How to make a D.I.Y. mouse pad

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Kids of all ages will have fun making and decorating this colourful D.I.Y. mouse pad for Dad. 

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut the adhesive
2 Stick down the adhesive
3 Trim the excess velvet
4 Paint your letters
5 Glue your letters
6 Time to decorate
7 Paint the varnish
  • Step 1. Cut the adhesive

    Put the wooden placemat down on the velvet adhesive and get an adult to help you cut out enough to cover the pad.
  • Step 2. Stick down the adhesive

    Peel back a small section of the adhesive and attach the sticky side to your placemat. Slowly peel back the adhesive as you lower the mat on top.
  • Step 3. Trim the excess velvet

    Smooth over any lumps in the adhesive then ask a grown-up to trim the excess adhesive from around the edges.
  • Step 4. Paint your letters

    To make a special message for Dad, colour the craft letters using the craft paint. Make sure you lay out some newspaper before painting.
  • Step 5. Glue your letters

    Once your letters are dry, paint some craft glue on the back and stick them down to spell out your special message.
  • Step 6. Time to decorate

    Now it’s time to decorate! You can be as creative as you like to make it extra special for Dad.
  • Step 7. Paint the varnish

    Once the paint is dry, you can cover it with the varnish. Make sure you give it a few coats for a nice glossy look.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint Test.
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