Turn a plastic light switch cover into a decoupage masterpiece.

How to Use Fabric to Decoupage Switch Plates

by S.R. Becker

Nothing looks more glaring on a custom-painted wall than a plain light-switch plate. Covering switch plates with fabric allows you to create a unique accent piece instead of a plastic eyesore on your wall. Dress up your switch plates with the lightweight fabric of your choice by using decoupage medium, a type of white glue that dries clear. Not only does the decoupage medium glue the fabric in place, it creates a glossy finish that makes your switch plate look store-bought instead of homemade.

Cover your work surface with newspaper before you start.

Lay the fabric face-down. Lay the switch plate face-down on top of the fabric. Draw around the plate with a crayon, leaving approximately 1/2-inch allowance all the way around. Mark an "X" on the back of the fabric in the center of the switch hole.

Remove the plate from the fabric and cut around the line you drew. Turn the plate right-side up.

Paint a generous coat of decoupage medium all over the front of the switch plate. Press the fabric down on top of the plate, keeping the fabric right-side up and the "X" you drew for the switch over the center hole.

Turn the switch plate over and paint decoupage medium onto the wrong side of the 1/2-inch fabric allowance. Fold the excess fabric around the plate and stick it to the back. Allow the plate to dry with the back facing up.

Turn the plate over again, so the right side faces up. Cut out the center hole with the craft knife, leaving enough excess to fold the fabric around the back of the plate and glue down with decoupage medium.

Paint three coats of decoupage medium over the front of the plate, allowing each to dry before you do the next. It will take approximately 30 minutes to an hour for each coat to dry.

Glue down the pieces of fabric sticking through the back of the center hole with decoupage medium. Allow the plate to dry once again.

Poke out the fabric over the screw holes with the tip of the craft knife.

Items you will need

  • Newspaper
  • Lightweight fabric
  • Crayon
  • Scissors
  • Decoupage medium
  • Sponge brush
  • Craft knife

About the Author

S.R. Becker is a certified yoga teacher based in Queens, N.Y. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has worked as a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Becker often writes for "Yoga in Astoria," a newsletter about studios throughout New York City.

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