Washi tape, a crafting material similar to masking tape, is an easy way to dress up a switch plate. Because the material is so forgiving, you can peel and restick if you need to realign a pattern. The temporary nature of this makeover is perfect for renters or those who just have commitment issues.
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- Turn On the Style: 11 DIY Switch Plate Upgrades
Turn On the Style: 11 DIY Switch Plate Upgrades
On a Roll
Touch of Gold
The average plastic switch plate costs less than a dollar, but adding some gold leaf can make it look like a million bucks. Use painter’s tape to section off a portion of the plate, and brush on a coat of gold leaf sizing (adhesive) and allow it to partially dry. Firmly press on the gold leaf foil and seal it with a thin layer of Mod Podge.
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For a stylish switch plate that is not too froofy, consider adding a piece of plaid wool fabric. Simply cut a fabric piece slightly larger than the plate, cut out a rectangle for the switch, notch out the corners to create a clean fold, and glue in place around the back. Make sure to also cut out small holes for the screws.
Glow in the Dark
May the Force Be with You
If you are handy with a paintbrush, you can have some fun painting your switch plate to camouflage with the wall behind it. This can be especially fun if you are trying to match wall treatments like tiles or stonework. If you are less artistically inclined, simply painting the entire plate the same color as your wall will do the trick.
Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book pages, or even something you printed yourself. Simply cut the paper to a size slightly larger than the plate, notch out the corners, use an X-Acto knife to cut the inner rectangle, and glue in place.
If you are not afraid of fire, this DIY switch plate could be for you. To create a steampunk-inspired design, the creator took spare gears and soldered them onto a brass switch plate with a blowtorch. Using a glue that will adhere to metal is an alternative for those less keen on welding.
This DIY uses an electronic cutting tool sold in craft stores that is able to make pieces of peel-and-stick vinyl with the help of a computer program. The fine geometric pattern design, made of shiny gold vinyl, turns a simple white switch plate into a luxe conversation piece.
One of the best things about making a DIY switch plate, is that you can really let loose and have fun with it. Because the plastic plates are so cheap and easy to replace, you can create wild designs and always replace them later. Kids can even get in on the fun by adding their own flair, such as in this design made from Lego pieces.
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