A Quick, Easy, and Cheap Mouse Pad

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Introduction: A Quick, Easy, and Cheap Mouse Pad

About: Hi, I'm Ben. I like mechanical engineering, and using free stuff/"junk".

This is an Instructable on how to make a cheap mouse pad from things you probably have around your house/shop. Its something you can make on the road if you need a mouse pad.

Step 1: Materials

You will need....

Cardboard

Cloth

Glue

Tape

Scissors/knife

Step 2: CUT!!!

1. Cut the cardboard to the size you want the pad to be.

2. Cut the cloth so it overlaps the cardboard shape by about a 1/2 inch.

Step 3: Glue and Tape

I did the taping and gluing in the following order.

1. Tape down one side of the cloth to the back of the cardboard.

2. Add glue to cardboard.

3. Tape down the opposite side of the cloth.

4. Cut the cloth where it overlaps.

5. Tape the last two flaps down.

Step 4: Final Touches

I did a few more things to my pad.

1. Cover the back totally with tape.

2. Draw something on it! When I finish, I'll take a picture and upload it.

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22 Discussions

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Darth_Vader_101
Darth_Vader_101

Tip 2 years ago

I'm going to say this now ase a gamer who has done extensive research in the feild of mice. but you
can get a better mouse pad by using scotch taping a piece of paper to your desk. Not joking.

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parthniteshchaudhari
parthniteshchaudhari

Reply 2 months ago

Thanks mate, it really works! Why don't you make a post yourself?
Anyway, thanks.

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Heatherm2019
Heatherm2019

1 year ago

seriously saved me a lot of hassle. My new computer/mouse was not even moving side to side, like I seriously needed a pad. ill never remember to buy one when im out and if i do it will be $15 for a mouse pad that is too big for my desk area. perfect suggestion, thanks

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mrbob1000
mrbob1000

12 years ago on Introduction

whats the design of? i would like to see a more developed design.

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benthekahn
benthekahn

Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

Im just drawing a bunch of random things. I'll add a picture when its done.

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vik419
vik419

Reply 3 years ago

8 years!! Still no picture

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benthekahn
benthekahn

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

Sorry, I beat halo before I finished it and then my camera went missing.

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jayants7
jayants7

Reply 4 years ago

lol

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Stromi1
Stromi1

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

btw i am also doing mechanical engineering XD not kidding

this info is creeping me out

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Stromi1
Stromi1

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

weird that i need to play halo now and i don't have a mouse pad XD man

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huttarl
huttarl

5 years ago on Introduction

Step 3.2 "Add glue to cardboard"... I guess that means the front of the cardboard?

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leatherleigh
leatherleigh

11 years ago on Introduction

I'm sure it was a lot more fun to make the mouse pad than to "just go out and buy one". That's what instuctables is all about, making things, having fun doing it and sharing it with others.

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benthekahn
benthekahn

Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

I mostly made it because I needed to play Halo and my parents wont take me into town just to buy a mouse pad.

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leather
leather

Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

its a neat idea i am actually going to use part of your idea and make a new cover for my current mouse pad and use spray adhesive to adhere the cloth to the pad, thanks for the idea

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Mr. Rig It
Mr. Rig It

12 years ago on Introduction

Very interesting idea. I have never heard of this before. Out of the box thinking, or would this be considered using the box thinking? Either way cool idea.