want to add a little pop to your living space? a decorated light switch plate is a small detail that makes a huge difference. in this post i will go through the steps of applying a decorative paper to the light switch plate, which is just one of a few ways to give your light switch plates flare.
make sure the light switch plates you are going to decorate are clean.
pick out a cute paper to cover your switch plate with; it could be wrapping paper or a thin scrapbook paper. thicker papers like cardstock or construction paper won’t conform to the plate well. cut paper big enough that the edges of the paper can wrap around the sides of the switch plate to the back.
glue the paper to the switch plate, leaving enough allowance on each side to wrap around the edge. fold the edges of the paper around the sides of the switch plate so that it forms more to the shape then apply glue to the sides of the plate and hold the edge of the paper down. if your paper is stiff, apply glue to the top of the paper near the edges and with your fingers, work the glue into the paper and over the edge and to the back of the switch plate. this will help mold the paper to the plate.
for a glossy and smooth finish, lightly dab glue on the top of the paper; wet your fingers and work the glue into the paper and cover the whole plate surface.
wait for glue to dry before proceeding.
once the paper is dry, use an exacto knife or scissors to cut out the space for the light switch to fit. also make an “x marks the spot” over where the screws for the plate will go.
and you’re done!
if you don’t want to deal with glue, you can always paint your switch plates.
i will advise that if you paint the switch plate you will want to apply some form of finish to prevent chipping of your awesome paint job (: