D I Y | MOUSEPAD

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Recently, I had grown tired of hearing my wireless mouse scrap against my desk and thought it was time for a much needed change.  To my surprise it was more than a little difficult to find the exact mousepad I had in mind, let alone any mouse pad that didn't have some type of tropical stock photo plastered all over it.  Below is a very simple tutorial on how to customize your own mousepad.  To begin this DIY you will need:

1. Any Mousepad - for reference you can find the mousepad I used for this tutorial here 

2. Acrylic Paint in the color of your choosing

3. Mod Podge

4. Paint Brush

5. Washi Tape

First, you will want to prep your mousepad for painting - this is done by applying two thin layers of Mod Podge with a paint brush of your choosing.  Please allow at least 30 - 45 minutes of drying time in between layers and allow your mousepad to dry overnight before proceeding to the next step. 

Once your mousepad has been prepped properly and is completely dry, use your washi tape to create your desired design.  For this tutorial I decided to keep the design fairly minimal by placing one piece of washi tape diagonally across the mousepad (from corner to corner). 

Next, begin painting!  Using the acrylic paint you have selected for this DIY apply 2 - 3 layers of paint or until you have achieved the color you desire.  Please allow at least 30 - 45 minutes of drying time in between each layer.  Because the mouse pad I purchased was black to begin with, I decided not to paint the middle line (where the washi tape was placed).  

After your paint has dried completely, apply 2 - 3 layers of Mod Podge to your mousepad.  Again please allow at least 30 - 45 minutes of drying time in between layers and I would recommend allowing your mousepad to dry overnight before using it. 

Hope you lovelies enjoyed this DIY and I hope each one of you is having a beautiful day!

 

THE ESSENTIALS | NO.1

This year I've really been trying to push myself to let go of old habits and only shop for "the essentials."  This has been a bit more difficult than I would like to admit, and with each additional piece I add to my wardrobe I've been forcing myself to get rid of 5 pieces.  

After years of waking up and constantly feeling like I don't have anything to wear, I decided it was time for a change.  So, although I may drool over this season's most coveted heels, I have to quickly reel myself back to reality and stick with the pieces that make sense for my lifestyle.  This is still a work in progress, and I'm still working on letting go of those pieces that I may not wear but feel the need to keep, but I'm constantly motivated by the thought that one day my wardrobe will be filled simply with pieces that I feel comfortable and confident in.  

 

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