How to use iron on transfers on neoprene

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A waterproof vinyl-like material, neoprene is in a variety of household items such as mouse pads and table place mats. Decorate your neoprene items at home by using iron-on transfers to create permanent designs on their surfaces.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Inkjet printer
  • Iron-on transfer paper for inkjet printers
  • Mouse pad
  • Iron

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  1. 1

    Select a design of your liking from your private image folders or by obtaining it from an online source such as Deviant Art.

  2. 2

    Place one sheet of iron-on transfer paper into the printer carriage. Make sure the filmy side of the paper is facing downward.

  3. 3

    Print out the image.

  4. 4

    Plug in the iron and turn it to its highest setting. Let it heat up for about 10 minutes.

  5. 5

    Cut around the design you have printed out and discard the excess paper.

  6. 6

    Place the printed side of the iron-on transfer paper onto the centre of the neoprene mouse pad's surface.

  7. 7

    Place the iron flat onto the back of the paper, and press down firmly. Move the iron around in circular motions, very slowly. Do this for about a minute and then let the neoprene mouse pad cool for three minutes.

  8. 8

    Remove the paper from the surface of the mouse pad by carefully plucking up one corner of the paper, and peeling it back gently and slowly.

Tips and warnings

  • You'll want to flip the image horizontally so it will print out in reverse onto the iron-on transfer, especially if it has lettering or words in it.
  • Follow these same steps with other neoprene items in your home such as table place mats and lawn furniture.

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