Emily Winters: Glittery switch plates, and other creative approaches for the home

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.

How to make custom outlet covers.

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!

Materials to make your own outlet covers.

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.

Tape to cover the outlet plates with.

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.

Tape the covers up.

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.

Trim out spaces for electrical.

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.

Glitter outlet cover!

The patchwork-looking ones turned out cute too. Full of mismatched jagged energy, they’re a fun splash of color in the room.

Pretty outlet covers.

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.

36 Responses

  1. tamigirlrocks says:

    One big change for me: after outlet is complete, I will spray many THIN layers of Krylon gloss or satin clear sealer spray paint. Dirt/fingerprints wipe easy.

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    I would use washi tape.

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    try this

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    great idea…… im so…. gonna do this!

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    Love it, but where do you find outlet covers?

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  18. Angela says:

    what an awesome idea! I am going to use it! Thanks! :)

  19. Donna says:

    I'm sure you can use other papers or even duct tape, the possibilities are endless.

  20. Lisa says:

    What a great idea for outlet covers!! LOVE them!! =)

  21. Algore2 says:

    I'm thinking about just painting them the same color as the walls so they disappear.
    They are also easy to cover with contact paper or wall paper.

  22. This is a cool idea to decorate home. I definitely try this. Are these tapes available in the shop because I have never seen tapes like these. Thank you for sharing this post.

    • merrypad says:

      Be sure to check the scrapbooking section at your local craft store – there are usually a lot of options!

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I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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