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How to Cover Your Light Switch Covers

These days whenever I need to do any cutting in a project I ask myself “how can I do this on the Silhouette.” So when Stefanie came to me with the idea to cover light switch and outlet plates covers with scrapbook paper, I thought it would be a great job to do on the Silhouette. I thought that I would measure one of the plate covers then draw it out in Silhouette Studio, but it was not that simple. I used a little measuring tape to make the measurements and tried to be as accurate as I could.

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How to cover light switch covers with scrapbook paper

Step 1 – Cut out scrapbook paper to fit on the switch cover

Step 2 – Glue the scrapbook paper onto the switch cover

Step 3 – Apply a layer of glue to the front side of the paper

Step 4 – Install ‘new’ switch cover on the wall

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Step 1

Cutting Round 1

Outlet Plate Cover: I drew the outline for the outlet plate cover and all the shapes for the holes. I basically spaced them out according to my measurements and hit the [CUT] button. All the holes were the right size but they were too close together. The actual plate cover had rounded edges, which I didn’t account for, so the paper didn’t cover the entire cover.

Double Light Switch Plate Cover: I did the same thing for the double light switch plate cover that I did for the outlet one, I drew all the shapes and then put them where they were suppose to go. Once again the paper didn’t cover the cover and the holes weren’t even close to being right.

Back to the drawing board – literally.

Cutting Round 2

Outlet Plate Cover: I center the paper from the first attempt on the center of the plate cover and started adjusting everything from the center out. This time I had a little more confidence when I clicked the [CUT] button. SUCCESS, the paper fit perfectly on the plate cover.

Double Light Switch Plate Cover: Since I was so off in my measurements of the all the holes in the light switch cover I decided to make take the easy way and just cut out the big square without any holes; then I would cut out the holes with an exacto knife once it was one the plate cover.

Step 2

We glued the paper to the plate cover with modpodge, trying to use a thin layer of glue so the paper didn’t get too wet and start to bubble. It also helped to put the cover face down on some wax paper so the weight of the cover would help keep the paper flat.

Step 3

Once the modpodge is completely dry we added a layer of modpodge on top of the paper to seal it and protect it from little finger. Remembering again to apply a thin layer at first to prevent bubbling. If the paper does start to bubble you can put it face down on wax paper.

Step 4

After drying over night the outlet covers are ready to be put back on the wall. Before the light switch covers can go on the wall you will need to cut out the holes. For the the screw holes I made two cuts that made an ‘X’ so I could just push the screw through. For the light switch hole I cut out the rectangle shape from the back using the cover as a guide. then it was ready to go on the wall.

Here are the results

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Here is the download for the cut files I used.

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Comments

  1. CHRISTINA MARIE says:

    omg!! so pretty! i’ll be doing this. thank you for the post.

  2. Love these covers. Very pretty

  3. Chrystal Thurston says:

    Brilliant idea, I’m going to the craft store now! LOVE IT!

  4. Julie Marie Beane says:

    Cheap way to redecorate

  5. I did this a few years ago and they are still holding up!

  6. wendi watson says:

    ok this is one of the coolest ideas ever! i am doing this before the springtime

  7. Priscilla S. says:

    This is a cute little idea. I especially love it for kids rooms.

  8. Wow, what an easy way to add a personal touch without spending a fortune.

  9. Nickie Busco says:

    I absolutely love this idea!!! Im always looking in stores for new switch covers but mine will b sooo much better and cuter!!!!

  10. I love this idea!! I cannot wait to try this, thank you for sharing this awesome craft idea.

  11. Rebecca Carter says:

    Interesting idea for themed kids rooms!

  12. Farrah King says:

    Who would have ever thought scrapbook paper??? I thought you were gonna show fabric!! Great idea!

  13. Betty Baez says:

    I love this!!! Oh i am definitely going to be decorating every switch now!

  14. Stacy Harrington Calhoun says:

    this is so cute, i love this. I hate boring covers, now I can match them to the rooms design. Thank you so much

  15. Very nice outcome, I especially like the chevron light plate. My daughter is redecorating her room in the chevron pattern, this would be a quick and easy project that would make a nice difference in her room.

  16. What a cute way to personalize a room. Especially, a kids room.

    Thanks for sharing, it looks easy, and I’m not a regular DIY’er.

    Diana C

  17. Love the choice of color. Thank you for posting!

  18. Peggy Johnson says:

    I have done this project and it is very easy and looks great

  19. Laura P. says:

    This is such a creative way to add some character to your home.

  20. Paula Morgan says:

    You did a wonderful job and they look great!!

  21. Great idea. I’ve use wallpaper from old wallpaper books for a contrast.

  22. Great way to customize and the kids can choose whatever they like.

  23. sandy weinstein says:

    very nice, much less expensive than buying the decorative ones in the stores…very good instructions

  24. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    These are fabulous! Wow—the sky’s the limit for any decor/color/style.

  25. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    This looks fun to dress up your rooms with a little fun….. love the idea !

  26. THIS IS VERY BRILLANT IDEAL–LOVE IT

  27. So easy and inexpensive! Love it!
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  28. So easy and inexpensive! Love it!
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  29. Great idea going to do this.

  30. Great idea going to do this.

  31. You made some pretty choices. This would be fun to play around with.

  32. Marcy Strahan says:

    I Never thought about doing this! Thanks for the “How to!’ I know that place like Walmart sell ones already decorated for liek $10 a piece. This is so nice that I could make my own!

  33. Lily Kwan says:

    This Light Switch Cover project looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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