few years ago. So obviously, it’s not girly or pretty. I’m tired of looking at it, it’s getting dingy and gross, and I thought it was time to change it up. I didn’t want to buy a new one, so I just redid mine! I’ve seen tutorials using fabric to redo a mousepad, but I didn’t have any pretty fabric I liked. I could have just used already patterned scrapbook paper (which is definitely an even easier alternative!), but I didn’t like anything I had. I wanted to create my own geometrical pattern, and I had a ton of cardstock, so I used that instead! And, Sharpies are great for creating fun things because they have a ton of pretty colors!
How about a nice “before and after” of this DIY mousepad redo before we get started. This is my favorite part! 🙂
SO much better! Here’s what you need to give your mouse pad a nice little update:
- Old mouse pad
- 1 sheet white cardstock
- Sharpies (I used gold and teal)
- Washi tape
- Mod Podge
Now, I wanted to girl-ify my mousepad, therefore using gold was a must. I started out by tracing my mousepad onto white cardstock. Then, I cut it out and used washi tape to make a pattern. The washi tape came off pretty easily from the paper later on, which is why I used it. You’re probably thinking, “uh, you already have sparkly gold washi tape, why didn’t you just use that?” Great question! I didn’t have plain washi tape and didn’t want to run to the craft store just for tape (because you and I both know I wouldn’t JUST bring home washi tape…). So, yes, I sacrificed my pretty gold tape.
I just laid strips down diagonally and eye-balled how much space was in between each row. After my taping was done, I used my handy Sharpies and colored in the diamond shapes, alternating rows. (Sorry for the poor pictures, I was coloring these in at night while we watched a movie!)
I removed the washi tape once all the diamonds were colored in. I peeled the tape off slowly. It did take off one little section of my paper, but that’s all. Then, I used Mod Podge (I found these little bottles at Dollar Tree! I don’t know why I only bought 2!!) and slathered it on both the mousepad, and the bottom of the cardstock. I put a heavy book on top to help it stay together, and let it dry for a little bit. Once it was fairly dry, I used more Mod Podge and painted it on all over the top of the cardstock so it dried clear and sealed the paper.
I hope the rest of your week is lovely!!
Do you like to give your old items new life? What have you “updated” lately?
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