Make Your Own Large DIY Mouse Pad

Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions. blank630x20If you’ve had trouble finding a decent sized mouse pad or one that matches your decor our DIY mouse pad does both! All it takes is foam board, material and spray adhesive! You can make it any size you want and cover it with any fabric! It’s inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions and detailed photos.

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DIY Mouse Pad Supplies

  • 1 sheet of foam board (typically $1)
  • Material to cover your mouse pad. (We suggest using a heavier type.)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Craft knife, ruler, marker
  • Scotch Gard (optional but will help keep your fabric clean)
  • Mounting strips (optional but helpful to hold mouse pad in place)blank630x20

Instructions

Because of how my desk is laid out I needed an extra wide mouse pad. There are few of those available and they are very expensive and not in the colors I wanted so I decided to make my own.

Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Measure the width and depth you want your mouse pad to be.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Buy an inexpensive sheet of foam board, white or black works, and chose some heavier fabric in the color of your choice. This fabric will get a lot of wear so keep that in mind. Darker fabric will show the dirt less.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Measure and mark your foam board and cut it carefully with a craft knife.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Cut your fabric to fit your foam board.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

You only want a small overhang on the back. About 1/2″ or so. I didn’t finish the edge of my fabric as I felt it wasn’t necessary.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Use some spray adhesive to mount your fabric on your board. You could probably use other glue but this is the easiest.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Spray a light coat on your board.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Quickly and carefully place your fabric on your board while smoothing to avoid wrinkles.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Turn your board over and mask off the center area with paper. This allows you to use the spray adhesive on the edges to hold them down.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Fold the edges over.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

The finished edges.Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Lovely!Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Because this is not made of the typical spongy and flexible mouse pad material it might need some help staying in place. I used some Command brand poster Strips to hold the corners down. Whatever you use make sure it won’t damage your desk. Command Strips come off clean and easily. Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

Your material is going to get dirty from the oils in your hands. Lighter material will show dirt more. Using Scotch Gard on your finished mouse pad will help protect it. Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

It’s perfect!Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20Make any size and color of mouse pad with three things! Foam board, material and spray adhesive. It's inexpensive and easy to do following our instructions.blank630x20

 

 

15 Comments

  1. I absolutely love this! Thank you so much for sharing! I can never find cute mouse pads and I definitely want to spruce up my office with a new one. Will be getting some cute fabric this weekend. Thanks 🙂

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  2. Just please remember that spray adhesive should only be used outdoors or in a ventillated hood! That stuff gets into people’s lungs and you can image the results. As I recall the state of California has laws about use of spray adhesive in the work place, and when I worked at an advertising agency in San Francisco years ago we had a special hood for using spray mount.
    Thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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  3. Sean Carey

    It should be noted that foam board of this type can be dented/deformed moderately easily, thats why standard mousepads or a rubber type material. Not knocking this DIY, its certainly cheap, easy, and does the job, but not in every situation. For instance I will be making a DIY desk out of an old fire retardant door, and I want to have all (or most) of the top surface covered in a mousepad-like material. Using this method would *work* but it would limit the use of the desk. Heavy mugs left sitting for too long (depending on the contact patch between their base and the desk surface, of course), keyboard wrist-rests, monitors, etc, will leave permanents indentations.

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