Crafts/ DIY/ Nifty/ Thrifty

{mousepad makeover}

Sometimes the simplest projects are the greatest! This little DIY craft only takes about 5 minutes to make and can spruce up your old, worn mousepad!
The best part: it's nifty & thrifty! Just use some leftover fabric and a mousepad that would otherwise deserve the kick to the curb.

What you'll need:

  • old (falling apart) mousepad
  • scrap fabric
  • spray glue
  • scissors or rotary cutter

 

PS: After having the "new" mousepad in use for a few weeks now, I would recommend using some fray check to keep the edges crisp. ;)

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59 Comments

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    Niki
    Tuesday July 31st, 2012 at 01:29 PM

    Love it. Simple and something I NEED to do!

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    JennyLynn
    Tuesday July 31st, 2012 at 03:53 PM

    I just love that spray adhesive makes it so much easier to re-do some things like a mouse pad. Great make over!

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    ButterYum
    Tuesday July 31st, 2012 at 04:44 PM

    Such s simple fix – love it!

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    BeezRentalDesigns
    Wednesday August 1st, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    This is cute and simple, Vanessa. I didn’t realize the old fabric would just peel off like this. Makes it easy to make your mouse to coordinate with your room. : ) Hope you’ll stop by and share it at Frugal Treasures Tuesday.
    Barbe

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Friday August 3rd, 2012 at 11:25 PM

      Thank you so much for your comment love, Barbe! :)
      I will hop over right now.
      Have a wonderful weekend!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Nana Diana
    Wednesday August 1st, 2012 at 04:04 AM

    Well,, how quick and cute is that? I don’t suppose you would like to know that I once picked up a can of that with the nozzle aimed towards me? You think my hair is bad now? You should have seen it then! xo Diana

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Friday August 3rd, 2012 at 11:28 PM

      Haha! I don’t mean to laugh at you, but that was hilarious! ;) Thanks for the giggles!
      Thank you for the sweet words, too!
      Hugs! Vanessa

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    Brenda @ A Separate Path
    Wednesday August 1st, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    I’m going to try this! Thanks for a great idea! I found you through Homestead Simple’s blog hop.

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    Jennifer Dawn
    Wednesday August 1st, 2012 at 06:26 PM

    Thanks for the tutorial! I’ve never know what to do with an old ugly mouse pad. Now I do. I’ll have to remember this!

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    Jessi @ Practically Functional
    Wednesday August 1st, 2012 at 08:17 PM

    I love this! I am using an old mousepad from one of my favorite charities, but it’s really starting to fall apart. I’m definitely going to try this, thanks for the tutorial! And thanks so much for sharing this at The Fun In Functional!

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    K Coake
    Wednesday August 1st, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Cute idea!

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    julie
    Thursday August 2nd, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Very cute and I didn’t know you can pull the top off the mouse pad lol. Thanks for sharing,God bless.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Friday August 3rd, 2012 at 11:33 PM

      Hehe, I only noticed because mine was coming apart in some places..
      Thank you for another sweet comment, Julie! :)
      I hope you’ll have a wonderful weekend!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Marilyn
    Thursday August 2nd, 2012 at 04:05 PM

    What a fun Idea.. I LOVE this.. MUST try as my mousey could use a face lift.. lol.. Thanks SO much for sharing… YOU ROCK!!!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Friday August 3rd, 2012 at 11:37 PM

      Yay! So happy to hear you like it and will try it on your mousepad! :)
      Thanks for the sweet comment, Marilyn!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Paula Parrish
    Friday August 3rd, 2012 at 01:04 PM

    I love this idea. I am going to spruce up my mouse pad, and my daughter can cover her pad. This will be a great project for us to complete together. ;o) Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Friday August 3rd, 2012 at 11:43 PM

      How fun to do this project together with your daughter! :) I hope you’ll have a wonderful time crafting!
      Thanks for stopping by and the sweet message!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Christine
    Friday August 3rd, 2012 at 01:19 PM

    Such a great idea Vanessa!!! The mouse-pad looks AWESOME!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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    katie
    Friday August 3rd, 2012 at 04:02 PM

    love your mousepad makeover. i did one over 2 years ago and mine is just now pealing… time to make a new one!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday August 5th, 2012 at 09:56 PM

