Light switch covers are, let’s face it, BORING. More often than not they are a solid white or cream color and doesn’t do much aesthetically other than cover those ugly wires with something a little less ugly. Never fear though! Ladies (and gents) – get your crafty hats on because there are plenty of easy ways to spruce up those light switch covers to add a simple pop of pizazz to any room.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Mod Podge (Recipe Below)
- Decorative Paper – this can be any type of paper you want, newspaper, scrapbook paper, a page from a comic book or magazine, even fabric…whatever you want that will obviously go with the color and theme of your room.
- Light Switch cover – you can remove the ones you currently have on your wall so you can custom decorate them.
- A little roller, preferably plastic, but it has to be durable and small.
- Paint Brush – about a centimeter in width.
How to make Mod Podge:
- 8 ounces of washable white glue
- 1 15+ ounce clean and dry container with lid
- 4 ounces of water (half as much water as glue)
Simply empty the glue into the container, add the water, put the lid on, and shake well.
To make it gloss, add 2 tablespoons of water based varnish or to make it sparkle add super fine glitter.
If you want to buy the mod podge, you will have noticed fairly quickly that there are many types – this Mod Podge Formula Guide gives an awesome break down of the different formulas: . However, if you need to use a lot of mod podge then the homemade version will be cheaper and work just as great.
OKAY – now onto the fun part! So once you have removed the light switch cover, clean them off but make sure they are dry and set to the side.
Prepare your paper or other item that you want to put on the light switch cover by flattening it out. Please note that fabric must be cleaned (without fabric softener) and ironed. To protect your table or work surface – placing wax paper underneath will help. Cut the item you are using down to a size that is slightly bigger than the light switch cover by about one or two centimeters.
If your paper has the design you want only on one side, brush the paper with the mod podge solution with the design face down. Brush on the mod podge generously but not too much. There should be a decent layer of mod podge over the paper.
Place the paper on the light switch cover – your design will now be on top and I cannot stress enough: smooth, smooth, smooth, smooth and smooth some more. This is where the roller or a flat edged object may come in handy to get rid of any bubbles. Roll and press and roll and press ‘til you can’t roll and press anymore. Be careful not to scratch the paper which may result in tears or weird lines. Then let it dry.
Once it has dried completely, turn it over so you are now looking at the back of the light switch cover and your design in face down. Cut a small square out of each corner so you can fold the edges of the paper or fabric over the edge of the switch. Add a little more Mod Podge if necessary, and make sure there are no bubbles and the paper is tightly and firmly place on the light switch cover.
Add a thin protective layer of mod podge over the top of the entire paper (even the paper that is inside the light switch cover) with a sponge or flat brush that you used to apply the mod podge in the first place.
Cut out the center hole and screw holes where the switch and screws go as best as you can. There is really no one way to do this. I feel that it is best to cut out as much of the center hole as you can and put a very tiny amount of mod podge over the “rough” areas that can be pushed into the inside of the light switch cover.
Let it dry completely and reattach to the wall – VIOLA! Your new and self improved light switch covers.
Now, that wasn’t rocket science was it? Have fun and I bet you are ready to mod podge everything in the house now, right?
This article was written by Catriona McBain, freelance writer who is currently employed by Supreme Electric & Solar in Dallas, Texas.