DIY Typographic Mouse Pad

DIY Custom Mouse Pad | Frock Files

It’s such an honor to be participating in this back-to-school DIY series with some of my favorite bloggers! Since kids are doing so much work on computers these days, I opted for a tech-friendly DIY with a customizable mouse pad.

When James saw the plain white mouse pad sitting on our kitchen table, his reaction was, “Woah, old school!” But even though I use a cordless mouse that works on any surface, I’ve found that my desk (both at work and at home) are getting terribly scratched up. After lots of searching without finding one that felt quite right, I finally decided that the only option was to make one of my own.

You’ll Need:
  • 1 Single Blank White Mouse Pad (for some reason this listing has a heart shaped, patterned mouse pad where the white one should appear. I took a leap of faith and ordered anyway. Lo and behold, a white one showed up.)
  • 1 sheet heat transfer paper
  • Iron
  • Computer/Printer
Instructions

DIY Custom Mouse Pad | Frock Files

1. Create a design of your own or use the one that I’ve created here. In a design program, flip the image so that it’s the mirror image of what you want to appear on your mouse pad. Print it out on the heat transfer paper.

DIY Custom Mouse Pad | Frock Files

2. Lay your design on your mouse pad to ensure that it ends up where you want it.

DIY Custom Mouse Pad | Frock Files

3. Pre-heat your iron on high (no steam) for five minutes. Lay your mouse pad face up on a table or ironing board. Put your design face down on the mouse pad. (Some heat transfer sheets require you to lay a pillow case over the mouse pad/design.) Apply pressure as you move the iron slowly over the transfer sheet/pillow case. Use the instructions that came with the heat transfer paper for guidance on timing.

DIY Custom Mouse Pad | Frock Files

4. Allow everything to cool for at least 10 minutes. Trim the edges of the transfer paper. Slowly peel the backing off.

Your mouse pad is ready to use! I’m pretty sure I can already hear my desk thanking me for ending the mouse-scratching abuse.

Don’t miss all the other awesome back-to-school DIY posts this week, including MJ’s reusable lunchbox note board, which also goes live today! Here’s a complete listing for you:

Tan of Squirrelly Minds – Printable math game
Rachel of The Crafted Life – Color blocked pencils
Lidy of Hello Lidy – DIY sequin planter
Sara of Confetti Sunshine – Printable back-to-school poster
Lyndsay of Coco Cake LandApple pie donuts + apple toppers
MJ of Pars Caeli – DIY reusable lunchbox note board

Back to School Series

P.S. A special hello to Mrs. Oshiro, my second grade teacher, who I just learned is a Frock Files reader! Mrs. Oshiro, you taught me so much about kindness and creativity, and I am so thankful that you helped to shape my life.

Feather Lei DIY

Hawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock Files

With graduations and celebrations galore this summer, I thought that it might be time to share another lei DIY! It’s tradition for graduates to receive dozens of leis after graduation ceremonies, often piled so high that you can’t tell one graduate from another.

I absolutely love fresh flower leis, but I’m always a little heartbroken when they die. That’s why I love this everlasting one, which is a clever take on the feather leis worn by the royals when Hawaii was a monarchy.

Hawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock Files

Materials

1 spool eyelash yarn
1 McDonald’s straw (they’re fatter than normal straws – paper straws also work)
1 bamboo skewer
Washi tape
42″ grossgrain ribbon (1/4″)
Scissors
2 wooden beads

Instructions

Hawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock Files

1. Attach the ribbon to the bamboo skewer and thread it through one of the wooden beads. Leave 3″ of room from the end of the ribbon to the bead, and knot the ribbon so the bead stays in place. This will be the end of your lei.

Hawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock Files

Hawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock FilesHawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock Files

2. Cut a slit at one end of the straw. Attach the other end of the ribbon to the bamboo skewer using washi tape, then thread the ribbon through the straw. Wedge the ribbon into the slit you created in the straw, then secure it with tape.

Hawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock FilesHawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock FilesHawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock Files

3. Take the end of the eyelash yarn and tie a knot around the straw. Begin winding the yarn around the straw, pushing down when you get to the top so that it bunches up at the bottom. Once it begins taking up too much space on your straw, push it down onto the ribbon. Continue winding and bunching until you reach the end of the spool of yarn.

Hawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock Files

4. Tie a knot around the straw with the final end of yarn. Push it onto the ribbon and remove the straw. Attach the other wooden bead as you did the first one, leaving only 3″ at the end so that both sides are even. Gently spread the yarn out so that it evenly covers the length of the ribbon.

