About two years ago I bought some neoprene from JoAnn’s red tag fabric pile, not really knowing what to do with it. I was more taken with the colors (pink and teal) and the fact that it was kind of a novelty fabric.
Fast forward to now. I still have that fabric and haven’t really done anything with it, until now. I now feel as if I have a slew of craft ideas for it–which I’m very excited to share with you over these next few weeks.
Today’s neoprene craft is by far the simplest and quickest: a mousepad!
On Friday, did a “spring cleaning” of my desk at work and, upon closer inspection, was reminded of how icky my current mousepad is. Neoprene to the rescue! I can’t wait to swap out my dingy gray one for my pretty pink one on Monday.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Acrylic paint in the color of your choice (I used black)
- Rubber stamps with simple designs (you can do an image, or initials, or both like I did)
- Small brush or cotton swab to apply the paint to the stamp
- 1/4 yard of neoprene
- Mousepad template
- Metallic permanent marker
- Scissors (to round the edges)
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Trace the pattern onto the back of the neoprene with the metallic permanent marker.
- Cut out your mousepad. Use the rotary cutter to cut out the basic rectangle shape and then round the corners with the scissors.
- Stamp your desired image(s) or pattern onto the mousepad.
- Let dry overnight.
- Apply to desk and be productive 🙂
Stay tuned for more things to do with neoprene.
UPDATE: If you would like your mousepad to have a bit of grip on the bottom, apply a thin layer of rubber cement glue to the back and allow to dry overnight.