Light switch plates – a simple, cheap way to brighten up an otherwise dull wall. I moved into my apartment 3 months ago and am taking my sweet time getting situated. Baby steps. And these covers are the perfect next step.
It’s a great way to use any magazine tears you may have. I went to Artist & Craftsmen Supply near my place and picked up a piece of hot pink and gold chevron paper. And upcycled a leopard paper bag from a gift my sister gave me.
Flash. Lights. Lights.
Covered Light Switch Plates
Light switch plate
Paper (magazine clippings, pretty paper, whatever you fancy)
Nail, tooth pick, or safety pin (to poke hole for screw)
Old magazine or Rotary Mat
Take your paper and turn face side down. Once you’ve chosen the placement for the light switch plate place the plate face down on the paper. Trace the outside plate edges onto your paper.
Using your ruler, mark a ½ inch border around the plate lines you’ve made on the paper. Trim paper at your border lines.
Flip you’re light switch plate over and apply a thin layer of Mod Podge using your sponge brush. Carefully place plate, Mod Podge side down, back onto the paper, making sure to stay with in the lines you have drawn.
Smooth down any wrinkles that may have formed. I find that paper with a bit more weight to it works best. Magazine clippings require a bit more of a gentle hand.
Flip the plate over again, so the backside is facing up. Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge around the edges of the paper border.
Take each corner and fold in. Press down with your finger to keep in place.
Fold in the four edges and press down until sealed.
Brush a very thin layer of Mod Podge over the edges to seal. Let dry for 20 minutes or until the Mod Podge has dried.
Flip the plate over and brush a thin layer of Mod Podge over the front. Make sure to get the edges as well. Let dry for 20 minutes and then repeat.
Once the Mod Podge has dried and is no longer tacky flip the plate over again.
For this next step, make sure you have a rotary mat or old magazine to work on. Or else you’ll end up with score marks all over your table.
With your utility knife score the back of the paper where the light switch opening is. An X shape works best.
Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge around the back of the light switch opening and fold the X flaps in. Seal with another layer of Mod Podge.
If you’re doing an outlet plate make scores that look like a sun – this will give you clean edges all around once you fold the paper back.
Once you’re all dry and no longer tacky poke hole(s) for the screw(s). This doesn’t need to be perfect since the screw will cover up any hole you make anyways.
I took a gold sharpie and colored the tops of my screws to give them a little sumthin’ extra.
Grab your screwdriver and put your spruced up light switch plate up. Happy switching.