I Can Do That – Desk Mat

This new blog series will share crafting and DIY projects I’ve been inspired to try on my own – the good, the bad and the ugly.

For the first project in the series, I started off EASY. I love to craft and try DIY projects, but what I really love is easy. Too intricate and I shy away. More than a few steps? No, thanks, I’m good. However, as of late, I’ve been motivated to try and do some things to challenge myself. Some upcoming projects featured in this series will be things I never thought I’d attempt.

But, first things first. This easy, adorable and useful project – taking a simple clear, plastic desk mat and making it my own!

The hardest part of this project was the trip to IKEA to get the actual desk mat. The closest IKEA to where I live is almost two hours away. I could have ordered it online, but what’s the fun of that?

IKEA desk mat

Click Here to get this sweet deal for yourself. This desk pad is sturdy and translucent and for only $4.99 it is a steal for this project.

I took a gorgeous floral gift bag that I’d been holding on to for years and cut it to the size of the desk mat. I’ve seen people primarly use wrapping paper for this project, but you can use just about anything!

I took some double sided tape and attached the foral paper to the bottom side of the desk mat. The desk mat is translucent enough to see the paper but you can not see the tape.

And that’s literally ALL IT TAKES!

Finished product

I still need to trim up some of the corners, but I think it looks super adorable in this space. It also saves my beat up, much loved, wooden desk from any other cuts, scraps or damage.

Be on the lookout for more in this blog series! Some projects will be just as easy peasy as the beauty, but others will take a smidge more effort.


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