{Rock it yourself} paint your own mousepad….and a giveaway!

I’ve always wondered why mousepads always look so blah. Not that I don’t like looking at the beach and coconut trees…..but really, I’d rather be there than look at it all day.  We spend every day at our computer, and hours looking at it. I know, some people will say that “it’s ok, it’s only a mousepad:”. But I am a big believer that surrounding ourselves by pretty things – even the small things that don’t seem to matter- has the power to make us feel so much better.

So here you go, I present to you the it-won’t-hurt-your-eyes-anymore painted mousepad tutorial, which includes a cat and deer printable that you can use to paint your own mousepad.

I made a couple versions for you guys – a cat and a deer. If you’re looking for something easier, choose the cat. The deer is a bit tricky with the antlers – but I love the way it looks.

Hope you have some fun with this!

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What you need:
– An old mousepad
– cardstock + a printer
– precision knife
– mod podge
– brush/ sponge brush
– acrylic paint
– gold marker

Steps to follow:

1. Prepare the surface of your mousepad for painting by applying a coat of Mod Podge. Allow it to dry completely, usually about an hour or two. Repeat the process with a second coat of Mod Podge. This will allow the acrylic paint to stick to the mousepad nicely.
2. Paint your mousepad with the acrylic paint in the color of your choice. Let dry. Apply a second coat and let dry. Repeat the process until you are satisfied with the way it looks.
3. Print out the cat and deer printable on card stock (you can click to view, or right click > save link as to save the file to your computer), and cut out the shape with your precision knife. As mentioned before, just a little warning that the deer is a bit trickier with the antlers 😉
4. Attach the card stock to the mousepad with some masking tape so that it doesn’t move, and start painting the shape – make sure to press the edges of the shape as you paint to get smooth edges.
5. Now take you gold marker, and have fun decorating your animal as you wish with lines and shapes and doodles.
6. Cover with one coat of Mod podge. Let dry. Apply another coat and let dry. You’re done!

NB: If you are like me and have no patience, you’ll probably want to rush the drying bits of the process – but don’t! Letting it dry properly will ensure that your give your mouse a smooth ride.

There you go, you have yourself a pretty little mousepad for your desk.

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And there is more, because I am doing a little GIVEAWAY!

I am giving away one small painted mousepad that I will be painting especially for the winner, and it will be your choice of cat or deer. Ain’t that perfect for those of you who like this mousepad but don’t quite feel like getting their pretty hands covered in paint ? 😉 So, here is what you need to do for a chance to win:

1) Pin one image from this DIY to one of your pinterest boards; and
2) leave me a comment with a link to your pin. That’s all!
Enter by this Sunday, March 11th, midnight EST.

And while we’re on the topic, do you follow This Little Street on Pinterest yet? If not, come have some fun with me, I’d love to see you there and share my addiction with you! If you don’t have a pinterest account yet, no reason to panic Send me your email address and I’ll send an invitation your way.

Take care! Xx

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11 Responses to “{Rock it yourself} paint your own mousepad….and a giveaway!”
  1. Ashley says:

    This is a really cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Such a cute idea that it was definitely pin worthy! Love the deer one, so simple :)
    http://pinterest.com/pin/254734922643172958/
    x kat

  3. Tori says:

    I love this! So simple and fun!

    Here’s the link to my pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/252412754085312559/

  4. I know I’m too late for the giveaway, but I just wanted to let you know I will definitely be trying this! Cool mousepads are impossible to find – this is genius :)

  5. Brianna says:

    adorable! I’ll definitely be trying this out. Does the paint peel off after awhile?

  6. Ariana says:

    hello does it work with fabric texture mouse pads because mine kinda soaks everything

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Question, do you find that the mouse glides well across mod podge? I painted dots on my mousepad with fabric paint and my mouse always sticks when it hits the dots, but I didn’t seal with mod podge and before I cover the entire pad with it, I just wanted to make sure that you haven’t found any issues with mouse responsiveness.

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