When I was 19, my friend Emma and I decoupaged a few dozen light switch plates with paper, vintage toy & lingerie catalogues, and comic book images. Our plan was to sell them although, I can’t recall where we would’ve done so back then (this was long before days of Etsy). I was thinking about that project the other day as I looked at the dingy switch plates in my house–all sad looking from time and wear–and thought about how I could apply that same technique, to my current home’s aesthetic. In my efforts to reuse and recreate, I’m also always looking for projects using my beloved fabric scraps–not wanting to waste even a square of some of my favorite prints. This week on I Love to Create, I combine that nostalgic technique with those old switch plates and left-over textile pieces for a home-decor mini-makeover that’s both quick and cost effective!
Plastic Light Switch Plate(s)
- On wrong-side of fabric, trace around light switch plate adding about 1/2″ allowance. Draw an “X” in the center of the switch hole. Cut out fabric.
- Brush a thin coat of Collage Pauge onto the switch plate front.
- Center fabric square on top of switch plate; smooth over with finger.
- Flip switch plate over; brush Collage Pauge onto exposed fabric edges.
- Fold fabric edges over back of switch plate. Smooth down with fingers; add additional layer of Collage Pauge.
- Using craft knife, cut along “X” mark at center of switch hole. Fold back and Collage Pauge pieces, opening up the switch hole.
- Flip switch plate over again. Brush on a top coat of Collage Pauge over entire switch plate. Let dry.
- Use tip of craft knife to poke through fabric at screw holes.