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!
In my humble opinion, the world would be a better place with more baby pandas, chocolate ice ream, Saved By the Bell reruns, and super silly googly eyes. Luckily I can help with that last one!
All you need are a packet of small googly eyes and some flat thumb tacks. Add a small dab of hot glue to the center of a push pin, plop an googly eye down, and you’re already done! Aren’t two step DIY projects the best?
My bulletin board has been eyeballing me all week. My, Toby, what big eyes you have!
And if you hate carving pumpkins, you’ll be happy to know you can decorate one in 10 seconds flat with these babies.
If a campfire s’more met a slice of pumpkin pie at a party, and they went on to fall in love and have babies, this would be the result: Gooey marshmallow. A rich dollop of pumpkin goodness. Crunchy bites filled with ginger and cinnamon. What a heavenly mashup!
Easy Gingerbread Pumpkin S’mores
Store bought gingerbread cookies
Pumpkin butter (recipe below)
The gingerbread cookies I used were on the small side, so I cut the marshmallows in half before sticking them on a metal skewer and toasting them over the stove top burner. Sidenote: Is there anything better than roasting marshmallows indoors in your pajamas? Once they’re charred to perfection, lay out two cookies. Add a smear of pumpkin butter to one half, add a marshmallow to the other half, sandwich together and gobble up that tasty little morsel!
** For an even easier spin, just use ready made pumpkin pie filling instead of making pumpkin butter!
Pumpkin Butter (adapted from Skinnytaste)
1 can pumpkin puree (15oz)
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup brown sugar
⅓ cup apple juice
1 tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
Mix up all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Stir frequently. When it thickens up a bit, remove from heat and let it cool. Then it’s time to make pumpkin s’mores – hooray!
I was motivated to go through all my craft supplies the other day and clean the whole mess out (yes, this is what I do for fun over long weekends). I threw out a lot of random bits of material I’ve hoarded over the year, labeled containers, cleaned up smudgy rubber stamps, and lined up spray paint cans into neat little rows. All was going well until I was faced with a stringy monstrosity shoved into a zip lock bag that was supposed to be my embroidery floss stash for bracelet making:
Ack! I was tempted to ignore the colorful blob and keep that bag tightly shut, but my cleaning streak was going strong, and I decided to face this thing head on. Who knew that a few strips of cardstock would help me get this mess under control (and in a very cute way)? Here’s how I did it:
1. Cut the cardstock into rectangles. I used a business card for a pattern, so mine were about 2 inches wide and 3.5 inches long.
2. Cut out some ears in 3 easy snips, and then…
3. Use a tiny hole punch for the eyes
4. Make a small slit at the top of the body area, to thread the start of the string from. Then make one or two more slits at the bottom so you have somewhere to anchor the end of the string.
5. Use every ounce of patience in your body to unravel all the strings.
6. Thread your cats, and enjoy a much happier state of mind!
I met Audrey last year when she responded to my totally random tweet about having an extra ticket to a taping of The Martha Stewart Show. We met up, got along fabulously, and she soon became my blogging and crafting partner in crime :-) Sadly she’ll be packing up her cute family and moving out of NYC in a few days (booo!), so of course we couldn’t resist squeezing in one more crafty session!
We made this colorful floral photo backdrop using strips of wood grain contact paper and a variety of paper flowers. It’s one of those projects that requires very little skill (seriously, you should see some of the sad crumpled flowers I made), but makes a big impact when everything is put together. In other words, my kind of DIY!