I bought a fabric covered mouse pad from Etsy a few years ago, and unsurprisingly it’s been looking a bit worn out and dingy as of late. Instead of throwing the whole thing out, I decided to peel off that grody fabric layer and try revamping it into something more presentable. I’m so glad I did, because now I’m admiring a snowy mountain view right from the comfort of my desk – ha! Here’s how I did it:
- If you have a fabric covered mouse pad, pull off the top layer. Then take your bare bones rubber mouse pad and lightly trace a mountain silhouette with a pencil.
- Use an Xacto blade to cut out your pattern.
- Spray the entire surface with a strong spray adhesive, and lay out the fabric of your choice on top (I used this scatted dots fabric by Lotta Jansdotter that was stashed away in my crafting supplies). Carefully smooth out any wrinkles, and top with some heavy books to make sure every nook and cranny is securely attached.
- When the glue is dry, trim the excess fabric with the Xacto knife or a pair of sharp scissors.
- For the snow capped peaks, I taped off a random zig zag pattern with painter’s tape and added a few coats of white spray paint, but you could certainly freehand it with some paint as well.
- Once your snow is nice and dry, paint a bit of matte Mod Podge around the edges to prevent the fabric from fraying with use.
- Start internet surfing with your “new” mouse pad – wheee!