Level of difficulty: Easy peasy
Age range: 3+
This craft is definitely better with permanent markers, so pull out a smock or old clothes. If you only have washable markers, don’t skip the sealing step.
Safety first: If marker comes into contact with skin, wash immediately—a paste with two parts baking soda and one part coconut oil does a pretty good job. Use markers in a well-ventilated room.
The takeaway: This craft is super satisfying to make and is a very useful gift to give. Plus, kids won’t even realize they’re practising their lettering!
1 cork tile (find them at a dollar store or office supply store; they usually come 12-in x 12-in)
Craft sealer (like Mod Podge)
Map out a rough grid on the cork tile with strips of painters’ tape. This will ensure your letters are evenly spaced and eliminates the need for a ruler.
Outline your letters with a dark coloured marker. You can choose any style of lettering, but rounded letters are easy and very forgiving.
Colour in your letters and add doodles to your design.
The marker really soaks into the cork, but adding a thin coat of sealer will ensure the colours stay bright and don’t rub off. If your mouse pad has any rough bits, give it a gentle sanding. That’s it! Dad’s productivity will go up at least 10 percent.