Homemade Mouse Pad Craft

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Today’s craft project is super simple and inexpensive. I wanted a new mouse pad but I didn’t want to spend money on one, plus I wanted it to be something unique. I scrounged around the household and gathered up the supplies I needed to make my very own custom mouse pad. Check it out!

mouse pad craft supplies
custom mouse pad tutorial


  • Geeky fabric with pattern of choice
  • Piece of cardboard or foam board
  • Hot glue
  • Spray glue (optional)
  • Non–slip mat (optional)


1. Cut your piece cardboard or foam board to your desired mouse pad size. I made mine 8×10 inches.

2. (Optional) If you picked a stretchier fabric or would just prefer to have your fabric a little more secure then you may want to glue the fabric to the top side of your cardboard. I would recommend a spray adhesive to ensure the fabric lies flat and smooth.

3. Use hot glue to secure the 2 side flaps to the back of your cardboard. Be sure to pull your fabric tight and snug around the cardboard. You may wish to use a scrap piece of cardboard to push and flatten the fabric into the hot glue since it will be hot.

geeky mouse pad craft
make your own mouse pad

4. To glue the remaining 2 flaps, I’d recommend folding them in like you’re wrapping a present to ensure clean, crisp corners. Tac the folds with small drops of hot glue, then fold the flaps and glue them to the back of the cardboard; once again ensuring the fabric is pulled tight.

5. (Optional) If you’re fabric or desk surface is slippery I would recommend cutting and gluing a non-slip mat to the underside of the mouse pad. Mine was not slippery, but if yours is, a roll of non-slip mat material can be found at the dollar store for $1. This is also a great option if you want to create a more clean and finished looked to the underside of your mouse pad.

homemade comic book mouse pad

Well, what do you think?

My mouse pad cost me nothing but scrap materials I had lying around the house and 5-10 minutes of construction time. My work cubicle is that much more colorful now! 🙂

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    This is such a great idea – I love it!!!

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)

      Thanks Danielle!

  • instagram viewer

    It’s easy than I thought! Thank you for sharing the tutorial! Gonna try it with the Pokemon fabric I bought for the pillow cover last time.

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