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How to Reuse Old Mouse Pad?

Updated on June 20, 2011

What Can You Do with Old Mouse Pads? Plenty!

On this page you'll find some cool ideas how to reuse old mouse pads but also links to many online sources with instructions and tutorials how to make your own homemade mouse pad.

All mouse pad images on this page are from Willowdesign store. By clicking on the link you can take a look at other designs and pick the one you like for yourself or for a gift. Of course, if you're ready to part with your old mouse pad!

And here are some ideas how to prolong the life of an old pad by giving it a second life, an alternative purpose!

Pad under Table Legs

Simple way to reuse an old mouse pad

When you get a new mouse pad for your computer, don't throw out the old one. Use it to make pads for table legs and chairs to prevent them from scratching wood and other hard-surface floors. Just cut the foam and cloth pad into small pieces and superglue each piece to the bottom of a leg.

Make Knee Pads for Garden

Just carry your old mouse pad with you to the garden!

Old computer mouse pads are just the right size to cushion your knees when you're working in the garden. Kneel on them loose as is or attach them directly to your pant legs with duct tape.

Pad under Houseplants

Mouse pad will also help if you spill water!

Keep potted plant containers from scratching or damaging your hard floors. Just set the pot atop an old mouse pad and your floor will remain scratch-free. Use four pads for large pots.

Hot Pad for Table

No need to buy hot pad if you have old mousepad!

Protect your table from hot casseroles, coffeepots, and serving dishes. Use old PC mouse pads as hot pads. The cloth-topped foam mouse pad is the perfect size to hold most hot containers you bring to the table.

Decorate Bathroom Scales

Use mouse pad to match your scale with bathroom design!

Use you old mouse pad for bath scales. First paint scales with enamel paint to match the bathroom. Then take old mouse pad, cut it in two, and then round the corners where you cut them. Glue the cut pieces where your feet go on the scales, and decoupage a nice napkin that matches your d├ęcor in the bathroom and put on a sealer.

Use as Stamp

Kids can find use for old mouse pads as well!

Using cookie cutters, trace onto a mouse pad. Cut the shape out and then dip into paint. Use to decorate your child's room or give to kids and let them dab onto paper.

Use as Cushions

Mouse pads will last longer that common cushions!

Stack one or a few together and use 'em as a cushion on a wood benches or under seat cushion pads on dining chairs to stop them sliding about.

  • Cut small circles and use as "stoppers" for cabinet doors.
  • Cut small circles and use as appliance "feet."
  • Use as a place mat.
  • Cut, layer and use as a wrist support for the computer keyboard.
  • Cut into strips and place under heavy items so they don't scratch the counter or desk.
  • Use as a cushion between wood and clamps when woodworking.
  • Use as shelf protectors for your kitchen cupboards.
  • To stop the tins scratching the shelves or to stop sauces and vinegar etc from making a mess/ stain of the shelves.
  • Sit computers on them to reduce the noice from fan and disk vibration.
  • You could cut them up and use them as drink coasters.
  • If they are thin you could cut them into little squares for 3d pictures.
  • If you keep fish you can put old mouse pad under the tank to support the glass/plastic.
  • Computer mouse pads can be used in the craft room as a base for making precise cuts.

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      7 years ago

      Make a great archery target.

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      8 years ago

      I have a new idea to add to your list. I am about to cut up some old mousepads to use for insoles in my shoes... They are much thicker, softer and stronger than the expensive thin foam insoles you can buy (some are $8 a pair!!!), and will cushion my poor old feet.

      Because they are so thick, this works only for the shoes that are a bit large for you, or garden boots and so on... but I think they will work well!

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      Karen Kay 

      9 years ago from Jackson, MS

      Excellent ideas all! Very clever lens!

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      9 years ago

      Children's character backpacks seem to be made to self-destruct so you'll have to replace them. I'm hoping to attach a character mousepad to a sturdy backpack for next fall, but I'm not sure how to do it. Not sure if I can sew through it or whether I should use glue, but I'm pretty determined to find a way to make it work.

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      9 years ago from East Central Florida

      Love the bathroom scales idea...

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      Anthony Godinho 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very creative ideas here on reusing old mouse pads. I'm sure I've got at least a couple old one that I can try these ideas on. Happy New Year! **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      9 years ago

      Wow! You gave me the perfect idea for using my old mouse pads, I have two used: Hot Pad for Table. Thanks. You are creative.

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      10 years ago

      id never have thought of these ideas! thanks for posting! just linked this to my lens about cool mouse pads

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      10 years ago

      Wow a ton of great ideas, thank you! I will be doing some of those. Beautiful photos on your mouse pads. Thank you.

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      10 years ago

      Great lens friend :)

      keep bringing us information..


      Erdy Yudanto

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      10 years ago

      Great info, thanks for the tips!

    • JollyvilleChick profile image


      10 years ago

      Well, since I have a hard time letting go of anything, my old mouse pads end up in a box together with other computer stuff I used to use. Some of the pads are not something I would want to display (like a place mat). But, putting them underneath potted plants sounds possible. You've given me some good ideas! 5*

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      Edit Photos 

      10 years ago from Earth

      Great recycling tips! 5*****

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      11 years ago from Australia

      What fun! Faved, 5*

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      JenOfChicago LM 

      11 years ago

      Great ideas, I will have to keep this in mind!

