Learn how to make decorative switch plates with washi tape! This is one of the easiest crafts you’ll ever do, and the results are so unique.
I’m happy to welcome Carissa from Creative Green Living to the blog today. Like her blog name would suggest, she’s all about green crafting; and this project is a perfect example of that.
Let Carissa show you how to take your (old) switch plates and give them a new lease on life with washi tape. Here’s how it’s done.
DIY Decorative Switch Plates
- Light switch plate (pick one up for cheap or just use the one you already have)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton ball
- 2 or more patterns of washi tape
- Craft knife
- Mod Podge Satin
- Foam brush
Remove your light switch plate from the wall by unscrewing the two screws on the plate above and below the light switch.
Clean the switch plate with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol to make sure all dirt and oils are removed and ensure good washi adherence.
Starting in a corner, lay a strip of washi tape across the switch plate at an angle. Continue to line up strips of washi tape next to each other until switch plate is covered. Run fingers over the tape to ensure good contact and that all bubbles are removed.
Flip plate over and use scissors to trim tape from the edges, leaving a 1/4″ margin past the edge of the plate.
Fold the excess tape over the edge of the switch plate. Use a craft knife to cut an X shape in the rectangular hole.
Fold excess tape up and over the edges of the opening. Use tip of craft knife to poke through the screw holes. Insert and remove screws to press excess tape toward back of screw holes.
To protect tape and make it easier to wipe off grimy fingerprints, give the switch plate a light coat of Mod Podge Satin applied with a foam brush in the direction of the tape. Allow to dry completely before re-installing over your light switch.
Now go ahead and washi tape all your switch plates (and don’t tell your husband I told you to). Would you try these decorative switch plates? I’d love to know in the comments!