Saturday, January 22, 2011
Custom desk/office supplies - Extremely easy and cheap gift idea
I won't give you step by step photo instructions because it is super easy...plus I didn't take pictures while I was making them :).
If you are using a light fabric and dark holder, you can do a quick coat of white spray paint to prevent the dark from showing through.
I placed the holder on the fabric and lightly traced with pencil the shape of the holder. I rolled the holder along the fabric to get the shape of the entire thing. I then cut the fabric approximately 1/2 an inch bigger then the pencil line. Be sure the seam or overlap of fabric is to the BACK of the holder.
Paint the entire outside of the holder with ModgePodge and stick the fabric to it. Use more ModgePodge to seal the seam/overlap. I then painted approximately 1/2 into the holder and folded the fabric over. Do the same for the bottom. Once everything is 'stuck down', put a layer of ModgePodge over the entire thing.
If you like, cover the bottom seams with a piece of felt.
If necessary you can give this a coat of spray paint.
Roughly trace the shape of the mouse pad onto the fabric and give yourself an extra 1 inch to fold over.
Paint ModgePodge over the entire top of the mouse pad. Push down to remove all the bubbles in the fabric to make it smooth. Flip over and paint the back edge with ModgePodge and stick down.
I found it best not to give the top of the mouse pad a layer of ModgePodge. It got too slick and my mouse didn't work properly. Also, I don't recommend putting felt on the bottom of this because the mouse pad doesn't stick well enough to the surface.
Using scrap fabric, cut small strips the size of the flat part of the metal. Put a layer of ModgePodge on the clip and stick on the fabric. Can't be easier!
I will try to get a picture of everything soon.