It’s always fun to find something new to decorate at home. Outlet covers are an easy, quick project that you can do on a whim. It’s also perfect for renters, because outlet covers and switch plates are so easy and cheap to replace. Plus, they’re fun enough that your landlord might not want you to take them down.
A bit of tape and some gold leaf can make for a beautiful, classy plate cover. Simply place the tape wherever you want the limit of the gold leaf to be, and then apply the gold beneath that line. Boom! Instant chic.
Washi tape is every crafter’s friend. You can stick it to almost anything, cover things in it and make anything bright and colorful. With a bit of careful placement, you can make anything small or large lovely. If you aren’t familiar with it, Washi tape is basically masking tape, except it’s made of rice paper instead of the slightly thicker paper that is used in regular masking tape.
Most people are familiar with the tie-dye nails you can create by adding drops of nail polish to water and dipping your hand in. The same can be done with basically anything. You can still use nail polish, but you can also use paint. Just drop some into a warm water bath, swirl the colors a bit and submerge the cover. You may have to clean your hand off, but you’ll have a beautiful and unique piece.
Simple and polished, finding a picture frame to fit the switch plate is an incredibly simple way to spruce it up. Paint the frame if you wish, or get a frame that’s too large and paint the portion of wall that’s visible with blackboard paint. You can also decorate the frame with seashells or beads, or simply let the frame act as its own decoration.
If your goals involve travel of any kind, then placing maps around your home can be a great way to remind yourself about it. Just find a map of the area you want to go, mark the place, use Mod Podge to glue the map on and cut out the holes.
Speaking of Mod Podge, it’s a bit of a miracle product. It will allow you to attach almost anything to the cover. Newspaper makes for an unusual cover, but you can also attach toile, tissue paper or even a light fabric. Then just cover it with another layer of the stuff to make the whole thing waterproof.
Wallpaper is designed to stick to things. Just get a chunk wet, stick it to the outlet cover and cut out the details. It’s a great way to use up any leftovers you may have from a room.
Even if you’re someone with no artistic skills, you can still paint your covers. Use a ruler to trace straight lines and make a fun, geometric pattern. If you have some artistic skills, or know how to transfer a stencil, then you can get even fancier.
Rhinestones, rhinestones everywhere! Even your outlet covers can get bedazzled. Hot glue, rhinestones and a bit of time are the only things you need to make this project. Just decide on the design, sketch it out and start gluing.
This might be one of the easiest projects listed here, as long as you really, really like glitter. Just coat the face plate with Mod Podge, dip it in a pile of glitter and let it dry. If you want designs, cut out tape to section areas off. Once it’s dry, add one more layer of Mod Podge to secure the glitter.
If glitter isn’t your style, then steampunk might be up your alley. Old gears, either from a clock or any old machinery that stops working around the house, can be hot glued to the outlet cover. If you want to make it look cohesive, start with a layer of goldish-brown paint around the edges, paint the gears or old parts the same color and attach them. You’ll end up with a unique, hardcore design.
Old CDs have a beautiful, reflective rainbow on their backs. They’re also surprisingly easy to break or cut with an X-ACTO knife. Simply cut out the chunks you’d like, either an entire cover or a design, and use some hot glue to attach it. If you’re lacking inspiration, check out some of the CD sculptures online. It’s pretty amazing.
Chunks of glass or glass stones can also be hot-glued to the outlet cover. Don’t feel like you have to limit yourself! If it can be attached with hot resin, then it can be part of your outlet cover. You’d be surprised at how many things fit that bill, and how beautiful the end result can be.
If you’re looking for a fun pattern and something easy to do with your hands, then just grab some sharpies and go to town! Similar to the paints, you can use a ruler to make geometric patterns. You can also freestyle anything, so there’s no issue. Plus, you can easily remove it, so there’s nothing to worry about.
The kid in you, or the engineer, may have a serious love of Legos. It’s easy to buy a pack of the smallest ones, hot glue them to the switch cover to create a design or base, and then simply play with the design.
Now that you have all these ideas, you’re probably hating your plain white outlet covers. Stop the hate. Make them as beautiful as you are!