Has it ever happened to you that when you make a decision (that you think will be simple) and it turns out to be a major pain in the butt? Yeah. Story of my life.
Well, I thought I could just buy a desk pad. Ha! My desk is too skinny! It's only just over 15 inches from front to back and that made it impossible to find a commercial desk pad that would fit the space.
In true, Overthrow Martha fashion, I decided to make my own. You're totally surprised, right?!
While on a recent (and very important) mission to look for fabric, I noticed that Hobby Lobby sells vinyl by the foot and at that moment an idea was born. I could use the vinyl and create my own custom desk pad! It would be the EXACT size I wanted.
So, there I was, standing in the middle of Hobby Lobby, lovingly caressing this roll of vinyl, pondering my plans. In retrospect, I am pretty sure that I looked a little like Gollum caressing that ring because the lady who worked there was staring at me. My precious vinyl!!
Okay, okay, yes, I'm weird, but my mother sat on my head when she was giving birth to me. I'm pretty sure that has something to do with it.
Anyways, plain vinyl is boring and a little thin, but I remembered that I saw this great tutorial from A Little Tipsy where she uses an existing desk pad and decorates it using wrapping paper. Brilliant!
So, I'm at Hobby Lobby with my new idea floating around in my head, but I hadn't taken any measurements. I decided what the heck! I'll buy 5 ft and do one for my craft table, too. It was only $6.99/yard anyways so I might as well have some extra just in case I made a mistake.
And I did! I made 2 mistakes cutting so I'm glad I bought extra, but I still have A LOT left over-- nearly 2 feet! At least I have plenty more for whatever crafting project comes up next!
What You Need:
- Vinyl by the foot
- Wrapping paper or fabric
- Spray Adhesive
- Measuring tape
- Gridded paper (optional) and L-shaped, right angle ruler
On the paper using a straight edge or a 90 degree measuring tool, draw the shape of the custom desk/craft pad using the measurements you have decided that you want.
Cut through the vinyl and wrapping paper using the straight line as guide. This will allow you to have beautiful, straight edges with practically no fuss!
Ideally, the decorative backing should peel off when you're bored of the pattern so you can replace it with any other design. But I think that's a long shot if you used wrapping paper. It's probably a bit more feasible with fabric. Good luck to you if you try!
Just remember that vinyl is only $6.99 a yard at Hobby Lobby. It would be easy to use your original desk pad as a template to cut out a new one to redecorate.