Project

Papered Switch Plates

A standout switch plate can give a whole room a lift.

Papered Switch Plates

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 1998

materials

  • Heavy paper or card stock

  • Pencil

  • Scissors

  • Craft glue

  • Bone folder

  • Utility knife

  • Decorative covering (extra-wide ribbon, wallpaper, sheet music, map of a favorite place, etc.)

  • Water-based urethane or Scotchgard

steps

  1. Trace switch plate onto back of paper. Cut paper about 1/4 inch wider than outline; brush craft glue onto back; place switch plate face-down.

  2. Cover with ribbon, wallpaper, sheet music, map of a favorite place, or other decorations of your choice.

  3. Cut each corner at an angle slightly beyond corner of plate.

  4. Fold sides onto back of plate, using bone folder to smooth. With utility knife, cut X into paper covering switch cutout; brush glue onto flaps; smooth to plate's back side.

  5. Make tiny X in paper covering screw holes. Turn over. Dab glue into holes.

  6. Seal paper with water-based urethane, fabric with Scotchgard.

  7. Mount on wall.

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