Saturday, September 10, 2011

Custom Light Switch Plate

Those fancy themed switch plate covers can be expensive and it can be hard to find exactly what you want.  For the DIY-er there is an easy solution to this.  And, if you are already doing projects for a room you can use left over materials for the project!

Materials Needed:
     - Light switch plate (wood or plastic, I used the one already
     - Pencil
     - Paint (leftover from my monkey wall art)
     - Paintbrush
     - Ruler
     - Fabric or paper scraps
     - Scissors (you may want a small craft scissor for detailed
     - Mod Podge or other decoupage compound

Step 1: Draw your design outline in pencil for painting.  I chose to make vertical strips for a very simple look.  If your design is not precise then you may not need a ruler.

Step 2: Paint your design on, let it dry completely.  You may want to do several coats to get full coverage.  While this is drying you can cutout portions of fabric or paper to add to your design.

Step 3: Using the Mod Podge you can both adhere and seal your cutouts to the switch plate.  I recommend covering the entire switch plate in at least 2 coats of Mod Podge.  This will seal both your fabric or paper cutouts and the paint.  Since I used a plastic switch plate this is very important so the pain does not chip off.

Step 4: After the switch plate is completely dry you can put it up!  A cheap way to spruce up a simple thing in your room and it's guaranteed to match your decor!

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