You know that one of the most boring things in the house, with regards to décor, is a switch plate cover, right? I mean, most of the time they’re just white with no real decoration at all. I was looking at mine the other day thinking that there has to be a way to make them less boring, and I found these 30 fun ways that you can decorate them! Instead of those plain white or off white covers, now you can have a cover that perfectly matches your décor or even shows off your favorite hobby or passion.
Switch plate covers aren’t even that difficult to decorate and it’s perfect safe provided you know what you’re doing. Once you have the plate off, just decorate it however you want and then put it back – see, it’s really easy. The best part is, there are many, many different ways that you can bring a little excitement into the room with those covers and I’ve found everything from a fabric cover to Christmas decorated covers and even a great Dr. Who TARDIS! The great thing is, these don’t take long at all to decorate so you could do every switch plate cover in your house in a day if you wanted. You can also decorate them in your favorite theme to pair them up with other décor, like these 50 wood signs that add rustic charm to your décor.
Whether you’re looking for a favorite character from a movie or you want something a bit unique like steampunk, you’re sure to find the perfect way to dress up those boring old switch plate covers in this collection. From fabric covered to knitted covers, there is seriously something in here for every room. Kids will love helping to decorate their covers to give their bedrooms a bit of character and if you’re looking for other ways to spruce up your décor, be sure to check out these 40 DIY shelves that not only look good, but give you additional storage as well.
So, let’s take down those boring white switch plate covers and make them into something fabulous. You don’t even need a lot of materials or time to get these done and you will be really impressed with the end results. I know I am and I can’t wait to hear which ones you tried!
1. Book Lover’s Light Switch Cover
Whether you’re into Harry Potter or any other book series, you can incorporate that love into your home décor easily when you decorate your light switch cover. I personally love this Harry Potter one that has Lumos for on and Nox for off. You can make these easily with your paper graphics and some Mod Podge.
2. Holiday themed Covers
How about this great Christmas themed light switch cover? You can buy these all day long at most department stores but if you want a homemade, and much cheaper, version, then just do it yourself. Some paint and Christmas decoration graphics will do wonders to get that light switch plate in the holiday spirit.
3. Dr. Who Inspired Light Switch Cover
I love this Dr. Who light switch plate. It’s a TARDIS – Time And Relative Dimension In Space for you non-Whovians – and it’s a great choice for anyone who loves sci-fi. Just paint the switch plate cover blue and then add the graphics with white and black. This one may take some time but it will definitely be worth it when you have a TARDIS on your wall.
4. DIY Fabric Covered Switch Plates
Some fabric and Mod Podge will help you to perfectly customize those light switch covers. Just cut your fabric to the size you need, making sure that you cut out a hole for the actual light switch. Then use Mod Podge to hold it all together. This would be wonderful for nurseries – you could do blue or pink – or little ones’ rooms where you could do character inspired fabrics.
5. Lovely Framed Switch Plate Covers
These framed light switch covers are gorgeous and will make any room instantly a bit more elegant. You can buy these all day long at home improvement stores but making them yourself is so much cheaper. You just buy frames at the store – Dollar Store has them really cheap – and then put them together. You may want to take your switch plate with you to the store so that you know you’re getting the right size.
6. Steampunk Inspired Light Switch Plates
If you are into steampunk then these metal gear light switch plates are for you. This one requires a bit of soldering and welding to keep the metal gears in place. They also use solid brass light switch covers but you could do brass plated if you wanted to make the project a bit less expensive.
7. Holiday Themed Gift Wrap Plate Covers
These light switch covers get a bit of holiday cheer when you gift wrap them. You could easily do this all over the house for Christmas and really get your decorating vibe on. You’ll need Christmas wrapping paper and then any embellishments you want like ribbons or bows. I love this idea and you could do this with paper for all seasons.
8. Glittery Light Switch Covers
Some Mod Podge and glitter are all you need to make these wonderfully glittery light switch covers. I love this idea for a girls’ bedroom. Just paint the entire switch plate in Mod Podge and then add your glitter. It’s easy and perfect for kids who want to help with their bedroom décor. Just let them choose their own glitter color and do the job themselves.
9. Easy DIY Gold Leaf Cover
This gold leaf cover is really elegant and gorgeous and perfect for formal dining or living rooms. Gold leaf is a beautiful look and pretty easy to apply. You can opt to do only half or even do the entire thing, which is actually a bit easier. I love this idea for formal dining rooms and you could do a geometric design – do the bottom half of one cover in gold leaf and the top half of another in gold leaf.
10. Star Wars Inspired Light Switch Cover
How cute is this Darth Vader light switch cover? The on switch says Light Side while the off position says Dark Side. I love it! It’s a great choice for any sci-fi fan or those who really love Star Wars and you can get it over on Etsy for just over $5.
11. Vacation Inspired Light Plate Covers
If you’ve always wanted to travel the world, you can turn that passion into great décor. Just add your destinations of choice to your light switch covers. You can do this by painting scenes if you want or use scrapbook paper of your favorite locations to add worldly charm to your décor. Just add the scrapbook paper with Mod Podge and then add a nice little frame around the switch plate to really make it noticeable.
Source/Tutorial: pinterest originals
12. Magnetic Switch Plate Key Holder
While this one isn’t really as decorative as the others, I included it because it’s just so cool. You can add a magnet to your switch plate cover that will be perfect for holding your keys. Imagine never having to wonder where you left your keys! You actually add the magnet under the switch plate and then when you replace it, there’s a magnetic area that will keep your keys perfectly in sight.
13. DIY Knit Switch Plate Cover
So, there’s not an actual pattern for this one, but it looks easy enough to recreate. Just knit a rectangle and be sure to leave room for the actual light switch. I love the idea of having a knit switch plate cover. It looks so cozy and would be the perfect way to decorate those light switches for the colder months. It’s also a great way to practice your knitting stitches.
Source/Tutorial: pinterest originals
14. Lace Covered Switch Plate Cover
Use a doily and black paint to create this beautiful lace look on your light switch covers. You could also decoupage some actual lace over the cover but I love the painted look and it really does look like actual lace. You’ll need a lace doily- or a paper one – and a can of black spray paint – or whatever color you want. This is a quick and easy way to decorate those light covers and give them a really elegant look.
Source/Tutorial: pinterest originals
15. Fabulous DIY Lego Switch Cover
This Lego look for your light switch cover would be perfect for a little boy’s room. You could do this with actual Legos, although it may make turning the light on and off a bit difficult. I love this one from Etsy. It’s a decoupage switch plate cover that has bright vibrant colored Legos all over it and you can get a double switch plate cover for under $10.