Decorative Switch Plates Using Mod Podge!

Mod Podge. Love it! Super Fan I am. Years ago when we moved into our home I wanted to add a special touch to the walls. Something different. I decided to add some art in unexpected places. Switch Plates! Now that would be a conversation piece.  Many different types of papers can be used. I bought some textured art paper and pulled out my old Dali Calendars.They turned out great and I was thrilled with the results.

After living in the house for nine years I was ready to redecorate several rooms in the house. First came paint and next came the decorative switch plates.

Switch Plate Cover, Exacto Knife, Mod Podge, Foam Brush

Arrange cover on paper and leave room around the edges so you can fold the paper behind the cover.

I brushed two coats of Mod Podge on the top.

Place cover face down over the paper. Use Exacto knife to make a small cut in the middle for switch.

Fold paper back and apply more Mod Podge to secure it to the cover.

Use the pencil and gently rub around the rectangle to smooth the paper out.

Make cuts and fold over the back of  the cover.

Brush Mod Podge all over the back to secure the paper.

I set the cover on a container so the sides would not stick to the newspaper I was working on when the cover was drying. After it is dry, flip over and add two layers of Mod Podge to the front.

When the front is dry, use the pencil to poke holes for the screws.

Here is a second one I did using layers of a Dali calendar. I added some sparkle to this one!

When both covers were completely dry I used Low Odor Clear Finish to protect them.

I did not want to use the white screws that came with the cover since they would not match the artwork. It had to match!  I went to Home Depot looking for “artsy screws” and the nice gentleman at Home Depot looked puzzled when I tried to explain to him what I was looking for. We came up with these screws in Brown which worked well.

Tada! This beauty is in my Bedroom by my closet door. Salvador Dali – Mae West c. 1934

This beauty is in our downstairs bathroom. See how those Brown screws fit really well?

Here you can see a cover I did years ago for our bedroom. Not some old boring white switch plate cover! That’s another Dali! Three Young Surrealist Women Holding in Their Arms the Skins of an Orchestra c.1936

These are the covers I did nine years ago! I wanted you to see that they hold up very well. All of these covers are in high use areas. I added sequins and sparkle paint to some of the covers. If you use sequins add a small drop of Mod Podge to where you want the sequins placed and use tweezers to place it on top of the drop. You will spray with the clear coat to set it when the whole cover is finished.

I still have a few more covers to make and I am still working on my bedroom makeover. That’s new paint you see on the walls. They were Burgandy before!

Now, what to do with that mirror?

It’s all good ~ Donna

Comments

  1. Right here are some tips for tiny cottage decorating.

  2. Hi Hattie! Thanks so much for stopping by and thank you for the link up! I have been decorating switch plates for years. I love the “art” look of them! I love the ones you posted on your site. I choose a similar theme for the ones in my kitchen. So glad we have crossed paths. I’ll be following along to see your sweet craft projects!

  3. Beautiful! I too make switch plates and am linking to your page on my blog today!

  4. the light switch we have at home are made by Omron and they last for a long long time~-,

  5. light switches should be made from oxygen free copper so that they last longer*’*

  6. That turned out so cute! Oh my word, I love the face cover! It’s hilarious! I made one recently using photo transfer with Mod Podge but think this would be so much fun!

  7. Wow! That takes some skill to makes those! I am going to attemp to make one but am afraid it won’t look nearly as good as yours! :) Thanks for the instructions.

  8. Thanks for the sweet comments and thanks Shelby for the link!

  9. I posted a link to your blog on mine today. I love your switch plates, such a beautiful idea! :)

  10. I like this article! Will come again next time for sure, thank again

  11. I love this idea!

  12. I love those!!! Too cute! Thank for the link by the way. You’ve got mad photo skills.

  13. What a great idea! I never would have thought of doing something so
    creative as that! Thanks for sharing and I can’t wait to see your finished bedroom!

  14. Wow! You are so talented…and patient! I would never have the patience to do all that but I really enjoyed looking thru several of your posts…best of luck with the bedroom makeover, I’m looking forward to seeing what you do!

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