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How to decorate your plug and light switch plates

If you love to decorate and paint your rooms in your home, then this is the perfect project for you.  Hardly anyone thinks about decorating the light switch covers or the plug covers to match the rest of the room or to add a little “this is my room”.

This project is so easy and cost effective, and will give your rooms that extra piece of character that it has never had before and don’t forget, with the holidays coming up, you can get the kids making the perfect home-made Christmas gifts. Just be sure to take a peek at their switches before you go about buying spares.

What you will need

Light switch plate / Plug plate
Mod Podge
Paint Brush
stanley knife or similar
Scrapbook paper
Hole punch

home-made-covers

Instructions

This is just one idea for you, use glitter/stars/sports stars or whatever grabs your fancy!

Having turned your scrap paper upside down, place the switch/plug plate on top of the paper.  Trace the outside and the inside edges of the switch/plug plate.

Next cut only half of the outside traced line (to account for the sides of the switch/plug plate).  Do not cut out the centre yet, that comes a little later.  Cut a diagonal slit at each of the outside corners (to be-able to fold easier).

Paint a layer of Mod Podge to the front of the switch/plug plate (use a paint brush or a sponge).

Next apply a layer of Mod Podge to the back of the scrapbook paper.

Press the paper to the switch/plug plate.  Any excess paper you can simply fold over the plate’s edges.

Turning the switch/plug plate face down cut out the centre with the x-acto knife.

Paint a layer of the Mod Podge over the whole switch/plug plate (this is to seal the edges and to give a crisp look).

When the glue has dried you can install your newly decorative switch/plug plate back onto your wall.

If you want the screws to look the same keep reading

Using the punch, punch holes into the scrapbook paper.

Cover the head of the screw with Mod Podge and stick the punched paper to the screw

Now your switch/plug plate is complete and ready to use.

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