DIY Cover Switchplates Easily and Inexpensively

Three Toggle Switch Plate

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" Three animals were having a drink in a cafe, when the owner asked for the money. “I m not paying,” said the duck. “I’ve only got one bill and I'm not breaking it.” “I’ve spent my last buck,” said the deer. “Then the duck'll have to pay,” said the skunk. “Getting here cost me my last scent.”

It is time for me to confess something right here, right now. I am beyond thrifty. You might even want to call me cheap. Ok, you can call me cheap and it will not offend me. When it comes to saving a nickel, I will find a way. I might have been the skunk in the little joke provided.

My latest project has evolved out of necessity. It is necessary for me to have switch plate covers in my new-to-me home. I have purchased them previously---the cute ones---and they are not exactly what you call cheap. Some of them actually can become quite pricey.

For that reason I have devised a way to cover them at no outlay of cash at all.

Try Decoupage If You Wish

Froggie fabric ( used in my front bathroom )

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All dressed up....

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Paper

My craft supplies include a large pad of scrapbooking paper. There are so many choices of colors and designs that I could cover every switchplate and never duplicate any of them.

Now, if you do not have that hanging around your craft room, then maybe you can call up some friends. You provide all other materials and have friends bring their switchplates and paper to share. .

You do not want to use construction paper or a stiff paper as neither will work well.

Transform switchplates

Possible ways to fransform switchplates
How to
 
 
GLITTER
Make a design with glue or by laying an object on switchplate, dust with glitter
MODGEPODGE/GLUE
Use two ply napkins, separate, paint switchplate with glue. lay napkin on, brush glue over and allow to dry.
FABRIC
Choose fabric, cut to fit and glue
PAPER
Choose paper, cut to fit and glue
BUTTONS
You may wish to paint the switchplate first; arrange small buttons in a pleasing desgin, glue
SHELLS
Select small, perfect shells, arrange as desired, glue.

Scrapbooking pad

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Supplies

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Step 1...Paper selection

Choose the paper you wish to use to cover your switchplate.

Do not use construction paper or stiff crafting paper.

  • You can use fabric. Find some fabric scraps to use.

Select a page to use: I only used a small portion ...the rest will be used later for another project

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Step 2...Make a template

  • You will want to have a template when making your very first cover. That way you can cut out the paper you wish to use and not be fearful of making a mistake and wasting your chosen design.
  • I left about an inch border all the way around. You will need it to fold under so you can attach it to the under side of the switchplate.

Your template will be important as you make your first cover

Step 3...Cutting the paper

  • Once you have measured your paper allowing extra paper for folding, carefully cut off extra edges.
  • For the toggle section, use an X-acto knife (there are crafting ones as well as the traditional ones)
  • Cut off excess paper.
  • Poke a small hole with the tip of a pencil or a pair of scissors where the screw(s) will be placed.

Ta Da all finished....the first cover not too shabby....

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Hot glue is NOT recommended.

If you wish to change the paper or fabric, it will be difficult to remove.

Step 4...Attach paper to the switchplate

  • Fold and crease paper. Glue, tape, or use other preferred adhesive to attach the paper.
  • Carefully attach the paper to the switchplate.
  • You can use glue, tape, or craft adhesives.

You may want to try decoupage...

Completed DIY

This is simple and can be completed in a short time.

If you have all of the materials you need at home, you will not need to spend any money to make them.

What I like is that they are so easy and inexpensive that when they become yesterday's news, they can easily be replaced.

Side by side...in the kitchen.....

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Hanging out in the craft room....

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Looking sweet in the breakfast nook....

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In a powder room ...some of us call it the BATH ....

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More...

The following photos are additional shots taken of switchplates that have not been shown before. I thought you might wish to see how the crafter's tape works.

If you look closely in the first photo you can see it glisten a bit on the page. Fold over the paper and press down and it adheres very nicely.

Observe crafter's tape in the foreground

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Fold paper up and press down to cause it to adhere to the switchplatepl

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Unusual switchplate

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Follow the same procedures

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Ready to hang

These cover easily too...

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If you would like to share your switch plate creations, please do so in the comment section. Thanks to Rtalloni for suggesting this idea.

© 2013 Patricia Scott

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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

It is a fun way to add a bit of glam around without breaking the bank as you mentioned. I think I will do some for Christmas this year and let my baby grandson choose some of the papers.

