Customizing a home always requires paying attention to both the big and little details. Whether you’re adding or removing walls, customizing seat cushions (I really like these stenciled ones), or getting crafty on a rainy day, many there are projects that you can tackle yourself, making your home very you.
One project that I’ve always liked but never executed was creating custom electrical outlet and switch plates. Because we’re in the process of updating a little girl’s room with new furniture and paint, it also seemed like a good time to experiment with customizing these details for her bedroom.
Keep on reading to learn more about how I approached this simple DIY project!
1. Source some outlet covers, and buy crafty tape.
My assortment of plastic and metal covers happened to be f-r-e-e, saved from when I updated all of the outlet and switch covers back around the time that I moved into the house. If you need to buy new, know that they’re cheap. The plastic models at the store are sometimes priced as low as 25-cents each!
Instead of decoupaging (a popular approach for this craft) I purchased four rolls of tape. Between in-store sales and a few coupons, they cost less than $8! All four rolls were found in the scrapbooking section of the store; the two printed rolls are by Smash, and the two glittery tape rolls were manufactured by Recollections. All are full of personality, and even if they’re not complementary to one another, they sure do look like a fun bunch.
2. Cover the plates with tape in any configuration.
Go wild. I created a few that were all glittery. And few that combined glitter and pattered tape. And one that was solid polka dots, because it was my personal favorite.
3. Trim the tape lines to fit your outlet.
I focused on having at least a 1/2″ wrap around the backside of each cover, and paid no attention to how the tape covered the access holes and screw holes. Once completely covered, I used an exacto knife on a cardboard surface to slice away any obstructing tape.
4. Install, and enjoy your new customized outlet covers!
The glittery ones ended up being my favorite – and they’re an instant hit for the little girl too. An easy way to make little details in a room special.
The patchwork-looking ones turned out cute too. Full of mismatched jagged energy, they’re a fun splash of color in the room.
Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at DIYNetwork.com. You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at facebook.com/merrypad.