Sunday, April 17, 2011

How to Decoupage a Light-Switch Plate with Fabric

My son's nursery needed a lightswitch plate, and me being me, I decided to decoupage it with scrap fabric leftover from the quilt I made him.  This is a super easy way to add some extra decor to any room, and it's very cheap.  You just need a plain flat switchplate and a piece of slightly larger fabric.

1. Coat the switchplate with glue.  I used Elmer's and I didn't dillute it with water or anything else.  I just squirted some on and used my finger to smear it all around covering the entire surface right up to the edges.

2. Apply fabric to the glue.  Don't worry about covering up the holes because you can cut those out later.  Fold the fabric around the edges.

 3. Apply more glue to the top of the fabric.  Once again I just squirted it on and used my finger to spread it everywhere.  Make sure you get the edges where your fabric folds around to the back!

4. Let it dry.  I put mine on the deck in the sunshine to speed up the process.  Once it is dry, you can punch the screws through the screw holes (the fabric will give easily now that it is hardened with glue). I poked a hole through the center with some scissors and trimmed the fabric back to make room for the lightswitch.

5. Now you can mount it on your wall!  I did mine so that the switch came through one of the skinny towers on the fabric.  This fabric matches a lot of the decor in my son's nursery.  Such a simple project!  

6 comments:

  1. How does it feel with the glue on it? Does the glue make it feel kind of plasticy?
    After its dry.

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  2. It feels sort of like a canvas texture or a stiffer fabric. Not exactly plastic since it has texture to it.

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    it's so creative, I like it.
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    Gbu,
    Christina

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  5. This has to be the easiest light switch cover up I've seen. How has the Elmers glue held up after use?

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  6. It's held up just fine. Looks exactly the same as when I put it on!

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