Thank you for visiting Peg

Hoping all is well with you....Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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PegCole17 13 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Economical way to improve the looks of a room with very little cost. I like your instructions and design ideas. The seamstress one was my favorite.


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for stopping again, Au Fait....you are so very much appreciated. Angels are once again winging their way to you ps


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so right....Au Fait what a great idea.

Thank you for visiting....I will have to give that a try.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas

Forgot to say I voted this up and beautiful. Tried to add it to my comment but this phone I'm using wouldn't let me.


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas

You could even match them to custom drapes or decorator pillows on the sofa. A great idea!


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Mary I hope you do give these a try. One nice thing about them as it is easy and inexpensive to change them. At Christmas time I changed them out for a Christmas time theme.

Thank you for visiting.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

I have painted switchplates, but never considered applying fabric...good idea! Thanks for planting the seed...


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

I'm happy I found this Hub! I just moved into a small apartment and it is so bare. These are just what I need to perk up the place.

Voted UP, etc. and will share and Pin on my crafts board.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi DDE I have just finished my new covers for Christmas. I will be having a lot of company this year so want to have everything sparkle.

Easy and inexpensive craft to perk up your home.

Angels are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi DDE I have just finished my new covers for Christmas. I will be having a lot of company this year so want to have everything sparkle.

Easy and inexpensive craft to perk up your home.

Angels are on the way ps


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

DIY Cover Switchplates Easily and Inexpensively wow an incredible idea and so well explained step by step, definitely worth trying this creative suggestion.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Rebecca Thank you for visiting and sharing and all...I am as happy with them now as I was when I made them. You know how when you first make something it is great and then later, not so much? Not so with these.

Am just beginning to make the ones for Christmas...will do only a few...just the ones in the main rooms.

Have a lovely Halloween,Thanksgiving and Christmas if i don't get back to you which I know I will.

Many Angels are on the way. ps


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Loooove these ideas to creatively cover those light switches. Shared, pinned, etc, etc, etc.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Glimmer

Wow, that is a compliment coming from you as you always have such clever ideas that you share with us.

I am working on covers for Christmas as we are having a large family party here this year.

It is a fun and easy craft not to mention inexpensive.Thanks for the pin and for visiting.

Angels are on the way today ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Glimmer

Wow, that is a compliment coming from you as you always have such clever ideas that you share with us.

I am working on covers for Christmas as we are having a large family party here this year.

It is a fun and easy craft not to mention inexpensive.Thanks for the pin and for visiting.

Angels are on the way today ps


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

Pinned - the is a great craft idea. It can really change the look of the room at barely any cost. Great step by step instructions too.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Carol

Thanks for stopping by....I have been having a yard sale with my daughter so am just seeing this.

I have many more to do and do plan to give some as gifts in the coming months. It is a great little DIY project to do with friends.

Angels are on the way ...wishing you well in all of your efforts. ps


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Great ideas here and inexpensive way to perk up the house...Up and Pinning..Did the angels inspire you?????


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Having so much fun with this. I may just open Swithcplates 'r Us business...:)

So nice to see you this morning...I hope all is well with you and yours.

Angels are on the way to you. ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Having so much fun with this. I may just open Swithcplates 'r Us business...:)

So nice to see you this morning...I hope all is well with you and yours.

Angels are on the way to you. ps


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

What creative ideas you have! I would have never thought of some of these ideas. This is a great way to dress up a boring switch plate or electrical outlet. Voting up and useful! :)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so sweet, MsDora

Maybe I should say 'economically challenged' or thrifty.

At any rate it is fun and yields great results.

I hope you have an opportunity to give these a try.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps :)


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

This is not cheap. This is super-creative! I'm going to try this one day. Thank you for sharing. Voted Up!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Comfort B

So glad to have you stop by today.

Yes, it is a great DIY to involve kids. They can decorate the switch plates for their bedrooms.

Thanks for visiting. Angels are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Comfort B

So glad to have you stop by today.

Yes, it is a great DIY to involve kids. They can decorate the switch plates for their bedrooms.

Thanks for visiting. Angels are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so right, Rtalloni..So I shall add that to the bottom of my hub!!! It is fun and easy and inexpensive....

