Mouse Pad

This is about an easy to make mouse pad to make in a minute or two. It's glides very well, and also tracks very well.

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Step 1: Materials


-Packaging Tape
-White piece of paper
-Wax paper

Step 2: Cut the Wax Paper to Size

Put down your piece of paper, and lay a strip of wax paper on top of it, and cut the wax paper to size. The wax paper should extend slightly beyond the paper.

Step 3: Tape It All Down

Find the area that you're going to put your mousepad at. Wipe it down well, as any little things under the mousepad will make the pad eventually rip.

Now once the wax paper is sized correctly, pull it tight across the top of the paper, and tape down each side of the wax paper. If there are any wrinkles or loose parts, it will start to rip after a bit of use.

If you mess up, simply lift up the tape carefully, as the wax paper will not rip when the tape is removed.

Step 4: Enjoy Your New Mousepad!

Ending notes

I've found that this mouse pad works pretty well. So enjoy.

If you want a mouse pad bigger than one sheet of paper (I didn't because my mouse is super-sensitive, even when the sensitivity is turned all the way down), simply lay down another sheet of paper (don't overlap it, as that will make an uneven surface that will eventually rip), and lay some wax paper down over it.

After a lot of use, this pad may need replacing, as it is just wax paper on the surface. But it obviously won't take too long to make again.

Also, I got the idea of using wax paper as a mouse pad surface from here.

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    20 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Would this work with grease proof paper or something like that?


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I went to home depot and spent 46 cents on a 12 inch by 12 inch piece of industrial flooring, it has a flat texture, I used double sided duct tape to hold it to my desktop, it works perfect


    11 years ago on Step 4

    This isn't a bad idea, I might give it a try. You could also recommend fabric; some fibers are great for mouse pads.

    2 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Step 4

    Hmm. That's true. I hadn't thought about it before. I'll research it some time.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Its true, I stopped using mouse pads a long time ago. I use a little nightstand that has a cushion on top. Work better than any mouse pad I've ever used.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I found that a piece of cardboard works much better. Thanks for the great tutorial!


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I would just print out a design on the piece of paper. Or were you saying post some pictures of that?


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Why do you need a mouse pad for an optical mouse? The only thing I've come up with to confuse one is a mirror.

    3 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    They don't track as well on some surfaces, such as my polished wood desk. It's slightly reflective, doesn't let the mouse slide well, and has already started damaging my mouse's sliding pads (after 3 weeks use).
    It's isn't necessary, but I find it a nice thing to have, it helps the mouse track well, and it makes the mouse last longer.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Actually a smart idea. I was going to say just put a piece of paper, and tape the paper down, but the wax paper, genius! Awesome Instructable!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    i have exactly the same mouse, except... no wire. lmao, nice instructable, quite detailed. im happy to see im not the only one that makes his own mousepads. -gamer

    3 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, I prefer wired so I don't have to bother with the batteries running out when I'm in the middle of something. How do you make your mouse pads?


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    i dont really consider it making, but.... i go to the dollar store and i buy a 6-pack of craft foam (1$). then i open it and i cut the foam to size.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Oh nice!!! My glides are wearin' out on my timber desk. Your just saved me $30 on another mouse... excellent work my friend... :)