Here's a quick and easy DIY that lends a little cosmic flair to your work space. For the record, I'm using mine right now, and it's making me really happy.
All you need is:
- scrap leather
- a hole punch or two
- some scissors
If you don't have scrap leather around, stop into a place like Global Leathers or Leather Impact in NYC - they have scrap bins where you can find small pieces for crafts like this. Black is what I had on hand, but dark navy or purple would be cool looking, too, don't you think? A thick piece of felt would work nicely, too.
Cut out the shape of the mouse pad (print the shape I used here). Because I didn't have one of these leather punches on hand, which would've made the job a cinch, I used a small-hole craft punch (1/16") for most of the holes and added a few larger ones with a standard-sized hole punch like this one. I had to wiggle and fold the leather to maneuver the punches around to the middle.
You can print out the constellation map I used here (I adapted it from this public domain map of the northern sky)...tape the paper to the leather and punch right through both layers. Or be master of your own universe and freehand any scattering of stars you like.
Because I have a light-colored desk, I left the holes clear. If your desk is too dark for the stars to show up, you could back it with a lighter colored leather or paper. Below is what it looks like with glittery gold paper behind it.
(all photos, Jamie Grill Photography)