Thanks for visiting today ps

Angels are on the way


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ComfortB 3 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

These is pretty nice switch plate project. A fun thing to do with the kids too. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

Fun stuff! This is one of those hubs that it would be neat for HP members to add a photo of their rendition of your idea to their comment. You've got me thinking… Thanks! :)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Victoria

I know you can. It is so easy and not tedious which is the kind of DIY that I most prefer.

As I have mentioned to 0thers, there are still more to do. Lots of things are happening with my new-to-me home.

Thanks for visiting.

Have a lovely evening.

Angels are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi vocalcoach

This was so much fun. It really was born out of necessity.

I am not finished as I have a ton of switchplates in this house. Each one that I do is better than the last.

Thank you for visiting today.

Angels are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi vocalcoach

This was so much fun. It really was born out of necessity.

I am not finished as I have a ton of switchplates in this house. Each one that I do is better than the last.

Thank you for visiting today.

Angels are on the way ps


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

What a terrific hub for turning plain old switchplates into a work of art! Can't wait to do this - probably later this week. Thanks so much and voted Up, UABI and pinned + sharing!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Oh, my, what a wonderful idea! I have old plastic covers that could use a cheap upgrade. I have material and buttons. Surely I can come up with something. Love this!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for visiting, rajan jolly

It is a fun craft and I am not finished yet!!!

I hope you have a lovely lovely day ps

Angels are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for visiting, rajan jolly

It is a fun craft and I am not finished yet!!!

I hope you have a lovely lovely day ps

Angels are on the way ps


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Just awesome and thanks for sharing, Patricia. Voted up.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Eddy

So nice to see you this evening...

I have had so much fun making these. I do have to go to my craft shop and buy a sheet of paper....I need froggies for my front bathroom!!!

Thanks for visiting. Angels are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Eddy

So nice to see you this evening...

I have had so much fun making these. I do have to go to my craft shop and buy a sheet of paper....I need froggies for my front bathroom!!!

Thanks for visiting. Angels are on the way ps


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A wonderful crafty hub PS and thank you for sharing.

Eddy.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Pamela

So nice to see you this evening.

It is fun and I know that I will be making more of these over the next few months as the holidays approach.

Angels are headed right back to you too my Friend. ps :)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

There are many versions of that joke including one with a giraffe...I bet you can imagine the 'highballs' part of the joke!!!

This is a money saving DIY really although I am so thrilled with the results that I am glad I was desperate. Angels are on the way to you my friend this evening ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

There are many versions of that joke including one with a giraffe...I bet you can imagine the 'highballs' part of the joke!!!

This is a money saving DIY really although I am so thrilled with the results that I am glad I was desperate. Angels are on the way to you my friend this evening ps


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Very smart idea, Patricia. You are the clever one. And I loved your punny joke about the 3 cheap animals.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

I love your covers and I think so often in decorating that is the little special things that make a difference. I never thought of doing something so clever with my light switches. Awesome hub! Sending you some angels and have a great day.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Faith

How are you this morning? I will be making more as my sister is sending me an adhesive to use---I think it is a special kind of tape just for projects like this so more pics will follow.

I am having so much fun with this!!!

Have a lovely lovely Hump \Day...

Many Angels and hugs are on the way ps


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Well you are very creative, as I already knew, and "cheap" is good and looks so unique and delightful! Very clever. You amaze me with your many talents and I am blessed that you share them with us here.

Voted up +++ and sharing

God bless and Angels on the way,

Faith Reaper


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Well then Bill I will just need to make you and Bev some and send them via cyberspace.

That sounds like a plan.

You are so funny.....

Thanks for visiting..Angels are on the way all the way to WA tonite. ps:)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Well then Bill I will just need to make you and Bev some and send them via cyberspace.

That sounds like a plan.

You are so funny.....

Thanks for visiting..Angels are on the way all the way to WA tonite. ps:)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi phdast7

It is fun and easy and not much money....that is why it works for me. Angels are on the way and thank you for visiting. ps


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

As soon as I get done laughing at the skunk joke I'll praise you for this hub.

Okay, I'm ready now. Suffice it to say I won't be doing this little craft project, but I will be cheering you on as you continue to do what you do best....teach.

Sending a hug and a load of blessings your way

bill


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Great idea. I think I will try this. :) Sharing.

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