Updated Switch Plate

We are in the process of redoing the kids' rooms, and since I love details, I decided to update their switch and outlet covers as well. I didn't want to spend a lot of money because I am thrifty, so I took the old covers and hit them with a coat of white paint.
For Cassi's room, I took some of the old almond covers and spray painted them white, since the tissue paper I wanted to use had a white background.
Since her room is going to be pink, black, white and gray, I went with this black and white design. I cut a piece a little larger than the cover for each one.
I put a coat of modpodge on the front of the cover, and lay it down on top of the back of the tissue paper. I picked it up and gently rubbed out as many wrinkles as I could.
I cut an x in the center of the holes, and folded the cut pieces to the back. For the outlet cover, I found it was better to cut a couple more lines. I didn't show that step.
I folded the outside edges to the back so the front could dry.
When the front was dry, I put some modpodge on the back edges of the cover. I folded the paper back over them and let dry.
IMPORTANT- Once dry, I cut off all the excess paper.
I then coated all the paper with another coat of modpodge-I did one side and let dry and then the other. It seals the paper to the cover, and also helps get rid of any bubbles that are left.
Don't skip this step! You don't want a fire hazard.
And here is the finished product. Ignore the switch, haven't replaced it yet.
I think this small detail adds so much to the room!
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3 of 6 questions
  • Jody Frasnelli
    on Mar 11, 2018

    I was wondering if you can use a picture printed from a computer ? Or would the paper be too thick for the project

    I do love the way yours turned out good job

    • Sophia
      on Apr 23, 2018

      Computer ink is not stable and you will have a lot of fading and may not like the result. Even tissue or paper napkins with Mod Podge could fade, especially on walls that get a lot of light. Fabric might be a better choice than paper....

  • Susan
    on Mar 11, 2018

    Do the plates need to be painted first?

  • Betty
    on Mar 12, 2018

    My plates color (almond) match the toggle switch that turns the lights on and off and the wall receptacle is the same way. How do you match these to the covers?? Don't see anyway to paint them.

    • Joanne Tomasko
      on Mar 13, 2018

      You change switch out for different color to match, but so much easlier just a little paint can do with sealer or match nail polish to design color.

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  • Lea Swenson
    on Mar 23, 2018

    Very nice. I used to do this with wallpaper back in the 80's.

  • Div32346949
    on May 23, 2018

    Like the look. Can you use paper napkin and scotch tape for this project

    • Kelleysgirl
      on May 23, 2018

      I wouldn't recommend using tape, as it doesn't seal the napkin to the cover. Could be a fire hazard.

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