I did say that I would share what I did with the other cork pot stand – so here we go, a more manly mouse mat made as a birthday present (see my original one here)! I’d like to mention that I have never read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, so I’m hoping that this is an alright representation. This time I experimented by drawing on the cork with Sharpie instead of the acrylic paint I used on my own mat and I actually think it turned out better. The mouse glides much more easily over it.
Lately I’ve been trying to turn my bedroom into a place that I look forward to coming home to, rather than a place that I dump my stuff in while I’m not at work or uni. I’ve recently received a new desktop (first blog post on this baby!), but the mouse is useless on my desk. I thought making a cute mousemat would be a good place to start with my bedroom makeover and luckily found a couple of cork pot stands on sale that were the perfect size (in case you haven’t noticed, I really like the look of cork – see my cork noticeboard and cork coasters)
What you need:
- Cork base
- A design (my mum kindly created a stencil for me using her fancy-smancy printer)
- Acrylic paint and paintbrush
- A piece of felt
1. Paint the design onto the cork (I stuck the stencil on, used a brush to stipple on the paint and peeled the stencil off once the paint was almost dry).
2. Paint around the edges (use tape if you want a straight(ish) line – mine still isn’t perfect, but I tried).
3. Cut the felt slightly smaller than the cork and glue onto the back.
4. Leave to dry properly before using.
Ta-da! This seems to be working well so far. I was a bit worried the paint would need fixing with something, but I’ve been using it for a bit and nothing has come off on my mouse. I’m turning the other cork mat into a present for a special someone, so I’ll probably be posting about that later.