      Thanks a bunch, Katie! :)
      I love how easy the makeover is! If you’re feeling a different pattern after a couple months,, it only takes a few minutes to redo.
      I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Carla Barilá Karam
    Saturday August 4th, 2012 at 01:41 AM

    Vanessa… Love this!! Wish I would have thought about it before I threw away a couple of haggled pads! ;)
    Thank you so much for joining us in Thursdays Favorite Things Blog Hop! With His grace, wishing you peace and many blessings to you and yours… Carla

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday August 5th, 2012 at 09:59 PM

      Hehe, next time you know what to do. :)
      Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my link ups, Carla!
      xo! Vanessa

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    patsy
    Sunday August 5th, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    We can transfer photos to a piece of fabric and have a personalized mouse pad! Great idea! patsy

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday August 5th, 2012 at 10:00 PM

      Ooh, how clever is that?! Love the idea of making your own photo design mousepad! ;)
      I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend!!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Jessie
    Sunday August 5th, 2012 at 05:11 AM

    This is such a great project! I am in desperate need of a new mouse pad.. Now I’m going to have to make one. I’d love for you to share this at my Weekend Wonders Link Party. Hope to see you there :) Have an excellent weekend!

    http://thethriftinessmiss.blogspot.com/2012/08/weekend-wonders-link-party-1.html#.UB3jE7RI9K0

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    Jody
    Tuesday August 7th, 2012 at 02:28 AM

    Thanks so much for sharing this creative project on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Great Idea!

    Jody

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    Erin
    Tuesday August 7th, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Awesome!!

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    Kathie
    Tuesday August 7th, 2012 at 04:08 PM

    How did you know I need to fix my mousepad??? Seriously, it is falling apart. My only problem is, it’s heart shaped. I wonder if I could cut it out with the rotary tool just as easily? We’ll see…Thanks for linking up to Gettin’ Krafty With It this week!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Tuesday August 7th, 2012 at 06:06 PM

      Hehe, I guess I did the post just in time then! :)
      Let me know how it works out with the heart shaped mousepad! Maybe it would be easier to cut the round corners with scissors?
      Thank you for your sweet comments!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique
    Wednesday August 8th, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Another fabulous ‘Nifty & Thrifty’ project Vanessa. too easy and great results. Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday

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    Jill
    Thursday August 9th, 2012 at 02:32 AM

    What a wonderfully simple project Vanessa!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    Desiree
    Thursday August 9th, 2012 at 04:55 AM

    I am featuring you tomorrow my friend… I adore you girl!

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    Claire
    Thursday August 9th, 2012 at 06:35 PM

    Your feature on The 36th Avenue couldn’t have come at a better time! I was just cleaning up my Office yesterday and couldn’t believe how pathetic my mouse pad looks compared to everything around it. I’m sure that top layer will just rip right off and I have a vast selection of spray adhesive at my disposal :)

    I follow your blog so I’m sure I read this when it was originally posted, I just needed a reminder!

    Thanks, Vanessa!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Friday August 10th, 2012 at 10:32 AM

      Hey Claire! I’m so happy to hear that my project is an inspiration to you!! :)
      Good timing that Desirée featured me, hehe.
      Let me know how your “new” mousepad turns out!
      Have a wonderful weekend!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Kendra | Our Homemade Happiness
    Thursday August 9th, 2012 at 07:05 PM

    I was just thinking I need to buy a new mouse pad and then I saw your great post! Such a cute, yet simple idea!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Friday August 10th, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      Yay for good timing! ;)
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment and wanting to try this little project!
      Let me know how it turns out.
      Have a great weekend!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Deana
    Thursday August 9th, 2012 at 09:30 PM

    Thanks for the great idea I’m going to have to try this : )

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    Deana
    Friday August 10th, 2012 at 03:47 PM

    You are being featured at tonights Link and Greet party at CountryMommaCooks…….check out the sneak peek on CMC’s Facebook page : )

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    amie @ Pinkapotamus
    Sunday August 12th, 2012 at 01:07 PM

    You are such a clever lady! What a great way to revamp that silly old mouse pad.. I just love the fabric!
    Thanks for sharing with the Pink hIppo Party..
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

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    Nicholle Olores
    Tuesday August 14th, 2012 at 03:45 AM

    Wow, that was cute and simple..
    Thanks for sharing it!

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