ThursDIY | Mouse Pad

Coming at cha with a new DIY! This one is quick and easy and it really adds some personality and style to your office space and computer desk! Since I’ve purchased my dream computer, I’ve just stacked my notebooks to serve as a makeshift mouse pad. I just felt that it wasn’t doing my desk justice what with the beautiful new equipment it was sporting. So, I dove head first into my craft supplies and came back up with little breath left and some cork and scrapbook paper in hand!

The things you will need are:

 

  • cork sheet
  • scrapbook paper of your choice
  • scissors
  • I used a bowl to trace the shape and size I wanted
  • paper craft glue
  • paint brush to apply the glue

 

Step One
Cut your cork sheet into the shape you want your mouse pad to be! I traced a bowl but you can obviously use whatever you want, or just eyeball it if you a gangsta.

 

Step Two
Now trace your cut out cork sheet onto the BACK of the scrapbook paper (just so you cannot see any pen markings on the nice designed side of the paper). If your scrapbook paper has intricate designs, be sure to plan out what part of the image you want to be displayed on your mouse pad before you cut! I forgot to pay attention to that, but luckily it worked out nicely.

 

Step Three
Paint some paper craft glue onto the cork sheet. Make sure you really get the edges of the cork so the paper doesn’t lift over time and usage. Careful not to use too much glue, it can cause your paper to get a little damp and create ripples.

Step Four
Gently lay down your scrapbook paper on top of the glue and press firmly down. The cork sheet is a little thin, so I laid some heavy books on top of the mouse pad to keep it from bowing up. Let the glue dry for several hours before running your mouse all over it!

That’s all there is to it! I think it looks absolutely perfect on my desk with my floral notepad and screensaver, of course! I’m so excited to implement this DIY mouse pad to decorate my desk for all the seasons and holidays throughout the year! It is just one more detail to add to the whole look of your home office (or Hobby Room as I call mine).

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xoxo,
blushing bride.

 

DIY | Woodsy Candle Holder

18472732_10155353482751204_856757167_oI just wanted to share with you a quick little DIY I’ve done in effort to spruce up my main bathroom! I usually use the ensuite bathroom in my room, and Kyle tends to gravitate towards the main bathroom in the hall. Because of that, I wanted to give it a subtle masculine feel, while decorating it nicely for when we have guests. I have a few ways to achieve this, and I want to show you the first thing I’ve done. I won’t be revealing photos of the bathroom until I have completed the entire decor! So stay tuned for more quick and easy DIYs that I will be doing for the bathroom.

I wanted to do something nice with the beautifully scented Bath & Body Works candle I have had in the bathroom for a while now. The scent is Mahogany Teakwood and its the perfect masculine scent in my opinion. The notes are as follows: Rich Mahogany, Black Teakwood, Dark Oak, Frosted Lavender. So its great for a woodsy themed room! In keeping with that theme, here is what I decided to do to decorate the plain glass candle holder.

The things you will need are:

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  • candle of your choice with a glass holder
  • hot glue gun
  • E6000 glue (optional)
  • candle stick holder (found at dollar tree; also optional)
  • twigs
  • pliers or some sort of cutting tool to trim twigs)

18472544_10155353486551204_80779472_oIts as easy as this! I collected some twigs and broken branches from outside, and trimmed them to size to properly fit the candle holder. Once they were trimmed, I began gluing them onto the glass holder. I used a hot glue gun because it dries quickly, so I didn’t have to worry about twigs slipping and sliding on wet glue as I tried to work my way around the holder.

You just continue gluing the twigs in place until you’ve completely covered the candle holder. An option you can do is to glue (with E6000 glue) a candle stick holder onto the bottom of the glass holder to give it a more fancy appearance and to have it stand a lot taller. I was considering doing that but have since changed my mind. I wanted to show you that you can add any element you want to your DIY project. Another option is to tie a piece of twine around the candle and tie it in a bow for a finishing touch. Ultimately you can do whatever you please to make it your own!

18471947_10155353482481204_1486544911_oI loved how this turned out and I can’t wait to see how it ties into the theme of the¬†bathroom. I have some other DIYs in mind with the woodsy, masculine theme so stay tuned for those. If you have any ideas for projects I can make, leave them in the comment section below.

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xoxo,
blushing bride.