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DIY – Mouse Pad

This is what my hand stumbled upon the last time I sat down at the family computer in our living room when I went to click the mouse.

Old mouse pad

That. That is…was…our mouse pad.

I mean really now.

Ugh. I can’t even find the words. I can’t even believe I am showing you a photo.

Needless to say I made a new one. I picked up some cork boards from our local Dollarama.

Cork boards from Dollarama -

Cut them down to size using an X-Acto knife and a ruler over a cutting board (this was 9″H x 7″W)

Cutting cork boards -

And then I thought what can I stencil on this? A number? A picture?


Let’s be deliberately facetious and stencil “Mouse Pad”. The hipsters would be proud. It was either that or “Clean Me More Often” as a note to my kids.

Stenciling cork -

DIY Cork Mouse Pad -

DIY Mouse Pad -

DIY - Cork Mouse Pad - Stenciled -

There. That’s better.

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  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    October 4, 2014 at 3:29 am

    I like it! I did without a mouse pad for a while…and then my desk paid the price! Need to DIY something up! Thanks for the inspiration. Cork is one of my favorite materials.

    • Reply
      October 4, 2014 at 7:53 am

      Thanks Jen! Ack, what happened to the desk? I’m already learning that white desk tops and kids don’t mesh.

      • Reply
        Jennifer @ Brave New Home
        October 4, 2014 at 2:22 pm

        The varnish/stain rubbed off. Seems obvious but in all honesty I always though mouse pads were more of an aesthetic thing (or something needed when mouses still had balls). Are you saying I shouldn’t paint our espresso desk white? Cause I was planning on it…

        • Reply
          October 4, 2014 at 2:42 pm

          LOL! No, no I am a white paint addict. The desk top however has a big stainless steel computer desk pad. And it has already saved the white desk top a million times over.

  • Reply
    Shauna Oberg
    October 8, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I have those exact cork tiles in my storage room. Thanks for the idea- love it!

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