Custom Desk Pad

Hi Friends, this is Aly from Entirely Eventful Day.  I am so excited to be part of the A Little Tipsy Creative Team.  I have a really fun, easy, and inexpensive project for you today: How to make a DIY custom mouse pad.

This beauty cost me about $8 to make and it makes the biggest difference in my office.  My favorite thing about it is when I get tired of the pattern all I need to buy is a new roll of wrapping paper!

Start with a transparent desk pad.  I used this one from IKEA.
Here’s how I did it.  
1. I sprayed the bottom of the pad with Elmer’s Glue Brand spray adhesive.
2. Then I positioned the pad sticky side up on the ground and rolled the wrapping paper over it.  I made sure to line up the bottom edges for a nice straight line.

3. Next I cut off the roll part of the wrapping paper and flipped the mat over.

4. All that was left to do was to trim around the edges of the mat.  All done!

Note: You might need to add a little more spray adhesive to the corners once you have trimmed.  

I hope you make one of these for yourself.  Mine makes me so happy!  Until next time.

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  1. says

    I came across your post via LifeHacker! I’ve been wanting to make one for my office desk. Aren’t those three mini notebooks from Target amazing?!


  2. says

    I would think that fabric would work also. Check TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods for wrapping paper. They always have cool and unusual papers. I just bought 3 from Ikea today. Going to give it a whirl. :)

  3. says

    @Trine…you can put the little
    clear bumper stickers on the bottom. It would prevent the slipping. I
    did this on my clear cutting board to keep it on the counter! You would put them on the backs of pictures.
    Love the desk!

  4. Megan says

    I’m going to have to try this, it’s so much better than the boring leather desk pads. You mentioned when you’re tired of it, you’ll switch out the paper. Will the spray adhesive make it hard to remove the paper?

    • Michelle Barneck says

      There are two kinds of spray adhesive, permenant and removable. As long as you use the latter, the paper should come off fairly easily.

      • Mia says

        I made this as well, with the exact IKEA pad. However, my mouse does not work on it’s surface. :( Any tips? Or do you know where you can get one of mouse-pad material (very eloquent, I know) custom made? Thanks! :)

        • Michelle Barneck says

          Hi Mia,

          I’m not sure why this would be happening as it is designed to be a desk pad. Some mice do not work well with reflective surfaces? I’m not sure where to get a mouse pad material mat. Especially one that would be transparent for this project. Sorry.

  5. says

    What a fantastic idea! I’m thinking this would be great for my (in the works) office space. I’m also thinking that I need a portable version on this to take to work with me…I usually end up taping a piece of paper to the desk so my mouse will work! Haha


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