How to Make Your Own Gaming Mouse Pad

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How to Make Your Own Gaming Mouse Pad
Playing without a mouse pad can reduce your precision. (mouse and keyboard image by PinkShot from Fotolia.com)

A gaming mouse pad protects your expensive gaming mouse, improves its mouse's movement and helps you get the highest scores possible. Without a mouse pad,a mouse will eventually fill with gunk and get scratched up; it will not glide as smoothly as it first did. Making your own gaming mouse pad is an inexpensive way to have the smoothest mouse ride available.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Graphics or photo
  • Ink-jet printer
  • Iron-on transfer paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Foam sheet, 9-inch by 12-inch, 6mm thick
  • Non-slip liner
  • Spray adhesive
  • Iron
  • Pillowcase

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut the foam sheet to the desired shape and size. Cut the nonslip liner to fit the foam sheet. Spray the back of the foam sheet with spray adhesive and attach the non-slip liner to it.

  2. 2

    Import the graphic into a graphic editing program, and add text or graphical elements as desired. Rotate, mirror or flip the image as needed.

  3. 3

    Write a small "X" in a corner of a sheet of plain printer paper; place it in the printer tray with the "X" facing up. This will help later in loading the transfer paper. Print the graphic.

  4. 4

    Load a sheet of transfer paper into the printer. Be sure to place it so that the design will print on the correct side of the paper. Most transfer paper has a faint pattern printed on the "wrong" (non-printing) side.

  5. 5

    Choose "Best Quality" or "High Resolution" in your printer's options and set the paper type to "iron-on transfer paper" or "coated paper." Print the design on the transfer paper. Let the paper dry completely.

  6. 6

    Trace around the foam gaming pad on the backside of the transfer paper. The paper should extend about 1/4 inch beyond the edges of the foam gaming pad to allow for slippage during the transfer process. Trim the paper with scissors.

  7. 7

    Preheat the iron to the "cotton" setting, without steam. Let it get hot. If the iron is not hot enough, the transfer may fail.

  8. 8

    Iron a pillowcase to eliminate wrinkles. Place the pillowcase on a hard, flat surface (not a padded ironing board) to provide protection from burning. Place the foam gaming pad in the middle of the pillowcase with the printed transfer facedown on the fabric side of the pad.

  9. 9

    Iron on the transfer in a circular motion. Slowly pass the iron across the paper, taking about 20 seconds for each pass. Press down firmly, applying constant, steady pressure for the amount of time recommended on the transfer paper package. Let the paper cool completely.

  10. 10

    Grasp a corner of the transfer paper and peel it away from the foam gaming pad. Trim the foam if necessary.

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