Friday, March 5, 2010

Fabric Scraps to Switch Plate Covers – Say goodbye to lifeless switch plates

I give up. There’s no point hiding it. I love colors. I tried keeping to neutral colors, but I just can’t keep off coloring anything and everything!
And I just cannot bring myself to throw away the remnant fabric scraps from any project. They are stashed away in hope of a reuse. The other day I noticed some scraps of a lovely fabric with pink and red patterns like cherry blossoms. My bedroom walls are alternatively pink and red, too, so I knew what I’d do with these. The husband cringed yesterday as I said I wanted to color up the switch plates,  like this:
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But I did go on doing this, anyways, for I hated this drab white look of the switch plates:
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So I transformed them to colorful and cheery looking by gluing some fabric scraps onto them. Isn’t that a great idea? All you need to do to make these beauties is a few fabric scraps remaining from your previous project which also coordinate with your walls. Simple as that!
You will need:
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And of course, fabric glue or Mod Podge…Did you ever come across a project that needs only that many items?
Now proceed! Measure the dimensions of your switch plates, and size the fabric scraps into strips of suitable size. Note that you will need to leave some allowance if your switchboard is in an angular shape like mine. Those with straight switchboards can relax.
Now  glue or Mod Podge all over your switch plate carefully so that none of it goes into the cracks (If it does go into the cracks, then you can kiss the circuit goodbye!). 
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Cover with the fabric strips on all sides. It is okay to let the strips overlap sometimes, it wouldn’t be visible. Let dry.
We’re done! So fast and easy, and adds such dash of color to the room!
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23 comments:

farah said...

hi sonia. yes i will make ur day. and why bec you made mine by showing such an innovative idea. you are right. the switch boards are really ugly and you have really enlivened the whole thing. hat off to ur stupendouc idea

Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

Thanks for the comment at dollar store crafts - I really appreciate it! :) These lightswitch covers are super cute - love your butterfly mobile, too!

LollyChops said...

This is such a cute way to dress up those boring switch plates!!! I love it!

Bobbie said...

Love that idea...so dang cute! thanks for linking up to check me out saturdays www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

Stacey @ Fun to Craft said...

That is a great idea!! I love adding a pop of color in random places too!

I would love for you to join up to my Spring has Sprung party and share this Friday! There is a giveaway too.

Andy Porter said...

Very clever! A great way to make a unique room! Thanks for the link!

Kim -today's creative blog said...

great idea

Hoosier Homemade said...

Great idea! I love color too!
I'm visiting from Tip Junkie!
~Liz

Jessica Sievers said...

Super cute!! Thanks for joining me for my weekly "Show Us What You're Workin' With Wednesday" party, hope to see you back next week!!

Jessica
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Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

What a great idea! I've never seen that before. So much better than the plain old switchplates!

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day!

Heather said...

Cool project! TFS!

fawnda said...

very fun way to dress up your switch covers!

Lori said...

What a wonderful idea. I love color as well. Great job.

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thurs. Please come by next week for another great party.
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Beckie said...

Hey Sonia! Visiting you from The Girl Creative! What a great idea with the switch plates! I never would have thought to use fabric...

Linds@ THAT'S SO CUEGLY said...

SMARTY PANTS! switch plate covers can be SO expensive! You're brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

The Frugal Designer said...

new follower here! found you through TGC, love this project so cute!

Me said...

I decorate mine too...now I am doing one for my new niece so her Mom can move the old one to big sister's room.

No reason to be boring!!

The Bearded Lady (Laura) said...

Way to think outside of the box!! I have never seen that before. Good thinking!!

Sjn said...

visiting from TGC

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

great project! well done! I'm visiting from New Friend Friday at TGC. I enjoyed my visit and am inviting you to drop in at my place sometime this week! until later...

jenjen said...

What a fun idea! So bright and colorful!

Thanks so much for linking up to my party! I really appreciate it!

XOXO
Jen

Sachiko said...

That is so cool! I might try this for my daughter's room.

concretenprimroses said...

Good for you. I love color too!
Kathy

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