Learn how to make a custom DIY mouse pad in 10 minutes using cork, a bit of material & some spray adhesive. It’s so easy and inexpensive you can make a whole set to switch in and out, depending on your mood. Any cotton material will work. It’s a great project for teens too! This is a quicker version of our other Make Your Own Large Mouse Pad post we did a while back and this one can also be made any size you like. If you have a home office of your own you might also enjoy How to Build a Simple Large Surface Home Office Desk and Messy to Marvelous Closet Makeover for a Home Office. (That last one will show you why we chose pink for our mouse pad!)
DIY Mouse Pad Supplies
NOTE ON CORK: I used this brand from Amazon as it was the best I could find for my needs and the highest rated. It did have a drawback. It was 1/8″ thick which is fairly thin but I like that myself. The biggest problem is that it was very stiff and would not lay flat. I had to cut my piece, wet it and lay something heavy on it overnight to get it to lay flat. Then let it dry. It’s just not flexible. It will work and it’s inexpensive. You might find what you need at a local craft store. Any rolled cork might give you the same problem. Wetting it didn’t harm it at all.
- Flat Cork cut any size you wish (I cut a larger 10 x 10 size but you can make it as large or small as you need. As we mentioned above we previously did a post on a larger one here.)
- Spray Adhesive
- X-acto Knife
- Cutting Mat (Larger size) Optional but very handy
Grab some cork, material of choice and your other supplies.
This is the cork I used but as I mentioned in the notes under the supply list, I had to soak my cut piece and place heavy objects on it (bricks) overnight to get it to lay flat. It worked fine and was an inexpensive choice (also linked under supplies) you might find a better option locally. It’s very thin, which I myself prefer. You can also use 1/4″ cork.
Measure out the size you want your mouse pad to be.
Carefully cut it with a SHARP blade. A dull one will crumble the edge of the cork.
I wanted my material to be 1/4″ inside the edge of the cork so I measured and cut it 9.5″
I then sprayed it with a good coat of spray adhesive.
Then I aligned my material on the cork board. This part works easier if you have someone helping you.
Press it down firmly making sure there are no bubbles and you’re done!
And that’s how to make a 10 minute DIY Mouse Pad.