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.