DIY Cover Switchplates Easily and Inexpensively
Three Toggle Switch Plate
" 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 )
All dressed up....
Make simple greeting cards.
Decorate clay pots
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.
Possible ways to fransform switchplates
Make a design with glue or by laying an object on switchplate, dust with glitter
Use two ply napkins, separate, paint switchplate with glue. lay napkin on, brush glue over and allow to dry.
Choose fabric, cut to fit and glue
Choose paper, cut to fit and glue
You may wish to paint the switchplate first; arrange small buttons in a pleasing desgin, glue
Select small, perfect shells, arrange as desired, glue.
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
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....
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...
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.....
Hanging out in the craft room....
Looking sweet in the breakfast nook....
In a powder room ...some of us call it the BATH ....
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
Fold paper up and press down to cause it to adhere to the switchplatepl
Follow the same procedures
Ready to hang
These cover easily too...
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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