Personalized Switch Plates

Tired of boring white or beige switch plates? You can add more pizazz to your décor by personalizing switch plates with your own photographs and designs. You might feature pictures of your family or pets, show off the logo of your favorite sports team, or choose a design that matches the decorating scheme of the room.
Print your photograph or design on laser copy paper. The laser paper will ensure the ink won’t run, and the paper is sturdier than inkjet copy paper. Then trim the page so it is about one- half inch larger on all sides than the switch plate.
Using a foam brush, apply a coat of Mod Podge decoupage glue and sealer to the front of the switch plate. Make sure you get the sides and corners.
Place the paper in a bowl of water for about 10 seconds. The water will relax the paper so it is easier to manipulate. And after the paper is wet, you can reposition it on the switch plate without tearing.
Position the wet paper on the switch plate and smooth it out with your fingers. Be sure your fingers are wet, too, so you don’t accidentally rip the paper. Work your fingers along the front and edges to be sure the paper adheres everywhere. Pinch the corners, where there will be excess paper.
Wait about an hour for the paper to dry, then trim it on all four sides with a hobby knife. Trim the excess at the corners, as well. Then cut out the rectangular opening of the switch plate and pierce the screw holes with your hobby knife.
Apply another coat of Mod Podge to the decorated switch plate to seal it, and let it dry for another hour or more, depending on the temperature and humidity.
Here are switch plates I decorated with a variety of personalized images.

Jonathan Fong
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  • Lynnette Lynnette on Jan 21, 2017
    Could I use scrapbook paper instead?

  • Linda James Linda James on Aug 13, 2017
    I noticed in you samples there is a picture of pets. Do you make a copy of the picture or can you use the photo?

  • Darlene Darlene on Aug 21, 2019

    Cute gifts! So many unique ideas. I’m always wondering what to give as gifts. Now, I have more possibilities!

    Could you add fragrance to the wax before you coat the photos on the soap. Does that create difficulties with the texture of the photo... or is it possible?


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  • Doreen Carr Doreen Carr on Mar 02, 2017
    great idea

  • Carol Carol on Mar 26, 2017
    Last year, I did this to my switch plate covers except I used fabric, rhinestones and a glue gun. I used colors to match the decor in each room. They are getting a little dirty so I may try this. Thanks