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Wednesday, November 23

DIY: Make A Faux Marble and Copper Mousepad




In the last post on our office, we were still using a kitchen table and black desk. Someday I'll have the finishing touches ready and I'll share the rest, but *spoiler alert* we now have white desks.

I can't tell you how much I love my desk, but the white surface did create an issue with my computer mouse. For weeks, I couldn't figure out why my computer would turn on, but the mouse wouldn't respond. Finally, I mentioned it to Brian, and in five minutes he diagnosed the issue - no mouse pad. He let me use his, which is covered with lovely photos of car parts and Motocraft products. But I wanted something a little more me.

I was inspired by the lovely marble mouse pads I found on Etsy for $20, and figured out how to create my own.



You'll need:



Step 1: Cut your craft foam to size. 


Step 2: Trace your craft foam onto your marble contact paper. We're going to add a section of copper, so mark how far you want the marble to come. Then cut it out.


Step 3: Slowly, peel and stick the contact paper to your foam, smoothing out any bubbles.


Step 4: Trace and cut out a section of copper contact paper to fit, and repeat - smoothing out any bubbles.


And that's really all there is too it!


Want other ideas for using your contact paper? You can trace your laptop and apply it to the back of the screen, use it to give an upgrade to a bland desk lamp, wrap your pencil holder, and add some pieces to your desk accessories, like your stapler or table dispenser. 


Soon, I'll post a Christmas decor idea using the marble contact paper. But I'd love to hear from you, have you used contact paper in crafts? What other ideas do you have for cool uses for it? Share them with us in the comments below!