Mouse pads are an essential accessory for all desktop computer users. Customizing yours can be a lot of fun. If you do it yourself, you can tailor it to your size preferences and decorate it however you like.
Part 1 of 3: create the base of the mat
Step 1. Choose a piece of cardboard
Measure it and cut it to the size you want for the mouse pad. A standard rug measures approximately 8 x 10 inches, but you can customize these measurements if you wish.
- Use corrugated cardboard rather than flat, as it will provide more comfort.
- If you don't have any cardboard handy, you can simply cut out the base of your rug out of a box.
- If the cardboard you have isn't thick enough for the rug you want, you can glue several pieces together to make it thicker.
- Instead of cardboard, you can also use styrofoam.
Step 2. Make a base that will not slip
You don't want your mat slipping across the desk while you're trying to use it.
- You can use liner for shelves and drawers to cover the bottom of the rug. Just cut it to the size you want. You will find this kind of coating in DIY stores and some supermarkets.
- If you didn't buy one with an adhesive side, put some glue on it.
- Alternatively, you can also install a piece of the material that you put under the carpets on the floor.
- If you want a simpler solution, you can even put double-sided tape on each corner of the rug. Only put it on after you have finished making the rug. You will use it to stick it to the desk.
- You can also use self-adhesive stamps or Patafix.
Step 3. Cut a sheet of self-adhesive foam
It should be the same size as the cardboard and it will give the mouse a good surface.
- You need to put the foam directly on top of the cardboard surface so that all sides are properly aligned.
- Once you have cut the foam, take out the paper that protects the adhesive side and apply it to the top of your cardboard. If the foam you have chosen does not have an adhesive side, you must glue it.
- You should be able to find this kind of glue in most art stores.
- If you don't want to use foam, you can leave the cardboard as it is, as it will still help the mouse glide across the surface.
- Alternatively, you can also use a piece of cork instead of the foam. If you have an old cork board, you can cut out a piece the size of your rug.
Part 2 of 3: add the top layer of decoration
Step 1. Choose a design
The advantage of making your own mouse pad is that you can customize it however you like.
Decide if you want to see it as a pattern, a solid color, or a photo
Step 2. Find the material
Once you know what you want to do, you can decide what material you want to put on top of the rug.
- Remember, you want it to stay flat and smooth so the mouse can glide over it unobstructed.
- If you want a photo, you can just get a sheet of paper with the image you're interested in.
- In this case, you need to make sure the photo is the right size to cover the entire mat and avoid ending up with a smaller photo in the center.
- If you prefer to have patterns, you can use wallpaper or gift wrap. Some second-hand stores might have wallpaper scraps that are ideal for this kind of project.
- Fabric could also be a good material for mouse pads. You can find it in most art stores, or you can recycle an old t-shirt.
Step 3. Cut it to the correct size
Whatever material you choose, you should cut it to the same size as the base of the rug.
It should be the same size as the base with well cut edges
Step 4. Attach the decoration surface
Once you've cut it to the right size, you need to secure the fabric or paper to the base.
- If it's paper, use white glue or paper glue. Take a paintbrush to spread a thin and even layer of glue on the surface of the base, then press the layer of paper on it.
- If you are using fabric, choose fabric glue or spray glue for best results.
- Avoid hot glue, as it may leave dents on the carpet.
Step 5. Cover the top with transparent vénilia
It will protect the top of the mat and allow the mouse to glide over it.
- Start by cutting it to size. Then peel off the protective film from the back and apply to the carpet. Spread the venilia well so that no air bubbles remain underneath.
- You can use a ruler to smooth the layer.
- If you don't want to lay paper or fabric on the rug, you can just apply an opaque venilia checkmark with patterns.
Part 3 of 3: Create a Temporary Mouse Pad Quickly
Step 1. Obtain the materials
To make this quick mat, you are going to need a small book or a flat object of a similar shape, a plastic sleeve, and duct tape.
- The book inside the sleeve creates a smooth surface for the mouse to glide over.
- If you don't have an envelope, you can use a resealable plastic bag.
- If you are in a real rush, you can use a thick magazine or book and hover your mouse over it. Make sure the cover of the book is smooth enough to pass the mouse over. Then place the book or magazine next to your computer.
Step 2. Choose the outer layer
If you have a plastic pouch, this should be your first choice. It has a smooth surface and is very thin.
Step 3. Cut the pouch in half
This will allow you to have a mouse pad of a size easier to use on your desk. You can also keep the entire pocket if you want a large mat or if you want to use the pocket again later.
Step 4. Insert the weight
You need to put something in the mat to give it more weight and a surface for the mouse to glide over.
- The weight should be slightly less than half the envelope.
- A thin book should do the trick.
- You can also use a piece of reclaimed wood or several pieces of cardboard.
Step 5. Put the weight in the envelope
It should be able to fit in while leaving a little room at the end for you to close it.
Step 6. Seal it with duct tape
Use several pieces of opaque or transparent tape to seal the edges of the envelope. This way the weight will not fall off while you are using the mat.
Step 7. Add a grippy surface
If you really need your mat right away, you can skip this step. However, it might be best to make sure that the mat stays in place on the desk while you are using it.
- The easiest way to get a sticky surface is to tape the mat to the desk with scraps of double-sided tape.
- You can also use regular tape, Patafix, or any other type of adhesive you prefer.