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Topic: Stylish switchplate covers from scrapbooking paper  (Read 10251 times)
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« on: April 11, 2008 04:34:26 PM »

I was getting really bored with all the plain beige plastic outlet and switchplate covers. I looked online at the options available, and they all seemed too gaudy. I finally found my inspiration in the scrapbooking aisle. With hundreds of colors and patterns to choose from, I was able to pick exactly the designs I wanted for each room.

Make sure you select the thin paper, not the thicker cardstock style paper. Otherwise you'll have a hard time making the project look seamless.

First I cut a piece for each cover, making sure to leave a small border around each plate. Then I cut into each corner, and cut an X into the space in the middle.

Next, I spread Mod Podge decoupage paste on the white side of the paper, and set the cover face down onto the white side of the paper. Finally, I folded each "tab" over and pressed it against the plate to make for a tight fit.

As a precautionary measure, I brushed a layer of Mod Podge on the front of each plate as well. This gave a glossy finish and will protect my plates against water and stains.

I did different styles for each room, and they really add flair to my house. Besides, they cost about twenty cents each to make!
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2008 04:50:20 PM »

They look really nice. I like to give "different" presents and I think you have just given me the idea I was looking for. Thanks! Grin

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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2008 04:52:12 PM »

This is great Smiley  I've always loved the idea of customizing switch plate covers.  I'm currently working on buying my first house and I can't wait to give this a shot.  Yay for no more beige/white rental places!!

« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2008 04:56:09 PM »

Awesome! Yay for cheap but classy home decorating!
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2008 06:45:01 PM »

Cool! I did something similar, but I used free wallpaper samples i ordered from some website, and i cut them rectangular so that they had a border around them where the plate started to curve. Kinda cool. Looked like my plugs were framed and matted (ish) hehe.

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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2008 08:24:17 PM »

What a unique idea, and they look great!
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2008 12:57:26 PM »

I've been planning to do this for several months now, just never found the "inspiration" to just do it!

I think I'm off to go outfit my outlet covers in some awesome paper I got in the Spring Cleaning Supply Swap!


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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2008 09:46:05 PM »

i was planning on doing something to my light switch plate

« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2009 06:44:02 PM »

I just bought my first house, and it looks like I'll need to do this project again. I took off all the existing switchplate and outlet covers, and look what was there!

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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2009 05:06:56 PM »

Great idea! I have been looking at new switch plate covers but did not want to spend the money on them! I have tons of scrapbook paper, now all i need to do is run out and buy some Mod Podge! They will be up this weekend!
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