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      Ruth Coffee 

      11 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Wow, these mouse pads are so pretty they could be framed as art!!

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      Spook LM 

      11 years ago

      It never would have entered my mind, so am suitably impressed.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      11 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Now aren't you the clever one. I really like your ideas and also like your beautifully designed Mousepads. Great lens.

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      Leanne Chesser 

      11 years ago

      I really like this lens. It's simple. It keeps my attention. It looks good. I love how you did your mouse pads. And it's so creative. Great job.

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      tandemonimom lm 

      11 years ago

      Great ideas - most of these never would have occurred to me! 5***** and a featured lens on "Reduce, Reuse, REBAG!"

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      Dianne Loomos 

      11 years ago

      Welcome to the Money Saving Tips

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      Lauren W 

      11 years ago from Henderson, NV

      Great Ideas. I've got a few old mouse pads that I have been storing because I can't bear to throw anything away that isn't biodegradable. 5*s

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      11 years ago from Chicago area

      What a great topic! Very cool. 5*****

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      Robin S 

      11 years ago from USA

      You caught my attention with this topic! Before I clicked, I couldn't think of a single thing. Gret ideas!

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      BeccaB LM 

      11 years ago

      What a useful lens, I am always throwing away my old mouse pads. And I go through them idea why. Now, I kinda want to need a new one so I can use some of these tips on the old one ;)

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      11 years ago from Royalton

      What great ideas for using old mouse pads. I think I would use them to cut into puzzles for kids to put back together. I wonder if it's possible to cut them in the shape of letters to use for learning to read?

      I love your lenses as well.

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      gia combs-ramirez 

      11 years ago from Montana

      These are great ideas...I've had the same mouse pad for 15 years, though!

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      11 years ago

      These are really clever ideas, so easy but so smart!

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      Frankie Kangas 

      11 years ago from California

      Great ideas here. I'm so glad I read this. I have a pad that I was going to try to give away but you got me thinking, I can use it under the cat bed on top of the tv. It slides off sometimes but that will hold it in place. Thanks for getting me thinking! 5 stars, favorite and I'm a FAN! Bear hugs, Frankster aka Bearmeister aka Cat-Woman

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      11 years ago

      Entertaining, educational, and refreshing!

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      11 years ago

      I'm amazed at the suggestions here. Wonderful job!

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      11 years ago from Canada

      Love your ideas on how to use old mouse pads - well done 5*!

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      11 years ago

      Michelle, you have loads of helpful links here! Thanks for doing the legwork!

      I've lenrolled this to my three recycling/crafts lenses: Fun with Boxes, Fun with Fabric, and Fun with Cans.

      I love the idea of creating mousepads, and I created a product line at Zazzle called "Heart to Heart." I took digital images of one of my grandma's quilts, and am using them there. Here's a mousepad as an example. Mousepads that are personalized are so much more fun than buying them.

      Super lens!

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      11 years ago

      I enjoy any ideas that lead to using something in other ways before carlessly throwing them away.

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      dc64 lm 

      11 years ago

      I use my mouse pad to open tough jars. It's not an old mouse pad, it's the one I still use for my mouse, but it grips the jar so darn well!

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      Yvonne L B 

      11 years ago from Covington, LA

      Welcome to the Naturally Native Squids group. Don't forget to add your lens links to the appropriate plexos and vote for them.

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      11 years ago

      What a very useful lens of ideas! I had no idea that there were so many uses for old mousepads. Thank you; this is a very nice resource!

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      11 years ago

      This is a fun idea for re-using a mouse pad. There's just plenty of ways of what we can do with this kind of material. I suggest a mouse pad can also be use to make a mask for Halloween or in any occasion.

      5 stars for you. :)

      Take some time visiting my lens. Thanks.

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      11 years ago

      There are some great ideas here. We are so used to throwing everything away these days and it is good to think about how we can change our behaviour!

      You have been Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      12 years ago

      Lots of cool ideas!

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      12 years ago

      Awesome work, I'm lensrolling this onto my paint disposal lens!

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      12 years ago

      I like the idea of Hot Pad for Table. Thank you for sharing a great lens.

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      Kerri Bee 

      12 years ago from Upstate, NY

      We have marketing people bring us mousepads all the time with their logos. We keep them by the microwave - pot holders!

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      12 years ago

      What a great idea. I would have never throught to reuse one. My husband will love this one. He hates to throw anything away! Five stars to ya. Got a moment, stop by and visit my lenses. I have a new one out: Ladies Head Vases.


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      12 years ago

      Fantastic lens! I've got a bunch of old mouse pads! Thanks for the ideas! Lensrolled & favorited; 5*'s!

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      12 years ago

      Great tips. I'm glad I didn't throw any out yet :)

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      12 years ago

      Great ideas, I never would have thought that there's so many things you can do with a mousepad!

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      12 years ago

      This lens is full of great ideas, I hope you are submitting it to all the "green" and "environment" groups.

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      Yvonne L B 

      12 years ago from Covington, LA

      I really like it. So many good, green ideas. 5*'s and favorite.


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