Hawaiian "Feather" Lei // Frock Files

5. Knot the two ends together and present it to your loved one with a hug and a kiss!

P.S. More DIY projects right this way!

DIY Berry Carton Wreath

I’ve been looking on with envy as friends on the West Coast have posted pictures of their flowers in bloom. Since I just can’t wait for the trees to begin budding here, I thought I’d conjure some springtime inspiration of my own.

This little piece of door/wall decor has already brightened up our home! Even though it’s still freezing here, the pop of color on my walls is a good reminder that spring will be here in just a matter of weeks.

Berry Box Wreath // Frock Files

Supplies:

1 berry carton
1 branch silk flowers (ranunculus)
18″ string or yarn (Chinese knotting cord)
Hot glue gun

Instructions:

Berry Box Wreath // Frock Files

1. Cut the flowers off of their stems, leaving about a half-inch of stem.

Berry Box Wreath // Frock Files

Berry Box Wreath // Frock Files

2. Poke a flower through one in the berry carton, starting with the middle. From the backside of the berry carton, create a foundation of hot glue around the base of the flower to hold the stem in place. Allow the flower to dry before moving on to the next one. Arrange as many flowers and leaves as you please!

Berry Box Wreath // Frock Files

3. Knot your string on one corner of the berry carton, leaving plenty of string to create another knot on the opposite corner. Hang up your little wreath and wait for spring!

DIY Light My Fire Valentine

Light My Fire 5 Minute Valentine's Day DIY // Frock Files

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a DIY project here, but they’re making a comeback as of today! This is a five minute project that will probably get a laugh from your love. If it doesn’t, your partner may have lost their sense of humor and you’ll have to help them find it.

How To Make a Light My Fire Valentine // 5 Minute DIY from Frock Files

Supplies
  • Scissors
  • Jewelry sized box
  • Cardstock
  • Pen
  • Tape/glue
  • Birthday candle
  • Washi tape
  • Lighter

How To Make a Light My Fire Valentine // 5 Minute DIY from Frock Files

1. Trim the card stock so that it just fits over the lid.

How To Make a Light My Fire Valentine // 5 Minute DIY from Frock Files

2. Write this note, or something similar that alludes to fire. “Burning for you,” “You make me hot” and other equally ridiculous and cheesy things are perfectly acceptable here.

How To Make a Light My Fire Valentine // 5 Minute DIY from Frock Files

3. Tape (or glue) the card stock to the box, then use your washi tape to attach the candle to the card stock.

How To Make a Light My Fire Valentine // 5 Minute DIY from Frock Files

4. Wrap the lighter with washi tape. To cover this blue lighter, I wrapped two layers of washi tape, trimmed, and then worked my way down.

How To Make a Light My Fire Valentine // 5 Minute DIY from Frock Files

5. Present your handmade Valentine to your sweetie. Pretend it took you ages to think of and execute.

Glitter Necklace DIY

Glitter Necklace DIY

Since it gets dark so early these days, I thought it would be fun to add a little bit of sparkle to my wardrobe! This glitter necklace is just about as easy as it gets, and the possibilities are endless. This is a basic tutorial that you can easily add your own flair to. With extra beads, knotting, a substitution of ribbon instead of cotton cord — the list goes on. Here’s how to pull it off:

You’ll Need

Approx 18″ to 24″ cotton cord
3 wooden beads (unfinished)
Mod Podge
Gold paint
Glitter
Paintbrush
Wooden skewers
Jar

Instructions:

Glitter Necklace DIY

Glitter Necklace DIY

1. Paint the wooden beads gold. Place each on a skewer, paintbrush, or other thin object and rest on the lip of a container to dry.

Glitter Necklace DIY

2. Brush an even layer of Mod Podge on each bead and immediately roll in glitter. Again, place each on a skewer and rest on a container to dry.

Glitter Necklace DIY

3. Brush another layer of Mod Podge over the glittered layer. Dry, then repeat.

Glitter Necklace DIY

4. String the beads onto the cord, along with any other embellishments you might have on hand.

Glitter Necklace DIY

5. To make the necklace adjustable, take the right side and knot it around the left side as shown in the photo. Repeat in opposite to the left side. You could also add a clasp or simply knot the necklace if you choose to.

5. Wrap it up and give it to someone dazzling!

Glitter Necklace DIY

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