DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Polka Dot Mousepad

DIY Gold Polka Dot Mousepad
DIY Gold Polka Dot Mousepad

I know what you’re thinking. And no, I’m never going to stop with the gold leaf DIYs. It’s the best thing in the world, so just get on board you guys. Okay, glad we had that talk.

Now! I found myself recently bemoaning the fact that my mousepad was old and icky and had seen waaaay better days. It still functioned, but man did it look gross. So it was retouch time. If you’ve got an old mousepad that needs a little zhush (how do you spell that?) or a mousepad that just ain’t cute, this is the DIY for you. Gather your materials:

  • old mousepad
  • enough suede (or leather, or faux leather — you get the idea) to cover the mousepad
  • scissors
  • pen
  • freezer paper
  • hole punch
  • iron
  • ModPodge
  • gold leaf
  • two craft paintbrushes
  • spray adhesive

Start by tracing your mousepad onto the backside of your suede, and cutting it out. Set that aside. Punch holes in your freezer paper and cut a small square around each hole. Place them strategically on the front side of your suede, and iron them shiny side down so that they stick.

DIY Gold Polka Dot Mousepad

Next, use a paintbrush to paint ModPodge inside of each hole. While it’s wet, apply a small patch of gold leaf. Pat the gold leaf down with a dry paintbrush.

DIY Gold Polka Dot Mousepad

Let the ModPodge dry for about 30 minutes and carefully remove the freezer paper, being careful to keep the edges of the polka dot intact. Let the glue dry overnight before you use the mousepad, and be sure to dust off all remnants of the gold leaf, to keep your mouse safe.

DIY Gold Polka Dot Mousepad

DIY Gold Polka Dot Mousepad

Finally, cover the back of the suede with spray adhesive and affix it to your old mousepad. Be sure that you match the edges well before you press firmly.

DIY Gold Polka Dot Mousepad

Woah! So much better. And now it’s like a little polka dot party every time I use my computer. Have fun! xoxo

DIY Gold Polka Dot Mousepad

DIY Gold Polka Dot Mousepad


89 comments

  1. Chloe Moon on said:

    I could totally see this in a top decor shop with a hefty price tag! Very cool and stylish!! I don’t even think I have a mouse anymore because I have a MAC now, but Ooo I might make one of these for my Mom for her birthday. She still uses a mouse! Thanks for the idea!! =)

    • chelsea on said:

      Yay, do it! It’s so quick and easy. I love the simple ones. :)

    • chelsea on said:

      So glad you like it Grace! xo

  2. Kyla on said:

    Adorable! What a way to add a little luxury to your desk ;)

  3. I love it. Such a creative way to jazz up one of the ugliest things about computing! Can’t wait to join the polka dot party myself!

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy

  4. Eileen on said:

    This is just adorable and so very chic!
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. love the idea! and for sure I will never get bored by your wonderful gold(en) posts * all the best JULIA

  6. jacki on said:

    Just curious–do you think you could get the same effect for even cheaper by using gold nail polish to paint the dots on? I wonder if it would last?

  7. Samantha on said:

    I’m sick of this DIY nonsense. I just want to buy it! hehe :D

    srsly! :)

  8. Emily on said:

    So creative! Can’t wait to try it. Thank you!

  9. Christine on said:

    I’d been eying up a super expensive one just like, I LOVE this DIY. Amazing job (and thanks for saving me $$).
    :) Christine

  10. Kris on said:

    I need to make this! Or can I buy yours, it’s perfect haha! Super cute.

  11. aiyana on said:

    i adore this, and of course you cannot get over the joy of gold leaf! i love your accessories as well!

  12. Selina on said:

    I love everything about this. The mouse pad, bracelet, watch and your pretty nails!!! ;-) Totally not related to the mouse pad but may I ask what color is your nail? I love it!

  13. jamie on said:

    this is sooo cute! and definitely looks expensive. i almost wish i had a desktop computer so i could make one! but then would i do with all the crap on my desk? i guess i’ll stick to the macbook :)

  14. Teresa on said:

    beautiful idea! wow, love it

  15. Yolanda on said:

    Love the mousepad…but can you please tell me about your watch? It’s to die for! :)

  16. Laurel on said:

    where did you get the suede for this? I have no clue where to start looking for that! thanks.

  17. Yvonne on said:

    Absolutely love this idea! So cute and easy! I so need a new mousepad! Where did you get the leather from?
    xo Yvonne

  18. Kate on said:

    I love the look of this! I want to go find these materials to make one for myself.

  19. jet on said:

    smart idea, and very lovely and a real wanted thing.
    thank you for the sharing and the greate tute;-D
    Really like it.;-D

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    you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

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  22. Jessica on said:

    I just did this project last night, but used masking tape instead of freezer paper and it worked great! Thanks for the idea!!!

    • chelsea on said:

      That’s a brilliant idea! Will have to try it that way next time.

  23. Lisa on said:

    OMG it’s so pretty! I should definitely DIY this. Very creative.

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