Make homework and study time more fun with a DIY Cork Board Mousepad. I love this idea because it’s so simple to make and you can get your kids involved to make one they love. It’s also inexpensive enough that each kid can have their own mousepad.
I made a dinosaur because my youngest is in a HUGE dinosaur phase and I knew he would just love it. This is the template I used. You could make yours a truck, car, animal, just about anything! To find one you will need to search online by googling. Try “truck template,” “elephant template,” “flower template” and use the one you like best. The only trick is to not choose something too skinny. You want to have ample space available for the mouse to roam around.
- Cork board (I like these!)
- Cloth Scraps (Fat quarters work great!)
- Spray Adhesive (I used this!)
- Exacto knife
- Print a template of your choice.
- Trace the template onto your cork board.
- With your exacto knife, cut the template out of the cork board.
- Either pick a smaller, identical template or trim the existing template down a little smaller. It’s best to keep 1/4-1/2” border. With the template I used I just cut off the top of the dinosaur for the smaller template.
- Trace your smaller template onto your cloth and cut out with scissors. Turn your cloth template backwards and spray with the adhesive.
- Quickly place into the middle of your cut out cork board and let dry. Be sure to smooth out and bubbles. You can also place a heavy book on top to ensure proper bonding.
If you have older kids they can even help! Let them do all the cutting and tracing. You’ll probably need to supervise the Exacto knife part. Those are pretty sharp. And you need to work quickly once you spray the adhesive so be sure to help them get it in place in time. But I bet they will have crafting their own!