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)
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.
Measure the width and depth you want your mouse pad to be.
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.
Measure and mark your foam board and cut it carefully with a craft knife.
Cut your fabric to fit your foam board.
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.
Use some spray adhesive to mount your fabric on your board. You could probably use other glue but this is the easiest.
Spray a light coat on your board.
Quickly and carefully place your fabric on your board while smoothing to avoid wrinkles.
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.
Fold the edges over.
The finished edges.
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.
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.